Turmeric? Curcumin? Is it the same thing? Definitely not! Read on to find out why.

5 May, 2021

Turmeric is well versed as being a ‘good’ supplement to take for overall health and for helping to tackle a number of issues. And then there’s Curcumin, which is slightly less well-known.

So, what is Turmeric? What is Curcumin? And most importantly, what is the difference?

Turmeric is a spice, and a member of the ginger family. It is well known for its bright yellow / orange colour, and is commonly used in many Asian cuisines. Turmeric contains Curcuminoids, which are bioactive compounds, responsible for delivering all the health benefits that we read about. Curcumin is one of these Curcuminoid compounds. In fact, 75% of the active Curcuminoids found in Turmeric are Curcumin. This why Curcumin is the STAR compound, and KEY active ingredient, found in Turmeric.

So what does Curcumin do for your skin? Firstly, it’s an anti-oxidant POWERHOUSE! Curcumin can help wounds (such as those caused by acne) heal by decreasing inflammation and oxidation. It also lowers the response of your body to cutaneous wounds, which results in your wounds healing more quickly. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities of Curcumin may help conditions such as eczema and psoriasis by controlling flare ups and other symptoms. Studies have found that Curcumin can positively affect tissue and collagen as well.

So can you just consume Turmeric to get the BENEFITS of Curcumin?

Well, in theory, you could. But realistically, no. Curcumin actually makes up only 3% of the weight of Turmeric. So, you’d need to consume A LOT of Turmeric for your body to absorb the right amount of Curcumin to be effective. However, extracting Curcumin from Turmeric is pretty complicated and therefore, a very expensive process. Which is one of the reasons Turmeric is mosty commonly used in supplements ahead of Curcumin… to keep the costs down!

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