The Difference Between Curcumin and Turmeric

Published September 1, 2017

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Curcumin is a chemical compound and the active ingredient of the turmeric root, a member of the ginger family commonly used to flavour food. Curcumin has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for centuries by Indian Ayurvedic practitioners. 1

How does curcumin work?

Curcumin is believed to help reduce joint pain by blocking the inflammatory enzymes and cytokines which help cells communicate with one another and stimulate the movement of cells towards sites of inflammation.2

How do I take curcumin?

The amount of curcumin present in the turmeric powder you might find in the supermarket spice aisle is negligible – around 3 per cent3, but the percentage of curcumin is significantly higher in dietary supplement form.

In addition, the body’s ability to absorb curcumin naturally through the gut is somewhat limited, so some people may require help getting it into their system.4 If supplementing your intake, look for ‘bioavailable’ curcumin – this means it is in a form that is ready to be easily absorbed by the body.

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2 A. Marchiani, C. Rozzo, A. Fadda, G. Delogu and P. Ruzza. “Curcumin and Curcumin-like Molecules: From Spice to Drugs.” Current Medicinal Chemistry, 2014, 21, 204-222

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