What is curcumin?

Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, a spice in the ginger family used in cooking and, in Asian cultures, for medical purposes. Used by doctors and health care providers in Asian cultures, this supplement is thought to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Curcumin is used as a supplement in treatment of several medical conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers, scabies, heartburn, bursitis, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), osteoarthritis and AIDS. It is recognized for its ability to lower cholesterol and is currently being researched as a supplement that may slow down the spread of cancer and lower the risk of heart failure. You should be aware that studies into the safety and effectiveness of curcumin are still underway.
 

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Herbal Supplements

Herbal Supplements

Herbal supplements are dietary supplements derived from nature. Herbal plants or parts of a plant are broken down and used for their scent, flavor and therapeutic benefits. When taken as a supplement, they can deliver strong benef...

its, however, herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA and can have dangerous side effects. They act like drugs once in your system and can affect metabolism, circulation and excretion of other substances in your body. It is important to discuss with your doctor if you are on prescription medications, are breastfeeding or have chronic illnesses and want to add herbal supplements to your health regimen.
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