- Fish-based gel caps
- Volatile oils of turmeric
- Convenient flip-open top
- 500mg curcumin per serving
- 230mg omega-3s per serving
- Lab-certified pure and potent
- No artificial preservatives or colors
- No dairy, starch, wheat, yeast, sugar, or soy
- Extracted from turmeric grown naturally in India
- Product of USA
*Absorbed 6-7 times better than standard curcumin extracts.
Turmeric root has long been prized in Asian medicine ... and the term "curcumin" refers to its complex of yellow-orange compounds.
More accurately, curcumin is just one of a trio of three closely related "curcuminoids".
Lab experiments and preliminary clinical studies indicate that this synergistic trio of polyphenol compounds supports immune and brain health in uniquely powerful ways.
However, curcumin is not well-absorbed when extracted from turmeric ... unless it is accompanied by turmeric volatile oils ... also known as essential oils.
Fortunately, our extract includes the full spectrum of turmeric volatile oils*.
Accordingly, clinical studies show that the curcumin in our extract is absorbed six to seven times better than the curcumin in conventional 95%-curcumin dietary supplements (Antony B et al. 2012).
This huge absorption advantage means that a 500 mg serving (two softgel capsules) of Vital Choice Curcumin – which contains 85% curcuminoids (425mg) – is equivalent to about 3,000 mg of a typical 95% curcumin supplement.
Recent research shows that these essential oils also enhance the benefits of curcumin and provide their own ... yet other curcumin supplements rarely include any.
Folk history and modern research
Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia, and is cultivated for culinary and medicinal use.
It's also a key ingredient in the yellow-orange curry spice blends used in many Indian, Persian, Thai, Chinese, and Indonesian dishes.
The ancient Indian medicine tradition known as Ayurveda has long featured turmeric in healing.
Together with evidence linking India's low rates of colon cancer and Alzheimer's to curry consumption, that ancient tradition has triggered extensive, promising research into its health-promoting properties**.
Among other effects, curcumin appears to exert beneficial effects on gene switches affecting stress- and aging-related degenerative processes, including oxidation and inflammation**.
Curcumin cautions and drug interactions
- Dietary turmeric may inhibit the anti-tumor action of chemotherapeutic agents such as cyclophosphamide.
- Curcumin may interact with drugs that are substrates of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) or cytochrome P450 enzymes.
- Patients with gastrointestinal disorders or predisposed to kidney stone formation should use this supplement with caution.
- Patients with bile duct obstruction, gallstones, and GI disorders including stomach ulcers and hyperacidity disorders should not take this supplement.
*US Patent No: US 7,736,679 B2.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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