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NOW With 1% Piperine for Maximum Bio-Availability. Piperine, an extract of black pepper, makes Curcumin up to 2000% more bio-available for the maximum benefit. We also carry a full spectrum Turmeric blend that contains 1% Piperine with 50% Curcumin and 49% Freeze Dried Turmeric. This is similar to what you will find on many store shelves except that it contains a higher percentage of curcumin and the turmeric has been prepared by freeze drying for the maximum potentency of any full spectrum turmeric supplement. The full spectrum turmeric supplements are said to contain other compounds that work in conjunction with the Curcuminoids and Piperine to provide the best results.
95% Curcumin has a characteristic yellow-orange appearance with a mild and bitter ginger flavor. Curcumin Powder is a curcuminoid, the active ingredient found naturally in turmeric root extract. The curcumin content meets a minimum of 95% concentration in this powder, with the additional content being comprised of turmeric extract. Many sellers on fleabay and other websites are selling turmeric root powder in the name of Curcumin. This product is lab tested and verified to meet the minimum requirement of 95% curcuminoids to be labeled as pure. Concentrated curcumin powder in turmeric extract is used for its antioxidant properties and in cosmetic formulations.
Since the benefits of curcumin are so extensive this description is broken into part 1 that focuses on skin use and part 2 which primarily focuses on internal use. (Please see medical advice disclaimer at the bottom of this page)
Turmeric has an amazing effect on skin as well. Read on to learn about what turmeric – and specifically curcumin – can do to enhance and beautify your skin while keeping your largest organ ever so healthy.
1. Hasten Healing
While there have been plenty of studies on the wound healing effects of turmeric on animals, a new clinical trial has revealed that turmeric does indeed speed up the healing process in human subjects as well.
2. Correct Oily Skin
In order to prevent the skin from becoming too dry, oils and waxes are secreted by the sebaceous glands. This helps the epidermis retain moisture while keeping the skin soft and supple. Excessively oily skin, usually due to overactive sebaceous glands, can lead to acne, cysts, and other woeful skin conditions.
To measure the effects of turmeric cream on oil production of the skin, a 2012 study found that after four weeks of treatment there was a “significant decrease” in skin oils when turmeric was applied twice daily. Over a period of three months, turmeric cream reduced facial oils by nearly 25%! The researchers noted this beneficial effect was likely because turmeric contains fatty acids and phytosterols, which have been observed in other studies to reduce excess skin oils.
3. Sun Damage Protection
A major cause of premature skin aging, exposure to the sun’s powerful rays can bring about fine and deep lines, discoloration, freckling, reduced skin elasticity, and the appearance of “spider veins” – the dilation of small blood vessels beneath the skin.
Although wearing sunscreen can help protect against sun damage, turmeric was shown to prevent many of the adverse effects of exposure to ultraviolet B radiation. Using hairless mice as test subjects, researchers exposed the rodents to long-term, low-dose UVB rays and applied turmeric extract twice a day. Normally, chronic UVB light would cause skin thickening, wrinkles, changes in skin pigmentation, larger blood vessels, and loss of elasticity, but the mice suffered none of these ill effects.
Why did turmeric work so well? Apparently, radiation increases the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), an enzyme which, when activated, degrades collagen between the outer layer and middle layer of the skin; it is thought that the reason turmeric prevents sun damage is its ability to inhibit an increase in MMP-2.
4. An Anti-Aging Treatment
Because of its dynamic anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, several studies have suggested curcumin can help counteract the effects of aging and age-related disease. One study observed that insects fed a diet of curcumin had a significantly longer lifespan. Another report, published in Immunity & Ageing, identified turmeric as a safe, beneficial spice that may be a prime ingredient for preventing the process of aging.
Clinical trials, too, have bolstered these findings. Two studies published in the March 2010 edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that use of moisturizing creams containing turmeric twice daily for eight weeks had the effect of drastically minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; dark spots and changes in skin pigment were also reduced by nearly 15%.
5. Skin Cancer Prevention
Curcumin has also been recognized as an impressive anti-cancer treatment, able to selectively kill tumor cells while leaving the normal cells intact – a feat that traditional chemotherapy treatments are unable to accomplish. Moreover, it has been shown to stop pre-cancer from becoming cancer.
The effects of curcumin extract therapy for the treatment of the three types of skin cancer – namely, melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma – has showed a lot of potential.
In a 1998 study, curcumin was able to induce apoptosis – or cell death – in basal cell carcinoma. Additionally, the study noted that curcumin acted as a chemopreventative for skin cancer, effectively preventing cancer cells from forming. Another study examined curcumin’s effects on melanoma and found it to stop the spread of cancer cells to surrounding tissue while inciting melanoma cells to die off. And lastly, a 2011 study on squamous cell carcinoma found that curcumin inhibited the size and progression of tumor growth.
6. Treat Chronic Skin Conditions
Curcumin has been shown to be quite effective in calming the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, scleroderma, rosacea, and other skin diseases. Although the underlying causes of these conditions vary, they share inflammation of the skin in common.
Capable of stymying several pro-inflammatory molecules, curcumin treatments have been found to block what is considered to be the “holy grail” of inflammation – NF-κB, a protein complex that is involved in cellular responses to external stimuli like stress, free radicals, ultraviolet radiation, and cytokines. It is also responsible for regulating the immune system’s response to infection. An overactive NF-κB has been linked to inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, cancer, viral infections, and addiction.
Curcumin can not only halt inflammation in its tracks, but it also protects the skin by improving collagen production while vanquishing free radicals. And because it works so effectively for healing wounded skin, many of the manifestations of skin disease – dryness, rashes, scaliness, swelling, and irritation – are repaired since curcumin helps increase connective tissue formation and promotes blood flow.
