|Curcumin: The Best Supplement for Fighting Diseases||COVID-19|
Curcumin is an active component of turmeric which has been commonly used as food additive and herbal medicine in Asia since ancient times. Modern studies have demonstrated that it is beneficial for the prevention and even treatment of various diseases, including viral and bacterial infections , diabetes , heart diseases  and arthritis .
Turmeric vs. Curcumin
Two types of curcumin products are available on the market: turmeric and curcumin extracts. Turmeric contains about 5% curcumin. While curcumin is generally safe, chronic use of high dose can still cause health problems. For disease prevention, it is recommended to take 500–2,000 mg of turmeric per day. For treatment, you may consider curcumin extracts. The available products contain up to 95% curcumin. Do not take more than 2,000 mg of curcumin per day unless recommended by your doctors.
Does the Product Contain Piperine?
Curcumin has very low bioavailability, meaning that it cannot be easily absorbed by the body. As a result, most curcumin you take would be wasted. Piperine, an ingredient of black pepper, can dramatically increase its bioavailability. Bioperine is a patented extract that contains at least 95% piperine. Therefore, it is better to buy curcumin products that also contain piperine, bioperine, or black pepper. Of course, you may buy curcumin and black pepper separately and eat them together, but this is less convenient.
Are You on Blood-Thinning Medicine?
Curcumin is an anticoagulant or blood thinner that helps prevent blood clots. Anticoagulants, such as warfarin, are prescribed to people at a high risk of getting blood clots that could develop strokes or heart attacks. However, blood clotting is essential to stop bleeding from wounds. Overdose of anticoagulants could cause excessive bleeding. Hence, if you are on blood thinners, you should consult your physicians about using curcumin. For the same reason, before tooth extraction or surgery, you must discontinue curcumin for a few days.
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2. Pivari F et al. (2019) Curcumin and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Prevention and Treatment.
3. Bai XJ et al. (2018) Curcumin inhibits cardiac hypertrophy and improves cardiovascular function.
4. Daily JW et al. (2016) Efficacy of Turmeric Extracts and Curcumin for Alleviating the Symptoms of Joint Arthritis.
Author: Frank Lee