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Curcumin as anti-oxidant

In addition to its popularity as a spice, turmeric is used as a dye for cloth and colouring agent in foods and cosmetics, because of its rich yellow colour. Turmeric also serves as a preservative, probably owing to the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of curcumin. Extracts of Curcuma have shown in vitro antibacterial and anti-fungal effects.

Turmeric is named in ancient Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal texts as a long-established folk remedy. Historically, turmeric was used externally for wounds, and sprains, and internally for digestive complaints, rheumatism, liver disorders, coughs and colds.

The numerous beneficial effects attributed to turmeric stem in large measure from the antioxidant properties of curcumin. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are highly unstable molecules that can damage cellular structures through abnormal oxidative reactions. Curcumin is a potent “forager” of the superoxide radical, a free radical that initiates potentially harmful oxidative processes such as lipid peroxidation. Through this activity, curcumin has been shown to protect skin cells from the injurious effect of nitroblue tetrazolium, a toxin that generates superoxide radicals. Curcumin also increases survival of cells exposed in vitro to the enzyme hypoxanthine/xanthine oxidase, which stimulates superoxide and hydrogen peroxide production. Curcumin itself is not toxic to cells, even at high concentrations. Pure curcumin was shown to be less protective than a mixture of curcuminoids, indicating a possible synergism among curcuminoids. Since free radicals are involved in aging and exert harmful effects on skin, these results suggest curcumin may help slow skin aging.

Curcumin demonstrates several other in vitro effects linked to free radical scavenging. Curcumin scavenges nitric oxide, a compound associated with the body’s inflammatory response. Pure curcumin and turmeric extracts protect red blood cells from lipid peroxidation induced by hydrogen peroxide. Curcumin has been shown to protect DNA from oxidative damage, inhibit binding of toxic metabolites to DNA, and reduce DNA mutations in the Ames’ test. Although additional studies suggest an anticarcinogenic effect of curcumin, through protection of DNA, one in vitro study found that curcumin induced DNA damage in human gastric mucosal cells.11 It is speculated that curcumin may act as a pro-oxidant in the presence of transition metal ions such as copper and iron. (This is true for other antioxidants, including vitamin C.) Curcumin also demonstrates in vitro inhibition of COX-I and COX-II enzymes, which are involved in the inflammatory reaction. Together these results strongly suggest that curcumin is a potent bio-protectant with a potentially wide range of therapeutic applications.

Indications of Curcumin Capsules

  • Arthritis of All types – Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid, Ankylosing, Psoriatic
  • Recurrent Sinusitis, Allergies, Asthma, Chronic Rhinitis, Eosinophilea
  • Diabetes
  • Strains, sprains and sports injuries
  • Cancers of All types
  • Alzhiemer’s disease
  • Prostate enlargement
  • Inflammatory conditions of any organ
Planet Ayurveda Curcumin gives the best results than the other similar supplements from other companies. The reason is that we use standardized 500 mg extract of curcumin containing 95 % curcuminoids in pure vegetarian capsule shells.

Each Bottle contains
60 Vegi Capsules
Serving Size- 1-2 Vegi Cap
Servings Per Container - 30 to 60
Each 500 mg Capsule Contains – Best Quality Herbal standardized Extract of Curcumin 10:1 (containing 95% curcuminoids)

Dosage of Curcumin Capsules

2 capsules twice daily, with plain water after meals for inflammation. 3-4 capsules can be consumed in case of various cancer. 1 capsule twice daily is good as natural anti-oxidant.

Our curcumin capsules contain 100 % herbal extract of standardized curcumin extract upto 95 % curcuminoids and we do not fill any powders, fillers or herbs. We use pure vegetarian shells and not hard gelatin shells.