The promise of Curcumin and its vast effects on health are beyond exciting.
It’s also important that turmeric is the parent plant, but Curcumin is extracted from the rhizomes of turmeric. Curcumin is a potent healing medicine.
Yet there is one factor that puts a damper on the excitement. Ordinary Curcumin is poorly absorbed by the human body. In scientific terms, this means it has limited bioavailability.
But that is ordinary Curcumin. One company, EuroPharma Inc., has found an extraordinary form of highly absorbable Curcumin. The Curcumin extract, BCM-95, was developed by a team of respected scientist. BCM-95 Curcumin is an ingredient in many products sold in health food stores by EuroPharma under the brand name Terry Naturally (named after EuroPharm founder Terry Lemerond). It is also found in the Euro Medical brand, sold only in the office of health care professionals.
A recently completed analysis of Curcumin products with enhanced absorption shows that blood levels of BCM-95 , a natural 100% Curcumin product, are as much as 10 times higher than other forms of Curcumin and stay in the bloodstream for 8-12 hours, far longer than any other forms of Curcumin tested. The Indian research showed that the BCM-95 Curcumin product was retained in the bloodstream for 12 hours, at a concentration seven times the blood levels researchers were able to measure for plain Curcumin. This is especially important if you are in pain from an injury or a chronic condition because the blood levels of BCM-95 leaped to ten times that of plain Curcumin in the first two hours after study subjects took it.
BCM-95 is extracted from turmeric roots grown and hand harvested in the pesticide- and -chemical-free fields of Assam, India. Farmers are paid a fair-trade price for their crops, and profits are being used to build a hospital and a school in the village.
Extracting the Curcumin from the turmeric rhizomes is a complex process. The BCM-95 plant in Kochi, India, is a state of the art extraction, Drying and pulverizing facility that produces high-quality Curcumin standardized to 95% Curcuminoids. It is then converted into BCM-95, proprietary blend of Curcuminoids and essential oils of turmeric. EuroPharma’s BCM-95 uses no dangerous solvents, unlike products sold by other companies that contain harsh, dangerous and potentially neurotoxic solvents.
Several studies have proven the enhanced effectiveness of BCM-95, including:
Depression: There are two studies, one animal study showing BCM-95 is at least as effective as Prozac and Tofranil that has already been published and another human study underway that compares that BCM-95 Curcumin to the pharmaceutical antidepressant fluoxetine (generic of Prozac). This is particularly important since pharmaceutical antidepressants in general are notoriously ineffective, only providing relief to about 30 to 40% of the people with depression.
Osteoarthritis: The latest published research shows that BCM-95 and BosPure boswellia were superior to celecoxib, a generic of the osteoarthritis drug Celebrex for relief of joint pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis: A study compairing BCM-95 and diclofenas sodium, a pharmaceutical used for rheumatoid arthritis pain and sold under the brand names Cataflam and Voltaren has been published, and it was shown that the group taking 500mg of BCM-95 Curcumin twice daily reported less pain than diclofenac sodium (Voltaren) group. Nobody withdrew from the Curcumin group, but over 14% withdrew from the drug group due to adverse effects.
Alzheimer’s disease: Possibly the most exciting study on Curcumin’s effects on human subjects with mild cognitive impairment is currently underway in Australia. In this study, 160 people with this disorder are being followed for a year to determine to what degree BCM-95 Curcumin slows the progression of the disease. A study from a few years ago on BCM-95 and people with Alzheimer’s disease showed that this special Curcumin potentially increased the destruction of beta-amyloid plaque, a contributing feature to Alzheimer’s damaging brain effects. The results were measured by examining markers found in the bloodstream that indicated beta-amyloid destruction. Human studies on BCM-95 Curcumin are now under way and the results are likely to be paradigm shifting for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s.
