Curcumin is purported to have many health benefits such as being anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, and pain relief. Research is still being done on the extent of its benefits.
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Curcumin is naturally found in Turmeric, so any food containing Turmeric, such as curry and mustard, will have some curcumin in them.
Turmeric is alkaline and turns red in basic solutions due to its neutralization reactions.
While black pepper can increase the absorption of Curcumin it is not the only method available, so no black pepper is not inherently needed.
Turmeric is used in foods, dyes, makeup, herbal remedies, and teas. Due to the Curcumin within it, it has the purported benefits as a pain reliever, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory but at a reduced rate of absorption.
It is generally recommended that you can take about 8 grams a day but no more than 12 grams to avoid upsetting your stomach.
Yes, for some people Curcumin can cause nausea and diarrhea if they consume too much.
Turmeric is known for its yellow color provided by the Curcumin within it. The inside of the Turmeric root and ground up Turmeric can also show as a yellow-orange color. It is what gives curry and mustard their yellow color.
In large enough doses, some people may experience stomach issues such as nausea and diarrhea.
Since Curcumin is found within Turmeric you can choose to use it in dishes, such as curry and other Indian dishes, or in teas. Or you can consume it as an over-the-counter supplement.
It is typically recommended to avoid Turmeric or use cautiously after consulting a doctor if you have issues such as gallbladder problems or GERD as it can increase bile secretion, bleeding disorders as it can slow blood clotting, iron deficiency as it can interfere with the absorption of iron, and a few others. If you have any kind of serious medical problem, consult your doctor before using any new supplement.
Turmeric as is has somewhat poor absorption and bioavailability, although it is easy to consume in food dishes or teas. Curcumin that has been extracted, typically has undergone some kind of treatment to increase its absorption and bioavailability so you do not need to consume as much compared to Turmeric.
Turmeric is very popular in food and teas; it can even be found in over-the-counter supplements. For better
absorption it is recommended to consume it with fats, black pepper, or after it has been heat treated.
Yes and no. While Curcumin is naturally found within Turmeric and gives it its benefits and color, Curcumin that has been extracted and specially treated has better bioavailability and use than Turmeric. Turmeric contains only about 5% Curcumin, so to get any benefits you would have to consume a lot.