In this post, I will try to explain the difference between turmeric and curcumin. At the end of this post, you should have a better understanding of what turmeric is, and what curcumin is. You will also learn about the benefits of turmeric as well as the benefits of curcumin.
So let’s begin…
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric, known by its scientific name, Curcuma Longa, is a rhizome. By definition, a rhizome is “a rootlike subterranean stem, commonly horizontal in position, that usually produces roots below and sends up shoots progressively from the upper surface.” Source: dictionary.com
Turmeric is similar to ginger in form and family, but different in color, smell, origin, phytochemistry, and a whole lot more.
What is Curcumin?
Curcumin is an important part of turmeric that gives it its bright yellow color. Curcumin, also referred to as curcuminoid, is widely used in the food industry for food coloring (curry anyone?) and aroma. Curcumin has a lot of health benefits besides its use as a coloring agent in food. Recent studies suggest that a highly bioavailable curcumin is an excellent natural anti-inflammatory and the benefits don’t stop there.
So, What’s The Difference Between Turmeric and Curcumin?
Logically, there is no difference between these two. Turmeric is the rhizome and curcumin is a component of this rhizome that gives it it’s distinct yellow color. A big chunk of the benefits associated with turmeric curcumin come from curcuminoids contained in turmeric. To explain a little further: turmeric is a plant, and inside this plant, there is a natural chemical component called curcumin/curcuminoids.
Turmeric Curcumin Benefits
Curcuminoids in its natural form is poorly absorbed by the body. A highly bioavailable curcumin, however, is the real deal. Old and new studies suggests that turmeric curcumin can be used to effectively treat “psoriasis, various tumors, wound healing and also  neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.” Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19491031
Turmeric Curcumin Composition
A lot of studies nowadays tend to focus more on the curcumin alone as though that’s the only important part of turmeric. One could after all argue that curcuminoid is the most important component of turmeric. Research also showed that the whole rhizome holds a lot more health benefits than initially thought. Do you know turmeric curcumin has over 200 confirmed nutrients / health benefits?
A turmeric curcumin supplement like the Just Potent Ultra-High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin doesn’t just focus on the curcuminoids alone. With research, critical turmeric extracts (turmerone oil, polysaccharides, turmerin protein, and dietary fiber) were naturally combined within a natural turmeric matrix. This multi-stage process allows the Just Potent Ultra-High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin to achieve an unrivaled absorption levels.
It’s no news that for you to derive noticeable benefits from using turmeric curcumin as an anti-inflammatory supplement, or as an anti-aging supplement, or any other beneficial use, you’d have to get a brand that’s highly bioavailable. Bioavailable in the sense that, it has to be able to withstand the harsh conditions of the intestines and be efficiently absorbed by the body.
There are a many brands out there that present their turmeric curcumin extract as the gospel truth. Yes, while these turmeric extracts may be superior to store-bought curcumin or your kitchen-cabinet turmeric spice, they are in no way superior to Acumin – the patented all-natural ingredient used in manufacturing the Just Potent Ultra-High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin.
The table below shows you how advanced Acumin is compared to other patented turmeric extract. In this table, we show you the real numbers, and what differentiates Just Potent Ultra-High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin from the others. These aren’t made up numbers, these are numbers derived from vigorous testing.
CMAX and AUC are the gold standard testing techniques used to quantify the rate and extent of turmeric curcumin absorption. CMAX is used to determine the concentration of curcuminoids in the blood while AUC helps us understand how much concentration there is as time passes.
Numbers Don’t Lie
From the numbers above, we can confidently conclude that, at peak blood level (Cmax/mg) — concentration of curcuminoids in the blood, Just Potent Ultra-High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin (Acumin) is:
6.8x greater than BCM-95
1.03x greater than Meriva
7.9x greater than CurcuWIN
3.1x greater than Cavacurmin
21.5x greater than Longvida
And, with respect to the amount of curcumin in the blood (AUC/mg) over time, Just Potent Ultra-High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin is:
13.1x greater than BCM-95
1.9x greater than Meriva
3.5x greater than CurcuWIN
3.4x greater than Cavacurmin
24.0x greater than Longvida
You may be wondering, I haven’t heard of these brands before and I am not familiar with these names. Well, here is the gist; these are patented or branded turmeric curcumin extracts. They end up being the bulk of ingredients in popular turmeric curcumin supplements or spices.
Popular Curcumin Supplement with BCM-95 (Life Extension Super Bio-Curcumin and Terry Naturally Curamin)
Per the table above, the Just Potent Ultra-High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin has a Cmax/mg that’s at least 6.8 times more than Life Extension Super Bio-Curcumin and Terry Naturally Curamin. Additionally, the Just Potent Ultra-High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin is 13 times better than these brands in terms of AUC/mg.
