You may have thought “curcumin” and “turmeric” were the same. Don’t worry! Many make that same assumption. This is because the terms are often used interchangeably. There are important distinctions between curcumin and turmeric that can be kept in mind, especially when you’re looking at the ingredients in your food. While turmeric is perfectly safe and a wonderful spice, it isn’t as useful to your system as its prized extract, curcumin.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a plant. When most people refer to turmeric, they are referring to the spice which is made by grinding up turmeric root. The resulting powder has a bright yellow color and a peppery, somewhat bitter flavor. Turmeric is an important staple of Indian cooking. You have most likely tried turmeric in delicious Indian dishes such as curries, tardka infusions, scrambled eggs or certain soups.
What is Curcumin?
Curcumin is a compound that is found within turmeric. Scientific examination of turmeric has shown that curcumin is the substance within turmeric that gives the spice its numerous health benefits.
What are some benefits of Curcumin?
- Increases antioxidant capacity of body
- Helps with joint pain
- Helps with digestive diseases
What exactly do we mean when we say curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory? Anti-inflammatory foods and compounds such as salmon, tuna, walnuts, and curcumin help your body with a plethora of things, such as healing from injuries and fighting off disease and infection.
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So, can you eat turmeric straight to get the benefits of curcumin?
Unfortunately, no. Curcumin only makes up about 2-5% of turmeric, so if you eat turmeric as a whole spice, you’re only getting a tiny portion of curcumin. Of course, if you eat multiple curries per week, you’re probably getting plenty of curcumin in your diet, but if curry isn’t a staple of your diet, it’s unlikely that you are getting much curcumin in your meals at all.
Fortunately, curcumin can be extracted from turmeric. This extract is what we use in ZYN. It is completely natural and organically sourced, yet it is much more potent than unfiltered turmeric.
What’s the best way to absorb curcumin?
There is one issue with curcumin and that’s that humans aren’t any good at absorbing it. Consumed on its own, most curcumin passes through our bodies without being absorbed into the blood stream. Without being properly absorbed, curcumin doesn’t provide any health benefits.
One solution for this problem is piperine. Piperine is the active compound found in black pepper. When curcumin and piperine are consumed together, the piperine enables our bodies to absorb curcumin at a much higher rate.
How do we incorporate piperine into our products?
Eating curcumin on a regular basis is thought to have a number of health benefits. Studies have shown that consuming curcumin can naturally reduce inflammation throughout the body, may help prevent cancer, and could help prevent heart disease. Scientists continue to study curcumin because it shows immense potential as a natural healing remedy.
We are big believers in curcumin, which is why we’ve put a daily dose of this amazing turmeric extract in every bottle of ZYN. Boosted by piperine, one bottle of ZYN every day should deliver all the natural benefits of curcumin to your body and spirit.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.