‘Next Generation’ Curcumin Extract Provides 24 Times Greater Absorption Than Standard Extracts on the Market*

One of the biggest issues with both turmeric and curcumin is their poor absorption, meaning there’s no guarantee you’ll benefit from it, even with larger doses. Our breakthrough patented formula offers enhanced bioavailability at a low-cost effective dose to help you take advantage of curcumin’s many potential benefits.*

  •  Support Your Brain, Heart, Joint and Cell Health with Organic Curcumin Extract*

    • Our USDA Certified Organic Curcumin Extract provides 24 times greater absorption than standard 95% curcuminoid extracts without the need for the addition of black pepper or piperine for increased absorption.
    • Each effective single-tablet dose supplies 300 mg of Organic Turmeric Rhizome Extract, providing 90 mg of Curcuminoids.
    • This unique formula’s enhanced bioavailability is created through the synergistic actions of micronized particles and a proprietary colloidal suspension.

Often called “The Spice of Life,” turmeric or its primary active compound, curcumin, lies at the heart of Ayurveda – India’s respected healing science that originated over 5,000 years ago.

However, as valuable for health as they’ve proven themselves to be over the years – and continue to be – they’re not without their issues. Concerns about tainted and potentially toxic products abound, but bioavailability may well be turmeric’s and curcumin’s biggest weakness.

So what is bioavailability?

Turmeric roots and turmeric powder

It’s the measurement of the rate and extent to which an active compound reaches your blood once ingested.

Turmeric and curcumin, by their chemical nature, have very low bioavailability. They’re notoriously difficult for your body to absorb and utilize, as both are unstable in your gut and tend to be eliminated quickly. What little amount that does get absorbed can be rapidly metabolized by your liver.

This attribute leaves many to wonder – who wants to waste their time and money on something that the body may not even be able to benefit from?

This is truly unfortunate because there are numerous scientific articles and clinical trials that demonstrate the health benefits of the curcuminoids, or bioactive compounds, in turmeric and curcumin.*

Reaping the potential benefits of turmeric and curcumin, of course, means you must be able to get the curcuminoids into your bloodstream.

Allow me to introduce you to a breakthrough formula that accomplishes that not-so-small feat and bypasses many other concerns as well. But first, let’s take a closer look at some of the other current issues surrounding turmeric and curcumin.

Turmeric vs. Curcumin – What’s the Difference?

Often, you’ll see turmeric and curcumin mentioned together, yet they are not the same.

Turmeric is a plant that’s scientifically known as Curcuma longa. The familiar culinary spice powder, turmeric, comes from the plant’s roots, or rhizomes.

Curcumin is part of turmeric and is derived from the turmeric plant’s roots. This unique carotenoid pigment gives turmeric its brilliant yellow color and its unique flavor.

As a colorful carotenoid, curcumin helps the plant absorb light to be used as energy for photosynthesis. It also acts as a potent antioxidant that protects plant cells from free radical damage.

In addition to curcumin, there are two other naturally-occurring compounds in turmeric – demethoxycurcumin and bis-demethoxycurcumin. These two compounds, along with curcumin, are all considered curcuminoids.

Of the three, however, curcumin is the most active and purportedly most beneficial for health.*

While turmeric and curcumin share many of the same potential benefits, studies show curcumin may hold an edge when it comes to antioxidant power and supporting certain aspects of health, including:

  • Metabolic health and normal glucose levels.*
  • An already healthy, normal inflammatory response.*
  • Joint and bone health.*

Does Your Turmeric Supplement Contain Real Curcuminoids?

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Turmeric and curcumin as dietary supplements have grown in popularity over recent years largely due to their valuable curcuminoids. Sadly, the high demand for these products has made them targets for fraud.

Major concerns have surfaced over the contamination of formulas and products not containing what they state on their labels. The situation has become so serious that many of these products have been recalled.

Because turmeric and curcumin are powders, it’s all too easy for them to be adulterated, or mixed with fillers, by unscrupulous companies’ attempts to cut costs. Turmeric adulteration was actually first reported around 50 years ago, in the 1970s.

When tested, contaminated products don’t go unnoticed with today’s sophisticated testing. Independent lab testing has detected various issues with some curcumin and turmeric supplements:

  • Products don’t match what’s on the label and don’t contain the promised curcuminoid compounds.
  • Products are adulterated with synthetic dyes and starches like cassava, talc or chalk powder.
  • “Natural” products contain synthetic curcumin sourced from petrochemicals.

Synthetic curcumin, derived from petrochemicals, is much cheaper to produce than natural curcuminoids – about one-third of the cost.

Because synthetic curcumin is chemically identical to natural curcumin, it can be difficult to detect using conventional tests. This requires special testing with the carbon-14 test to differentiate plant-derived from petrochemical-derived materials.

