Did You Know Turmeric Is A Potent Antioxidant?


Turmeric’s Antioxidant Properties

Our body naturally metabolizes the oxygen we breathe in. However, roughly 1-2% of cells gets damaged through this process and subsequently turned into free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive, unstable molecules with unpaired electrons that are desperate to stabilize themselves by obtaining their missing electron from healthy molecules causing oxidative damage to cell membranes and other structures including lipids, proteins, and DNA.

Oxidative stress occurs when the body’s natural antioxidant defenses are overpowered by free radicals and unable to keep up with the detoxification process enabling damage of cells and tissues to spread. This damage is further accelerated through environmental factors such as toxins, pollution, radiation, stress on the body, lack of sleep, and diet.  Oxidative damaged is believed to be the cause of many health conditions including arthritis, premature aging, swelling, and susceptibility to other diseases.

Antioxidants are nature’s defense system against free radicals. They have the ability to stabilize free radicals by donating the missing electron needed to neutralize these reactive molecules and prevent them from causing further damage.

Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that not only helps neutralize free radicals, but also increases the body’s own antioxidant defense mechanisms.

*Source - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17569207