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!

Curcumin for Sciatica and Sciatic Pain ?

Here’s a great question from a customer:

I noticed on your web site you have different options for sciatica. What about curcumin? It’s for inflammation. Will it work for sciatica, since that’s inflammatory as well?

Great question.

Curcumin (or turmeric) is a fantastic, all-natural anti-inflammatory. For chronic inflammation conditions, like arthritis,

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Can this help cure your sciatica?

osteoarthritis, and bursitis, regular curcumin supplements are a great way to reduce inflammation and pain.

As we’ve talked about in the past, it’s not a matter of taking one curcumin pill and feeling better right away. Curcumin should be taken on a regular basis.

More importantly, it’s critical that a high quality supplement like our Longvida RD to make sure enough curcumin gets into your circulation.

But what about curcumin to treat sciatica?

You will recall that sciatica is caused by an irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, through the buttocks, and down into the legs. It is one of the largest nerves in the body.

In some cases, sciatica can be caused by inflammation, either of the nerve itself, of from inflammation in the tissues surrounding the sciatic nerve.

So it is difficult to say with any degree of certainty whether or not curcumin will work specifically for your sciatica.

However, if you’re constantly fighting the pain and discomfort from sciatica, then a month or two of curcumin therapy is worth the chance.

It’s very safe, and very cost effective. So if you have sciatica, give our Longvida RD a try.

 

Curcumin Turmeric for Pain and Inflammation

Our latest video presentation, in which we discuss a great curcumin turmeric supplement for pain and inflammation.

This is not a pain reliever that you take for a headache or other form of acute pain. It’s for the long-term inflammation that causes pain. So if you’re taking prescription or even over-the-counter pain relievers for chronic pain, do watch this short video.

Other links of interest:

Can Curcumin Turmeric help in Crohn’s Disease?

We have posted about Curcumin Turmeric in the past here and here and here.

During a phone call with a customer, we were asked if there is any information on the use of curcumin turmeric for Crohn’s Disease?

There is quite a bit, actually…and it all looks very compelling.

In hindsight, it makes a lot of sense that curcumin turmeric should have some effect in Crohn’s Disease.

This is because Crohn’s is an inflammation of the large intestine. As curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory, it should provide some relief in not only Crohn’s, but also ulcerative colitis, and also celiac disease.

Plus, it’s bound to me much safer than the steroids used to treat these conditions.

Check out our longer article on the subject, in which we describe the evidence.