Curcumin is an extract from the rhizome of turmeric, which, like turmeric itself, is known for its antioxidant and anti‑inflammatory properties. The active ingredient is curcuminoids. Since curcumin itself is poorly absorbed and rapidly degraded in the human body, it is recommended to take black pepper extract, known as piperine, along with it.
Effects of curcumin
Curcumin is antioxidant which neutralizes the action of free radicals, thus slowing down the aging of the body and preventing the development of inflammatory processes. In addition, curcumin also:
- promotes musculoskeletal health,
- promotes normal liver and heart function,
- improves skin health,
- lowers blood sugar levels,
- supports normal immune system function.
Side effects such as upset stomach or diarrhoea may occur in more sensitive people or at higher doses of curcumin.
The recommended dosage is not fixed for curcumin, the most common dose is 250‑400 mg per day. In terms of long‑term use, opinions on curcumin vary. Curcumin is not suitable for people taking blood thinners or cholesterol medications.