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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 19:00
Everywhere, March 2017—Turmeric (pronounced “TUR-mur-ick”) is the herb that gives Indian curry and American mustard their distinctive yellow colors, and has been used in Chinese and Indian herbal medicines for thousands of years. Even though it’s certainly not a new kid on the block as herbs go, Western medicine has only recently acknowledged its effectiveness in helping prevent or relieve a wide range of ailments—without any side effects.
Inflammation plays a dominant role in many chronic health issues, from simple aches and pains to serious health problems. Turmeric contains a host of anti-inflammatory compounds, including curcumin, which fight inflammation at the molecular level. Because of curcumin’s chemical structure and stimulation of the body’s antioxidant enzymes, it can also neutralize harmful free radicals in the body that can damage DNA, proteins, cell membranes, and other organic structures.

And while turmeric is one of the top-selling herbs among natural food stores, and while it’s a good move to add turmeric to your diet, the most reliable way to ensure a daily dose is by taking a dietary supplement.

However, many turmeric products on the market today are concentrated extracts of just one of its active constituents, (curcumin), and there are three problems plague curcumin-only products.

Fortunately, a new approach to turmeric supplements is resolving many of these issues, while offering the whole range of the superfood’s naturally occurring compounds to maximize its health benefits.

Here’s the 1-2-3: Turmeric’s activity relies on a wide range of its naturally occurring compounds, not just curcumin. Other medical compounds are discarded when curcumin is artificially inflated to make up 95% of a turmeric extract.

Second, some of turmeric’s active components are fat-soluble, while some are water-soluble. Yet most products focus solely on the fat-soluble components—and neglect the water-soluble ones.

Third, to make matters worse, curcumin is poorly absorbed by the human body. Some people compensate with massive doses in hopes of absorbing a little—but this approach is imprecise and can cause stomach upset.

Many methods have been used to help improve curcumin bioavailability. However, these methods include a high proportion of fillers, typically 70 to 90 percent—and thus contain low levels of actual curcumin, and even lower levels of other beneficial constituents.

To resolve these issues, supplement manufacturers are now releasing turmeric extract products that contain curcumin plus the full spectrum of turmeric’s naturally occurring compounds.

While adding turmeric to one’s diet will only become more popular as its health promoting attributes are more widely recognized, those selecting supplements with the full spectrum of the superfood’s naturally occurring compounds are in line to enjoy the most complete benefits.

Peter Finkle is chief operating officer at a company called Yerba Prima. Yerba has created what they call Super Turmeric, which features Super Turmeric extract, which they claim is the world’s most bioavailable, full spectrum turmeric extract.

Developed by two doctors, Super Turmeric combines a fat-soluble extract with a water-soluble extract, so it delivers all the beneficial components of turmeric. This results in rapid absorption through the gut, for immediate relief, plus 24-hour activity in the bloodstream for round-the-clock support.

For more info, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; visit www.yerbaprima.com; or write to Yerba Prima Inc. at 740 Jefferson Ave., Ashland, OR 97520 USA. 
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