Curcumin is a powerful polyphenol compound derived from the turmeric root of the curcuma longa plant, a member of the ginger family. If you enjoy ethnic foods, you have probably tasted curcumin in Mexican, Middle Eastern and Indian foods. Curcumin is a key ingredient in curry, giving it its intense flavor and bright yellow color.
Turmeric contains several chemical compounds known as curcuminoids — types of polyphenols. For centuries, curcumin has been recognized for its health benefits and used as a medicinal herb to manage pain and inflammation, aid in digestion, and control metabolic disorders like hypertension and insulin resistance.
While eating curcumin as a spice in your favorite foods is a tasty way to get a dose of turmeric, you can reap its full benefits with a turmeric IV infusion or IM injection
Chronic low-grade systemic inflammation generated from stress and other lifestyle factors is a key precursor to metabolic disorders like hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. Curcumin infusions are the best IV therapy for inflammation. An anti-inflammatory IV drip can help your body recover from chronic stress and set you on the path to better health.
Curcumin’s anticoagulant properties help keep your blood platelets from sticking together, to prevent life-threatening conditions like deep vein thrombosis.
Research suggests that curcumin may help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety in patients diagnosed with clinical depression.
Multiple scientific studies provide evidence that turmeric/curcumin supplements may provide therapeutic benefits for skin health.
Several randomized clinical trials provide scientific evidence that supplementing with curcumin is effective in reducing pain and inflammation in arthritis patients.
Curcumin appears to target cell signaling pathways involved in cancer development and proliferation. It modulates growth factors, enzymes, transcription factors, kinase, inflammatory cytokines, and proapoptotic and antiapoptotic proteins.
Curcumin helps to prevent the progression of liver damage in chronic liver disease. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties have been found to be beneficial in treating patients with metabolic syndrome.
Multiple studies indicate that curcumin supplementation has a significant effect on body weight and body mass index (BMI).
Research indicates that supplementing with curcumin improves measures of post-exercise pain and tenderness, reduces muscle damage, lowers inflammation and reduces oxidative stress.
Turmeric and curcumin are nutrients, and are generally considered safe. However, when taken in high doses, turmeric's anticoagulant properties can cause it to act as a blood thinner. If you are taking prescription blood thinners, it’s best to steer clear of curcumin supplements.
Supplementing with curcumin is also not recommended if you are scheduled to have surgery, if you are pregnant, or if you have gallbladder disease. If you are being treated with drugs for any metabolic condition, it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor before taking curcumin supplements.