Ingredient Spotlight: Curcumin 

Curcumin, a powerful compound found in turmeric, has become a popular ingredient recently, and for good reason. 

Curcumin is responsible for the spice’s vibrant golden color. Beyond its use for cooking, evidence shows that curcumin supports a variety of health benefits, backed by centuries of traditional medicine and modern scientific research [1]. It’s most known for its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits and Antioxidant Defense

Inflammation is a natural response by the body to injury or infection, but chronic inflammation can lead to various health issues. Curcumin has demonstrated remarkable anti-inflammatory effects, helping to combat inflammation at the cellular level [2]. Curcumin is also a potent antioxidant that helps scavenge free radicals and protect the body’s cells from damage [3]. 

Joint Health

Chronic inflammation is a common factor in various joint conditions, contributing to pain and stiffness. Curcumin’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties have been studied extensively and are believed to play a crucial role in mitigating inflammation in joints. By modulating inflammatory pathways at the cellular level, curcumin may help alleviate symptoms associated with joint conditions. Additionally, its antioxidant properties help protect joint tissues from oxidative stress, which is known to play a role in the progression of joint disorders.

Brain Health and Cognitive Function

Studies suggest that curcumin may cross the blood-brain barrier and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits that could positively impact brain health [4]. More research is needed but it’s a very promising area of study.

Heart Health Support

Curcumin may also play a role in promoting heart health. It has been linked to improvements in the function of the endothelium, the lining of the blood vessels. Additionally, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties may contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system [5]. 

Meet Bend

Rain International’s Bend supports joints by providing a quality source of  curcumin as well as a carefully curated blend of natural ingredients that act as inflammation inhibitors, cartilage builders, and tendon supporters. By combining the power of curcumin with other bioactive compounds, you can take proactive steps to support joint health and your overall mobility.


[1] Aggarwal, B. B., Sundaram, C., Malani, N., & Ichikawa, H. (2007). Curcumin: The Indian solid gold. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 595, 1-75. DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-46401-5_1

[2] Jurenka, J. S. (2009). Anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a major constituent of Curcuma longa: A review of preclinical and clinical research. Alternative Medicine Review, 14(2), 141-153. PMID: 19594223

[3] Rahimi, H. R., Nedaeinia, R., Sepehri Shamloo, A., Nikdoust, S., & Kazemi, O. (2016). Novel delivery system for natural products: Nano-curcumin formulations. Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine, 6(4), 383-398. PMID: 27651851

[4] Cox, K. H., Pipingas, A., & Scholey, A. B. (2015). Investigation of the effects of solid lipid curcumin on cognition and mood in a healthy older population. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 29(5), 642-651. DOI: 10.1177/0269881114552744

[5] Cicero, A. F., & Baggioni, A. (2016). Berberine and its role in chronic disease. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 928, 27-45. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-41334-1_2