Our readers know that we strongly believe in the power, intelligence, and harmony of our Creator. Plants and critters have evolved together over a very long period of time and their is a synergy between us all. Plants provide us with many essential things and are the key to great health, both mental and physical. You can not drive them with artificial fertilizers to produce more goods faster. You end up with a beautiful looking apple with no flavor. Nor can you break the plant apart and have it work as effectively as the whole. We believe that chemical processes which strip the plant hinder the help. Quality matters...quality takes time.
You can not break plants apart biochemically without some loss of benefit. Turmeric is one of these examples (similar to eliminating all THC from hemp where trace-thc is the key in the lock of the door that unlocks the door to allow cbd to have complete uptake and maximum benefit in out body). Isolating curcumin from the rest of the plant critically hinders the uptake factor, or the ability of the benefits of curcumin to be realized because the other ingredients in the turmeric plant that are responsible for uptake/assimilation have been removed. They all work together to help curcumin to be absorbed.
Why Turmeric? Over 50 studies show Turmeric has the capacity to:
- Deliver bio-active compounds with powerful medicinal properties
- Naturally fight inflammation (a spice used for thousands of years)
- Dramatically increases antioxidant capacity of the body
- Boost brain-derived neurotrophic factor, linked to improved brain function & lower risk of brain diseases
- Lower risk of heart disease
- Help prevent and treat cancer
- Prevent and treat Alzheimer's Disease
- Help Arthritis patients - it has shown excellent response to this supplement
- Provide incredible benefits against depression
- Help delay aging and fight age related chronic diseases
If you'd like to read an excellent article about Turmeric, please go to this article: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric
When you hold plain standardized curcumin extracts/isolate up to those benchmarks, they will fall short because of poor absorption. Things like soy lecithin and polysorbate 80 used as delivery systems should be avoided. Some curcumin extracts have turned to black pepper extract, also called piperine, for increased absorption. While it does accomplish that task, it can also have many adverse effects for certain individuals depending on their current health regimen, something most people will want to avoid.
So what is the gold standard for absorbability? With more than 50 published studies, the answer is a curcumin extract combined with turmeric essential oil containing ar-turmerone to boost absorption and retention in the bloodstream. It’s the curcumin used in the studies that created the excitement around all the possibilities for healthy living. This curcumin extract has the ability to support a healthy inflammation response and protect cells against oxidation stress like nothing else can. Turmeric best accomplishes the absorption goal. And this particular curcumin is sustainably grown by local farmers for fair-trade prices in northeast India without the use of pesticides or chemicals.
Here’s an easy way to remember the importance of understanding the difference between turmeric and curcumin:
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