Turmeric as a spice is widely consumed throughout the globe, its common ingredients when it comes to curries. Apart from curry, it’s extensively used as a medicine to cure various diseases. Curcumin is the main ingredient of Turmeric. Here, we take you through the difference between the two, and which is better.
Turmeric derives from the root of Curcuma longa, which is a flowering plant of the ginger family. It’s usually sold as a spice. Although when bought in its original form, it somewhat replicates to ginger root but with a more intense yellow to golden color. In most part of the Asia, India specifically, turmeric is used to treat various skin conditions, digestive issues and aches and pains. It is known as one of the staple ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicine, also known as traditional healing.
Turmeric has one specific category known as ‘curcuminoids’ which has the greatest health-promoting effects. Three major curcuminoids are curcumin, desmethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin. Of the aforementioned types, curcumin is the most active and most beneficial to health. Curcumin, provides turmeric its distinct color and flavor. Curcumin is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and antioxidant effects.
Both Turmeric and curcumin have medicinal properties that provide many health benefits. Some of the major common benefits shared by both are-
• Antibacterial: Turmeric and curcumin are known to have strong antibacterial effects. They can help to reduce the growth of many disease-causing bacteria
• Heart disease: Can also reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol level and triglycerides and reduce the risk of heart disease as a result.
• Obesity: Turmeric and curcumin may inhibit the inflammatory path that is responsible for obesity and also help to regulate body fat.
• Antifungal: Can reduce fungal cell membranes and can be used in conjunction with fungal medication for better results.
• Diabetes: Can improve blood sugar metabolism and potentially reduce the effects of diabetes on your body.
• Osteoarthritis: The plant compounds in turmeric that include curcumin can help to reduce markers of inflammation and later relieve osteoarthritis symptoms
As curcumin is known as one of the active ingredient in turmeric, there are certain benefits which curcumin alone provides which isn’t available in turmeric. It has shown to have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which supports wound healing through its antibacterial effects. Curcumin reduce blood sugars in type 2 diabetes. It can specifically reduce inflammatory markers such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and interleukin 6 (IL-6), which are two main factors responsible for type 2 diabetes.
It may also reduce osteoporosis risk since its preserves bone mass. One can add some black pepper to the meals or supplements that contain curcumin and black pepper because a substance in black pepper called piperine is known to increase the bioavailability of curcumin by 2,000%
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