After 25 years of research there is no doubt that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) can play a major role in fighting pro-inflammatory diseases like cancer, heart disease, arthritis, IBS, diabetes, atherosclerosis and many more. The question now isn’t whether to use curcumin, but which curcumin to use.
To distinguish fact from fiction when buying a curcumin product, here’s what you need to know:
- Taking turmeric does not provide a sufficient dose of curcumin. Turmeric contains only about 3% curcumin and of the 3% almost nothing is absorbed by the body. Turmeric does have other health benefits, however.
- Higher doses of curcumin in a product will not necessarily provide higher doses of curcumin. This sounds like a contradiction in terms, but a published study in the Journal of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3535097/) showed that even when individuals received doses as high as 2000mg of curcumin, serum levels of curcumin remained either undetectable or very low. In other words, individuals who partook in the study got virtually no benefits from taking a dose even as high as 2000mg of curcumin on its own
- Administering 20mg of piperine (black pepper) with curcumin, increases the bioavailability of curcumin by 2,000%. This shows the importance of piperine in a curcumin product. Piperine also prevents the premature breakdown of curcumin in the gut and increases its lifespan. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3535097/
- Liposomal encapsulation increases the absorption of curcumin by another 29 times! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3535097/
The bottom line is that if the product doesn’t contain proven (see note below) measures/technology to increase absorption, curcumin remains virtually inabsorbable even at high doses.
Oshun Health’s Curcumin Boost contains piperine and uses our trademarked liposomal absorption system (fulvisomes) to increase absorption. This makes the product so absorbable that doses higher than 50mg should be taken with caution given that curcumin has a significant impact on blood sugar levels (lowers it) and certain medications (anticoagulants for instance).
*Note: An emulsion (mixture of two or more liquids that normally don’t mix, for instance vinegar and oil) is not the same as liposomal encapsulation. Emulsions are cheaper and easier to make than liposomes but will not provide the absorption that liposomes do.