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Cooper Complete® Turmeric Curcumin Complex Supplement

A seasoned veteran and long-term key player in the supplement world, turmeric is finally being recognized for its ancient health benefits. But how exactly does it aid your body and brain? Cooper Clinic Platinum Physician Riva Rahl, MD, explores the many benefits and uses of turmeric curcumin.

Medicinal uses for chronic disease

Curcumin, a substance in turmeric root, has been used in India for thousands of years and is said to have considerable health benefits. Curcumin is actually what gives curry its yellow color. Recently, scientists have started to support what Indians have known for a long time—curry contains compounds with medicinal properties. “Most people who take turmeric, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, are now taking it for the curcumin, which is the most potent component in turmeric,” says Dr. Rahl. It is also used:

  • As a natural anti-inflammatory. “Turmeric works to suppress the protein complex NF-KB, which causes inflammation at a molecular level,” explains Dr. Rahl. “NF-KB has been attributed to many chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. It has also been shown to reduce inflammation associated with both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.”
  • To increase brain health. Turmeric can increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which helps form new neurons and therefore could play a role in reducing dementia. It is also shown to boost serotonin and dopamine, which reduces depression.
  • To improve heart health. Turmeric is said to improve blood vessel function in addition to how it positively counteracts inflammation and oxidation.
  • To prevent and perhaps even treat cancer. Turmeric may reduce cancer growth or prevent cancer from developing, as seen in lab animal subjects.

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Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties make the powerful spice an ideal daily supplement for many people. “I personally take Cooper Complete Turmeric Curcumin Complex Supplement,” says Dr. Rahl. “I like to run a lot which tends to make my joints inflamed. I have found turmeric to really help with that.”

Turmeric is best absorbed with a fatty meal. Some curcumin supplements contain piperine, which is also found in black pepper and enhances turmeric absorption by 2,000%. Regular black pepper is about 2-7% piperine, so it is estimated that ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper is the equivalent of 10 to 35 mg piperine.

The typical Southeast Asian diet contains adequate amounts of curcumin where supplementation is not necessary; the American diet on the other hand does not contain a sufficient amount to not require additional supplementation. However, while it is found in most curry, most people don’t know there are turmeric smoothies and juice add-ins!

Side effects and risks

When taken in recommended dosages, common side effects of taking a turmeric curcumin supplement can include gas, bloating and acid reflux. If taken in large doses, the small amount of oxalate found in turmeric may induce problems for people prone to specific types of kidney stones containing oxalates. It is always important to consult your physician before adding a supplement to your regimen.

Turmeric has many proven health benefits including serving as a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that can improve overall brain and heart health. While curry dishes may not be appealing to everyone’s palate, turmeric is a beneficial addition to your supplement regimen. You should consult with your health care provider before taking turmeric curcumin supplements.

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