Curcumin Phytosome 120 capsules - Curcuma longa + phosphatidylcholine | Jarrow Formulas
Jarrow Formulas Curcumin Phytosome 120 capsules supports healthy inflammatory response within the normal range and protects DNA against damage by free radicals and reactive oxygen species.
Meriva®, a phytosome form of curcumin, is a patent-pending ingredient consisting of curcumin extract bound to phosphatidylcholine for increased absorption and bioavailability. Clinical studies show that it promotes joint health and flexibility.
Meriva® is a registered trademark of Indena S.p.A.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a bright yellow spice and a traditional remedy that has been used as a medicine, condiment, and flavoring since 600 BC. The rhizome (underground stem) is the part of the plant that is harvested and ground to make the spice. The key bioactive constituents found in turmeric are three kinds of curcuminoids: curcumin, demethoxyl-curcumin, and bisdemethoxyl-curcumin. All three components are structurally similar, although curcumin seems to be the most effective constituent. Curcumin and these related curcuminoids appear to effect human health through antioxidant activity and possible modulation of 5-lipo-oxygenase (LOX) and cyclo-oxygenase (COX) enzymes.
The true health potential of curcumin always has been hindered by notoriously poor oral bioavailability. This has become generally accepted in recent years with numerous studies in humans demonstrating severe absorption shortcomings, even when curcumin is consumed in large quantities. As a result, researchers have sought ways to overcome this limitation of curcumin. One particularly useful strategy employs phospholipids to produce micelles, or curcumin phytosomes, that act as protective curcumin couriers.
The Phytosome Difference
Curcuminoids show a high affinity for biological membranes but are poorly soluble in water. However, when surrounded or “complexed,” with phospholipids such as phosphatidylcholine curcuminoids become dispersible in water. Phospholipids can have this sort of self-emulsifying effect for substances that are otherwise poorly soluble in water and the digestive tract.
But the phytosomes do more than just help overcome the poor water solubility of curcumin. They also appear to directly impact absorption by shuttling the curcuminoids inside enterocytes. This occurs because cellular membranes, including intestinal enterocytes, are largely composed of phospholipids, such as the phosphatidylcholine found in the phytosomes, allowing the phytosomes to act as vesicles that can be “folded” into the cell in a process called pinocytosis or cellular captation. The absorption technology found in Jarrow Formulas’ QH-absorb® works in a similar manner.
But that’s not all. The phytosome also appears to act as a barrier to the hydrolytic and enzymatic degradation known to affect curcuminoids in the digestive tract. As one example, curcuminoids are known to undergo retro-Claisen type reactions in the digestive tract, which converts them into their dihydro- counterparts altering their activity. Another example is glucuronidation reactions known to take place during the digestive process. Phytosomes are thought to be protective here as well.
Evidence of Success
Yet the evidence for the utility of curcumin phytosomes is not merely academic. In a human bioavailability study, healthy volunteers were randomly assigned to three groups and given either 1.0 g of Meriva, 1.9 g of Meriva, or 1.8 of regular curcumin powder. The overall increase of curcuminoid absorption from Meriva was ca. 29-fold (27-fold for the low 1.0 gram group and 31-fold for the 1.9 gram) on a curcuminoid equivalents basis. These results in humans are also corroborated by a pharmacokinetic study conducted with male Wistar rats that yielded comparable absorption increases.
Blood levels aside, the biggest question is do curcumin phytosomes work? In fact, multiple human clinical studies have demonstrated just that. In one study published in 2010, Meriva was given to 25 volunteers experiencing joint discomfort, while another 25 received a placebo. After three months of daily use, the Meriva group scored significantly better on the WOMAC scale (indicating joint comfort) and showed markers indicative of a more balanced inflammatory response. These results would appear to confirm the idea that increased stability and better absorption of curcumin induced by complexation with phospholipids, has clinical relevance.
Jarrow Formulas’ Curcumin Phytosome supports a healthy inflammatory response within the normal range and protects DNA against damage by free radicals and reactive oxygen species.
Meriva® is a patent-pending ingredient consisting of curcumin and phosphatidylcholine for increased absorption and bioavailability.
Clinical studies show that it promotes joint health and flexibility.
Some supplements are suitable for both men and women of all ages as well as children. But other supplements are specifically targeted to the aging woman or man. Another supplement is especially suitable for athletes, regardless of gender.
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This big drop will probably result in a vast increase of people that are being administered cholesterol lowering drugs.
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Botanicals like ginkgo biloba and vinpocetine help promote circulation in the brain.
Still other cognitive supplements like curcumin or green tea address oxidation and inflammation.
Obviously, the brain’s structural health is key to such functions as memory and cognition, including mental energy, focus, and concentration. Maintaining structural integrity includes keeping brain cells healthy: ensuring cell walls remain fluid so that they can effectively regulate nutrients coming in and waste going out, and supporting signal-transmitting chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters.
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For myself this was most dramatically present in my mom and her sister who both developed breast tumors in the late 70s.
While my aunt chose to get treated conventionally, my mom chose the other path and went to a doctor who practiced an alternative diet-based therapy. In the end both died, my aunt of breast cancer, and my mom of a massive heart attack when her (then considered) atypical symptoms were unrecognized in hospital.
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As it turns out, the virus is basically designed to jump from person to person when the air is cold and dry. Studies have shown that transmission rates are highest when temperature and humidity are both low. Because cold air naturally holds less water, low humidity levels are typical for winter.
Even when we make our homes comfortably warm, the air stays just as dry unless we use a humidifier.
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An infected individual exhales virus encased in tiny water droplets, and those droplets evaporate more quickly if the air is dry. If the flu droplet shrinks fast enough, it can become so light that it circulates around in the air instead of falling to the ground.
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Take 1 capsule per day with food.
For enhanced joint protection, take 1 capsule 2 times per day or as directed by your qualified health care consultant.
contains per daily serving (1 capsule)
Meriva 500mg †
curcumin phytosome phosphatidylcholine complex (Curcuma longa, rizome with 18-22% curcuminoids)
† = Recommended Daily Intake not established
active ingredient (curcumin phytosome phosphatidylcholine complex), filler (cellulose, magnesium stearate from palm oil), anticoagulant (silicon dioxide), capsule (hydroxypropylmethylcellulose)
keep dry and closed at normal room temperature between 15 - 22°C.
keep out of reach of young children
contains no other familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)
suitable for vegetarians and vegans