Curcumin and Health
What turmeric is
Turmeric is a spice that is often used as a food flavouring in Asian dishes. It belongs to the ginger family. It is also known as Indian saffron, jiang huang, haridra, haldi, as the major ingredient of curry powder 2, and as a bright yellow orange food colouring agent (E100).
Turmeric grows in many Asian countries such as India. It has been used for many years in some herbal remedies. The main active ingredient is curcumin or diferuloyl methane.
Research into preventing cancer
A phase I clinical trial looked at giving curcumin to 25 patients with pre cancerous changes in different organs. This study seemed to show that curcumin could stop the precancerous changes becoming cancer.
Research has also shown that there are low rates of certain types of cancer in countries where people eat curcumin at levels of about 100 to 200 mg a day over long periods of time.
Research into treating cancer
A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells.
A 2007 American study that combined curcumin with chemotherapy to treat bowel cancer cells in a laboratory showed that the combined treatment killed more cancer cells than the chemotherapy alone.
A 2007 American study in mice seemed to show that curcumin helped to stop the spread of breast cancer cells to other parts of the body.
An American phase 2 study reported in 2008. 25 patients had curcumin treatment and 21 had tumours that could be measured. In 2 patients their tumours shrank or remained stable. In some patients their levels of particular immune system chemicals that destroy cancer cells went up. But the researchers found that blood levels of curcumin were very low because it is not well absorbed from the gut. Scientists have since developed injectable, fat soluble forms of curcumin which may improve the results.
For more reading on curcumin/turmeric and its effects on health/cancer:
- Can turmeric prevent or treat cancer?
- New Research on anticancer properties of curcumin from Turmeric
- Turmeric and black pepper fight cancer stem cells
- Yeast is a Cause of Cancer and Turmeric can Fight Both, Research Confirms
Problems with Standard Turmeric/Curcumin
- Only 2-5% of the spice turmeric is curcumin
- Curcumin extracts are very poorly absorbed
- Retention time in the blood is short, which limits its ability to have greater impact
- Curcumin extracts do not include other powerful compounds found in turmeric
Curcumin is an up-and-coming drug of natural origin with multi-target properties, and it has exhibited efficient anticancer and antifungal activities alone or in combination with conventional chemotherapy drugs and antifungal agents. The dual pharmacological activities of curcumin may make it a good candidate for the prevention and treatment of cancer and its cancer-related invasive fungal infection related complications. Further investigation is necessary to clarify curcumin’s anticancer and antifungal mechanisms for better understanding. In spite of the useful biological activities of curcumin, its poor water solubility and low bioavailability hinders its clinical applications. Various nano-sized curcumin delivery systems, such as nanoparticles, nanospheres, solid lipid nanoparticles, micelles, and liposomes have been shown to overcome these shortcomings and significantly improve the anticancer and antifungal activities of curcumin.
The CuraPro® Difference
EuroMedica’s High Absorption Curcumin
Standard curcumin’s absorption is poor. While new research has focused on approaches to improve curcumin’s absorption, BCM-95® has been the most beneficial by adding turmeric essential oils. Comparison testing has shown that this formula has much better absorption and greater blood retention time at meaningful levels than standard curcumin extracts.
BCM-95 Curcumin is the only curcumin in the world with a patented absorption system utilizing turmeric essential oil rich in turmerones.
Turmerones not only boost absorption, they boost the power of curcumin and have independent health benefits of their own. They are increasingly recognized for their amazing value to overall health. Research on these compounds from turmeric essential oils has shown that turmerones protect against the risk of oxidative damage, support healthy cells, and support a healthy inflammation response.*
We believe that this component in BCM-95 Curcumin is what makes this product different and highly effective in clinical practice. To date, there have been 24 published studies on BCM-95® Curcumin, 11 of which are human clinical trials, on brain, immune, joint, and heart health, as well as absorption, retention, and supporting mood.
Ethically Harvested, Fair Practices, Vigorously Tested
The turmeric used to create BCM-95® Curcumin is grown in northeast India without the use of pesticides or chemicals. The crops are sustainably tended by independent, local farmers who are paid reasonable and competitive prices. Raw materials are consistently analyzed for contaminants and tested for potency, both in India, and in the United States