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On Curcumin

I'm always searching for natural substances that have very broad applications when it comes to promoting health.  Substances that have very broad positive effects (particularly on multiple systems) tend to work at very foundational levels in terms of where and how the human body keeps itself healthy.  Along those lines, substances that naturally reduce inflammation and have a modulating effect on our innate immune system are of the utmost importance.  One such substance is
curcumin, the active component of turmeric.  There are a plethora of studies, especially in the last several years, looking at the effects of curcumin in humans.  Curcumin continues to impress, both in terms of efficacy and safety.  It has applications for "neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and neoplastic"Curcumin alters gene expression in a positive way, and it regulates the expression of pro-inflammatory molecules called cytokines, which have been implicated in nearly all chronic diseases. There has been a break-through in terms of supplementation with curcumin, such that scientists developed and patented a form of it that is 27 times more bioavailable than standard curcumin, called Theracurmin.  Essentially this results in having to take far less of it to get the therapeutic benefits.
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