The difference between Turmeric & Curcumin

Turmeric is a well-regarded traditional herb used extensively in Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western herbal medicine systems. Curcumin on the other hand, is the active compound found in small quantities in Turmeric. Curcumin continues to steal the limelight from Turmeric as more exciting scientific evidence emerges confirming its therapeutic value.


Turmeric is the common name for Curcuma longa, a perennial plant best known for its characteristic golden-yellow coloured rhizomes, or underground stems. Turmeric comes from the Ginger family and is often used medicinally, in cooking as a spice for many curry dishes, and for dyeing fabric. 

Medicinally, Turmeric has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine as an anti-inflammatory to reduce mild arthritic pain. This action has been supported by preliminary studies that show anti-inflammatory activity of its active constituent, curcumin.


Curcumin is chiefly responsible for Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory activity although Turmeric itself only contains around 3-5% of curcumin. Curcumin has been extensively studied and acknowledged as the ‘master switch’ of inflammation due to its ability to interrupt many pro-inflammatory pathways in the body. Meriva® curcumin has undergone a patented process to facilitate delivery to the body's cells.

Meriva® curcumin

Meriva® curcumin provides a unique patented delivery system, where the curcumin is embedded within a phospholipid, or fat complex. This protects the curcumin from degrading too quickly in the watery intestinal environment. The digestive tract lining is also made up of phospholipids, so when the Meriva® curcumin phospholipid complex encounters the digestive tract phospholipids, the curcumin is rapidly shuttled between the phospholipids, increasing curcumin levels in the body. 

Preliminary studies have shown that Meriva® curcumin may be beneficial in relieving joint pain, swelling and inflammation associated with mild osteoarthritis. See Herbs of Gold Bio Curcumin 4800+

Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory activity helps reduce joint inflammation and provides relief of pain, see Herbs of Gold Bio Curcumin + Glucosamine

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