I mentioned curcumin from turmeric last week as an excellent anti-inflammatory. We already have an excellent TGF safe anti-inflammatory in the Barrier Plan – Biotics Kapparest (see the plan for exact dosage details etc)- but it has quite a few ingredients to it and some people can’t do one or other of them. I chose this product precisely because of the mix of ingredients as research suggests a synergistic effect of the elements working together is far more powerful than the individual component parts, bit like aromatherapy in that respect.
So, I have been on the hunt for a simpler version. Last week, I came across this article in Life Extension’s magazine about their Bio-Curcumin with Ginger and Turmeroles, which I thought was excellent. In effect, a simpler synergistic product.
Here’s a little summary snippet for you:
THE POWER OF THREE
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) and curcumin (Curcuma longa) are close botanical relatives. Both are rhizomes in the Zingiberaceae family.41Because of observed “overlapping, but complementary, activities”115—scientists have increasingly focused on the therapeutic effects of combining these two plants.116
They found that “multiple mechanisms of protection against inflammation and oxidative damage make ginger and curcuminparticularly promising natural agents in fighting the ravages of aging and degenerative diseases…”116
Turmeric oil is obtained from the potent liquid remaining after curcumin extraction.43,44 Aside from turmeric oil’s own strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, research revealed that its rich content of compounds called aromatic turmerones massively enhances the absorption of curcumin.27 When turmeric oil was included, a human study demonstrated a6.93-fold enhancement of bioavailability compared to normal curcumin.25
A newly developed formulation also boosts bioavailability—almost 7-fold—by using an advanced form of curcumin known as BCM-95® that includes lipid soluble active compounds called turmerones, which are normally left behind after curcumin extraction.25
This formulation also contains phospholipids, a type of emulsifying molecule that enhances absorption of poorly soluble active compounds.60,61
I checked it out for TGF safety, of course, and, whilst it does contain soya (the Bio-Curcumins always do), it is not made with any grains or dairy in processing or in the finished product. Anyway, I have added it to the TGF safe supplements master list for you in a new Anti-Inflammatories section, but thought I would point you to the article anyway as I thought it was useful.
Get more turmeric and ginger into your diet! The supplement itself is available as usual from ND and YHB, see here for your 10% discount codes. Note: it may not be on the system as it is pretty new, but just ask either as they do LEF products generally.