The world has been raving about the multi-health benefits of curcumin off late. What is curcumin? Curcumin is a polyphenolic compound which is found in turmeric. As we all know, turmeric is a popular spice which is used in different cuisines across many Asian countries. The bold golden yellow color of turmeric is because of a group of polyphenols called curcuminoids.
The medicinal properties of turmeric have been famous since time immemorial in Ayurveda. Curcumin is being studied for a long time and the first evidence of curcumin’s benefits for any disease was published in the year 1937. The research on curcumin has well continued through the 70s and 80 s where it was found to be great in treating cancer, diabetes, etc. Since the topic for discussion about the benefits of curcumin is the talk of the town, there are bound to be some myths and facts attached to it.
Let’s have a look at some of those myths and facts associated with curcumin.
Myth– Curcumin is the only important compound found in turmeric
Fact– Even though curcumin is the main component which has the maximum health benefits, there are as many as 200 constituents like turmerone which are also found in turmeric. Most of them work in tandem with curcumin to give many health benefits.
Myth– The major anti-inflammatory property of turmeric is in curcumin.
Fact- There are many other compounds in turmeric along with curcumin that possess good anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin is the one which has been studied and researched upon widely over a period of many years. Curcumin has been proven to be beneficial in many health conditions like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, ulcers etc.
Myth– Curcumin is easily absorbed in the body.
Fact– Research says that the health benefits of curcumin are limited due to its poor solubility and low rate of absorption in the stomach. It is also rapidly removed from the body before its benefits can be reaped by the body. It has been found that consuming curcumin along with a pinch of black pepper increases its bioabsoprtion in the body. Consuming curcumin along with some form of fat like fish oil also seems to increase its rate of absorption in the body.
Myth– Curcumin can permanently stain your teeth over a period of time.
Fact– Yes, it is true that curcumin stains the teeth and skin but is not permanent. It gradually fades away in sometime with washing. The clothes can be stained yellow with turmeric though.
Myth– All the turmeric supplements will have the same health benefit.
Fact– The fact of the matter is that all curcumin and turmeric supplements do not possess the same health benefits. Curcumin supplements from Bagdara Farms are made specifically using organically grown and non GMO turmeric. Moreover, no fertilizers and chemicals are used while cultivating the turmeric at Bagdara Farms, hence the curcumin obtained is bound to be of better quality.
Myth– Curcumin will give more benfits if it is obtained from raw and fresh root rather than the dried form.
Fact– Whether fresh roots or the dried form, the medical benefits of turmeric will not differ much as the curcumin content remains the same. The only difference will be in the taste wherein the fresh roots is slightly less bitter than the powdered form.