Numerous studies have indicated that as well as being non-toxic to humans, it exhibits strong anti-inflammation role due to its inhibition of molecules involved in inflammation. It also helps to reduce the development of blood clumpts and is thus helpful against heart disease.
Curcumin also inhibits Helicobacter pylori which is tied to the development of gastric ulcers.
As well as the above characteristics, curcumin also functions as a metal chelator, being able to bind to heavy metals such as lead and cadmium and lowering the toxicity of these metals. For this reason curcumin is said to be protective of the brain. Studies in the University of California have shown that curcumin plays a role in slowing down degenerative disease and could be an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease.
As you can see, this is quite an impressive list for an ingredient of the popular curry dish.
You can make use of the easily available turmeric by sprinkling the powder over appropriate food at the time of consumption.
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