What is Turmeric Curcumin?
Turmeric, an Asian plant of the ginger family, is mostly known for its culinary purposes in southern Asian cuisines such as curry. It has long been used for medicinal purposes in ancient Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda practices.
It is believed by many scientists and researchers that inflammation may be the root cause of most chronic diseases including pain, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, heart disease, and even cancer. Prior to its scientific discovery in western culture, Turmeric has been used for centuries in the east to help enhance liver function, immune health, digestion, metabolism, mood, skin complexion, and even more!
Although there are anti-inflammatory drugs on the market produced by large pharmaceutical companies, they present many health risks and are not safe for extended use. For that reason, many pharmaceutical companies have tried on multiple occasions to patent turmeric but have been denied every time due to turmeric being a natural ingredient (fortunately for us!).
There are several scientific studies by universities internationally that suggest the benefits of Turmeric result in amazing and effective healing properties.
Will I Get Powerful Turmeric Benefits Just From Eating It?
Yes and no. Turmeric is such a fantastic thing to incorporate into your life and it contains so many benefits, you should definitely include it as an ingredient in your cooking, smoothies, etc. But the majority of people that are looking for a turmeric supplement are looking to replace NSAID's or they're looking for a natural anti-inflammatory or they're looking to help with joint pain, naturally! And while eating turmeric has many benefits, if you're looking to have effects you can feel from turmeric, there are a few things you need to know.
You MUST Have Turmeric With Black Pepper
Even better than turmeric with black pepper is turmeric with black pepper extract! We'll explain why. Just like 2-4% of turmeric is composed of an active compound called curcumin, about 5% of black pepper by weight is comprised of this compound called piperine. What is piperine? Well just like curcuminoids contain all of the amazing turmeric benefits, piperine is where all of the black pepper benefits are stored! Piperine is a potent inhibitor of drug metabolism. One of the ways our liver gets rid of foreign substances is by making them water-soluble so they can be more easily excreted. But this black pepper molecule inhibits that process. Take a look at the image below to see how 3black pepper extract increased the absorption of curcumin into the body by 2000%!
The important thing to remember about the image above is that this 5study was done using black pepper extract. If you take a turmeric supplement that contains black pepper, you will not see these same results because black pepper is not nearly as potent as black pepper extract. Again, black pepper contains 5% piperine. Black pepper extract on the other hand contains nearly 95% piperine. The difference is huge!
How Turmeric Supplements Are LYING To YOU: Turmeric Root Power Vs Standardized Turmeric Extract
This is by far one of the biggest misconceptions we hear and read about. Turmeric root powder is very different from standardized turmeric extract because turmeric root powder contains 2-4% curcuminoids while standardized turmeric extract contains 95% curcuminoids! That is a massive difference!
Turmeric for Arthritis Pain Relief
Did you know that a study found that curcumin (the main active ingredient in turmeric) is far more
potent than aspirin and ibuprofen as an anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative agent! When you consider what taking those do to other vital organs of your body, that's some amazing news! Due to the fact that turmeric has high anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is very effective at helping people manage and reduce arthritis! Another recent study from Japan shows its relationship with interleukin (IL)-6, the inflammatory cytokine is known to be involved in the RA process, discovered that curcumin “significantly reduced” these inflammatory markers. You can see that study here. Turmeric Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis
Clinical Studies Using Turmeric For Joint Pain
This research, from Italy, was a three-month trial involving 50 patients diagnosed by x-ray with osteoarthritis of the knee. The Italian team was investigating the effect on arthritis symptoms of a special formulation of turmeric designed to improve its absorption by the body. Half the participating patients took the turmeric formulation in addition to standard medical treatment; those in the second group continued following their physicians' recommendations.
After 90 days, the researchers found a 58 percent decrease in overall reported pain and stiffness as well as an improvement in physical functioning among the turmeric group compared to the controls. These changes were documented with a standard medical scoring method used to assess symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis. In addition, another scoring method showed a 300 percent improvement in the emotional well-being of the turmeric patients compared with the others. And blood tests showed a 16-fold decline in C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation. Patients in the turmeric group were able to reduce their use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs by 63 percent, compared to the other group.
- Several recent studies show that turmeric/curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and modifies immune system responses. A 2006 study showed turmeric was more effective at preventing joint inflammation and reducing joint inflammation than NSAIDs.
- A 2010 clinical trial found that a turmeric supplement called Meriva (standardized to 75 percent curcumin combined with phosphatidylcholine) provided long-term improvement in pain and function in 100 patients with knee OA.
- In a small 2012 pilot study, a curcumin product called BCM-95 reduced joint pain and swelling in patients with active RA better than diclofenac, an nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
- At the University of Arizona, researchers led by endocrinologist Janet Funk injected a bacterial substance known to cause joint inflammation (which is what arthritis ultimately is) into the bellies of the rodents. If the researchers gave them turmeric first (also by injection into the abdomen), there was far less joint swelling produced.
- In 2009, a study was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, which compared the pain-relieving effects of curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) and ibuprofen. It was found that the curcumin provided equally effective or better results as the ibuprofen.
Why Take Turmeric Curcumin?
- Turmeric contains Potent Antioxidants that help Neutralize Free Radicals & Prevent Oxidative Stress that may cause the body to be susceptible to Disease & various Health Conditions.
- It's a Highly Effective Natural Pain Reliever that has been found to be as Effective as some Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Without the Harmful Side Effects
- Studies suggest that curcumin, an extract in turmeric & its most active ingredient, has the ability to lower the risk of heart disease by improving Endothelial Function & preventing Atherosclerosis
- Turmeric shows promising potential to improve brain function & lower the risk of brain diseases by reducing plaque in the drain & increasing the levels of BDNF growth hormones in the brain that are responsible for the growth of new neurons and the prevention of various degenerative processes in the brain.
Does Me First Living Have Any Turmeric Reviews?
Yes! Checkout our reviews below! We also have plenty of reviews from our Amazon store as well! Check them out!
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How Can I Be Sure I'm Getting The Best Turmeric Available?
- Me First Living Turmeric contains only premium turmeric extract (standardized to 95% curcuminoids), unlike other brands that either only contain turmeric root powder or a small percentage of turmeric extract diluted with turmeric root powder. This is extremely important to look for in a turmeric supplement as curcumin is believed to be the active ingredient in turmeric that is responsible for its many health benefits. Regular turmeric root powder only contains between 2%- 5% curcumin making Me First Living Turmeric supplement 19 times stronger than brands that contain only turmeric root powder. Be sure to always check the supplement panel to truly understand what is in a supplement.
- Turmeric has extremely poor bioavailability which means it is nearly impossible for the body to absorb on its own. Our formula introduces black pepper extract (Piperine) which has been shown to increase the bioavailability or absorption of turmeric by up to 2,000%.
Contains Nearly No Oxalic Acid. Turmeric root has been found to contain a significant amount of oxalates which increases the risks of kidney stones in some people. We've had our turmeric supplement lab tested to verify that the turmeric extract in our supplement does not contain oxalic acid posing a potential risk to our customers.
- Laboratory tested with Certificate of Analysis
- Formulated using only the highest quality, all-natural ingredients
- Contains no preservatives & no magnesium stearate
- Vegan-friendly formula
- Made in the United States
- Made in an FDA Regulated, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Certified Facility