Updated: June 13, 2017 | 13:10
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I will be fascinated to learn of the impact that Curcumin can have on my own health and I look forward to sharing my progress with you. If all this sounds a little too much like the description of some new ‘wonder compound’, you may rest assured.
Curcumin is a component of an Indian spice, turmeric. It is estimated that 100 grams of turmeric contains three to five grams Curcumin. Curcumin gives a yellow colour to turmeric, also present in curry powder. Chemically, Curcumin is called diferuloylmethane. Curcumin is yellow-orange in colour. Curcumin is used as a natural yellow colouring in mustard, cereals, cheese and butter. In some countries, it is used as a natural colouring agent in the textile industry.
Curcumin was isolated from the spice turmeric, as one of the active principles, more than 100 years ago.
The activity of Curcumin has been demonstrated against cardiovascular diseases, type II diabetes, chron’s disease, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, arthritis, etc.
Turmeric has been described in Ayurveda (an ancient Indian system of medicine that means ‘long life’) as an agent that can suppress inflammation. Extensive research during the last 50 years has revealed that the anti-inflammatory activity of turmeric is due to Curcumin. Curcumin can inhibit both the activity and the synthesis of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX), as well as other enzymes, which have been implicated in inflammation. Curcumin has also been shown to work through numerous other mechanisms. More than 700 genes have been shown to be modulated by Curcumin.
In October 2010, working with Indena S.p.A., the worldwide experts in botanical extract technology, Good Health Naturally, introduced Curcumin, which includes an answer to better Curcumin absorption – phytosome technology.
Phytosomes are plant extracts bound to phosphatidylcholine (fos-fa-tidal-ko-leen), which is an essential component of human cells. Our bodies make phosphatidylcholine, but we can also get it from food and supplements. When taken orally, phosphatidylcholine is very well absorbed. To improve absorption, scientists at Indena found a way to attach Curcumin to phosphatidylcholine – the result is Curcumin! When you take Curcumin your body readily absorbs the phosphatidylcholine and the Curcumin attached to it, resulting in more Curcumin reaching the cells that can benefit from it.