There are three ongoing studies of BCM-95 and BosPure boswellia another anti-inflammatory herb, exploring antioxidant and liver-protective properties; a study on Curcumin in combination with anti-seizure drugs in reduced seizure activity and memory retention; and a human trial on its ability to prevent cancer in premalignant lesions in the mouth. Several other studies are in the planning stages, one looking at BCM-95’s role in treating knee osteoarthritis and another study on its ability to preserve cognitive function.
BCM-95 is available in three formulations, each with a specific effect. Curamin is a blend Curcumin BCM-95, inflammation-relieving boswellia (BosPure), DLPA *a form of amino acid phenylalanine, which increases levels of endorphins,, the “feel good” neurotransmitters) and nattokinase (an enzyme that helps improve micro-circulation).
The blend provides a safer and more effective pain-relieving effect than most prescription drugs and OTC medication. In fact, the BCM-95 Curcumin in this formula was proven clinically to be more effective than the pharmaceutical drug celecoxib, the generic form of Celebrex, a joint pain medication with many potentially serious side effects.
Many people using Curcumin for the first time will get excellent pain relief within 20 to 45 minutes. Because of the different levels of pain and location, some people may have to wait days for pain relief .Curcumin does not have any serious known contraindications with medications, but of course, check with your doctor or pharmacist if you need more specific information. Curcumin can be used along with other pain-relieving medications. It does not cause stomach, liver or kidney damage and can be used long term.
The recommended dosage is three-capsules daily, but the dosage can be adjusted based on the needs of the individual. Usually 90% of individuals will experience superior results with in seven days. If you do not have excellent relief, take six capsules a day for a week and then reduce the dosage until you find the right amount that keeps you comfortable.
A small percentage of people who do not respond to Curcumin alone will find an excellent response when they take three capsules a day of Curcumin along with one or two capsules a day of Arthocin, EuroPharm’s joint pain formula. Arthocin includes some additional joint-rebuilding ingredients, like a unique devil’s claw herb that has been shown to increase production of hyaluronic acid by combination to help lubricate joints. There are no known serious prescription or over the counter interactions with Curcumin and/or Arthocin.
Curamin PM- Sleep Away Your Pain!
Curamin PM is an excellent pain reliever and natural sleep aid. For those of you who cannot sleep due to pain, Curamin PM will help as a natural, gentle aid for sleep with the dual action of pain reduction. Since the body’s repair and rebuild functions take place in deep sleep, individuals who have disrupted sleep do not heal as quickly. Curamin PM contains many of the same pain ingredients as Curamin, but with the added benefits of P-5-P to increase serotonin levels and melatonin to aid in regulating sleep cycles. Dosage: Take one or two capsules 30 minutes before bedtime. Some people find excellent results taking two regular Curamin in the morning and two Curamin PM at bedtime. There are no known serious interaction with prescription or over the counter medications.
CuraMed Brain Combining the proven effects of BCM-95 Curcumin, vitamin D3, and rosemary and spanish sage oils, this powerhouse supplement supports healthy memory and focus, shields the brain from free redicals damage, and enhances cognitive function.
ts The highly bioabsorbable BCM-95 Curcumin has been clinically tested to be ten times more absorbable and retained at a meaningful level for a longer time than other Curcumin extracts. Curcumin is exceptionally effective in stopping and reversing inflammation and protecting cells from the oxidative stress that is the source of many diseases associated with aging, including Alzheimer’s, dementia, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
In addition, clinical studies show that vitamin D3 in the levels found in CuraMed Brain (2,000IU) is associated with healthy brain function and improved resistance to many brain diseases. Vitamin D partnered with Curcumin has been shown in preliminary research to be particularly potent with regards to Alzheimer’s disease. Clinical trails show that Spanish sage and rosemary oils improve brain levels of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter that diminishes with age and in certain diseases, which in turn can improve memory and recall, improve focus and help protect the brain from damaging free radicals.
However, with these and all supplements, always check with your health care professional before combining them with prescription drugs. All EuroPharma Curcumin formulas are available at quality health food stores and medical professional offices.
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