Lets Talk Tumeric, specifically the principal compound Curcumin it contains.
(Why you need to supplement it, which supplements are best, how to include it in your diet, and how to take it to optimize your daily health and performance)
Used as a food ingredient in Asia for thousands of years, curcumin is a potent antioxidant that offers numerous health benefits, including support of joint, liver, GI, and cardiovascular function.
Curcumin is an antioxidant flavonoid that helps maintain the body's normal inflammatory response through optimization of cytokine production. Some, but not nearly all of the benefits include : Support Joint Comfort
Enhance Cognitive Functioning
Benefit Cardiovascular Health
Bolster Immune System Defenses
Fight Free Radicals Within the Body
Promote Mobility and Flexibility
Help Regulate the Digestive System
Provide Antioxidant Health Benefits
Optimize Overall Body Comfort
Empower Positive Overall Well-being
Now, before you get over excited about this amazing natural dietary superfood, there is a small caveat.. Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the blood stream and steps have to be taken to increase its bioavailability (its capability of being absorbed and available for use)
The good news for us is dietary strategies, including the use of black pepper (piperine) with turmeric, can boost blood levels of curcumin from the spice turmeric by up to 2,000%. But as science and technology progresses, there are other ways to increase its bioavailability. Some supplement companies have done a great job of combining compounds or technology to make supplementation more convenient.
There are basically four methods or strategies that we have come across :
Pairing curcumin with black pepper (piperine)
Curcumin phytosomes complexed with (phosphatidylcholine)(Meriva or BCM-95)
Curcumin nanoparticles (THERACURMIN)
Water-soluble curcumin (polyvinyl pyrrolidone)
When your looking for a potent, high quality supplement for Curcumin, be sure to keep the above in mind! Whether you supplement it, or add it to your food, this is a daily powerful dietary superfood. I take it daily, without fail.