A recent study has shown high strength curcumin to be as effective for alleviating pain as some of the leading pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory drugs on the market, without the negative side effects of thinning the stomach lining and possibly causing gastric ulcers. Curcumin is also not addictive or habit forming in any way, plus has a whole range of additional benefits I mentioned before. For long term pain management it is the safest, most effective option.
But where a lot of people get confused is understanding the difference between a product labelled ‘turmeric’ and a product labelled ‘curcumin’. The way I like to describe it is with an analogy- turmeric is the whole cow, curcumin is the cut of beef you want for your BBQ. If you want to reduce inflammation, you want the product with the most curcumin.
So that means when you are shopping for a natural anti-inflammatory, you need to look at the curcumin content. The leading brands will often have levels of around 250-350mg of curcumin. You can also find curcumin products that have added ingredients to boost absorption such as black pepper, or to boost anti-inflammatory effects such as boswellia or willow bark. While these ingredients are great extras, you still want your primary focus to be on the level of curcumin.
With these products, it is also worth mentioning the price- high strength curcumin supplements will usually sell for between 50 cents and $1.00 per tablet. It does make these items more expensive, but usually the cheaper product contain very little active curcumin, or can even just be good old cooking turmeric powder in a tablet form! For more information, or help selecting the product right for you, come in and talk to Rhianna or Jess.