5 ways curcumin can help you stay healthy

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Curcumin is perhaps one of the most omnipotent natural health ingredient there is. Derived from the turmeric root, curcumin is an ancient health remedy. 

In fact, it has been in use in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. And that for a good reason. Its amount of health benefits is simply astonishing. 

The health benefits of this natural ingredient are so numerous that it ought to be a part of any serious supplementation program.

We have collected five of the many health benefits of this superfood: 

1. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant

Over time, our cells will inadvertently be affected by free radicals which are compounds that can damage the cells. If free radicals are left to roam freely in the body they can contribute to chronic inflammation, aging acceleration, and more. 

Studies show that the antioxidant quality of curcumin can inhibit the impact of free radicals by scavenging the body for free radicals and neutralizing them. (1)

2. Curcumin can help you protect your brain

There are many factors that cause the brain to age. These include cumulative effects of oxidative stress, environmental toxins, inflammation, build up of toxic proteins and gradual damage of genes in individual cells. 

Curcumin may, however, help to protect against these factors in the brain. Furthermore, there are indications that curcumin can turn on genes responsible for triggering the emergence of new brain cells. (2-6)

3. Curcumin is good for your cardiovascular system

There is no doubt that exercise is good for the heart because it helps improve endothelial function – the functioning of the inner lining of blood vessels. 

Researchers have compared exercise to curcumin supplementation and found that it was just as good at improving endothelial function as regular exercise. 

Moreover, it also reduces the impact of high glucose and also helps normalize blood lipid profiles. (7)

4. Curcumin can promote your immune system

Curcumin can help enhance the body’s immune system in general. Numerous preclinical studies indicate curcumin may activate antiviral immunity, and it has demonstrated antiviral effects against a range of respiratory viruses. 

Curcumin also helps mitigate inflammation associated with the immune response to infection. (8-12)

5. Curcumin has great anti-aging properties

This superfood can help protect your genes in two ways. Because it is an antioxidant it prevents free radicals from inflicting damage on your DNA-strands. Simultaneously, it can also help to upregulate specific genes that help destroy cells with certain types of mutations.

Researchers are discovering that curcumin has anti-aging properties that can combat several key factors of aging. Studies show that curcumin can help: 

  • Eliminate senescent cells (13-15) 
  • Increase telomere length (16,17) 
  • Protect against glycation (18-22) 
  • Activate AMPK (23-25) 
  • Activate autophagy (26)  

In one animal study, it extended average lifespan by 26%. (27) The accumulating evidence indicates that curcumin helps stave off the aging process. (26,28,29)  

The solution for curcumin's poor oral bioavailability

The health benefits of this ingredient cannot be overstated. Curcumin has one drawback — poor oral bioavailability. Relatively little of ingested curcumin finds its way into the bloodstream. 

A method has been discovered that combines curcumin with a fiber derived from fenugreek seeds. Blood levels in people who received this curcumin encased in fenugreek fiber were 45 times greater than in those who took unformulated curcumin. (30,31)

Life Extension's proprietary Curcumin Elite™ formula preserves curcuminoids’ bioavailability, so you get the maximum possible benefit.

Scientists have discovered a way around this problem. By combining curcumin with a fiber called galactomannans, from the spice fenugreek, the curcumin is protected in the gut and resists metabolism.

The Life Extension's Curcumin Elite™ Turmeric Extract formula can preserve curcuminoids’ bioavailability, so you get the maximum possible benefit  45,5 times more bioavailable free curcuminoids as well as 270 times better absorption of curcuminoids than standard curcumin. 

The much higher bioavailability and absorption rates can enhance the many health benefits of curcumin supplementation.

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