Historically, the use of turmeric extends over 4000 years, but more recently it has caught the attention of scientists and pharmaceutical companies alike. There are thousands of trials and studies on turmeric as a whole spice and extracted compounds individually or combined. Details of these studies can be found
Curcumin is one of the active ingredients within turmeric, it is a powerful anti-oxidant which means it can neutralise free radicals as well as stimulating the body’s natural antioxidant enzymes. Curcumin is also known as E100 - the yellow/orange colour that is responsible for the colouring in curries, pot noodles, jelly sweets, potato waffles and many other foods! There are over 200 compounds, vitamins and minerals within turmeric that synergistically work together to create this 'superfood' we call TURMERIC.
Pharmaceutical companies are trying to find a way to create powerful drugs from turmeric and its compounds, but find its poor bio-availability and short half life within the body hard to manufacture into practical and measurable medicines. You can gain increase the bio-availability of simple turmeric by making golden paste. Golden Paste contains an oil which enables the human body to absorb the compounds within turmeric. Without the oil, uptake in the digestive system would be lower and you would have to take a lot more daily. Golden Paste also includes black pepper. Black pepper contains a substance called piperine - this piperine increases the bio-availability of curcumin by up to 2000%. What this means is your body takes longer to clear out the compounds such as curcumin so it is available to your body for a longer period of time. Take a look at this study carried out by BioPerine® . Other studies by BioPerine have been done on ß-Carotene, CoQ10, Iron, Resveratrol, Selenium and Vitamin B6.
PLEASE NOTE that piperine/black pepper when used in a supplement can have the same effect on some medications.
This would mean that when you take your next dose of some medications, you will still have some in your body - this could result in higher than expected levels in your blood stream. PLEASE make sure you contact us to discuss your MEDICATIONS or health conditions prior to purchase or use of turmeric supplements.