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The Truth About Curcumin

In more recent years, the anti-carcinogenic activity of curcumin both in prevention and treatment has been studied in colon, bone narrow, breast (Liu et al., 2013), prostate, and lung cancer (Sharma et al., 2001; Gomez-Bougie et al., 2015; Tieten et al., 2010; Tsai et al., 2015). While curcumin has been established as safe and nontoxic at high doses in humans (Krishnakumar et al., 2015), how curcumin has such a diverse range of medicinal effects is less understood.

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Setting The Record Straight

The Skinny on AOR’s Free Form Curcumin Now that curcumin is the hottest thing since sliced bread, we feel it is time to finally set the record straight and get down to the nitty gritty bits of what makes a truly superior, effective curcumin formulation. So, let’s take a few steps back and start at the beginning. Curcumin—one of the active ingredients in turmeric root is one of three bright pigments that give it its beautiful golden colour. As a whole, these pigments are known as curcuminoids. Traditionally, turmeric root has many uses: as a digestive aid, preservative, and blood purifier, but

The Next Step in Curcumin Evolution 

With integrity informing every decision, we never settle for mediocrity by ensuring complacency never takes hold. Because if it were to do just that, evolution would cease, and cutting-edge breakthroughs towards better medicine may never come to be. It is with this fierce dedication to continuous, diligent innovations, we always pave the way forward, rather than simply imitate by following others. Because curcumin has literally hit a glass ceiling in terms of truly innovative delivery methods, AOR was inspired to challenge this and make something unique. This brings us to the next step in curcumin evolution, Curcumin Ultra®. Comprised of

Delving Into The Science: Breaking Down Clinical Research

Now that we have fully explored the nitty gritty bits of Free Form Curcumin, it is time to delve a bit deeper to a place where many do not like to go—The Research. Although interfacing with clinical data can even make our heads spin at times, it’s important to have an understanding of what actually makes a good, viable study. Indeed, this is not very exciting per se, but will allow you to see through any skewed marketing tactics and make a truly informed decision. Measurements: Unfortunately, many publications report the bioavailability of curcuminin without actually distinguishing between Free Form

Curcumin — A Research-Backed Botanical Powerhouse

In more recent years, the anti-carcinogenic activity of curcumin both in prevention and treatment has been studied in colon, bone marrow, breast (Liu et al., 2013), prostate, and lung cancer (Sharma et al., 2001; Gomez-Bougie et al., 2015; Tieten et al., 2010; Tsai et al., 2015). While curcumin has been established as safe and nontoxic at high doses in humans (Krishnakumar et al., 2015), how curcumin has such a diverse range of medicinal effects is less understood. The liver is the major organ responsible for metabolizing or breaking down substances. When something is ingested, it is normally absorbed into the

Safety Concerns

Unfortunately, there are certain curcumin formulations being sold that have safety issues regarding the selection of raw materials and efficacy of study design. One capsule of NovaSOL® contains over six times the amount of Tween-80 normally found in our diet. Again, Tween-80 is known to be well-tolerated up to 100 mg per day, but the health issues with consumption of larger quantities on a regular basis are unknown. Side Effects Most curcumin products have excellent safety profiles, however, Schiborr (2014) reported side-effects from the use of NovaSOL® within a group of 23 human participants including: Mild nausea (seven females, three

An Overview of Bioavailable Curcumin Formulas

Theracurmin™ is a nanosized curcumin formula made from a mixture of micronized curcumin and gum ghatti solution. Theracurmin’s particle size is reduced via a wet mill grinding process and then dispersed using a high-pressure blending technique. This creates a colloidal suspension that is highly water soluble. BCM-95® is a patented curcumin formula that combines curcumin and volatile agents in turmeric essential oil to increase bioavailability. The formula is also comprised of lecithin and medium chain triglycerides to further assist in this process. Turmeric essential oil constitutes approximately 9% of the formulation. Meriva® uses micelle technology to create a patented Phytosome®

Understanding Different Types of “Enhanced” Curcumin

Curcumin Just Can’t Seem to Get a Break This has led researchers worldwide to try and effectively remedy the profound conundrum curcumin faces as a therapeutic, multi targeted medicine. How could Nature bestow one little spice with such propensity for healing, yet have it almost be completely unable to achieve its biochemical goal once ingested? It’s ever perplexing to say the least and takes us to the ins and outs of modern curcumin delivery methods and formulation. Modern delivery methods include: micronization and nanoparticles; micelles, enhancing agents, and fibre complexes. Micronized NanoParticles: This is a when a particle is significantly

Getting Curcumin into the Body

Understanding Bioavailability It is now clear that poor bioavailability limits curcumin’s use. With respect to the whole food approach in particular, large quantities of turmeric powder can be consumed and may not result in beneficial concentrations of curcumin in the blood. Trials have shown that low levels of curcumin are present in the blood samples of participants administered high doses of curcumin (Anand et al., 2007). Some estimates suggest that only about 2% of curcumin taken orally is transported via the blood to the tissues. Furthermore, Pan and colleagues showed that 99% of curcumin in the bloodstream is conjugated curcumin