Aches and Pains? How Curcumin Can Help
If you suffer from any kind of joint pain, you’re probably well acquainted with how severely it can limit your mobility. The fact is, ongoing joint discomfort affects roughly 1 in 5 adults and is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.
So if pain in your knees, hips, back, shoulders, elbows or hands makes simple daily activities like going up stairs or opening jars difficult for you, please keep reading.
Today, I have interesting news to share about a scientific breakthrough that can ease your discomfort and increase your mobility by addressing the root cause of joint pain.
I understand how you feel. You see, I suffered from ongoing joint pain for years. And if it weren’t for doing my own extensive research, I would probably still be in pain. But thankfully that’s all past me now!
Curcumin: An Ancient Solution for Modern-Day Joint Problems
You may have heard about curcumin — the antioxidant pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow-orange color. While turmeric has been used for its healing properties throughout Asia for thousands of years, curcumin specifically has garnered a lot of interest recently, with some experts hailing it as the “supplement of the decade.”
Most notably, curcumin is proving to be the most powerful nutrient for addressing the primary underlying cause of joint discomfort: inflammation. And unlike the over-the-counter painkillers so many joint pain sufferers rely on daily for temporary relief, curcumin has no side effects or long-term adverse consequences.[2,3]
Studies have shown that the way curcumin works its magic is by effectively “switching off” the body’s most powerful inflammatory chemical, Nf-kappa beta, along with specific enzymes that have been implicated in inflammation.[4,5]
In a recent study of joint pain patients, those who added curcumin to their daily treatment plan reported reduced pain and increased mobility, whereas the group that received no curcumin had no significant improvements. Another key study also found that curcumin blocked inflammatory pathways, effectively preventing the launch of a protein that triggers swelling and pain.
In addition, curcumin is known to influence more than 700 genes, with studies showing some truly amazing protective benefits for your heart, brain, liver, immune system and more.[8,9,10,11,12]
Most Doctors Don’t Know Anything About Curcumin
Despite curcumin’s growing popularity as an inflammation fighter, the mainstream medical establishment barely acknowledges its potential as a joint pain solution.
If you ask for help, your doctor will probably assure you that cumbersome aches and pains are a “normal” part of aging. He or she may offer you pills to help “manage” your pain, suggest potentially risky surgery or simply tell you to take it easy. But if you consider being active vital to your physical and mental health, slowing down may not be a viable option. And the truth is, pain and loss of mobility are not an inevitable part of aging. Mainstream medicine just doesn’t have any good, long-term solutions for joint pain.
The Shocking Truth About Curcumin Supplements
That’s why I made it my mission to seek out the truth about curcumin’s ability to ease ongoing joint discomfort. I read volumes of research on natural pain management, and I uncovered something surprising. I had been taking curcumin for years as part of my supplement regimen for its inflammation-fighting benefits. However, I was shocked to learn that I was actually missing out on most of its benefits — and wasting money.
It turns out that curcumin is very difficult for your body to absorb. In fact, with most curcumin supplements you end up only getting about 5 percent into your body, which leaves you with a dose far below therapeutic levels. To work its magic, curcumin needs to be combined with another nutrient in order to “unlock” its full potential – and very few supplements contain this critical ingredient.
How to Get the Most Out of Curcumin
As I mentioned, the problem with taking curcumin is that it’s not easily absorbed. In many studies, even very large oral doses have failed to yield significant increases in circulating blood levels.
But in an under-the-radar 1998 study, researchers discovered that an extract of black pepper called piperine significantly enhances absorption of curcumin by preventing its breakdown in the small intestine and liver. In fact, the research shows that the addition of a piperine extract increases the bioavailablity of curcumin by an astonishing 2,000 percent!
Yet for some reason, most supplement makers have turned a blind eye to these studies — cutting corners to save money or maybe simply not doing their research. Regardless of the reason, you’re the one missing out on the benefits you deserve.
How to Find the Right Curcumin Supplement
Now that you know how effectively the black pepper extract piperine boosts curcumin’s absorption, why would you take any curcumin supplement that doesn’t contain piperine?
Here’s another important tip: You also want to be sure that the curcumin supplement you’re taking has been standardized to contain at least 75 percent curcuminoids. Otherwise, what you’re getting could be little more than a pill filled with powdered turmeric root. (Standardization is the process by which the active ingredients in a plant are concentrated and brought to a consistent level.)
Can you get the benefits of curcumin by adding turmeric to food? Although it’s great to include turmeric in your diet as a spice, it’s almost impossible to get therapeutic amounts of curcumin on a daily basis by consuming turmeric. So, to put it simply, a high-quality curcumin supplement is your best bet!
My Curcumin Success Story
I know from personal experience how debilitating joint pain can be. Years ago, I began to experience persistent pain in my knees, which made participating in many of the activities I love extremely difficult and uncomfortable.
But since discovering the powerhouse combination of curcumin and piperine, I’ve run a marathon, cycled across the state of Maryland and even hiked up the 14,000 foot Mount of the Holy Cross peak in Colorado. (See the peak behind me in the picture at right. And believe me, the view is even more spectacular in person than any photo can capture.)
The Curcumin Supplement I Personally Recommend
I consider curcumin a “must take” supplement for healthy joints, and for many other clinically researched health benefits. However, as I was looking at the different options out there, I was shocked by the poor quality of the supplements on the market. And the few I found that had “all the right stuff,” including the black pepper extract piperine, which increases absorption by up to 2,000 percent, were absurdly expensive.
That’s why I took it upon myself to develop an effective AND affordable curcumin supplement called Curcumin2K®. I developed Curcumin2K working with the Scientific Advisory Board at my nutritional supplement company Stop Aging Now, which has been making premium grade dietary supplements for over 20 years.
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I invite you to do your own research to make sure I’m not just shamelessly promoting my own product, but I think you’ll find no other curcumin product like Curcumin2K.
Here’s what makes Curcumin2K superior:
- Curcumin2K is made with a clinical dose of 1,330 mg of turmeric extract (roughly the equivalent of 13 heaping tablespoons of turmeric powder) standardized to contain a minimum of 95 percent curcuminoids, which is the highest level achievable.
- Curcumin2K is enhanced with 20 mg of BioPerine® black pepper extract standardized to contain 95 percent piperine. This is the same brand and the same amount used in the research that has shown piperine increases curcumin’s absorption by up to 2,000 percent!
- Curcumin2K provides fast-acting, long-lasting whole-body benefits in just 2 small veggie capsules per day. It also contains no unnecessary fillers or artificial ingredients.
- Curcumin2K ships to you for free and comes with an amazing 365-day “any reason” guarantee. This way you risk nothing!
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Joshua Corn -Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.