How to Use Turmeric for Healthier Skin
Applying turmeric directly to the face and body will leave your skin feeling refreshed and rehydrated. You can purchase turmeric cream or make your own. When applying homemade turmeric masks to your skin, always allow it to dry and harden (usually about 30 minutes) before rinsing it away. Here are some wonderful recipes:
(1tsp= approx 2.5 grams)
All-Purpose Mask – 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 teaspoon of honey + 1 teaspoon of milk or plain yogurt
For Acne-Prone Skin – 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 tablespoon of chickpea powder + 1 tablespoon of lemon juice + a touch of water
For Oily Skin Types – ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 tablespoon of gram flour + a touch of water
Moisturizing Cream – ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 tablespoon of rose water + 1 tablespoon of fresh cream
Toner – ⅓ teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 egg white + 1 tablespoon of oats
Before using turmeric creams, a word of warning: turmeric has a tendency to temporarily dye the skin. Although turmeric-stained skin doesn’t happen with everyone who uses it, you may wish to experiment using these turmeric recipes on an inconspicuous spot on your body to see how your skin reacts.
If you find turmeric stains your skin, you can try to remove it with a facial toner or make a gentle scrub from sugar and water. If these tactics don’t work for you, another option is to moisten a cotton ball in water and rub the stained area; the cotton should help wick up the yellow color.
While golden yellow skin will fade with time, getting turmeric on your clothing and other fabrics will leave a mark so be extra careful when working with this otherwise marvellous herb!
Part 2 The Benefits of Internal Use
Chronic inflammation is present in health conditions like Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS), Alzheimer’s, chronic stiffness, eczema, asthma, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Turmeric has been used for thousands of years, both as a food and as a medicine. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and has very strong antioxidant properties, which can help many different health and skin conditions.
1. Turmeric contains active compounds with powerful medicinal properties
These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is Curcumin.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. For the best results when taking curcumin internally its recommended to also ingest black pepper or extract of black pepper, which contains Piperine a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%.
2. Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory
Inflammation is incredibly important. It helps the body fight foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing damage. Without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could easily take over our bodies and kill us. Although acute (short-term) inflammation is beneficial, it can become a major problem when it is chronic (long-term) and inappropriately deployed against the body’s own tissues. (1) It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions particularly those affecting the musculoskeletal system such as Osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and a host of other common diseases.
3. Turmeric dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body
Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind ageing and many diseases. It involves free radicals, which cause damage to the tissue in our bodies. Curcumin happens to be a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure. Curcumin provides high levels of antioxidant protection – 13 times higher than Blueberries
4. Curcumin leads to various improvements that can lower your risk of heart disease
Heart disease is the biggest killer in the world. It has been studied for many decades and researchers have learnt a lot about why it happens. It turns out that heart disease is incredibly complicated and there are various things that contribute to it. Curcumin may help reverse many steps in the heart disease process. Perhaps the main benefit of curcumin when it comes to heart disease, is improving the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels. It is well known that endothelial dysfunction is a major driver of heart disease and involves an inability of the endothelium to regulate blood pressure, blood clotting and various other factors. Several studies suggest that curcumin leads to improvements in endothelial function but curcumin also reduces inflammation and oxidation which are also important in heart disease.
5. Can Turmeric help prevent cancer?
Cancer is a terrible disease, characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells. There are many different forms of cancer, but they do have several commonalities, some of which appear to be affected by curcumin supplementation. Researchers have been studying curcumin as a beneficial herb in cancer treatment. It can affect cancer growth, development and spread at the molecular level and has shown that it may help reduce angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumors), metastasis (spread of cancer), as well as contributing to the death of cancerous cells.
6. Curcumin may be useful in lowering the risk of brain diseases
Interestingly, curcumin can increase brain levels of Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF), a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain. Many common brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of this hormone. This may be effective in delaying, or even reversing, many brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function and could even help improve your memory.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in the world and a leading cause of dementia. There may be good news on the horizon, because curcumin has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier. It is known that inflammation and oxidative damage play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. As we know, curcumin has beneficial effects on both and one key feature of Alzheimer’s disease is a build-up of protein tangles called Amyloid plaques. It is thought that curcumin may help clear these plaques.
7. Arthritis patients respond very well to curcumin supplementation
Arthritis is a common problem in Western countries. There are several different types, but most involve some sort of inflammation in the joints. Given that curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory, it makes sense that it could help with arthritis.
8. Turmeric has anti-microbial properties
Turmeric has also been found to have powerful antimicrobial activity against bacteria, fungi and viruses including Candida albicans and even Giardia by inhibiting parasite growth and their ability of stick to mucosa lining (14)
9. Curcumin can be effective for a range of Gastrointestinal disorders
Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which help all aspects of inflammatory diseases affecting the bowels including Diverticular disease, Irritable bowel (IBS), Inflammatory bowel disease – (Crohns, Ulcerative colitis), Dyspepsia – (heartburn, nausea, burping), and Peptic ulcer disease because it helps to increase mucous production and protects the stomach lining. Although Irritable bowel syndrome does not have inflammation turmeric has carminative properties which relieves flatulence and soothes intestinal spasm and pain by relaxing intestinal muscles and sphincters. (15, 16)
10. Turmeric is a great digestive and liver tonic
Turmeric has traditionally been used to support liver function and digestive problems since ancient times because it helps increase bile flow from the gallbladder into the intestines which is essential for the breakdown of dietary fats. Turmeric also enhances liver detoxification by supporting phase 2 detoxification within the liver and enhancing the production and activity of glutathione; a potent antioxidant. (17)
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