Inflammation is at the root of many serious health conditions, affecting cardiovascular health, joint health, and even cognitive function. While a little inflammation is normal in response to invading organisms, stress, and after injury, persistent inflammation can trigger tissue damage, causing pain and increasing the risk of several diseases.
Developing effective strategies to support healthy inflammatory processes is essential for a long and happy life, especially because our daily lives are full of potential causes of inflammation. While we can take steps to better manage some of these triggers, such as stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, excess body weight, and smoking, some causes of inflammation are much harder to avoid.
Fortunately, a number of natural compounds have demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity, helping to prevent the formation and signalling of pro-inflammatory molecules and to guard against tissue damage associated with inflammation.
Nature’s Answer to Inflammation
Curcumin is one of the most prized and promising natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. Found in the root of turmeric (Curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family, curcumin has been associated with significant health benefits, such as:
• Help prevent cognitive decline
• Reduce a range of risk factors for chronic degenerative diseases
• Improve joint function and reducing arthritic joint pain
• Provide antioxidant protection from environmental toxins
Turmeric is the principal spice in curry and has been used for thousands of years in India in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to treat inflammatory conditions.
However, despite turmeric being a rich source of curcumin, very little of the compound is absorbed when ingested in normal dietary amounts.
The Trouble with Turmeric
The low bioavailability of curcumin is due to its relative insolubility in water and rapid metabolism and excretion from the body. Early clinical studies found that even with dosages as high as 12,000 mg, most people did not have a significant increase in levels of curcumin in their blood (Cheng et al., 2001).
Given the incredible promise of curcumin, scientists have worked hard to create a highly bioavailable form of the compound. The result of extensive research is Theracurmin™, the number one absorbable form of curcumin.
It’s Not How Much You Take, It’s How Much You Absorb
Natural Factors CurcuminRich with Theracurmin offers an advanced formulation that uses proprietary dispersion technology to create microscopic particles dispersed in a colloidal suspension for better absorption. The curcumin in Theracurmin is absorbed faster into the blood, and stays there longer.
Published studies have demonstrated that this innovative form of curcumin is 300 times more bioavailable than regular curcumin powder, ensuring a therapeutically effective level in the blood to support a healthy inflammatory response (Kanai et al., 2012; Kanai et al., 2013).
The Benefits of TheracurminCurcumin has been called the master switch for inflammation as it blocks more than 30 different inflammation pathways (Aggarwal & Harikumar, 2009). Numerous clinical trials have confirmed curcumin’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic (pain-relieving) properties, and have noted the compound’s ability to prevent the degeneration of connective tissue and bone (Henrotin et al., 2013).
Theracurmin has been investigated at major universities and research centres worldwide and has been found to help:
• Reduce tissue damage caused by inflammation
• Improve liver function
• Increase the heart’s ability to pump blood more efficiently
• Increase the flexibility of the arteries
(Shimatsu et al., 2012; Sugawara et al., 2012)
Curcumin has even been found comparable to the commonly prescribed NSAID phenylbutazone for relief of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms including morning stiffness, walking time, and joint swelling (Deodhar et al., 1980).
There is a lot of excitement about the potential for highly bioavailable forms of curcumin, such as Theracurmin, in the prevention of cognitive decline, especially Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin exhibits multiple neuroprotective actions, including helping to promote the growth of new neurons (Frautschy et al., 2010).
Every capsule of Natural Factors Double Strength CurcuminRich contains 60 mg of Theracurmin curcumin from turmeric. It is gluten-free, non-GMO, and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Theracurmin is not intended for use by children. Pregnant women should consult a health care practitioner prior to using this supplement, as should anyone who is taking antiplatelet medication or blood thinners, has gallstones, bile duct obstruction, stomach ulcers, or excess stomach acid.
Natural Factors CurcuminRich featuring Theracurmin is ideal for people looking for a natural way to relieve pain due to inflammation. This includes people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or any form of chronic inflammation, especially those looking for a natural anti-inflammatory comparable in effect to prescription and over-the-counter drugs, but with the advantage of supporting liver function.
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