WARNING – NOT ALL TURMERIC SUPPLEMENTS ARE THE SAME
According to a YouGov poll, two thirds of brits planned to lose weight as their top New Year Resolution. However about two-thirds of people abandon their New Year's resolutions within a month. Losing weight through exercise at this time of year can be tough when then weather turns colder. Our joints and muscles ache more in the cold which can lead to our motivation waning and exercise can become uncomfortable.
Taking a Turmeric supplement can help with reducing inflammation which may be causing the aches and pains. Turmeric has long been revered as a powerful natural remedy, with a wealth of proven health benefits. From reducing inflammation to improving mood and fighting cancer, this potent supplement can offer an array of benefits for your overall health and well-being.
With there being so many Turmeric supplements out there it can be confusing to know which ones are the best. Turmeric isn’t easily absorbed by the body so finding a supplement that can be absorbed by the body is essential, but you will be surprised to learn what some manufacturers add to Turmeric and the effects this can have on your body!
Turmeric, Curcuminoids & Curcumin explained.
The different terminology used to describe Turmeric can be confusing. Most people are aware of the spice Turmeric and its general health benefits, but less people will know what parts of Turmeric provide the health benefits. Turmeric is flavourful yellow-orange spice, traditionally used in Asian cooking. Curcuminoids are the components within Turmeric that science believes are the bits that provide the health benefits. Of the different Curcuminoids within Turmeric, the best-researched active constituent is Curcumin. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. The amount of Curcumin within a Turmeric supplement is important to know.
So, eating more Turmeric will help?
Unfortunately, not! Eating lots of Turmeric or taking a standard Turmeric supplement won’t really do a whole lot for you because Turmeric is poorly absorbed by the body. This is because curcumin is very insoluble in water, so it passes through your body without being absorbed. Supplements that can aid absorption work best.
Why we DON'T use pepper to help with Absorption
Some cheaper curcumin supplements contain a black pepper extract called piperine which is used as a way of increasing the bioavailability (absorption) of curcumin in the body. There is no question that piperine works for this purpose. The question that you should ask is HOW piperine does this. The answer is shocking and once you understand you won't believe that supplement manufacturers put this in any products.
Piperine blocks one of the main detoxification enzymes in the liver and other parts of the body called CYP3A4.
Although pepper helps to keep curcumin in the body for longer, it's at the expense of keeping 100s of nasty toxins and unwanted chemicals in your body much longer than you want them around.
This crazy trade-off is not worth the sacrifice, so we get around this by using a lecithin-bound form of curcumin that is more easily absorbed through the intestines without hobbling the function of the liver or of the protective enzymes in the gut lining. It is designed to be absorbed by the body up to 50 times as much as raw Curcumin. We also add in Vitamin C which contributes to the normal collagen function for the normal function of bones and cartilage.
+ Two daily capsules provide 600mg of Curcumin phospholipid complex which provides 200mg of Curcumin.
+ Contains 95 Curcuminoids.
+ High Bioavailability providing 50 TIMES more absorption compared to standard curcumin.
+ 400 mg of Vitamin C in two capsules.
If you are looking for a Turmeric supplement, we feel it is important that you look at the ingredients to find out how much Curcumin is provided in each serving and what is used to help absorption. If Turmeric contains piperine, we would urge you to consider the negative impact that this may be having on your body.
Ingredient List: Curcumin phospholipid complex, curcuma longa (turmeric) extract, sunflower lecithin, magnesium stearate; bulking agent: microcrystalline cellulose; sodium ascorbate (vitamin C); capsule (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose).