Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements

September 14 2016No Commented

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Turmeric and Curcumin are some of the best joint health supplements that can provide an anti-inflammatory action to help with joint pain and other inflammatory disorders. Find out more here

Health benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements

Turmeric and its anti inflammatory component Curcumin seem to be all the buzz at the moment and rightly so, as they provide many health benefits and are some of the best joint health supplements that can provide an anti-inflammatory action.

What is Curcumin?

Curcumin

Curcumin Powder

Curcuminoids are a Group of antioxidants found in Turmeric root, rather than just one component; of which Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) is the primary constituent.

Health benefits of Curcumin

Henry Osiecki tells us that Curcumin modulates various signalling molecules in the body  including:

Inflammatory Molecules
Transcription Factors
Enzymes
Cell survival proteins
Drug resistance proteins
Growth Factors
Receptors
DNA & RNA

Curcumin can selectively modulate multiple cell signalling pathways linked to inflammation and to survival,  growth, invasion, angiogenesis and metastasis of cancer cells.

Health conditions Curcumin may help with?

An extract of Curcumin can help with:

Inflammatory conditions such as in allergies, arthritis, asthma, bursitis, connective tissue disorders, Crohns disease, symptoms of gout, inflammatory bowel disease (post operative inflammation), pancreatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, sinusitis, ulcerative colitis & uveitis.

In Ayurvedic medicine, it has been used for “all intestinal infections and mucus conditions,” for reducing pathogenic bacteria and for treating dyspepsia.

The digestive stimulant properties are also reflected in Western herbal medicine usage, where turmeric is also used for poor liver function and is recognised to have antimicrobial and carminative properties.

A pilot study in patients with GORD (currently taking either PPI or H2 Blockers, but stopping after two weeks on Curcumin), using 2 grams of Curcumin a day over eight weeks, found 11 out of 14 patients (79%) were asymptomatic by the end of the time period.

Curcumin shows promise with the bacteria Helicobacter Pylori (H.Pylori)

This is only a very small amount of ailments Curcumin can help with.

How much Curcumin should you take?

Most dosage recommendations for Curcumin is to take 1-2 grams of a day, with 5 grams being a typical dosage, gradually increasing to dosages of up to 8 grams.  Most Curcumin extract supplements start at 500mg per tablet, so a dosage of 2 twice a day would be needed to even start to produce a therapeutic effect.

Can you rely on ground Turmeric root powder to get Curcumin?

Most Turmeric root powder contains between 2-10% Curcumin, however this level varies greatly.

Factors that influence the Curcumin level include:

The species of Turmeric root and whether it is longa or aromatica
The way the Turmeric root was processed
Where it was grown and the conditions the root was grown in

As you want an exact amount of Curcumin, we suggest using a curcumin supplement, with a guaranteed amount of curcumin in each serve.

Curcumin Supplements

There are a ton of Turmeric and Curcumin supplements out there but we like the patented Curcumin ones, that provide a guaranteed amount of curcumin per dose.  These include Meriva & BCM-95.  As well as this, we have Liposomal Curcumin (in a liquid liposomal form)

Doctor's Best Curcumin Phytosome

Doctor’s Best Curcumin Phytosome

Mervia®  uses a patented Phytosome® technology which enhances the absorption of the curcumins.

They tell us “The Phytosome® technology helps enhance bioavailability. The technology binds each curcumin molecule with one or more molecules of the nutrient PC (phosphatidylcholine), to make molecular complexes called phytosomes. Curcumin molecules in the Meriva® phytosome complexes are more stable against breakdown, and mix far better into water, so that they are better absorbed when taken orally.

The PC molecules in the phytosomes serve as a “delivery vehicle” or “chaperone” that not only chemically protects the curcumin molecules, but also markedly increases their absorption because PC itself is well absorbed when taken orally.

BCM-95®   BCM-95 is the product of a unique extraction process that brings the curcuminoids and

pain-relief

Pain Relief with 117mg Curcumin per dose

naturally occurring essential oils, like curcumin and Ar-tumerone, to the forefront. The ‘95’ in the BCM-95® trademark entails the patented composition of this potent curcumin-essential oil complex (CEC) mixture: 86% curcuminoids, plus 7-9% essential oils.

We have BCM-95 in the product Ethical Nutrients Pain Relief, which provides 117 mg of Curcumin per capsule, with the addition of BosPure® Boswellia gum, known for its anti inflammatory effect.

Liposomal forms of nutrients are very popular these days, for their increased absorption.  Spark of Life Liposomal Curcumin has a huge

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Liposomal Curcumin

250mg of curcuminoids per 6ml dosage, providing mg of Curcumin.

Spark of Life tell us “Liposomal technology involves encapsulating nutrients inside tiny lipid bubbles (liposomes). Because of their minute size and make up, these liposomes are absorbed into the body without being broken down by the digestive system. This improves the bioavailability of the nutrients which means more nutrients for the cells to utilise”.

“Additionally, these liposomes provide the body with phosphatidylcholine, an essential phospholipid that is needed for many crucial functions in the body”.

“Spark of Life Curcumin is manufactured using a proprietary Cold Structure Technology which means that the product was never exposed to high temperatures or pressures”.

 

Is Curcumin Contraindicated with anything?

Yes It is.  Those with gall stones may find they need to use a reduced dosage or not use it at all.  Pregnant women should not take turmeric supplements. Curcumin can aggravate some central nervous system diseases such as in those with Lupus. Curcumin also interfered with the absorption and efficacy of the chemotherapy drug Irinotecan, so should not be used in conjunction with this.    It also decreases the effect of camptothecin and cyclophosphamide, both also used in chemotherapy.  Curcumin also enhances the effect of a number of other drugs, so if you are taking any medication and want to start Curcumin supplementation, check with your prescriber first.   Curcumin is high in salicylates, so should be considered by those who have a problem with these, before taking.

If you would like to know more about Curcumin or the supplements we stock that contain Curcumin, don’t hesitate to phone one of our health team, or email leanne@healthy.co.nz

Author
Leanne James
Naturopath
Founder Ideal Health

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