There are many rounds of buzz going around, claiming turmeric to have miraculous healing properties. Well, a lot of research proves it to be true! At the same time, a lot of people get confused between what turmeric and curcumin really are. As the saying goes, half knowledge is dangerous, let us further understand the difference between these two substances and also how curcumin can be extracted from turmeric.
Turmeric is the root of a rhizome plant called Curcuma Longa, which is widely used as a very popular golden spice in many Asian countries like India. This root is harvested, cleaned, dried properly, and powdered to be used in cooking as well as medicines. It also has a lot of value as well as a long history in the field of Ayurveda. On the other hand, curcumin is one of the many compounds called curcuminoids which are present in turmeric. In fact, a typical root of turmeric will contain about 2-5 % of curcumin which means that a large amount of turmeric would be required to get a substantial amount of curcumin. If we look into the history, curcumin was first isolated in 1851 but it was done on a larger scale only by 1910. Thereafter, many studies and research work have gone on to prove that curcumin has many health benefits.
Curcumin can be used to treat minor problems like healing wounds, treating sprains to preventing Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and heart attacks. It functions in a multi-directional way because of its multi-benefits like anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, and antiseptic. Coming back to the topic of how to extract curcumin from turmeric, why do we need to that? Why can’t we just have the plain turmeric? Consuming fresh or powdered turmeric will have good general health benefits but if we are looking at treating a particular disease, regulated dosages of curcumin will be required. Therefore, in order to get pure curcumin in good quantities, it has to be extracted from the turmeric root. Usually, instead of the whole turmeric root, powdered root is used for the extraction process. Since curcumin is insoluble in water and fat-soluble, a fat medium is required to dissolve or absorb it. Solvents like methanol and ethanol will be needed to dissolve the curcumin. The process is given below:
- Firstly, the powdered turmeric is put into the ethanol solution and allowed to stand still for at least two days.
- After doing this, the solids need to be removed by using a coffee filter.
- A liquid solution with curcumin will be left behind. This solution is then further reduced by pouring it into a wide tray and letting it stand until almost all the ethanol is evaporated.
- It can further be dried by baking it at 200 degrees Celsius until it is completely dry. A gummy mass of curcumin will be obtained as the leftover.
- If this process is carried out at home, it will not be possible to accurately measure the percentage of curcumin in it. To get a rough idea, one can purchase pure curcumin from any health store and making different solutions to it in different quantities of water. Note and stop adding the water once you get a solution that matches the color of the homemade curcumin.
The best way is to buy ready-made curcumin from a reputed and reliable company so that it can be used to derive many health benefits. Be healthy and active with curcumin!
Clinical Trial & Our Product
Since health care & medicine is an industry, formulations are controlled through intellectual property rights denying easy access to common people and maintaining the buoyancy for the interest holders.
Formula’s can be patented and that covers business interests that drive innovations these days.
So instead of conducting trials on the raw root, almost all companies promote clinically tested formulations of extracts to make it appear better then how the phytochemical was in its original state. Its like extracting an important organ from the body and then putting it on support system, expecting it to perform better in insolation then how it could perform when in it was in its natural form. The truth is, that the best way to consume a plant based medicine is in its raw form. Curcumin is one of the active ingredients in the root Curcuma Longa.
Since its more important to know what your food ate then what you ate, its important to know that the supplements you are using based on curcumin has curcumin from a gene modified variety of curcuma longa which suffers from an imbalance of every other mineral. You see a plant also behaves how a human body behaves when it is injected with steroids to gain muscle mass for body building purpose. The plants have higher levels of curcumin but all other secondary minerals found along curcumin in the plant get compromised as the plant can not feed all nutritions equally when it is designed to feed most of its nutrition towards developing higher levels of curcumin. It has severe side effects on the health of the plant and apparently on the people consuming such plants or extracts coming from these plants. However marketing and promotions have evolved to divert attention very wisely.
An extract of any herb can never be stored in its original state and hence needs base agents, preservatives which hardly leave it how it must be. We believe that access to medicine and healthcare is a basic right of every human and animal living on planet earth. Hence we do not first extract and then add preservatives or agents like pepperine to make the extract bio-available. This is the reason we never patent any of our products. We instead hand process the whole root we cultivate in our farms and share it with the people under different brand names for different health conditions based on the concentration of minerals present at testing. You can also buy the seed from us and cultivate it but it will certainly not be as potent as you get from us.
How potent is the active ingredient in the plant depends on the quality of seed, soil, water and environment. Our products work far better then most of the curcumin based supplements globally being used for Therapeutic benefits.
We do not intend to formulate or patent our products. So instead of choosing a supplement with an extract, choose wisely and go for the best and not the Cheapest.
All our products are cultivated, harvested, hand processed and distributed directly from our own farms to ensure that people who depend on our products for their acute and chronic problems get consistent supply of highest quality, ultra premium, medicinal grade, Non-GMO, Indigenous, Naturally enriched with curcumin, Wild Strand curcuma longa powder for therapeutic benefits. We cultivate this in the middle of a national park which happens to be the best breeding ground for Bengal tigers in India called Bandhavgarh.