A reg­u­lar route to turmeric

Daily Express - - ADVERTISING FEATURE - By Ge­orge Ni­chols

SCI­EN­TISTS have made a ma­jor step for­ward in har­ness­ing the unique power of cur­cumin, a ver­sa­tile com­po­nent of turmeric that has demon­strated a po­ten­tial ben­e­fit for a range of health con­di­tions. The dis­cov­ery of a method to stan­dard­ise the dose and boost the body’s ab­sorp­tion of the com­pound has brought new hope that cur­cumin’s ther­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties will at last be able to be de­liv­ered in a reli­able way with ev­ery tablet.

The prod­uct, called Turmeric+ and avail­able to Bri­tish con­sumers, has ex­cited the interest of univer­sity re­searchers trying to find a reli­able and re­pro­ducible dose to demon­strate the prop­er­ties of cur­cumin, the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in turmeric. Cur­cumin is a mi­nor com­pound in the plant-root based In­dian spice turmeric. Thousands of pub­lished stud­ies have al­ready shown its ex­cit­ing ca­pac­ity to im­pact hu­man health.

Al­though cur­cumin can have pos­i­tive ef­fects in the body, un­til now it has been dif­fi­cult to get the hu­man body to ab­sorb the large vol­umes re­quired. A 45g su­per­mar­ket jar of ground turmeric only con­tains 2 per cent cur­cumin, so it con­tains less than one gram of the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent.

A whole jar of turmeric would not con­tain even one daily cur­cumin dose de­liv­ered by Turmeric+.

Not only that, stud­ies have shown most peo­ple can­not ab­sorb enough cur­cumin in its nat­u­ral form to ben­e­fit, which means sim­ple cur­cumin tablets may not work.

Turmeric+ fol­lows more than a decade of re­search by in­ter­na­tional sci­en­tists work­ing in univer­sity lab­o­ra­to­ries.

They were look­ing for a way of boost­ing cur­cumin ab­sorp­tion and suc­ceeded in combining it with plant-based phos­pho­lipids from soy beans.

PHOS­PHO­LIPIDS are a class of fats that are a ma­jor com­po­nent of all cell mem­branes and pub­lished stud­ies have shown that combining them with cur­cumin will pro­duce a 29-fold in­crease in cur­cumin up­take by the body.

Turmeric+, mar­keted by Cam­bridge-based brand Fu­tureYou, is man­u­fac­tured to phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal grade and is now em­bark­ing on fur­ther stud­ies to show its ben­e­fits.

Talks are un­der way with a number of Bri­tish uni­ver­si­ties.

“We are very ex­cited by the level of interest from sci­en­tists in our prod­uct,” said Alf Lind­berg, a former sec­re­tary to the com­mit­tee of the No­bel prize for medicine and a Chief Sci­en­tific Of­fi­cer to Cam­bridge Nu­traceu­ti­cals. “We think we at last have a way to de­liver a reli­able reg­u­lar dose of this com­pound.

“We’re hop­ing the tri­als will give de­fin­i­tive proof of the ben­e­fits of Turmeric+.”

SPICE OF LIFE: Turmeric+ helps the body to ab­sorb more cur­cumin, which has a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the body

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