What's the difference between turmeric and curcumin?
Glad you asked!
Most of the supplements you find out there are turmeric, which is a root and it's main medicinal property is that it's an anti-inflammatory.
But that medicinal property comes from the chemical compounds in that root that are called curcuminoids. It's a mouthful, I know.....but it's the stuff that makes curry yellow. It also works the same way that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs do. (NSAIDS). And the research bears this out.
Curcumin has been shown in several small studies to help with the chronic pain of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. It's also been shown to be helpful in ulcerative colitis, reducing symptoms. A well-designed study showed that almost 54% of the people who took curcumin had their ulcerative colitis go into remission.
Now I want you to take note of something here..... All of the studies I've cited (and more) have been done with curcumin. Why? Because it's the compound within the turmeric that does the job!
So should you take curcumin or turmeric? My vote is to go for the bullseye. Take the curcumin......BUT....you need to get a kind that has black pepper in it. Black pepper kicks the curcumin into high gear. It "turns it on", so to speak, making it more active. It's a good alternative to NSAIDS for people who suffer from chronic pain.
Speaking of which, if you do have chronic pain, I'd love to have you join my private Facebook group Plan B For Pain.