Is curcumin purity important?

Here’s another great question:

How important is it for the curcumin in my supplement to be pure?

So let’s take this question apart a bit and address it.

English: Curcumin Polski: Kurkumina

Purity is important, but there is more to it than that.

First, all dietary supplements should be as pure and as a high a quality as possible. That’s a given.

It’s also why we recommend sticking with good brands, like Douglas Labs (our personal favorite). They go through great lengths to make sure all of their supplements are pure, of high quality, and manufactured under strict controls.

They may cost a little more, but they’re worth it.

It’s troubling when we see people buying bottles of 1000 fish oil capsules in those big box stores. Those box stores can’t afford to sell many products at a high price. So they sacrifice quality in exchange for offering us low prices.

So we can’t expect those mega bottles of supplements to have the quality and purity that we want or need.

The analogy we like to use is that of coffee. Buy a 10 pound bag of generic coffee and see if it tastes as good as a small bag from a top national brand, or even your local roaster. It won’t!

As for curcumin, yes, purity is important.

But there is something that’s just as important as purity…

You see, curcumin is a difficult substance to get into our systems.

For example, if you take pure curcumin and stuff it into a simple capsule, with nothing else, then only a small percentage of that curcumin will actually get absorbed. The rest will be excreted in our stool….which is useless!

Good curcumin supplements, like our Longvida, have extra ingredients necessary to dissolve curcumin, so that more curcumin gets into our circulation.

More curcumin in our circulation equals a better chance of it actually working to reduce inflammation and pain.

This is also why sprinkling a little curcumin into our food or as a tea won’t bring much benefit.

So is curcumin purity important?


But there’s more to it than that!


Can a lumber back brace be used with patches?

This is a great question we received via email:

I have one of your Probacks and I love it. But can I use it with a patch, like Imbue?

Let’s tease this question apart a bit before answering it.

lumbar back brace

The best lumbar back brace available?

The Proback lumbar back brace is, in our humble opinion, the nest back support available?


Because it’s not just a big elastic rubber band that winds around your torso.

Nor is it a huge, heavy, plastic and rubber contraption that is expensive, heavy, and of questionable value.

Rather, the Proback is designed to apply pressure and support right where it’s needed.

So you can shift and “point” the support to apply pressure exactly where it’s needed.

Those rubber bands just apply pressure all around your entire torso. The pressure is not focused, so they just don’t work very well.

Ever wonder why those other supports are so cheap? That’s why. They’re just elastic bands with no thought given to how they can provide support, relax back spasms, and relieve back pain.

OK, so now let’s answer the question regarding patches.

Briefly, back pain patches are a great way to safely deliver pain-fighting medicines right to the area of the back where they are needed. We’ve written at length about the different types of back pain patches available.

So can you use a Proback and a back pain patch?

We do not recommend using these together, for two reasons.

1. The extra layer (formed by the patch) may interfere with the BioDome on the back of the Proback. This is also why we don not recommend wearing the Proback over a thick sweater. The Proback works best if there is a single layer of clothing between the skin and the back support, like a t-shirt.

2. The pressure on the patch from the Proback may cause medicine to leak or be squeezed out of the patch. This is not harmful by itself, but it might cause some minor issues, like getting patch adhesive or medicine onto your clothes.

So, there is the answer to the question. If you want to use patches, use them when you’re not wearing the Proback lumbar back brace.

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What are some good pain patches for back pain?

Buying back pain patches can be very confusing exercise. Many of them claim to relieve back pain quickly and easily, with no side effects.

If only life were that easy!

Medicated patches for back pain basically come in two different types.

The first are the so called “Hot” patches.

These patches are loaded with capsicum, the substance in hot peppers which gives them their spicy heat.

When capsicum is applied to a painful back in the form of a patch, the capsicum “irritates” a set of nerves in the skin which are responsible for reversing the flow of pain sensations back from the painful are towards the spine.

This is exactly how pain relief is supposed to work.

Hot patches work well for many kinds of pain.

Hot patches work well for many kinds of pain.

We carry Salonpas Hot patches, and we like them for three reasons.

First, they contain a high percentage of capsicum, which means they last for hours.

Second, they can be easily cut for use on painful elbows, knees, and wrists. One patch can be cut in half, and each half can be applied to each side of a painful hip (say, the front and back).

Third, they are very inexpensive!

When would you use a hot patch?

Basically, any time your pain responds to warmth, such as the warmth from a heating pad, then a hot patch might work for you.

But even if you’re not sure, these patches are so safe and so inexpensive that grabbing a and trying a few for a few days could be a good investment.

So the hot patch is the first type of back pain patch. The second type is the medicated patch.

The medicated patches have some sort of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory in the patch. Prescription medicated patches, for example, have diclofenac.

The non-prescription patch we like is called Imbue.

Patches for back pain

We like these too…

Imbue contains methyl salicylate, which is a form of aspirin.

It’s a terrific pain reliever which also fights inflammation.

So because it’s anti-inflammatory, Imbue can work well for pain due to inflammation, such as pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and even sciatica.

But, the real “secret” with Imbue is that is also contains menthol, an excellent pain reliever found in many pain relieving gels and roll ons, such as BioFreeze and Sombra.

When would you use Imbue?

Imbue works great for pain caused by inflammation. So any of the conditions mentioned above could be good targets for Imbue.

Plus, some folks do not like the sensation from the capsaicin patches. In that case, Imbue is a very good option.

The only time you would NOT use Imbue is if you are allergic to aspirin, or if you are taking anticoagulants which can interact with aspirin. If you’re taking an anticoagulant, check with your doctor before using Imbue.

Both Imbue and Salonpas HOT are excellent alternatives to dangerous prescription NSAIDS, as we’ve discussed previously.

In fact, while prescription and over-the-counter pain pills have warnings limiting their use, no such warnings are needed for either of these two products.

Lastly, both products can be used without worrying about their possibly upsetting your stomach. Since you’re not swallowing the medicine, it can’t upset your stomach!

So if you have back pain, sciatica, arthritis, or any other form of pain. Or if you’re a weekend warrior who needs a little help

Day after marathon #recovery #secret #salonpas

Day after marathon recovery secret: patches (Photo credit: reflexblue)

recovering from the weekend tennis match, try either of these products…today!

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