Curamin is an extract of curcumin and is sold in health food stores, according to Vitamin Shoppe. People use it for pain relief, including pain relief for stressed muscles after exercise. Curcumin is a natural compound found in turmeric, a spice, according to The Huffington Post.
Curcumin also gives turmeric its bright yellow-orange color, according to The Huffington Post. Turmeric has been used to ease all kinds of maladies for thousands of years, but researchers have found that curcumin seems to be good at preventing heart attacks in patients who have undergone bypass surgery. In the study, one group took curcumin, and the other group took a placebo. Heart attacks occurred more often in patients who had taken the placebo. Experts believe this is due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant attributes of curcumin.
Curcumin also seems to help people with pre-diabetes, says The Huffington Post. Again, one group was given a placebo while another was given curcumin. No one who took the curcumin developed type 2 diabetes over the nine months of the study.
The compound also seems to be effective against cancer, claims The Huffington Post. It works by preventing malignancies from developing in the first place, then stopping their growth and spread. Curcumin reportedly kills cancer in vitro and shrinks tumors in animal models.