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Study Shows One Formulation Of Curcumin Has Medicinal Potential

February 16, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Turmeric, the root spice that gives curry its yellow color, has long been used in Chinese and Indian cuisine, and in herbal medicines. Western science has verified that turmeric has antioxidant, anti-cancer, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic properties. It contains natural polyphenols called curcuminoids, of which curcumin is the main component. Using curcumin as a medicine is problematic, however, because it is not readily absorbed into the intestines, and is quickly metabolized and eliminated from the body as waste. In this clinical study involving 12 people, American and Australian scientists tested four different formulations of curcumin. They found that one – “CW8” – significantly improves absorption of curcumin into the bloodstream, making it a strong candidate for medicinal use.
Martin Purpura et al., "Analysis of Different Innovative Formulations of Curcumin for Improved Relative Oral Bioavailability in Human Subjects", European Journal of Nutrition, February 16, 2017, © Purpura et al.
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