CURCUMIN AND IMMUNITY
Scientific research has unveiled multiple benefits of curcumin on immune responses, both in physiological and in pathological conditions. Benefits of curcumin, the most active ingredient in turmeric, include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral impact on health. Researchers at the Oregon State University have shown that curcumin can triple the ammunition used by the body’s front-line immune cells to combat bacterial, viral, and fungal infection.
Curcumin is by far the most powerful antioxidant known to science, hundreds of times more powerful than blueberries which have substantial antioxidant capabilities. Corrosive oxygen molecules (sometimes called ‘free radicals’) are found inside the human body, and while they are part of the ageing process, they are a nasty part of it because they contribute to the deterioration of cells. When cells get oxidative damage, brain cells begin to deteriorate, the heart does not beat as efficiently, arteries become clogged, blood sugar spikes, and cell division is disrupted.
Curcumin works to remove the oxidative rust from cells, preventing serious disease. Curcumin arrests inflammation and all of its damaging effects, relieving inflammatory conditions like arthritis and joint pain and eliminates the building blocks for heart disease, diabetes and other diseases that have a foundation in chronic inflammation.
Infact, inflammation is a factor in 80 to 90 percent of all disease. According to curcumin researcher Dr. Ajay Goel, Ph.D, director of Epigenetics and Cancer Prevention at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, “Curcumin demonstrates superior antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and provides liver- and heart-protective benefits as well. By knocking out viruses, bacteria and fungi, curcumin offers the powerful possibility of being used as a treatment for everything from cold and flu to pneumonia or even to help with something as serious as AIDS or cancer, effectively, and without any negative side effects.”
Further, curcumin plays a vital role in keeping the body’s immune system intact. It boosts the functionality of a molecule called Cathelicidin (Cathelicidin Anthimicrobial Peptide – CAMP). This component present in the immune system helps in the identification and eradication of bacteria and other unfamiliar external agents that attack and impact the human body negatively. Curcumin increases the CAMP activity and improves the body’s defense system against bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
Research shows that vitamin D is required for the normal production of CAMP (reduced vitamin D levels in the body can impair the immune function). The new study throws light into the fact that curcumin too can stimulate CAMP production by a mechanism different from that of vitamin D.
But not all curcumin extracts will give you all the benefits of curcumin. Curcumin is poorly absorbed by the human body and its limited bio-availability has limited its application to effectively tackling inflammatory diseases. The most bio-available form of curcumin, BCM-95™, has protective and curative benefits on health. BCM-95™ is up to 10 times more absorbable (retained in the bloodstream longer and at medicinal levels) than standard 95 percent curcumin extracts and optimizes the benefits of curcumin.
Curcumin, The 21st Century Cure by Dr Jan McBarron, M.D, N.D.