Curcumin is to turmeric what the apple is to the apple tree. Here are five health conditions curcumin can influence.

Todd Runestad, Content Director,, Sr. Supplements Editor

February 8, 2013

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Is curcumin the latest natural antidote?

Curcumin enjoyed an incredible 1,000+ published studies in 2012. Many of them showed how curcumin can potently affect chronic degenerative disease states that are based on inflammation.

The range of studies included a meta-analysis on curcumin as an adjunct to chemotherapy. Researchers in India (where else?) noted five different mechanisms of action, from enhanced drug detoxification to its ability to make cancer cells regain apoptosis, or programmed cell death, which is a hallmark of all cells except cancerous ones. 

Nutrition industry legend Terry Lemerond, who heads up supplements manufacturing company EuroPharma, in his "Terry Talks Nutrition" online series, detailed recent research in curcumin on the following disease states:

  • Diabetes

  • Alzheimer's Disease

  • Depression

  • Gastrointestinal inflammation (IBD and IBS)

  • Wound healing and skin conditions

In January, EuroPharma reported that its BCM-95 brand of curcumin has an ORAC value of more than 1,500,000 per 100 grams. For comparison, raw cranberries are 9,584 per 100 grams, raw blueberries are 6,552 and turmeric spice is 159,277, the company said. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity, a measure of antioxidant power.

About the Author(s)

Todd Runestad

Content Director,, Sr. Supplements Editor, Natural Products Insider

I've been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. I'm The content director for NaturalProductsInsidercom and digital magazines. Other incarnations: supplements editor for, Delicious Living and Natural Foods Merchandiser. Former editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients magazine and still cover raw material innovations and ingredient science.

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My daily vitamin regime includes a morning smoothie with a range of powders including protein, collagen and spirulina; a quality multi, B complex, C with bioflavonoids, >2,000IU vitamin D, E, magnesium, high-selenium yeast, PQQ, choline, alpha-lipoic acid with carnitine, coQ10, fish oil concentrate, probiotics and some adaptogenic herbs. 

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