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What’s The Real Difference Between Turmeric And Curcumin?


Turmeric is a versatile spice, used in spice
blends around the world including curry powder. It also has a reputation for being one of
the healthiest spices out there. “In case you’re interested, I brought my own
dressing.” “You really can’t be doing that.” “This is the last time. I promise. It contains extra virgin olive oil, a little
bit of lemon, and a hint of turmeric.” But if you’ve ever looked for the capsule
version of turmeric to use medicinally, you may have found yourself with a bottle of curcumin
instead, or with a bottle of turmeric that says it includes curcumin. So what exactly is the difference between
curcumin and turmeric? The easiest thing to remember is that turmeric
is a spice used an ingredient used in food, either in its fresh root form or in its powdered
form, and that it can also be used medicinally. Curcumin is a chemical compound generally
reserved for the medicine cabinet. But they’re closely related to one another. Curcumin is actually a chemical compound that’s
derived from turmeric. It’s kind of confusing, because the scientific
name of turmeric is Curcuma longa. What you should remember is that while all
turmeric contains curcumin, curcumin is one of many components that make up turmeric. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory,
and in some lab tests, it has even been found to be effective in reducing the size of tumors. According to WebMD, it helps protect against
high cholesterol, diabetes, and more. NBC lists even more conditions it can help
with, including Alzheimer’s, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and cardiovascular disease. Turmeric only contains 2 to 8 percent curcumin
by weight, so you’ll often find capsules of more highly concentrated curcumin, not turmeric,
at the pharmacy. To get any of the health benefits of turmeric
from diet alone, you’d need to eat almost a full gram of turmeric a day. Curcumin extracts make it easier to get more
circumin in a smaller package. Curcumin supplements are often paired with
piperine, a substance derived from black pepper, which helps the bloodstream absorb it, and
it’s also beneficial to take it with a fatty food. If you’re in LA, try an avocado. “Miss Carter, you have no idea how foreign
Los Angeles will seem to a civilized person such as yourself. They eat avocados with everything.” If you don’t want to buy curcumin capsules,
but want to absorb as much of it as possible from your diet alone, pair meals seasoned
with turmeric with black pepper and a healthy fat for maximum absorption. Before you start ingesting large amounts of
turmeric or taking a curcumin supplement, it’s best to check with a doctor. That’s especially true in the case of curcumin
supplements. The piperine that helps the body absorb the
curcumin can also make the body slow down its elimination of other prescription drugs,
including those taken to treat angina, bipolar disorder, high blood pressure, and seizures. If those substances build up in the body,
they can become toxic. If you’d prefer to avoid supplements and would
instead prefer to get the health benefits of curcumin by adding turmeric to your diet,
you’re in luck, it’s a very versatile and tasty spice. There are a number of savory ways to use turmeric
in your cooking. Just make sure to combine it with black pepper,
which will make the curcumin found in turmeric easier to absorb. Turmeric can be added to rice, stews, curries,
and soups. You can add it to spice rubs used on roasted
and grilled meats, or add it to a pan of roasted veggies to give them a subtle and warm golden
flavor. Look to Indian and Caribbean recipes if you
need more inspiration, turmeric is often used in those cultures’ cuisines. If you want to get the most nutrients out
of turmeric, you’re best off opting for fresh turmeric root, which you can often find at
Indian and Caribbean grocery stores, or specialty markets like a local health food store or
Whole Foods. Fresh turmeric root is more easily absorbed
by the body, which helps you get the most health benefits from it. But dried turmeric is a good option for those
who can’t get their hands on fresh turmeric root, or who want something with a longer
shelf life. For best results, get dried turmeric from
a specialty spice shop, which tends to offer fresher products than what you get at the
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9 thoughts on “What’s The Real Difference Between Turmeric And Curcumin?

  1. Turmeric: good for the body, but destroys clothing. Wearing white and eating something with turmeric in it is a "bull in a china shop". HA!

  2. “If you’re in LA try an avocado “, I was about to be offended. Then I realized I’m in LA and literally had avocado in my mouth 😂

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