We are talking Tumeric today! In particular, the golden pigment ‘Curcumin’ found in tumeric.
This golden source of goodness is the active component of tumeric and has so much to offer to the body. Here are some benefits:
- Reduces inflammation
- Anti-oxidant properties
- Aids in treatment of diabetes¹
With all the known benefits it carries, the question remains as to how well Curcumin can be absorbed and metabolized in the body? In other words, how bioavailable is Curcumin?
Unfortunately, curcumin is not a very bioavailable substance to begin with. Researchers have tried all sorts of combinations to increase its bioavailability, albeit much success until a patented formula branded “BCM-95CG” demonstrated a “6.93-fold increase in bioavailability compared to normal curcumin and other forms of curcumin²”.
So when you’re on a hunt for a tumeric supplement, be mindful to look out for “BCM-95CG” on the labels, as this would be the most efficient form (to date) in which Curcumin can be absorbed from the gut. Further research still needs to be conducted to increase the bioavailability of tumeric.
1- Zhang, Dong-Wei et al. “Curcumin And Diabetes: A Systematic Review”. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. (2013): 636053.
2- Antony, B. et al. “A Pilot Cross-Over Study To Evaluate Human Oral Bioavailability BCM-95®CG (Biocurcumax™), A Novel Bioenhanced Preparation Of Curcumin”. Indian J Pharm Sci. 70.4 (2017): 445-449. Print.