Our custom formulation for relief from inflammation and pain to support brain and immune health:
Curcumin (Curcumin is the key active ingredient that is found within the turmeric plant) is notoriously hard to digest and be assimilated into the body. Our RELIEF utilizes a particular raw source for curcumin that has shown in clinical trials to significantly have better absorption than regular turmeric extracts. In fact the form of curcumin we used increases curcumin stability and enhances oral absorption by over 20-fold!
Several studies have reported that Curcumin is beneficial in lowering LDL and raising HDL or good cholesterol while reducing the lipid peroxidation. Ten human volunteers were given 500 mg of curcumin for seven days during a controlled trial at Amala Cancer Research Centre in India. After seven days, they noted a 29% increase in good cholesterol (HDL) and a reduction of 11.6% total cholesterol. Lipid peroxidation was also reduced by 33% Another study published in Atherosclerosis in Dec. 1999 by the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Granada reported that curcumin was effective in inhibiting LDL oxidation and lowering LDL cholesterol as well as triglycerides. According to the latest research, curcumin reduces cholesterol by interfering with intestinal cholesterol uptake, increasing the conversion of cholesterol into bile acids, and increasing the excretion of bile acids (International Journal of Vitamin Nutritional Research)
Aging baby boomers are becoming increasingly aware of the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, first in their parents and eventually in their own generation. Curcumin may offer some hope as a treatment for this devastating disease. Research is still ongoing, but there is evidence that Curcumin could offer significant protection against neurotoxic and genotoxic agents. One research team concluded that “In view of its efficacy and apparent low toxicity, this Indian spice component shows promise for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
In scientific studies Curcumin has been shown to have promise in :
1. Treatment for indigestion and upper abdominal pain due to functional disorders of the biliary system
2. Treatment for cataracts
3. Possible treatment for MS
4. Arthritis treatment
Supports the Body’s Normal Inflammatory Response
Turmeric, a well-known traditional herb, contains curcumin, a potent antioxidant that offers numerous health benefits. Most of these benefits come from curcumin’s strong antioxidant activity and its ability to support the body’s normal inflammatory response. Curcumin interacts with numerous biochemicals in the body to promote the body’s normal inflammatory response and help keep this response functioning, as it should.
Emerging research suggests curcumin’s antioxidant activity and support of the body’s normal inflammatory response, as well as its potential to support already normal cholesterol levels, has a significant role to play in contributing to cardiovascular health, liver function, and joint health.
For several thousands of years, cultures from around the world have used naturally occurring dietary components that have been discovered to be biologically active. These plant-derived chemicals have generated considerable interest recently for their potential to combat human diseases such as cancer, inflammation, and atherosclerosis. Curcumin is a chemical of the polyphenol family derived from the rhizome Curcuma longa L. The dried, ground product of this root is the common spice known as turmeric. Referred to as haldi in Hindi and ukon in Japanese, this spice has been used as an aromatic and coloring in food, as well as having a significant role in both Asian medicine and ancient Hindu scripture.
In clinical and scientific trials curcumin has been found to assist in inhibition and prevention of cancer:
- Human head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC): curcumin treatment resulted both in the inhibition in the growth of these tumor cells, as well as an increase in the death of these tumor cells
- Oral cancer: When applied three times per week to the affected area in the mouth, curcumin inhibited the growth of chemically-induced oral cancers with a noted increase in effect if administered with green tea extract.
- Hepatic cancer: Curcumin given orally resulted in decreased growth and increased tumor cell death in animal models.
- Mantle cell lymphoma: These tumor cells showed significant inhibition of cell proliferation when treated with active curcumin
- Non-small cell lung cancer:
Curcumin has been shown to increase sensitivity to specific chemotherapy (IFN-Gamma) which, without curcumin, was relatively insensitive to this particular cancer type.
- Colon cancer and polyps: The oral administration of curcumin has been shown in multiple rodent models to inhibit polyp formation as well as increasing cell death in existing colon cancer lesions.
With several recent studies focusing on the beneficial effects of polyphenol-based dietary components such as red wine on vascular health, curcumin has been shown to improve several aspects of cardiovascular health:
- High homocysteine levels: Patients with high homocysteine levels have been found to have endothelial cells that do not function properly. Endothelial cells are those cells that line the inside of our blood vessels and, amongst other functions, prevent blood from clotting and plaques from forming. Curcumin has been found to prevent this dysfunction. It was suggested that dietary curcumin plays a role in the treatment of patients with high homocysteine levels.
- Atherosclerotic lesions: Curcumin treatment resulted in a significant decrease in early atherosclerotic lesions (fatty streaks) in rabbits fed high fat and cholesterol diets.
- Oxidized-LDL levels: Curcumin was given at a dose of 1.66mg/kg body weight orally to rabbits fed a high fat and cholesterol diet resulted in a significant decrease in oxidized-LDL levels after 7 weeks of treatment.
- C-reactive protein (CRP)-induced vascular damage: CRP is a protein that the body produces as a marker of inflammation and has been shown to damage endothelial cells. This results in increased evidence of vascular disease and blood clotting. Curcumin treatment was shown to completely inhibit the effect of CRP on these endothelial cells.
- COX-2 inhibitor: Recently,
commercially available COX-2 inhibitors have fallen under much scrutiny in the treatment of arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Curcumin has been shown to potently inhibit the COX-2 enzyme in a variety of cell types.
- Traumatic shock: After accidents and trauma, large quantities of blood loss can cause the body to fail and organ systems to shut down as a result of a massive inflammatory reaction. Curcumin was found to lower the serum levels of certain inflammatory proteins to normal in these cases.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: A trial in humans was conducted to determine the effects of curcumin on the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Eighteen patients were administered 1200mg/d of curcumin for two weeks and it was found that this treatment regimen resulted in a significant improvement in morning stiffness, walking time, and joint swelling.
Liver and Detox:
Curcumin also helps digestion, increases bile flow and aids in eliminating toxicity.
Curcumin is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It may be useful as supportive therapy for
- chronic pain
• chronic skin problems
• high cholesterol
• memory loss
• liver problems
• irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive problems
• cardiovascular problems
Curcumin may be useful to help maintain the healthy functioning of all organ systems including
- digestive system
• reproductive organs
• musculoskeletal system
- immune system