Tip: Curcumin – The Bioavailability Issue

Some curcumin supplements work great. Others don't. Don't get ripped off. Here's what you need to know.

Curcumin is known as a potent pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. It also increases testosterone levels and simultaneously exhibits anti-aromatase properties. It enhances cardiovascular health and seems to thwart prostate cancer. It even reduces body fat.

Recent research shows that curcumin even enhances the effects of exercise, helping muscles perform better, generate more energy, and repair themselves better.

Many curcumin supplements on the market contain wildly inconsistent levels and strengths of curcumin. Not only that, but curcumin's bioavailability is notoriously poor.

It generally causes only a tiny rise in blood levels. As soon as it clears the small intestine, the liver makes it water-soluble and bam! It's out of your body as fast as a can of Budweiser. As a result, the average user sees (or feels) little benefit from average curcumin products.

First, make sure your curcumin supplement is standardized to contain at least 90% total curcuminoids (the active ingredients), like Biotest® Micellar Curcumin™.

Secondly, it also needs to contain something to make it more bioavailable, like piperine. The substance works by inhibiting drug metabolism in general. In the case of curcumin, piperine interferes with the liver's efforts to make it more water-soluble, thus enhancing absorption by about 2,000 percent.

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