Nutrient Spotlight: Turmeric

In the past, we’ve written about how Turmeric might actually help in the treatment of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, it “interferes with several important molecular pathways involved in cancer development, growth, and spread." Quite a promising and sensational detail. However, the day-to-day health benefits of Turmeric shouldn’t be overlooked either. Let’s take a closer look at this super nutrient and discuss what to look for in a good Turmeric supplement…

Turmeric is rich in Curcumin. Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Some inflammation can be good, but in excess, it is the major cause of both disease and pain. There have been over 6,000 peer-reviewed research studies and articles related to the anti-inflammatory effects of Curcumin. The anti-inflammatory properties are so potent that Curcumin has proven to be as effective as ibuprofen in numerous research studies. 

Turmeric Root vs. Curcumin Extract: 

There are nutrition supplements on the market with really high concentrations of Curcumin, much higher than you find in natural Turmeric root. These high potencies are achieved by extracting Curcumin from Turmeric and concentrating it. The Curcumin content in natural Turmeric root is 3 to 5%. In comparison, the Curcumin content in standardized Curcumin extract is 95%.

So one could assume that Curcumin extract is better than the natural Turmeric root, right? It’s not so simple. There are those who argue “yes, more is better” and that you should consume Curcumin in higher concentrations than what is naturally found in Turmeric. However, there is evidence that the bioavailability of Curcumin extract is lower than if you consume it in its whole food format, as natural Turmeric root. Frequently when nutrients come from a whole food natural source, they are absorbed more easily.

In addition to Curcumin, there are other beneficial nutrients in Turmeric, such as Turmerone and Turmerin. Turmerone may help prevent Alzheimer's disease by stimulating neuron growth, and Turmerin is a potent antioxidant. These nutrients are removed during the production of standardized Curcumin extract. But they are present in natural Turmeric root.

As with all of the Made Man products, we rely on empirical research and avoid “woo-woo” claims.  We are not prepared to say one supplement format, either Turmeric root or Curcumin extract is better for you, and dismiss the other. Both offer potential benefits, and we prefer to hedge our bets. Made Man High Potency Turmeric is a balance of BOTH 1200 mg of natural Turmeric root powder AND 100 mg of standardized Curcumin extract concentrated to 95% Curcumin.

One last word on Bioperine:

Bioperine is a black pepper extract that dramatically enhances the bioavailability of Curcumin. By itself, Curcumin isn't easily absorbed by the body, and most of it can just pass through your digestive tract. But the addition of Bioperine can enhance absorption of Curcumin by up to 2000%! Made Man High Potency Turmeric contains 10 mg of Bioperine, which is twice as much as you often find in other Turmeric or Curcumin supplements.