Immunity is our body's natural defense against disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and pathogens. It can considerably reduce the odds of getting sick. Nutritionists and health experts have often pointed out how important it is to have good immunity. It's the holy grail of health - It can fight cold, cough and chest congestion, and also helps keep us away from bigger, more serious diseases and ailments.

A healthy diet, adequate sleep, and exercise are all factors that strengthen the immune system but there is something else we can do to prevent immunity dropping below the recommended levels and giving it a boost.

Turmeric, or “Indian saffron,” has a long history of medicinal use. We can trace the origins of the Curcuma Longa Root back nearly 4000 years, establishing its presence in natural medicine in Southeast Asia.

Turmeric’s brilliant yellow color comes from the curcuminoid content within it. Curcumin is a powerful compound with numerous Health Benefits and almost no adverse side effects. 

Curcumin Antioxidant Property

Curcumin possesses anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Now, studies confirm that turmeric acts as an antioxidant as well. This benefit is excellent news for people who want to enhance their immunity.

The thought is, if you can reduce the amount of active free radicals in the body, you will see a boost in your immune system function. While studies on some antioxidant supplements are inconclusive at best, turmeric’s main active, curcumin, demonstrates strong disease-fighting potential.

The way curcumin behaves as an anti-inflammatory, in itself, makes it an excellent therapeutic agent for immunity. It’s the capability to double as an antioxidant that gives us extra incentive to add curcumin to our daily diets. 

What research has to say?

A study in Journal of Toxicology and Environmental chemistry demonstrated curcumins effect on 32 rats exposed to tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). TCDD may cause various metabolic disorders, immunological dysfunction and even Cancer. The results indicated that curcumin was effective in the prevention and treatment of TCDD-induced toxicity.(1)  Another study found that Curcumin exhibits the highest level of antioxidant activity compared to other curcuminoids.(2) Even at a lower doses, curcumin has shown that it can improve antibody responses. This attribute suggests that Curcumin reported benefits on various diseases may be partially due to its aptitude to modulate the immune system.(3) A study in the journal neuroscience showed that curcumin successfully inhibited oxidative stress-induced inflammation. Also, protected astrocytes (critical workers in the central nervous system) from damage.(4)


Conclusion-

Curcumin may help boost your immune system with its antioxidant properties. Although it’s not meant to be a cure-all for various diseases, it does seem to exhibit significant antioxidant and radical scavenging activity in the body.

Thus, Curcumin may help reduce free radical content in the body and slow the cell death process. This benefit makes curcumin an excellent contributor to overall mental and physical wellness and a potential ally against age-related diseases. 

Note-Please note, there are no known studies at this time demonstrating the effectiveness of turmeric/Curcumin for Coronavirus (COVID-19). As is the case with any medication or dietary supplement, please consult with a certified healthcare professional to see if turmeric is right for you.


Sources:

(1) Journal of Toxicology and Environmental chemistry - Protective effects of curcumin on antioxidant status, body weight gain and reproductive parameters in male rats exposed to subchronic 2,3,7,8-TCDD
(2) Food Chemistry- Antioxidant activities of curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin
(3) Journal of Clinical Immunology 2007 Jan 27 “Spicing up” of the Immune system by Curcumin.
(4) Journal of neuroscience 2016, OCt 01- Curcumin alleviates oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in astrocytes.