In this article, the spotlight is on curcumin, one of the nine polyphenols in Dr. Flam’s Phytropix.
Curcumin is a substance that is found in the spice turmeric. This naturally-occurring antioxidant may be one of the most beneficial nutritional substances in existence. Many laboratory and animal research studies have found that it has significant benefits for the body and the brain.
Curcumin has long been used in ancient medicine to treat a variety of conditions from diabetes to bronchitis. Curcumin has also been used in Indian cooking for thousands of years. Curcumin is one of the main components of curry powder, and is what gives Indian dishes their distinctive flavor and yellow color. Populations studies have shown that India has lower rates of Alzheimer’s disease than the Western World. It is believed that this ancient Indian herb may help protect against Alzheimer’s and other diseases.1
Benefits of Curcumin
Here are just a few of the benefits of curcumin.
Improves Cardiovascular Functioning
Several research studies have found that curcumin helps maintain regular heart function. This polyphenol has been linked to lower cholesterol levels. People who use turmeric liberally in their diets tend to have lower levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol. 2
Maintains Brain Health
As noted above, curcumin has neuroprotective benefits, which helps to explain the lower levels of dementia among Indians. Curcumin has also been found to be helpful in the fight against Parkinson’s disease, where at the beginning stages of the disease, proteins tend to clump together or aggregate. According to research, Curcumin helps prevent the clumping of proteins involved in Parkinson’s disease.3
Protects the Eyes
Anterior uveitis is a rare condition that affects the middle layer of the eye. It is characterized by inflammation and causes pain, blurred vision, and light sensitivity. Left untreated, this condition can cause permanent damage to the eyes and blindness. Several studies have found that cumin helps improve symptoms of anterior uveitis — likely because it is a powerful anti-inflammatory.4
Curcumin is good for the body and the mind. Studies have found that it helps reduce depressive symptoms, which is excellent for people looking for a more natural way to treat depression. In one study, participants who were diagnosed with major depression were divided into two groups. One group received curcumin, and the other received a placebo. Participants who took the curcumin had improvements in depressive symptoms compared to the placebo group.5. Another study found that curcumin was as effective as Prozac in reducing depressive symptoms.6
Boosts Digestive Health
Inflammation is at the heart of many digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and acid reflux disease. Curcumin helps promote digestive health by reducing inflammation. It reduces stomach pain, relieves heartburn and fights nausea.7
Tips for Supplementing Curcumin
When supplementing curcumin, look for a high-quality and premium supplement. This will help ensure that the product does not contain any useless fillers. Also, purchase one that includes multiple polyphenols, as Phytropix does, to get the most disease-fighting benefits. Curcumin is just one of many polyphenols, which are incredibly beneficial to the human body.