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Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric and a potent scavenger Curcumin Antioxidant 1 Canadian Academy of Sports Nutrition caasnof free radicals.

Potential Benefits of Curcumin:

  1. Liver detoxification (curcumin inhibits phase I, but stimulates phase II of the liver detoxification). It also improves gallbladder function and bile flow.
  2. As a strong anti-inflammatory agent in RA (rheumatoid arthritis), OA (osteoarthritis),inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), bursitistendinitis, and sprains and strains.
  3. Anti – cancer activity by promoting apoptosis (programmed cell death) in unhealthy cells.
  4. May help slow down progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  5. Helps maintain cognitive function.
  6. Eases indigestion.
  7. As a topical agent in genital herpes.
  8. Supports the immune function in HIV/AIDS.
  9. Promotes cardiovascular health by preventing atherosclerosis.
  10. Helpful in psoriasis.
  11. It may lower nitric oxide (NO) level, which could affect negatively athletic performance.


Curcumin is taken 500 – 1500 mg per day. It is not recommended in people with diagnosed gallstones. People with iron deficiency anemia should exercise caution when taking curcumin, as it may chelate iron.