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.

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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?

Sure.

But there’s more to it than that!

Is Obesity Linked To Inflammation?

You bet.

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A single FatCube, represents 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of adipose tissue (body fat) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For many years, it was thought that obesity itself could cause or somehow worsen inflammation.

This theory has been proven many times over, both in animal studies and in humans.

The exact mechanism for how this happens is complex.

But basically, our immune systems can view excessive fat cells for foreign intruders, like they are bacteria or other foreign bodies.

Once this happens, our immune systems swing into action in an attempt to destroy these “intruders.”

The net result is that obesity triggers a wide-spread, low level inflammation.

Now this inflammation can manifest itself in many different ways. For example, insulin resistance in obese diabetics is largely due to this inflammatory process.

Similarly, atherosclerotic plaques which form in our veins are also inflammatory hot spots.

Other problems can also develop. For example, osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis may develop at an earlier age, and progress more quickly, in obese patients versus non obese patients, thanks in part to the inflammation that’s taking place.

So what can be done?

Well, obviously a weight loss program is needed to fight obesity and the inflammation that it causes. But in addition to a lifestyle change which includes proper diet and exercise, also consider anti-inflammatory foods as part of your new diet.

Natural anti-inflammatory supplements, such as curcumin turmeric, are also an excellent, safe way to combat widespread inflammation. This is far safer than taking low doses of prescription or even over-the-counter anti-inflammatories.

Treat Fibromyalgia Joint Pain The Natural Way

There are plenty of prescription pain killers that work against joint pain, no matter what the underlying cause of

drugs

They work, but are they safe?

that pain is.

So arthritis sufferers, fibromyalgia patients, and others with joint pain routinely take over-the-counter and prescription pain medicines, such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, and naproxen.

But, as we’ve discussed many times before, these pain drugs are fraught with side effects. In fact, there are three broad groups of side effects that these medicines have:

Stomach and Gastrointestinal Side Effects – These are very common in patients who take these types of drugs. In fact, folks with a past history of ulcers or GI bleeds are not supposed to take these medicines.

Renal/Kidney Effects – These drugs are not friendly to our kidneys. Some of the older pain medicines, such as indomethacin, are notorious for causing mold to moderate renal disease.

Cardiovascular – Lastly, these drugs can cause a number of cardiovascular side effects and events.

What are the options?

In  disease like fibromyalgia, taking these medicines is unavoidable for many folks. However, there are natural products which can help reduce the amount of prescription pain medicines that are needed. Here are three suggestions:

Traumeel – Traumeel is a natural anti-inflammatory that is used widely across Europe. Many Olympic and sports teams use Traumeel because it’s safe, all-natural, and with no known side effects. In fact, it’s safe enough to give to children.

Imbue – It’s unfortunate that so many folks think of back pain when it comes to Imbue. They can be used for many other types of pain. For example, Imbue patches can be cut in half and placed over each knee. Or, each half can be placed on each shoulder blade.

Longvida RD – Longvida is a very popular anti-inflammatory product that contains curcumin. While it won’t relieve the pain right away, taking Longvida once a day over a period of several weeks can reduce the inflammation that’s causing the joint pain.

So here you have it. Three natural options to those dangerous prescription pain killers. What are your approaches for dealing with fibromyalgia joint pain? Please share them with us!

Crohn’s Disease: Is Wobenzym A Good Option?

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“Be kind to your stomach” – (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Does Wobenzym Work for Crohn’s Disease?  

Great question, and we must thank Alice in Newport Beach for emailing this question to us. 

First, let’s understand what is in Wobenzym, then we can address this question.

We already have a lot of information on Wobenzym PS on our main site. But here is a summary.

Wobenzym PS contains three ingredients: bromelain, trypsin, and rutin. When combined, the three of these natural ingredients have excellent anti-inflammatory properties. 

Wobenzym PS is especially good for joint health and inflammation. So folks with arthritis, osteoarthritis, and similar conditions take Wobenzym PS as a supplement. 

This has the added benefit of helping folks reduce their pain meds, while also enjoying a bit more flexibility and range of motion. 

So if it’s a good anti-inflammatory, shouldn’t it be good for Crohn’s Disease as well?

Crohn’s Disease, and also Ulcerative Colitis, and inflammatory diseases of the large intestines. The diseases are very similar, and differ primarily by where in the large intestine the inflammation is taking place. 

So in theory, Wobenzym PS should provide some benefit for both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. 

However, we have a better suggestion…Longvida RD

Longvida RD contains the spice curcumin (or turmeric). Curcumin is an excellent anti-inflammatory, and is perfect for a chronic disease like Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis.  

In a review article published in 2011, it was noted that Crohn’s Disease patients who used a curcumin supplement for two months experienced less diarrhea, less abdominal pain, and less cramping. 

These results are consistent with studies done with curcumin in rheumatoid arthritis patients, who experienced improvements in disease activity and symptoms.

So if you are seeking a natural anti-inflammatory supplement for your Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, we recommend trying Longvida RD. There is simply more evidence with this product in these diseases compared to Wobenzym PS.

Thanks Alice, for the question! 

P.S. Email us at sales@wisdomandhealth.com for a free copy of the publication on curcumin for inflammatory bowel disease.