Turmeric (AKA Curcuma longa) belongs to the ginger family and its rhizomes (the underground part of the stem) are harvested, steamed and dried to produce the turmeric powder we know and love. Turmeric is probably best known for giving curry its characteristic golden glow. Curcumin, one of the three curcuminoids present in turmeric, steals the limelight, and for good reason.
What is so special about curcumin?
Curcumin has potent anti-inflammatory effects, comparable to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It works by regulating certain molecules involved in inflammatory processes. The fact that inflammation is so central to many conditions that affect fertility makes curcumin (and the turmeric that contains it) a potentially helpful substance for supporting fertility.
Conditions that are characterised by inflammation and may negatively affect fertility include: PCOS, endometriosis and uterine fibroids. PMS is also associated with inflammation.
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