ALL CURCUMIN IS NOT CREATED EQUAL.
CURCUMIN IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY INGREDIENTS IN THE WORLD BUT MUCH OF THE COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE TURMERIC HAS LESS THAN 3% CURCUMIN AND WON’T GET PAST THE GUT TO DO ANY GOOD
Curcumin is the yellow pigment associated with turmeric. It’s the principal curcuminoid of the turmeric plant. The curcumin in turmeric has potent anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation is a process in which the body’s white blood cells and immune proteins help protect us from infection and foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. Sometimes the body’s defense system (immune system) triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign substances to fight off. In these instances, the body’s normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues. Curcumin has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for thousands of years largely because of its ability to promote health by reducing inflammation.
Watch out for: The percentage of available curcumin
For maximim effectiveness, choose a product with high percentage of curcuminoids. Much of the commercially available curcumin, (found in turmeric) has less than 3% curcuminoids. For curcumin to act efficiently there should be evidence that it is available at adequate levels in the bloodstream to positively affect the target areas of inflammation. Products standardized to contain 95% curcuminoids arranged in its natural order are known to be the most effective.
Watch out for: Curcumin is lost in the digestive process
Most curcumin is lost in the liver and stomach lining. This reduces absorption and bioavailability to render low doses of curcumin ineffective. Extra measures need to be taken to help the curcumin through the stomach and into the small intestine where it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Look for products that proactively increase the bioavailability and absorption of curcumin. Enhanced capsule technology is one technique. These capsules stay in tact, bypassing the liver and stomach, to reach the small intestine. Piperine is another method.
Watch out for: Optimum quantity
Make sure the brand that you choose has at least 500mg of cucumin standardized to contain 95% curcuminoids. Many brands contain standard turmeric root which has low quantities of curcumioids.
Watch out for: Contraindications with medication
Always consult a qualified health professional before beginning any new dietary supplement.
Watch out for: Products that have not been tested in a US lab
Commercially available curcumin has been found to have toxic levels of lead, mercury and arsenic. Be sure that the brand you use is tested in in the USA to assure purity and safety of the product.