Turmeric and Curcurmin

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color. It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Recently, science has started to back up what the Indians have known for a long time… it really does contain compounds with medicinal properties (1).

These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin.

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high… it’s around 3%, by weight (2).

Most of the studies on this herb are using turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin itself, with dosages usually exceeding 1 gram per day. It would be very difficult to reach these levels just using the turmeric spice in your foods.

Therefore, if you want to experience the full effects, then you need to take an extract that contains significant amounts of curcumin.

Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It helps to consume black pepper with it, which contains piperine… a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000% (3). ( RealDose has 2 products that contain bioperine - Weight Loss Formula no. 1 and Menopause Formula no. 1. )

Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal. If you want to buy a turmeric/curcumin supplement, then there is an excellent selection on Amazon with thousands of great customer reviews.

I recommend that you find one with bioperine (another name for piperine), which is the substance that enhances absorption of curcumin by 2000%.

Without this substance, most of the curcumin just passes through your digestive tract.

Research:

Role of curcumin in systemic and oral health: An overview: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3633300/

Curcumin content of turmeric and curry powders: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17044766

Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9619120

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