ZYN relies on the active compound in turmeric – curcumin – to give your body a boost. Turmeric has been used in Asian cooking for thousands of years to bring color and flavor to favorite dishes, and curcumin benefits have been utilized in Eastern medicines for just as long.
But what do the experts say? Here are five of the top curcumin health benefits, according to the latest studies:
- Curcumin may help ward off heart attacks.
In a 2012 study, 121 people who had been through a bypass surgery were given either a placebo pill or curcumin capsules for five days following their operations. During their hospital stays, 30% of the people who received the placebo experienced another heart attack, but only 13% of the curcumin group did. The researchers believe that curcumin’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the chance of a heart attack in bypass patients by as much as 65%.
- Curcumin may help delay the onset of diabetes.
Another 2012 study found that people with prediabetes may be able to delay the onset of diabetes by regularly ingesting curcumin. During the study, 240 people were given either a placebo or curcumin supplements over nine months. At the end of the study, 16.4% of the placebo group were diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, but not one of the people who received curcumin was diagnosed with the illness.
- Curcumin may help fight and prevent cancer.
Studies in humans are still in early stages, but some promising studies have been done in labs and with animals that show curcumin may be a great weapon for fighting cancer, the Huffington Post reports. According to the article, the American Cancer Society has said that curcumin interferes with molecular pathways involved in the development, growth, and spread of cancer. It has even been shown to kill cancer cells in lab settings and improve the effects of chemotherapy in animals.
- Curcumin may help reduce osteoarthritis pain.
A study from 2013 found that curcumin was effective at reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis. The researchers said that curcumin has “an excellent safety profile” and that there is strong evidence that it is effective at targeting multiple inflammatory diseases.
- Curcumin may help prevent Alzheimer’s
Institutes like the Mary S. Easton UCLA Alzheimer Translation Center are studying the ability of curcumin to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. While conclusive studies are not yet available, researchers have noted that India has a low incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease, and the reason may be the high intake of turmeric in Indian foods like curries.
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