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Does Turmeric Provide Any Anti-Inflammatory Effects?

Paul Burton
Paul Burton


Well, this sort of a trick question. The answer is sort of but not really. 

From previous articles you’re aware that turmeric is a spice that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its potential health benefits. The active ingredient in turmeric that is believed to be responsible for its anti-inflammatory effects is curcumin.

Curcumin is a polyphenol that has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties in some studies. It may work by inhibiting the production of certain inflammatory substances in the body, such as prostaglandins and leukotrienes, and by inhibiting the activity of certain enzymes that play a role in inflammation.


While research on the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric and curcumin is ongoing, some studies have suggested that they may be helpful in reducing inflammation and improving symptoms in people with certain inflammatory conditions, such as osteoarthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Research is ongoing to fully understand the potential anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin and to determine their potential as a treatment for inflammatory conditions. Sabinsa®, is a prominent leader when it comes to turmeric and curcumin supplementation. Additionally, Sabinsa® has published numerous highly respected research validating much of what is understood about both turmeric and curcumin. 


Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric that is believed to be responsible for its anti-inflammatory effects. Technically turmeric has a role but only because of the small amount of turmeric it contains only about 3% by weight, but curcumin supplements are available that contain a much higher concentration of the compound. One example is a smoothie and food add-in boost by The Smüthe Company featuring a product ironically named “turmeric” that contains a 95% concentration of curcumin rather than the 3% naturally occurring in wholefood turmeric.

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