Absorption of Curcumin: The Yellow Compound in Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the hottest herbs right now and for good reason! The golden spice has been prized for thousands of years for its incredible array of culinary and health uses in India and beyond. And while turmeric is renowned for its peppery, warm flavor and the vibrant orange color it lends to curry dishes, the past few years have witnessed an explosion of research supporting its powerful health benefits. Most of these benefits are attributed to a small compound in turmeric called curcumin. This is especially true as the size of curcumin lends itself to maximum absorption.


Confused About Curcumin?

Curcuminoids are the compounds that give turmeric it’s distinctive golden color. Turmeric extract has three major curcuminoids, but the one that yields the greatest biological benefit is curcumin. In fact, some studies have demonstrated that the other two curcuminoids have no activity.


Curcumin, the Ultimate Pleiotropic

Bet you don’t know what “pleiotropic” means! As the ultimate pleiotropic (producing multiple effects), curcumin works at multiple sites in the body. Numerous double-blind clinical trials have confirmed curcumin’s many benefits including:

  • Inflammation: Support the body’s natural inflammatory response

  • Liver: Support liver health

  • Joints: Promote muscle and joint health and function

  • Heart: Promote heart and vascular health

  • Memory: Help promote memory

  • Antioxidant: Exert powerful antioxidant activity


Quantity vs Absorption – Size of Curcumin Matters

It’s not how much you take, it’s how much you absorb!

Over the past two decades, more than 5,000 research investigations have involved curcumin, escalating it to one of the most researched plant compounds. As research progressed from cellular and animal studies to human clinical trials, scientists were disappointed by curcumin’s low absorption in humans. The positive results produced in preclinical trials were often not translating to humans, even when large quantities of curcumin were given. Curcumin’s poor bioavailability was the reason. This prompted researchers and manufacturers to search for ways to enhance curcumin’s absorption and reap the incredible health benefits offered by this compound.

The result? Based on very detailed absorption studies, cumulative data now shows that the #1 absorbed form of curcumin is Theracurmin® from Natural Factors!‡ Curcumin bioavailability is increased by dispersing with colloidal nanoparticles.

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Theracurmin: Clinically Proven Most Bioavailable Curcumin‡

Curcumin solubility and absorption have been dramatically increased by reducing the particle size using advanced techniques. Regular curcumin, on the other hand, clumps together to form large particles that render it poorly absorbed. The average particle size of curcumin in Theracurmin is more than 100 times smaller than regular curcumin extract powder. Turns out the size of curcumin really does matter.


Additionally, you know it works due to the thorough testing it has undergone. Only Theracurmin has 19 double-blind clinical studies.

Theracurmin has shown better results in more double-blind, placebo-controlled studies than any other form of curcumin on the market. PERIOD.” Kate Rhéaume, ND


Benefit from curcumin’s incredible health-supporting properties, with your choice of Theracurmin from Natural Factors! Read the Natural Factors blog post: New UCLA Study suggests Curcumin Can Improve Memory, Mood, and Attention.  Try regular or extra strength, but either way, you’re getting a 2015 Bronze Alive award-winning curcumin supplement.

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‡Scientific scrutiny revealed that Theracurmin was more bioavailable on a milligram-to-milligram basis than other leading◊ enhanced and regular forms of curcumin.

◊As measured by SPINS 2014 data.


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