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 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.
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