Curcumin works for two reasons—it halts inflammation and stops oxidation. Growing research shows that low-level inflammation is linked to Alzheimer’s, diabetes and heart disease, just to name a few. Curcumin lowers inflammation through multiple inflammation targets. It is a potent antioxidant, which is able to neutralize unstable free radicals that can oxidize and lead to cell damage.
Curcumin has been shown to prevent cancer initiation, promotion and progression. It stops the changes that cause normal cells to become cancerous cells, and it stops cancerous cells from moving to other parts of the body (metastasis). It also protects normal cells from the harmful effects of chemotherapy, drugs and radiation.
Curcumin is also beneficial in preventing Alzheimer’s disease by reducing beta-amyloid levels and shrinking the size of accumulated plaques. Curcumin also is beneficial in preventing heart disease and is compared to the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin. Curcumin, research shows that it protects against the effects of a high cholesterol diet just as much as the drug lovastatin. It increases HDL cholesterol levels and prevents the inflammation that leads to the buildup of plaque. Curcumin can also decrease glucose levels in as little as two weeks, which can help diabetics. Inflammation plays a strong role in the development and progression of diabetes. It reduces insulin resistance, inflammatory markers and fats in the bloodstream. Curcumin can also help with obesity by helping one’s body regulate blood sugar levels, burn fat more quickly and prevent new fat cells from forming. Chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract is associated with several dis- eases, including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and inflammatory bowl disease. In a small study of patients with Crohn’s disease that received curcumin along with standard anti-inflammatory drugs—many were able to reduce or drop the medications. Curcumin reduces inflammatory compounds in the intestines; it can strengthen the intestinal wall to prevent harmful bacteria from entering the bloodstream, which is known as leaky gut syndrome.
Source: Steven M. Rachlin, M.D., PC, of Rachlin Medical Center, located at 927 Willis Ave., Albertson. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 516-873-7773 or visit RachlinMedical.com.