“But what is curcumin and why do I need it?” you ask. Well, I asked the same thing when I began to read this fascinating article from Dr. Michael Jurgelewicz at Designs for Health. Fortunately, he didn’t leave us guessing:
“There are only a few natural products that have demonstrated as wide a range of protective properties as curcumin. Turmeric has three main bioactive components: curcumin, desmethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin. These curcuminoids have many biological effects including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.”
Apparently, taking curcuminoids is like having a “Protection From Everything” card. The article goes on to explain that another amazing property of curcumin is the effect it has on LDL levels in the blood. If you’ve been to the doctor and been told you’re “bad” cholesterol or LDL levels are too high, there is a good chance that you’ve been prescribed a statin drug or at least told you might need to take one.
Recently, however, there has been a lot of talk about whether or not statins are effective or even safe to take. Many people are now looking for natural ways of reducing their LDL levels. Phytosterols (compounds similar to cholesterol that are found in plants) are a popular choice. This article references recent research which demonstrates that, “… the addition of curcumin to phytosterol supplementation provides enhanced cholesterol-lowering effects…”
Check out the full article below for more information on the benefits of adding a curcumin supplement to your diet. As I have said before, I don’t sell supplements in my practice, but I can direct you to a viable source or even help you order them if needed. Schedule an appointment today and we can talk about it.