We may not often think of our skin as the body’s largest organ, but it is. And because of its literal exposure to inflammation, bacteria, and ultraviolet radiation, it requires protection. Curcumin from turmeric can help.
The authors of this review found that curcumin has great potential to protect against skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, and inflammatory damage. In fact, it has already been used and recommended for those conditions.
But the challenge, they note, is that curcumin typically has low bioavailability. Standard extracts simply don’t absorb well in large quantities to have consistent therapeutic value. That’s why it is so important to choose a curcumin with enhanced bioavailability. An extract combined with turmeric essential oil has been shown to be 700 percent more bioavailable and has been verified in over 70 published trials. If you are considering adding this botanical to your regimen as part of your own skin restoring and healthy aging regimen, make sure to seek out curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil for the best results.
Panahi Y, Fazlolahzadeh O, Atkin SL, Majeed M, Butler AE, Johnston TP, Sahebkar A. Evidence of curcumin and curcumin analogue effects in skin diseases: A narrative review. J Cell Physiol. 2019 Feb;234(2):1165-1178. doi: 10.1002/jcp.27096. Epub 2018 Aug 2. PMID: 30073647.
Curcumin, a natural polyphenolic and yellow pigment obtained from the spice turmeric, has strong antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Due to these properties, curcumin has been used as a remedy for the prevention and treatment of skin aging and disorders such as psoriasis, infection, acne, skin inflammation, and skin cancer. Curcumin has protective effects against skin damage caused by chronic ultraviolet B radiation. One of the challenges in maximizing the therapeutic potential of curcumin is its low bioavailability, limited aqueous solubility, and chemical instability. In this regard, the present review is focused on recent studies concerning the use of curcumin for the treatment of skin diseases, as well as offering new and efficient strategies to optimize its pharmacokinetic profile and increase its bioavailability.
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