Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a plant in the ginger family. Its roots are used in cooking to add flavor and color and it contains a powerful antioxidant called curcumin. Curcumin is the main active component of turmeric and possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is the root cause of many autoimmune conditions today due to the fact that it disrupts the gut and the gut lining, leading to leaky gut syndrome. Curcumin from turmeric root has been shown to reduce inflammatory levels in the blood by reducing hsCRP and ESR levels.
Curcumin has been shown to accelerate the levels of a protein called brain derived neurotrophic factor. This protein is responsible for maintaining proper growth and differentiation of nerve cells in the brain. This is important for overall neurological health and the potential for reducing the likelihood, in part, of people developing neurodegenerative diseases.
Curcumin has also been shown to maintain proper form and function of the endothelial lining of blood vessels, thereby reducing the chances for plaque formation and subsequent myocardial infarctions. Heart disease is the number one killer in the world and curcumin can help bolster vessels strength to play a role in lowering that statistic.
Because curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties, it has been shown to help relieve symptoms of arthritis, including rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Curcumin can reinforce joint capsule integrity while maintaining synovial fluid production to maintain proper joint glide.