How to Use Curcumin?
Curcumin is the name given to a collection of compounds called curcuminoids, which are the active anti-inflammatory compound found in the super-spice turmeric.
Turmeric is the
If eating this quantity curry spice isn’t realistic for you, the benefits of turmeric are also available as a supplement, called curcumin. The same brain benefits of consuming 3 heaping tablespoons of turmeric daily can be had replicated by taking a single 500-1000 mg capsule of curcumin daily, without any meaningful side effects (apart from occasional stomach distress noted with dosages higher than I normally recommend). However, most inexpensive forms of curcumin have very poor absorption and may cause some stomach distress as well. To enhance its absorption, a few nutraceutical companies have added black pepper (
Curcumin is not only a powerful anti-inflammatory, it also provides antioxidant, anti-thrombotic, and cardiovascular protective benefits. Because of these powerful properties, curcumin is commonly used to decrease arthritis symptoms by lowering joint inflammation, is it being studied in cancer prevention and treatment studies, especially at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center, plus is being studied to help decrease memory loss by researchers at Columbia University and at UCLA.
One study (1) found that curcumin could preserve cardiac function after ischemia and reperfusion. “Curcumin has potential as a treatment for patients who have had a heart attack,” researchers concluded. We think it’s got a lot more than just “potential”—both of us take it every day.
And as I noted in some detail in my book, The Better Brain Solution, it appears very promising in preventing cognitive decline. If you have any of these concerns, then you should discuss with your doctor if Curcumin may be a good option for you.
Smart Curcumin tips:
- Look for dosages that range from 500 mg to 1,000 mg daily.
- I recommend curcumin that has proven to be well absorbed.
Steven Masley, MD