Curcumin is the key active ingredient in Turmeric. It is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory molecule found in the root of turmeric (Curcuma Longa). Curcumin has the ability to increase the amount of antioxidants that the body produces, which is used to manage pain and inflammation in case of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It helps to prevent the various inflammatory processes in the body occurring in the joints, heart, bones, brain, liver, pancreas, digestive tract, and the lungs and helps in the prevention of diseases affecting these organs.
What are the synonyms of Curcumin?
It is also known as Curcuma longa, Varvnini, Rajni, Halud, Pitras, Mannal, Pacchamannal, Common Turmeric, Indian Saffron, Haldi, Haridra, Jal, Haldar, Halade, Kanchni.
Benefits of Curcumin
Fights Bacterial & Viral Infections
Curcumin possesses antibacterial and antiviral properties that help in the prevention and treatment of various disorders affecting the respiratory system, heart, urinary system, and the bones. It directly kills the organisms and boosts the response of the immune system against them.
Manages Rheumatoid Arthritis
Curcumin helps neutralize the free radicals that are responsible for causing pain and inflammation in the joints, which eventually damage the cartilaginous structures. By acting as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, it helps prevent these changes in the joints and reduces the progression of the Rheumatoid Arthritis. It also provides relief from the pain and swelling in the joints and improves their flexibility.
Rheumatoid Arthritis also known as Aamavata in Ayurveda is caused by an accumulation of Ama (toxins) in the joints instead of being absorbed when carried to different locations through Vata. Curcumin helps to reduce Ama due to its Ushna (hot) potency. It also has Vata balancing property and gives relief from symptoms like pain and swelling in the joints.
Curcumin protects the cartilage from further damage with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and slows down the progression of osteoarthritis. It can also reduce pain in the joints and increase the joint mobility and flexibility.
According to Ayurveda, osteoarthritis occurs due to an aggravation of Vata dosha and is known as Sandhivata. It causes pain, swelling, and joint immobility. Curcumin gives relief from the symptoms of osteoarthritis due to its Vata balancing property.
Curcumin stimulates the secretion of digestive enzymes like bile and pancreatic juice thus adding the digestion. It relieves the symptoms of indigestion such as upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, bloating, and constipation. Curcumin can improve the absorption of nutrients from the food thus enhancing the overall health of a person.
Curcumin acts as a natural antioxidant, and helps protect the heart and the blood vessel by preventing the oxidation of cholesterol in the blood. Oxidized cholesterol is responsible for causing damage to the blood vessels by initiating the buildup of plaques. It can lead to the narrowing of the arteries causing reduced blood supply to the brain and the heart resulting in stroke. Curcumin, by preventing the oxidation of cholesterol, can help reduce the progression of these diseases.
High cholesterol is due to an imbalance of Pachak Agni (digestive fire). Impaired digestion at the tissue level produces excess waste products or Ama (toxins). This causes an accumulation of bad cholesterol. Curcumin helps control high cholesterol by reducing Ama because of its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. Curcumin helps lower high cholesterol and prevents blockage in blood vessels.
Regulates High cholesterol
Curcumin can lower total blood cholesterol, bad cholesterol (LDL), and triglycerides because of its substantial antioxidant property. Also, it is said that Curcumin can prevent the liver from producing cholesterol as well as lower the absorption rate of cholesterol in the body
Impaired digestion produces excess waste products or Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) at the tissue level. This causes an accumulation of bad cholesterol. Curcumin helps control high cholesterol by reducing Ama because of its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. It also helps to remove the blockage from the blood vessels by eliminating toxins.
Curcumin helps in blood pressure management by regulating the activity of angiotensin receptors. Curcumin might relax blood vessels, making blood flow smoothly, thereby lowering blood pressure.
Curcumin helps maintain high blood pressure because of its Tikta and Katu Rasa taste and Ushna virya property. These properties maintain smooth blood flow by relaxing the blood vessels.
It’s suggested that Curcumin, a polyphenol (Chemical compound) present in Turmeric, has anticoagulant (substances that reduce the clotting time) properties. It prevents the formation of blood clots.
Due to its hot potency, Curcumin can cause a burning sensation when taken in large doses on an empty stomach.
Although Curcumin is safe to consume in food amounts, it is advisable to consult a doctor before taking Curcumin supplements if you have gallstones. This is because Curcumin might cause intense pain in the abdominal region in gallbladder stones.
In the case of gallbladder stones, a high dosage of its supplements should be avoided due to its Ushna (hot) nature, although Curcumin is safe to be taken in food amounts.
An increase in weight is due to unhealthy food habits and lifestyle, which leads to a weak digestive fire. This increases the accumulation of Ama, causing an imbalance in Meda dhatu, thus resulting in obesity. Curcumin is useful to control obesity as it helps to improve metabolism and reduce Ama. This is due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. It balances Meda Dhatu and thus reduces obesity.
Premenstrual syndrome is a psychophysiological stress-induced disorder resulting in an imbalanced nervous system. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties. It works on the nervous system and helps reduce stress. This helps ease the symptoms of PMS.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) refers to a cycle of physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. According to Ayurveda, an impaired Vata and Pitta circulate in different body channels, causing various PMS physical symptoms. Curcumin helps to reduce the symptoms of PMS because of its Vata balancing property.
Yes, Curcumin is beneficial in giving relief from cough, especially in asthma. The volatile oil is useful in removing sputum, relieving cough, and preventing asthma.
Curcumin, the active constituent present in Turmeric, lightens dark spots if used regularly. Curcumin also has excellent antioxidant properties, preventing cell damage, and helps repair skin.
Curcumin has a property of Ropan and Rasayana. Because of these properties, Curcumin helps to reduce dark spots and gives clear skin.
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