Doctor’s Best Curcumin Phytosome (Meriva), Thorne Research Meriva-SF, Jarrow Formulas Curcumin Phytosome (Meriva) all have the patented Meriva turmric curcumin. Guess what? The just Potent is 103% better when it comes to peak blood concentration levels (Cmax/mg) of turmeric curcumin and 190% better than all these products when it comes to amount of curcumin present in the blood over time. No wonder the Just Potent Turmeric Curcumin works around the clock.
CurcuWIN? Here is one popular brand:
The Just Potent absorbs better than Natrol Turmeric (Extra Strength). By the numbers, the Just Potent Turmeric Curcumin (with Acumin) is 7.9 times better than the Natrol Turmeric (Extra Strength) with respect to Cmax/mg and 3.5 times better when you compare their respective AUC/mg.
Lastly, we compare numbers with Now CurcuBrain which has Longvida Curcumin.
Testing showed that Just Potent Ultra-High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin is way, way, way, better in terms of absorption and the levels of curcumin present in the blood over time. Here are the numbers: the Just Potent Ultra-High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin is at least 21 times better than CurcuBrain by Now (Longvida curcumin) in (Cmax/mg) and 24 times better with respect to AUC/mg.
Choose the Best Turmeric Curcumin
Remember, Cmax/mg and AUC/mg are the gold standard methods for measuring bioavailability of turmeric curcumin. DO NOT allow any company tell you otherwise. Before you buy your next turmeric curcumin, ask the company what their Cmax/mg and AUC/mg are. If they can’t provide you these numbers, it possibly means they haven’t done any testing of their product or they just don’t know and should be avoided. If they do provide you these numbers, be sure to measure them against our numbers. What you will realize is that they simply can’t beat the best turmeric curcumin supplement in the market today: The Just Potent Ultra-High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin.
If you are currently using any of these brands, we believe the time to switch to a better turmeric curcumin is now. If you have had success with these brands, it simply means you will have even better results with Just Potent Ultra-High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin.
An informed consumer will always win. You’re a winner and it’s time to switch!
Turmeric curcumin has gained steam over the last 2-3 years as that supplement that will solve or help alleviate all sort of health issues; the hype is indeed, real. Turmeric curcumin is a great herb/supplement and there aren’t many like it when you think of its anti-inflammatory benefits.
Turmeric curcumin has been around for thousands of years. It is confirmed to have first been used in Ayurvedic practices in India. Back then, they used turmeric curcumin to relieve joint pain/arthritis. Turmeric was also used for improved digestion, increased energy and a whole lot more. What turmeric curcumin was primarily used for some 4000 years ago is still pretty much what it is used for today. The only difference is that turmeric formulation and absorption got better with science and research.
In its natural form, turmeric curcumin is poorly absorbed by the body. For normal kitchen-cabinet turmeric curcumin to really have intended effect on you, you’d have to use a lot of it. Using a lot of it still doesn’t guarantee higher levels of absorption. Using a lot of kitchen-cabinet turmeric curcumin over time will bring about benefits, but nothing significant or noticeable in the short term.
With science and research, turmeric curcumin can now be better absorbed by the body. While some research shows black pepper as an agent that aids absorption of turmeric curcumin, there are other patented, clinically-trialed and researched ways to achieve an insane absorption levels.
The Just Potent Ultra High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin
All men are created equal, that one phrase we all know. The same is not true of turmeric curcumin. We say this: not all turmeric curcumin are created equal. The Just Potent Ultra-High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin is one-of-a-kind. It is better than pretty much every turmeric curcumin on the market today. It boasts better absorption than the next best thing, and you get better value.
The Just Potent Ultra-High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin is in a high class of its own because of its patented and clinically trialed turmeric curcumin extract called Acumin.
We though it’d be eye-opening to a lot of consumers to compare the Just Potent Ultra-High Absorption Turmeric Curcumin with Bio Schwartz Turmeric Curcumin. While the other brand is good and in a class of its own, the Just Potent brand is simply better in terms what matters: absorption, value, and double-blind, placebo controlled human studies.
Here is a comparison table — it sure speaks way louder than words.
We believe the Just Potent is the best turmeric curcumin and we are so confident about this fact that we are willing to have a comparison showdown with any turmeric curcumin brand.
Melatonin, contrary to public perception isn’t a drug, but a natural hormone produced in the human brain. This hormone also referred to as N-acetyl-5-methoxy tryptamine in scientific terms, helps regulate our sleep / wake cycle.
Although melatonin can also be found in plants and other animals, this article will focus on the human side of things. In this post, I will be talking about melatonin dosage, safety, side effects, who should use it as a sleep
aid, alternatives to melatonin, and my verdict on its efficacy.
