The spice that gives curry its savory flavour, curcumin, has become a popular nutritional supplement because of its extensive health benefits
Kirkman, the leading supplier of nutritional supplements for individuals with food and other sensitivities, has just introduced a highly bioavailable form of curcumin in its new curcumin/turmeric root extract 275mg (#0530-060).
What makes curcumin in this supplement more potent is a special technology called Ultrasol to water solubilise the curcuminoids, which significantly increases its bioavailability.
Curcumin is the ingredient in the turmeric root that offers excellent health benefits.
In fact, the turmeric root has been harvested as a health remedy in many parts of the world, dating back to 2000 BC. Turmeric is part of the ginger family and has a deep, vibrant yellow colour when used in supplements or in cooking.
Tumeric is still a staple in Asian dishes, but extracts of turmeric yield a compound far exceeding the content of the common spice.
More recently, research regarding curcumin has exploded. Researchers have confirmed that this ingredient works on multiple pathways at multiple levels of those pathways simultaneously.
Some of the health benefits that turmeric and curcuminoid products are believed to support include
Bioavailability is key to receiving the full health benefits that a curcumin/turmeric root supplement has to offer.
A typical turmeric root contains 2–5% curcumin, so when the curcumin is not properly processed for solubility, commercial supplements can lack the amount of curcumin required for optimal health benefits.