Turmeric root, Indian saffron
Longa root has been used in traditional medicines for centuries and it from the roots of a flowering plant in India and other parts of Southeast Asia. It is known for having powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in longa and is responsible for many of the roots potential health benefits.
Although inflammation is natural in the body and is necessary to fight off harmful bacteria, viruses and injuries, long term inflammation can result in chronic conditions such as heart disease and cancer. The curcumin in longa root is commonly used to fight inflammation and some studies suggest that when given in the right dose, it can be more effective than common medications given for inflammation – such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
May protect against heart disease
The curcumin in longa root may improve the health of the thin membrane that covers the inside of the heart and blood vessels, called endothelial. Endothelial is important for regulating blood pressure and lower endothelial function is associated with ageing and an increased risk of heart disease.
One study showed that curcumin was equally effective as atorvastatin – a drug commonly prescribed to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke – at improving endothelial function in people with type 2 diabetes.
Could help ease symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin in longa root, studies suggest that it could be an effective long-term treatment for people who suffer with osteoarthritis. One particular study of mice showed curcumin significantly slowed the progression of osteoarthritis.
Longa root is also known as turmeric, which is often added to savoury dishes – particulary in Indian cuisine. Curcumin can also be taken as a supplement, such as our Longvida Optimised Curcumin Extract – we suggest taking capsule daily before food or 2 capsules for intensive support, taken separately during the day, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.