This Antioxidant Spice Fights Pain, Tumors, and Protects the Liver
If for some unfathomable reason I lost my mind and decided to join the cast of Survivor, and they allowed me to take just a handful of supplements with me for the season, one of them would definitely be curcumin.
Curcumin has anticancer activity, it supports liver health and it’s a powerful antioxidant. But the one property of curcumin that stands out is its enormous power as an anti-inflammatory.
As you’ll soon see, it may be the most effective natural pain fighter ever seen.
The Heavyweight Champion of Pain Fighters
Curcumin is the general name for a group of active ingredients found in the spice turmeric, the spice that gives curry its yellow color. In India, where 94% of the turmeric in the world originates, curcumin is used to relieve arthritis. It’s good for muscle pains as well as joint inflammation.
In a study published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism, researchers from the University of Arizona in Tucson showed that curcumin had positive effects on arthritis in animals. The researchers found that curcumin prevented the activation of NF-kappa B, which controls the expression of genes that produce an inflammatory response.
And then there’s cancer…
A Natural Anti-tumor Agent?
There are at least thirty published studies indicating that curcumin has an antitumor effect (either reducing the number or size of tumors or the percentage of animals that developed them).
One study, published in 2006 in the journal Oncogene, showed that curcumin inhibited the growth of human colon cancer cells. While no one is claiming that curcumin cures cancer, there is plenty of reason to believe that it is a really useful adjunct to the diet of everyone concerned with staying healthy.
Could It Also be an Antioxidant and a Liver Protector?
Curcumin has powerful antioxidant properties as well, making it a great adjunct to a heart-healthy diet. In one study, curcumin provided significant protection from cataract development.
Another study, in the journal Toxicology, demonstrated curcumin’s significant liver protection abilities. Dr. Mark Stengler, author of the Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies, also recommends it for hepatitis and says that it is frequently used to lower elevated liver enzymes.
As of this writing, the National Library of Medicine (PubMed) lists over 5,000 published studies on the effects of curcumin. My friend Chris Kilham, Fox News’ “Medicine Hunter” is a huge fan, as is Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic. And when I spoke at the first annual anti-aging medical conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the only other English speaking speaker—Dr. Thomas O’Bryan—chose curcumin as the subject of his talk, arguing that it was as close to a “super-supplement” as anything we’ve ever seen.
Just as I was writing this, a new study on curcumin was published in Diabetes Care. Researchers assigned 240 adults with prediabetes to take either curcumin or a placebo. After 9 months, 19 of the 116 patients on placebo had developed type ll diabetes, but none of those taking curcumin did.
For those of you who want even more of the science on curcumin and don’t mind wading through some heavy duty research, a good place to start is this white paper on curcumin published by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State.
There are many choices for curcumin supplementation, but the downside of many of them is that they aren’t very well absorbed. However we’ve sorted through the dozens of products on the market and found one producer that has created a product that is light years ahead of the rest.
EuroMedica, a top supplement company that specializes in curcumin products, has fixed this absorption problem by coming up with a patented special blend of curcumin known as BCM-95 that uses micronized curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This produces a formula that’s up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin, and also has an 8-12 hour retention time in the body.
The two curcumin products I recommend by EuroMedica are below.
CuraPro by EuroMedica
This is the formula I take on a daily basis. It’s for all of us who want to get the incredible anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antioxidant benefits of curcumin in a highly absorbable formula that provides great support for a healthy inflammation response, a healthy immune and cardiovascular system, and resistance to free radical (oxidative) damage.
CuraPhen by EuroMedica
CuraPhen Professional Pain Formula is what I give all my tennis buddies who are constantly complaining of aches and pains. It’s pretty magical.
The formula combines the BCM-95 curcumin found in CuraPro with a purified, highly potent form of boswellia called BosPure™. Boswellia is one of the most anti-inflammatory herbs on the planet, but it contains a few pro-inflammatory compounds as well. With BosPure™ you get all the anti-inflammatory power of boswellia but the inflammatory compounds have been removed.
Rounding out the formula is nattokinase which has a direct impact on muscle pain via its ability to balance fibrinogen levels in the body.
I gave this formula to my tennis coach Benny, who had pretty much retired from playing due to joint and muscle pain. After two weeks he told me, “Wow! I can move again!” The great naturopathic cardiologist Decker Weiss, NMD says this of CuraPhen: “When my patients ask for pain relief, my number one recommendation is CuraPhen. It is safe, effective and I feel confident when I recommend it”.
We believe so strongly in these curcumin supplements …
Wishing You Health and Wellness,
The Rockwell Nutrition Team