Do you know the difference between turmeric and curcumin? Turmeric is a root, or rhizome, native to India. It’s very similar to ginger, with a more pungent flavor. It has bright, reddish-orange flesh.
Most of us here in the West think of turmeric as a cooking spice. However, turmeric has gained a great deal of fame lately because of its many amazing health benefits. In fact, it turns out turmeric is brimming with beneficial compounds. It’s chock full of carotenoids, essential oils called ‘turmerones,’ and active components called curcuminoids.
The most bioactive of those active ingredients is a natural chemical called curcumin.
Curcumin makes up 90% of the curcuminoid content in turmeric, though turmeric is only around 5% curcuminoids by weight. It’s commonly extracted from turmeric and formed into a powder that’s used to make supplements.
What is Turmeric Used For?
Turmeric has a long history of use in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. It has been used topically to support skin health. It’s also been administered orally to support urinary tract diseases. Turmeric has even been inhaled for to support the health of nasal passages.
It is used in curries in India and served in drinks in Korea. In the U.S. it’s added to cheese, butter, and mustard to enhance color.1 In Europe, it’s used as a component of cosmetics.
What are the Benefits of Curcumin?
Curcumin benefits make a very long list! Curcumin supports healthy inflammation levels and optimal cognitive function. It also supports your cardiovascular system as well as healthy blood pressure. Finally, it supports overall health even if you’re dealing with a chronic illness such as autoimmune disease and arthritis.
Research shows curcumin supports a healthy insulin response, optimal blood sugar levels, as well as healthy “good” cholesterol in your body.
Research also shows that curcumin is one of the most powerful free-radical fighters in the entire world. It’s been shown to have an oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) score of 1,500,000! That’s far in excess of almost every common antioxidant.
Free radicals can cause damage to your DNA and the collagen matrix that supports your skin. Squashing them before they can do this is critical to support healthy aging and youthful-looking skin. It’s also important for immune function as free radicals can cause systemic inflammation throughout the body. In turn, this can over-activate the immune system and potentially lead to immune dysfunction.
NSAIDs such as Motrin®, Advil®, and Aleve®, can promote ulcers and bleeding in the stomach.2 They can also damage the gut microbiome by killing off the beneficial bacteria in your gut.
Curcumin has been found to be safe even at high doses, such as 1125-2500 mg per day. It is also thought to be safe for long-term use. In fact, the average person in India eats 60-100 mg daily as part of their typical diet! You can learn more in this article.
Why Take a Supplement When You Can Eat Turmeric?
As I mentioned above, there’s actually very little curcumin in turmeric. This means that to get any benefit from the curcumin that naturally occurs in turmeric, you’d have to eat turmeric all day long.
That’s why curcumin supplements have become so popular. Yet most turmeric and curcumin supplements simply don’t work. Because there’s so little curcumin in turmeric, most turmeric supplements on the market have very low percentages of the useful bioactive compounds that offer all of turmeric’s wonderful health benefits.
Even if the supplements do contain the correct bioactive compounds, curcumin has famously poor absorption, biodistribution, metabolism, and bioavailability. What little can be absorbed is almost always metabolized by your liver before it can do any good.
Why is Liposomal Curcumin the Best Form?
I spent months researching and formulating my liquid micelle Liposomal Curcumin for maximum absorption and systemic bioavailability.
- With a potency of 500mg of real, naturally extracted curcumin per serving, it’s far superior to other formulas.
- I solved the problem of poor absorbability and bioavailability. I surrounded the curcumin molecule with a thin layer of healthy fat from Omega-9 rich sunflower oil. This micelle ‘pocket’ creates a liposome that is readily absorbed by your intestinal lining. The pocket also protects it from metabolism by your liver. That way it survives to travel freely throughout your body to the cells and tissues that need it the most.
- My physician-designed Liposomal Curcumin actually provides hundreds of times more bioavailable curcumin than many plain turmeric supplements. It absorbs at least five times better than the very best standardized curcumin supplements available on the market today.
The right form of curcumin supports a healthy inflammation response in a variety of ways. It positively impacts your genetic expression in the genes that regulate systemic inflammation. Curcumin can also support the production of Treg cells. These cells favorably affect cytokine production and act as free radical quenchers by neutralizing inflammation-causing free radicals throughout your body.
My Liposomal Curcumin formula supports optimal gut and intestinal health in multiple ways. It supports bile production and bile flow which positively impacts liver function, digestion, and nutrient solubility. Curcumin also supports inflammation balance in the intestinal tract. This benefits the mucosal lining of the gut as well as an ideally functioning intestinal barrier.
Whether you have gut or immune issues, face health challenges caused by chronic inflammation, or want to support healthy aging, Liposomal Curcumin is an excellent choice. Teeming with free-radical fighters, my tasty, citrusy Liposomal Curcumin is the optimal way for your body to reap the benefits of curcumin!