The presence of any adulterant is concerning – whether it’s potentially harmful or not. When the turmeric or curcumin supplied to supplement manufacturers is tainted with contaminants, you don’t receive the benefits you’re promised.

How Some Popular Supplements May Be Harmful Rather Than Helpful

A university-led study recently uncovered even more bad news about turmeric – and the curcumin extracted from it.

Some spice processors in Bangladesh – one of the world’s predominant turmeric-growing regions – were caught adulterating the spice with a lead-laced chemical compound to enhance its bright yellow color. And, tragically, they’ve been doing it since the 1980s when a massive flood left turmeric crops appearing dull in color.

You are probably aware that lead is a potent neurotoxin that has been long banned as a food additive. It’s considered unsafe, in any amount, for the brain, heart, endocrine organs and more.

For years, high levels of lead have been measured in children living in Bangladesh. This has long puzzled researchers because these children live in rural areas and the country has no leaded gasoline.

With the recent discovery of lead being added to turmeric, researchers have concluded that this tragic action has been contributing to the elevated blood iron levels.

While researchers didn’t find evidence of contaminated turmeric outside of Bangladesh, they did caution that safety checks are likely catching only a “fraction of the adulterated turmeric being traded worldwide.”

Indeed, more than 15 brands of turmeric distributed to countries (including the U.S.) have been recalled due to excessive levels of lead. Unfortunately, lead-laced chemicals aren’t the only contaminant used to enhance turmeric’s coloring.

Because curcumin is what gives turmeric its brilliant yellow color, turmeric with low levels of curcumin will naturally be less vibrant in color. Researchers have found that some suppliers in India mix a toxic dye called metanil yellow to mimic the appearance of curcumin when it’s in short supply.

Sadly, this is a highly deceptive, illegal and harmful practice.

The metanil yellow dye is banned for use in Europe and the U.S. and has been shown in studies to cause neurotoxicity, gastric effects and tumors with long-term use.

How Curcumin Can Potentially Benefit Your Health*

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Because curcuminoids – or the bioactive compounds – in turmeric and curcumin have been the subject of so many articles and studies – more than 12,000 scientific articles and 200 clinical trials to date – it’s no wonder this spice has seen such a spectacular rise in popularity.

So what has the focus of all these articles and studies been? In order of number of clinical trials with curcumin, they’ve focused on benefits to:

  • Cell Health

    Curcumin may influence multiple cell signaling molecules, and once it enters your cells, it affects more than 100 molecular pathways to support healthy cell function and overall health.*

  • Joint Health

    Because they support an already healthy inflammatory response, turmeric and curcumin are recommended for joint health support, comfort and mobility.*

  • Liver and Gallbladder Health Curcumin supports healthy liver and gallbladder function, and promotes normal bile production to assist in digestive processes.*
  • Metabolic Health

    Curcumin helps support healthy, normal glucose levels.*

  • Cognitive Health

    Studies show curcumin supports mood, attention, focus and other important aspects of cognitive health through its unique ability to cross the blood-brain barrier into the brain.*

  • Cardiovascular Health

    Curcumin supports heart health by promoting healthy blood flow through its influence on nitric oxide production and supporting vascular health.*

Why Particle Size Matters for Absorption Potential

Issues which limit the effectiveness and usefulness of curcumin include its low bioavailability due to water insolubility and rapid metabolism to inactive breakdown products. Over the years, attempts have been made to improve the absorption and bioavailability of curcumin. The curcumin formulation strategies used include:

  • Adding enhancing agents, such as turmeric oil and piperine, to stimulate the gastrointestinal system.
  • Integrating curcumin into various matrices, such as whey protein, silica, rice flour and magnesium stearate, to enhance absorption.
  • Nanoparticle formulations using ingredients like Polysorbate 80 (“Tween 80”), ceramic particles, polyethylene glycol and other potentially harmful substances.
  • Chemically modified variations of curcumin.
  • Particle size reduction using Polysorbate 20, fibers, cellulose, stearic acid and other additives.

Unfortunately, some of these strategies use ingredients not approved for human consumption or include ingredients that may actually impair the body’s processes.

Piperine, an extract of black pepper, is commonly added to curcumin formulations and may diminish your body’s immune defenses. In its action to protect curcumin from breakdown by your liver, it may inhibit your liver’s ability to protect against harmful threats.

Enhanced bioavailability depends on several factors: increased solubility in water and gastric fluids, permeability in the gut and prevention of possible degradation. Just because a strategy successfully meets one condition, there’s no guarantee all the other factors will be met.

Clearly, it is challenging to improve both the absorption and bioavailability of curcumin.

Unfortunately, most of the strategies have had little effect on absorption. Decreasing particle size has been most successful, but only with the right particle size and type of formulation.

Based on all of the available data, researchers have found that micronized formulations of curcumin hold the greatest promise for absorption and bioavailability.

