A lot of us are confused between turmeric and curcumin. What is the difference between turmeric and curcumin? Since these two are always mentioned together, many feel that both are the same but that’s not the case. Let us have a look at the difference between turmeric and curcumin.
Difference between Turmeric and Curcumin
Turmeric is a root vegetable called Curcuma longa and belongs to the ginger family. It has a nice golden hue to it and adds a lot of flavors as well as color to various cuisines. It’s therapeutic properties have been known in Ayurveda for the past 5000 years as it was widely used in Central America and Asia. To obtain this spice, the turmeric plant is dried and ground to a powder.
On the other hand, curcumin is a naturally occurring polyphenol which is found in the roots of the turmeric plant. So, we can say that turmeric is the main source of curcumin. Curcumin makes up only 3 % of the weight of the turmeric. Apart from curcumin, other compounds found in turmeric are demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin. For scientists, curcumin is the one with the most interest as it offers bigger health benefits as compared to the other two active compounds found in turmeric.
We can say that all the health benefits of turmeric are due to curcumin. As a great anti-inflammatory agent, curcumin can help to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. It also helps to promote good health of the joints and is also popular as a post work out recovery agent for sore muscles and cramps. Curcumin is also a well known antioxidant agent. Oxidation processes in the body can give rise to many free radicals which are damaging to the body.
Curcumin acts as a scavenger of free radicals, thus reducing the levels of oxidation in the body. The anticancer action of curcumin is widely known wherein it stops the growth of cancer cells as well as their spread to other parts of the body. In the case of diabetes, curcumin is known to regulate the blood sugar levels so as to prevent their shoot up drastically. It also helps to maintain great mental health and is thus, helpful in cases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia. The strong immunomodulatory functions of curcumin also help to keep the immune system strong to fight off any kind of infections from foreign organisms. So we can say that all in all, curcumin is a great gift from nature and has a remedy for almost every ailment provided it is taken regularly and in the correct manner.
Is it ok to take just the plain turmeric off our kitchen shelves to reap its health benefits?
As research says, just the plain turmeric does not help too much. As mentioned beforehand, the percentage of curcumin in turmeric is very less. Therefore, if one has to benefit from the regular intake of curcumin, a large amount of turmeric will have to be consumed in such a case. The best solution to this would be to take curcumin supplements. Another thing that one needs to keep in mind while consuming curcumin is its low rate of bioavailability. Curcumin is not absorbed properly into our system. It needs to be consumed with a small amount of black pepper for a better therapeutic effect.
Clinical Trial & Our Product
Since health care & medicine is an industry, formulations are controlled through intellectual property rights denying easy access to common people and maintaining the buoyancy for the interest holders.
Formula’s can be patented and that covers business interests that drive innovations these days.
So instead of conducting trials on the raw root, almost all companies promote clinically tested formulations of extracts to make it appear better then how the phytochemical was in its original state. Its like extracting an important organ from the body and then putting it on support system, expecting it to perform better in insolation then how it could perform when in it was in its natural form. The truth is, that the best way to consume a plant based medicine is in its raw form. Curcumin is one of the active ingredients in the root Curcuma Longa.
Since its more important to know what your food ate then what you ate, its important to know that the supplements you are using based on curcumin has curcumin from a gene modified variety of curcuma longa which suffers from an imbalance of every other mineral. You see a plant also behaves how a human body behaves when it is injected with steroids to gain muscle mass for body building purpose. The plants have higher levels of curcumin but all other secondary minerals found along curcumin in the plant get compromised as the plant can not feed all nutritions equally when it is designed to feed most of its nutrition towards developing higher levels of curcumin. It has severe side effects on the health of the plant and apparently on the people consuming such plants or extracts coming from these plants. However marketing and promotions have evolved to divert attention very wisely.
An extract of any herb can never be stored in its original state and hence needs base agents, preservatives which hardly leave it how it must be. We believe that access to medicine and healthcare is a basic right of every human and animal living on planet earth. Hence we do not first extract and then add preservatives or agents like pepperine to make the extract bio-available. This is the reason we never patent any of our products. We instead hand process the whole root we cultivate in our farms and share it with the people under different brand names for different health conditions based on the concentration of minerals present at testing. You can also buy the seed from us and cultivate it but it will certainly not be as potent as you get from us.
How potent is the active ingredient in the plant depends on the quality of seed, soil, water and environment. Our products work far better then most of the curcumin based supplements globally being used for Therapeutic benefits.
We do not intend to formulate or patent our products. So instead of choosing a supplement with an extract, choose wisely and go for the best and not the Cheapest.
All our products are cultivated, harvested, hand processed and distributed directly from our own farms to ensure that people who depend on our products for their acute and chronic problems get consistent supply of highest quality, ultra premium, medicinal grade, Non-GMO, Indigenous, Naturally enriched with curcumin, Wild Strand curcuma longa powder for therapeutic benefits. We cultivate this in the middle of a national park which happens to be the best breeding ground for Bengal tigers in India called Bandhavgarh.