Who Should Use Melatonin?
Melatonin is for anyone, I mean most people who find it difficult to fall and/or stay asleep. If you have difficulty falling sleep or just getting tired to make the final descent into “sleepdom”, you need melatonin. If you’re traveling intercontinental and want to sync your wake/sleep cycle with that of your final destination, you may need melatonin. If you are like me and millions of others who have read scientific research backing melatonin as preventative medicine for some serious diseases (this topic will be for another post), you should use melatonin. If your brain isn’t producing enough melatonin, you doctor may recommend that you take melatonin. If you’re a pet owner, you will be surprised to learn melatonin is good for dogs, just like it is for humans. Your dog agitated? Barking your ears off on 4th of July? Melatonin will help!
For sleep, the dosage of melatonin will depend on many factors. Factors
such as: melatonin levels in your brain, past melatonin use, your body’s tolerance, and a host of others. If you have low levels of N-acetyl-5-methoxy tryptamine, you definitely need to supplement with melatonin. If you have used melatonin in the past and didn’t experience the desired effect; the effect of getting tired and just falling into “sleepdom”, then you need to re-evaluate your dosage amount. If you’re special in your own way, regular dosage amount may not be enough.
If you are new to melatonin or you haven’t used it before, it is best to start at 1mg to 3mg dosage. This dosage amount means you need just little assistance falling and staying asleep. If you’re in this category, don’t run off to go order yourself a 1mg pill or say, 3mg pills; order higher milligram pills instead. The reason is this: if you ordered a 1mg pill and it didn’t work for you, then you may be out on few dollars and be stuck with a bad experience with your first use of melatonin as a sleep aid. BUT, if you ordered 3mg or 5mg, you can cut a tablet in half to start with. If that half tablet dosage amount doesn’t work for you, then you can safely increase your dosage.
If you have used melatonin in the past and the experience was bad, you may have made the mistake mentioned above, ordering just 1mg pills. Or, it could be that you ordered a brand that has more fillers and additives than the active ingredient.
Another point I would like to make regarding past experiences – if it didn’t work for you in the past, it may just mean that you didn’t take the right dosage amount. If 1mg melatonin worked for Mr. Kramer, it doesn’t mean the same milligram amount will work for you. We are all different in our body composition and special in our own ways. What has worked for Marie may certainly not work for Mary.
So what dosage amount of melatonin should you take? There is no straight answer to that question. You’d have to test the amount (mg) that works for you. You start off from between 1-3mg and work your way up until 10mg if you have to. It is not uncommon for people to use in excess of 20mg per dose. Here a comment one of our customers left us recently:
My daily dose of Melatonin is 30mg. Just Potent is the largest sold at 10mg and 3 work as well as my prior compounded melatonin.
Here is another customer:
works great!! I take 3 tablets [30mg] before bed and I am asleep within the hour 🙂
Is Melatonin Safe? What Are The Benefits?
If you’re healthy and don’t have any serious illness preventing use, melatonin is pretty safe. This is because it naturally resides in our body. So yes, taking real melatonin, free of undeclared additional ingredients or fillers is pretty safe for most people. Be sure to consult with your doctor before use or if in doubt.
One major benefit for why you want to take melatonin is sleep. If you have difficulty falling sleep, you may sleep better from melatonin supplementation.
Since this aritcle is about sleep, we will limit the benefits to confines of sleep and sleep problems. Be sure to stay tuned for upcoming posts on other melatonin benefits.
The Side Effects of Melatonin
The side effects mostly associated with melatonin use is grogginess. If you have took melatonin the night prior and you wake up groggy instead of refreshed, you may need to lower your dose. While some people will get away with taking 30mg per night, some can’t get away with taking 5mg per night. When you take melatonin for sleep, make sure you have enough hours to sleep. You really don’t want to take melatonin knowing you have just 2-3 hours of time to sleep.
There are various alternatives to melatonin, the majority being herbs and teas. Chamomile, passionflower, valerian, lavender and many other herbs have been shown to help some people sleep better. Although the studies on these herbs are scarce, melatonin still remains one of the go-to sleep medicine for majority of people.
Should you or should you not? I say this: what have you got to lose? Give melatonin a try and see whether it helps improve your sleep, AND life. As we all know, lack of sleep is very detrimental to our overall health. If you get enough sleep, you are generally healthier and you think clearer than someone who doesn’t. Sleep is a good thing and if you’re not getting enough sleep because you can’t fall or stay asleep, it is incumbent on you to find a solution to help you manage this problem. Melatonin supplements like the Just Potent Melatonin is a definite good choice and I encourage you to try it.