Turmeric vs. Curcumin…which is right for me?
Due to its many health benefits, research of turmeric and curcumin has skyrocketed in recent years. While these two are often confused, they are distinctly different.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a yellow spice made from the roots of the Curcuma longa plant, and it is the main ingredient in curry powder and curry dishes. For centuries, turmeric was also used for a variety of health issues, both chronic and acute. Scientists now know that it’s the curcumin content contained in turmeric that gives this spice its healthy kick.
What is Curcumin?
Since a typical turmeric root contains only about 2-5% curcumin, large amounts are required for any health benefit. Plus, when turmeric is used as a spice, it’s difficult for your body to absorb. That’s why many have turned to curcumin extracts, standardized to contain 95% curcuminoids for maximum potency.
Blending with Piperine
Researchers have worked on boosting the absorption rate of curcumin using various combinations of nutrients and herbs. One of the most popular and effective is blending curcumin extract with Piperine, the compound from black pepper. This helps ensure fast, efficient utilization for optimal results.