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How curcumin can help your health

Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, has long been used South Asian cuisines, and is a common ingredient in curries. Recently, naturopathic health providers have focused on one its main active ingredients: curcumin. Circumin, which gives curry its yellow colour, has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot pepper flavour and mustardy smell, and recent research suggests it can be beneficial to our health as well as our tastebuds.

It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. But a low percentage of what you consume gets absorbed, so to increase absorption it needs to be enhanced with other agents, such as black pepper extract.

After much research, we discovered Curcumin Active, from Advanced Orthomolecular Research (AOR). Longvida®, a highly bioavailable form of curcumin, contained in Curcumin Active, is the result of testing over two hundred formulations and has taken more than ten years to develop. One 133 mg capsule is equivalent to over 13 g of curcumin. This would require taking 33 capsules of regular 95% curcumin extract or more than 100 capsules of 750 mg turmeric root extract.

10 reasons to supplement healthy eating with curcumin

  • Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties.
  • Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory compound.
  • Turmeric dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body.
  • Curcumin boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor, linked to improved brain function and a lower risk of brain diseases.
  • Curcumin leads to various improvements that should lower your risk of heart disease.
  • Turmeric can help prevent (and perhaps even treat) cancer.
  • Curcumin may be useful in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Arthritis patients respond very well to curcumin supplementation.
  • Studies show that curcumin has incredible benefits against depression.
  • Curcumin may help delay aging and fight age-related chronic diseases.