What are the benefits of using curcumin?


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Benefits of using curcumin, sometimes referred to as turmeric, may include treating one's upset stomach, according to MedlinePlus. There is also evidence to suggest that curcumin may improve arthritis symptoms. However, as of 2015, more research is needed into how exactly curcumin works and what other health benefits it has.

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Early findings into curcumin's use shows that it may act as an anti-inflammatory, as stated by Healthline. It is believed that it works by blocking enzymes that produce inflammation, specifically inflammation from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Similar findings also show that the supplement may have antioxidant qualities. These two qualities together may prove beneficial to fight and prevent certain kinds of cancer. Curcumin is also reported to be beneficial in lowering one's risk of heart disease.

People who use curcumin may also see some benefits in the prevention of high cholesterol, stomach ulcers and certain types of skin diseases, as stated by WebMD. Similar tests also suggest that curcumin may be effective in preventing Alzheimer's disease, HIV and colitis as well. However, people who have gallstones and people with diabetes are warned to check with one's doctor before taking the supplement, according to Healthline. This is because curcumin may cause the gallbladder to contract more often and also cause a drop in one's blood sugar.

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