Curcumin is a compound found in turmeric, a flavorful spice commonly used in many cuisines. However, curcumin is more than just a spice. It holds many health benefits, most notably lowering inflammation.
Studies show that curcumin may help reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteo arthritis. It has also been shown to significantly reduce levels of the inflammatory markers C-reactive protein and malondialdehyde in those with metabolic syndrome.
Fun fact: Because it is not easily absorbed by the body, curcumin is best consumed with black pepper which contains peperine, a compoenent that aids absorption.
You will also find many curcumin supplements also contain piperine to boost absorption.
Be sure to speak with your healthcare practitioner before including curcumin supplements for proper dosage and to see if it's right for you.