We most commonly recommend Theracurmin as a recent study in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology showed this to be the most active, bioavailable and absorbable form of turmeric providing curcumin. Theracurmin has been found to have many health benefits including but not limited to skin, joint, cardiovascular, liver and vascular health. It has also been shown to improve quality of life of cancer patients. In patients with heart failure Theracurmin has been helpful by increasing blood volume and decreasing ventricle size. Similarly, for vascular health it has been shown to improve arterial blood flow and increase arterial elasticity. For liver health, supplementing with Theracurmin for 4 weeks produced a reduction in elevated liver enzymes. Joint pain can be tremendously helped with Theracurmin and produces not only a reduction in pain but also a reduction in pain medication that is needed.
Of course these are just some of the health benefits of curcumin. We also recommend adding turmeric to your daily diet, however, you will not get nearly as high of a dose as is present in the supplement form. You also must ensure when having turmeric in the spice form that you consume it with a pinch of black pepper and with a healthy fat like coconut milk to help with absorption. Here’s a simple way to enjoy turmeric in the diet: Turmeric Tea: Mix ½ tsp turmeric with water and a peel of lemon, lime and/or orange in a pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add a pinch of black pepper and a drop of olive oil or coconut oil. Mix, strain and serve. Can add honey to sweeten if desired.