Curcumin is the most active compound found in turmeric most credited for its numerous health benefits. It has been used for years in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines. Turmeric has gained a lot of popularity due to its benefits as an anti inflammatory, antioxidant and immune booster.
Curcumin is an antimicrobial that can prevent the growth of microorganisms and has been clinically shown to reduce the bacteria that causes acne.
Numerous studies have shown powerful anti aging benefits for curcumin when used both topically and systemically.
When used topically curcumin decreases reactive oxygen species. ROS causes oxidative stress, which is one of the main ways our skin becomes aged. Curcumin reduces age-related cellular damage, alleviates ageing symptoms, and positively affects tissue and collagen production.
Systemic use is well absorbed in the digestive tract. Most supplementation of curcumin is in capsule form and has been shown to fight free radicals. Free radicals cause accelerated aging by damaging cells and DNA. Studies show that supplementation of curcumin reduces low grade inflammation associated with ageing as well as age related diseases.
Due to its ability to reduce oxidative stress levels, when applied topically curcumin can reduce inflammation and help wounds heal on the surface of the skin. It’s anti-inflammatory qualities can target your pores, calm the skin, and reduce scarring.
Studies have shown that supplementing curcumin can increase levels of brain derived neurotrophic factor. BDNF is a brain hormone that creates proteins responsible for learning and memory function. Supplementing curcumin has shown to improve memory, attention and age related decreases in the brain.