I have read the hundreds (if not thousands) of requests for a separate Turmeric formula and I am pleased to announce that the wait is over. It was not easy, but I am very happy to say that we have finally finished what was a challenging research and development process. As I have mentioned on TV, Turmeric has long been one of our most requested separate formulas, but I would not make a stand-alone Turmeric formula until we had more successfully overcome its absorption, stability and bioavailability issues. Today, I confidently put my name on this product and know you can, in turn, confidently rely upon it.
Because Turmeric is so easy to use as a spice in foods, it would seem to be equally simple to put it in a supplement, but nothing could be further from the truth. Sadly, most Turmeric products on the market do not deliver Turmeric’s remarkable benefits. In fact, even the best Turmeric extract in the world is not particularly stable or readily absorbable from your digestive system. It is simply Turmeric’s inherent chemical properties that present a challenge, but most companies simply ignore this and provide Turmeric supplements that they know are inadequate or ineffective. In short, a beneficial Turmeric formula requires more than just putting some Turmeric spice or extract in a pill, but that is precisely what you get when you purchase typical Turmeric products.
Because we follow the science, we have always been aware of the challenges posed by Turmeric and, as a result, we have approached its use quite differently. Until now, Turmeric was never a stand-alone product, since I was not satisfied with even the best Turmeric available. For more than a decade, we only used Turmeric as an added ingredient in products such as our joint support formulas, as well as Spice of Life, Liver Antioxidants, Million ORAC, Breast Health, World Health, etc. When we included Turmeric in these formulas, we always used the highest quality standardized extract of Turmeric at 95% Curcuminoids. In an effort to improve its activity, we used an ultra-fine, micro-granulated powdered material. It was the best we could do, but I still felt we could and should do better before we made a separate Turmeric formula. So, despite all the requests for a separate Turmeric formula, we patiently continued our research for several more years on how to overcome Turmeric’s inherent challenges and I am very pleased to say that we have dramatically succeeded. By the way, since we constantly upgrade our formulas, we will begin to include our new Turmeric extract in future versions of all the formulas mentioned above.
Turmeric has been the defining spice of Indian cuisine for several centuries and it is also where the original epidemiologic research on Turmeric observed its remarkable health benefits. Most of us do not realize that the typical person in India consumes several grams (or several thousand milligrams) per day of Turmeric. That is a great deal of Turmeric. Of course, they are not consuming that Turmeric raw, but mostly cooked into foods that contain other molecules, such as lipids, that could protect and enhance its absorption and digestive availability. Paying attention to this traditional usage in Indian cuisine, and also considering what we have observed with other ingredients, we learned that when Turmeric is specially complexed with lipids, its absorption and activity rises dramatically (10 to 20 times or more!). Of course, given that two of Turmeric’s most important benefits are to brain and liver health, the lipid we complex our Turmeric with is the phospholipid, Phosphatidyl Choline. That is the same key building block that provides vital structure to our liver and brain and makes our Phosphatidyl Choline Liver & Brain formula so uniquely effective. In other words, we overcame the digestive challenges of Turmeric by essentially complexing it with our favorite ingredient for liver and brain health – PC. It is remarkable how Mother Nature always seems to provide us with the perfect solution.
On another note, I seriously encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the medical research on Turmeric extract. To say it is exciting would be a gross understatement. I highly recommend you go to www.pubmed.gov and you will be astounded by what you see when you simply enter the word Turmeric in the search box. I was amazed when I watched what the autofill provided after I typed in the word Turmeric. It was a compelling list of heavily researched topics, such as Turmeric and cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, dementia, inflammation, prostate, depression, arthritis, breast, liver, colon, etc. You can click on any of those topics or you can always type in something of interest, such as Turmeric and Dementia (47 studies); or Turmeric and Arthritis (58 studies); or Turmeric and Liver (332 studies), Turmeric and Breast Cancer (88 studies) and on and on. In fact, I only just reviewed a very recent summary of research on Turmeric, which contained compelling studies on its use in the prevention and treatment of a very long list of diseases and health issues. As you know, I never recommend any ingredient as a treatment, cure or prevention for any disease, but based upon the overwhelming research, Turmeric is a vital component in any healthy diet and supplement plan. Again, I encourage you not to take my word for it, but to become an informed consumer and make these decisions yourself. Please take advantage of the incredibly easy research tools at www.pubmed.gov, which is provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. It is the exact same tool used by the world’s leading scientists and it enables you to become the healthiest and best-informed consumer possible. By the way, you can’t become the former without doing the latter. Happy Research!
Best of Health.
Some Scary Silliness about Soy!
It seems as though passions are running pretty high when it comes to Soybeans. I have discussed this topic many times in the past and of course, this will require a longer article than the post below, but let it suffice to say that the alarmist comments about Soy are absolutely not true. First of all, this product only contains a small amount of purified Soy phospholipids to enhance the absorption of the Curcuminoids in our Turmeric product, but regardless, the fear-mongering about Soy is complete silliness and it is driven by powerful economic interests and not by science. Of course, if you are actually allergic to Soy, as some folks can be to foods such as peanuts, chocolate, etc, then you should follow the guidance of your physician; however, Soy is not inherently harmful at all. In fact, it is fascinating to note that countries with the most extreme intakes of Soy have the lowest incidence of breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, dementia, etc. I guess there must be something magical in their food that mystically protects them from all the Soy they consume. In short, Soy is a safe and healthy food and the fear of Soy is nothing more than the byproduct of misinformation and disinformation spread by very well-funded and powerful interest groups. As I often say, “just follow the money” and I suspect the last thing the meat and dairy industry would like to see is an even greater trust and reliance on Soy as an alternative protein source. Of course, everyone is free to follow their own views and the guidance of their physician and in the future, I will devote a more comprehensive blog to the silly fear of Soy. Anyhow, if Soy phospholipids are so bad in the small quantities present in this product, how is it that countries consuming enormous amounts of Soy are so much healthier than we are with our minimal Soy consumption? The ironic answer is that instead of being unhealthy, Soy consumption is associated with a long list of health benefits. In other words, consuming more Soy is one of the things that healthier populations do so right and that we in America do so wrong. I will elaborate on this more fully in the future.
Please know that I appreciate all comments, even those I might not agree with. Let’s keep this healthy dialog active, since we all benefit from an open discussion about health! Thanks again for all the questions, comments, compliments and even the criticism. It helps me do my job better and I will of course continue to do my best to discuss important issues and questions.