Turmeric comes from underground stems otherwise known as rhizomes. It is a plant member of the ginger family. Turmeric gives mustard and Indian curry dishes their bright yellow colors. Over 1,000 medical studies have been published related to the medicinal properties of turmeric. In addition, over 700 medical studies using turmeric have been shown to positively enhance cancer therapies and/or reduce tumor growth. Andrew Weil, a well known integrative medical doctor explains curcumin in a simple way: "curcumin is is the most active constituent of turmeric, making up between two to six percent of this spice."
Curcumin has been growing in popularity as a daily supplement for those with a variety of health conditions from autism and arthritis to cancer and Alzheimers.
At Purely Integrative, we strive to offer high quality, purity tested supplements that have been proven through medical studies to support optimal health and well being. When parents provide their children with supplements at a young age under a medical practitioner's guidance, they can reduce the likelihood of a variety of health conditions.
Curcumin's Impact on Specific Health Conditions
Medical studies involving curcumin have shown positive effects for the following health conditions that can affect even the very young:
- Type II Diabetes
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
Diabetes is on the rise and even Type II Diabetes has been discovered in a growing number of young children recently. In a study involving 240 prediabetic subjects, those taking curcumin supplements for 6 months did not develop type II diabetes while 16 of those not taking the supplement did. Details are found here.
“Because of its benefits and safety, we propose that curcumin extract may be used for an intervention therapy for the prediabetes population,”
concludes Dr. Somlak Chuengsamarn of Srinakharinwirot University in Nakornnayok, Thailand his research team.
The polyphenol curcumin is believed to contain antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antiseptic, and antibiotic properties.
Leukemia and lymphomas are common pediatric cancers. One study demonstrates a chemotherapeutic effect of curcuminoids in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) which accounts for 30% of all childhood cancers.
According to a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, the data presented suggests curcumin is a potential agent for therapy of glioblastomas (GBMs).
According to a meta-analysis of the clinical use of curcumin for depression the conclusion states: "curcumin appears to be safe, well-tolerated, and efficacious among depressed patients." It states that curcumin has potent anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and neuroprotective properties and is considered to be a novel antidepressant.
Curcumin's antidepressant like activity may be connected to an increase in serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine levels in the brain.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
With so many health challenges children on the spectrum face, curcumin has been part of the autism therapy protocol for over a decade. Since curcumin possesses anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects many ASD children have experienced positive results with this rhizome. Some studies suggest that it helps to raise glutathione levels allowing the body to detoxify from heavy metals and other toxins.
Curcumin Supplements Available at Purely Integrative
For our selection of curcumin supplement options click here. Our newest addition is a curcumin gummy by Nordic Naturals that is delicious and kid friendly. Click on the gummies below for more information:
According to Web MD, occasional side effects have been documented that include: skin rashes, diarrhea, nausea and possibly dizziness. All of the side effects can be eliminated by reducing dosage or stopping therapy if they persist.
If you choose to give your child supplements, make sure you consult with an experienced medical practitioner who can help you make the best decisions regarding supplementation. Medical studies have confirmed curcumin to be a safe integrative therapy for children when used under medical supervision.