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Curcumin

Yash kaushik
Yash kaushik
Curcumin is a herb found in the Indian spice turmeric (haldi). It is generally used to add taste and flavor in Indian curry. Apart from adding great taste to dishes, curcumin is popularly used for its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. Curcumin is not easily absorbed and does not go through the gut that easily for which you need piperine (an absorption enhancer) which is commonly found in Black Pepper, another Indian spice.

Key points
An active ingredient of turmeric
Not absorbed quickly
Requires piperine for absorption which is present in black pepper
Curcumin is fat soluble
Is popularly used for anti-inflammatory effects and antioxidants

Useful?
Yes, especially arthritic population
Highly anti-inflammatory
Helps in relieving joint pain
Curcumin mainly found in turmeric (haldi)
Piperine mainly found in pepper

Harmful?
No, Research suggests that curcumin has a very high safety threshold. 

Dosage?
80 - 500 mg with piperine (piperine helps in absorption of curcumin)

Timing?
Any time of the day
Mostly taken with meals

Yash Kaushik
Nutrition Consultant, SQUATS