Organic Curcumin: Minimum Dose for Maximum Effectiveness

Organic Curcumin Extract

Considering all the concerns about many curcumin and turmeric supplements, there are questions you should ask when evaluating a supplement:

  • Are high daily doses really needed to obtain optimal benefits?
  • Can synthetic carriers and nanoparticles be avoided?
  • Is piperine or black pepper extract needed for optimal absorption?

I’m excited to tell you that we’ve found a USDA Certified Organic Curcumin Extract that provides 24 times greater absorption than standard 95% curcumin extracts in a cost-effective, low-dose form. With our unique formula, a smaller dose provides maximum effectiveness without the addition of black pepper or piperine for increased absorption.*

Each tablet of our Organic Curcumin Extract supplies 300 mg of Organic Turmeric Rhizome Extract Complex, providing 90 mg of Curcuminoids.

Five things make our highly bioavailable formula stand apart from other turmeric and curcumin supplements:

  1. Our product is USDA Certified Organic and produced with clean ingredients without the use of additives, nanoparticles, contaminants or synthetic ingredients.
  2. It is made with a patented turmeric known for its special water dispersible colloidal suspension of curcuminoids and micronized particles, enhancing their concentration in our formula.*
  3. Because of the extract’s much greater absorption ability, your body only needs a small, cost-effective dose of one tablet per day.
  4. The turmeric in our Organic Turmeric Rhizome Extract Complex ingredient is traceable to the exact field where it was grown in case any problems arise down the road with that farm.
  5. Our unique formula includes Turmeric Extract Complex with 90 mg curcuminoids, Quillaia extract, a natural emulsifying agent made from an endemic Chilean tree, Acacia Gum and Sunflower Oil, a formula designed to be highly dispersible in water to improve the bioavailability of the curcuminoids.

Our product is made from premium quality turmeric roots sustainably harvested in its native region located in southern India. It grows in a clean environment, far from big cities and pollution. In partnership with local farmers, our supplier implements good agricultural practices with full traceability.

What makes Organic Curcumin Extract so highly absorbable?

Our patented formula uses the right particle size – micronized particles, not nanoparticles – and also utilizes a proprietary colloidal suspension. These two processes synergistically create curcuminoids with enhanced bioavailability.*

Our Organic Curcumin Extract Delivers More Bioactive Compounds Than Other Formulas Tested

The manufacturer of our formula recently put Organic Curcumin Extract to the test to show how its bioavailability compares to other products.

They tested our formula in a randomized, cross-over study against four other formulations using the recommended doses for each product. A total of 30 healthy volunteers participated in the study. Each volunteer was given all five products in a certain prescribed order.

The aim of the study was to assess the bioavailability of curcuminoids and their metabolites after oral intake of four turmeric extract-based formulations in comparison to a standard unformulated turmeric extract.

To measure and compare bioavailability of products, researchers looked at blood levels of curcuminoids over a 24-hour period in the volunteers after taking each product.

Dr. Mercola's Organic Curcumin Extract versus other curcumin extract.

According to the study, the addition of piperine or black pepper extract does not improve turmeric bioavailability. There was no statistical significance seen in improving absorption of total curcuminoids nor free curcumin at its recommended dose of 1%.

With no clear advantage – and considering its potential negative effects on your liver’s defenses – I don’t recommend adding piperine or black pepper extract to turmeric or curcumin formulas.

Finally, this study discovered one additional outstanding attribute of our Organic Curcumin Extract. Whereas existing science has quantified or measured 12% of turmeric metabolites at the 1,500 mg dose level in the blood over a 12-hour period, this study quantified 100% of turmeric metabolites in the blood over a 24-hour period.

The quantification of curcuminoids and their metabolites – and not just free curcumin – is especially important for assessing improvements in bioavailability.

Our ‘Next Generation’ Organic Curcumin Extract Provides the Many Potential Benefits of Both Turmeric and Curcumin*

Curcumin simply provides too many potential benefits for your health and well-being to allow it to go untapped.*

Finally, there’s a way to take advantage of one of nature’s finest botanical gifts. Thanks to breakthrough processes, you can now enjoy the potential of turmeric and curcumin in a small, cost-effective dose.

Clinically tested, our Organic Curcumin Extract provides 24 times greater absorption than standard 95% curcuminoid extracts – the ideal way to reap all that turmeric offers.*

And with our clean, USDA Certified Organic formula, you don’t need to be concerned with potentially harmful additives, nanoparticles, contaminants or synthetic ingredients. Experience the difference with our high-absorption Organic Curcumin Extract, and order your supply today.

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  1. 1. What’s the best way to take Organic Curcumin Extract?

    We recommend taking one tablet of Organic Curcumin Extract daily with a meal.

  2. 2. Is Organic Curcumin Extract safe for long-term use?

    Yes. Few side effects or contraindications have been identified for turmeric or curcumin.

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