What is Curcumin?
Curcumin is a chemical that comes from the root of the Turmeric plant.
Turmeric is a vibrant bright orange or yellow root of the plant Curcuma Longa which is in the same plant family as ginger.
This root produces three chemicals called Curcuminoids, which make up about 2-6% of the weight of the root, with the most active and medicinal of the three being Curcumin.
Commonly, this root is dried and ground into a powder to be used as the Turmeric spice common in Indian cuisine.
And if you have ever wondered what gives some Indian dishes their bright orange or yellow color, it is likely the contained Turmeric.
Turmeric and its Curcuminoids have been used for thousands of years in eastern and Ayurvedic medicine for their proposed medicinal values.
What is Theracurmin?
Theracurmin is a trademarked type of Curcumin created by the Japanese company Theravalues.
Theracurmin is created using a patented colloidal dispersion technology to enhance the water solubility of the therapeutic chemical.
So, Theracurmin is Curcumin which is optimized to get into your body better.
Bioavailability of most Curcumin supplements
Curcumin has notoriously poor absorption and bioavailability.
Poor bioavailability means that although you may be ingesting large amounts of the substance, it is not in a form that can get into your body very well.
This low bioavailability has caused issues for researchers trying to produce consistent results with human in-vivo Curcumin trials.
Bottom Line: Curcumin is not very available to the body in most supplement forms.
Bioavailability of Theracurmin supplements
But, Theracurmin is different.
Theracurmin is formulated with submicron particles to enhance the absorption and bioavailability of Curcumin when taken by mouth in capsule form.
In one study, the blood concentration of oral Theracurmin was found to be 27 times higher than your standard commercially available Curcumin supplement.
And, a 2013 study on Theracurmin reported achieving high blood Curcumin levels after just one oral dose of 200mg Theracurmin.
Curcurmin Studies and Benefits
Curcumin is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which may explain Curcumin’s wide reaching effects for many disease states.
The Natural Medicines supplement database considers Theracurmin to be possibly effective for:
• Allergic Rhinitis, Depression, High Cholesterol, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Osteoarthritis, and Pruritus.
A study conducted in 25 participants with knee Osteoarthritis found that taking 700mg of Theracurmin three times daily appeared to be effective in reducing pain, while increasing balance and muscular function.
An animal study found Theracurmin to act as a neuroprotective agent when the brain was subjected to a chemical known to cause significant oxidative damage to brain tissue.
One article from 2013 reviewed Curcumin trials and found Curcumin supplementation to be potentially beneficial in numerous disease states including certain cancers, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, IBS, arthritis, uveitis, peptic and gastric ulcers, vitiligo, psoriasis, high cholesterol, diabetes, and kidney issues, among others.
The safety and tolerability of Curcumin supplements has been demonstrated for doses up to 8,000mg (8gm) a day (way more that you would ever take).
However, in one dose escalation trial, where subjects received up to 12,000mg of Curcumin a day, some participants reported diarrhea, headache, rash, or yellow stool.
We recommend sticking with the dosing listed on your product (usually less than 600mg daily), or going with your doctor’s dosing advice.
So, with it’s strong safety profile and potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, it is not uncommon for even healthy individuals to include Curcumin as part of their daily supplement regimen.
Where to find Theracurmin
Theracurmin is available in a few over the counter supplements.
These Theracurmin sometimes differ by cost or amount of Theracurmin contained per capsule.
We carry Theracurmin HP by Integrative Therapeutics which contains 300mg of Theracurmin per capsule (or 600mg per 2 capsule serving).
Has your Provider already recommended that you use Theracurmin?
Use the invite code THRACURMIN2019 to gain free access to Nutrivivo.
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This article was written or reviewed by Dr Jill Barat, PharmD
This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.