Learn How to Boost Your Memory with Curcumin
Though often used interchangeably, the words turmeric and curcumin aren’t synonymous. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between turmeric and curcumin, and their important connection.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a plant that’s been used for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.
Turmeric originates from India and comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant. This tropical plant is a member of the ginger family. From the outside, the turmeric root looks a lot like ginger. But when you break it in half, turmeric’s interior is yellow-orange, while ginger’s is green.
Due to its long and cosmopolitan history as a spice, turmeric is found in many different foods. The turmeric root is dried, ground into powder, and added as a major constituent of yellow curry sauces. Hundreds of millions of people in other countries include turmeric in their daily diet.
Turmeric’s health benefits are numerous. It contains polyphenol substances called curcuminoids, and the most active of these is called curcumin.
What is Curcumin?
Curcumin is now an umbrella name for the three main active curcuminoids of turmeric known to improve health: curcumin, demethoxy-curcumin and bis-demethoxycurcumin. Each brand of curcumin concentrate prepared from the turmeric root has a different ratio of these three curcuminoids.
Modern science has extensively researched the curcumin complex of curcuminoids and established their powerful antioxidant and inflammatory response benefits. Curcumin brands have a myriad of clinically proven actions, including benefits to memory and mood. In addition to supporting the brain, curcumin has been shown to benefit the eyes, heart and circulation, joints, intestinal tract, skin, prostate, muscles, nerves, and numerous other human tissues.
The key to getting the maximum benefit from a curcumin supplement is to ensure that it’s adequately absorbed once you take it.
The Bad News About Curcumin Supplements
Many curcumin supplements have a fatal flaw: they are poorly absorbed when taken by mouth. In fact, turmeric root powder and other conventional curcumin powders and supplements can be so poorly absorbed that only tiny amounts of curcumin are actually found in the bloodstream – which translates to no appreciable benefit to the brain and body.
Additionally, there’s very little consistency with respect to quality control among curcumin supplements. Research conducted by ConsumerLab.com found that 20% of the turmeric and curcumin supplements they selected for review contained only half of the advertised amount of the compounds.
Filling the need for an ultra-pure, high quality curcumin supplement, BrainMD is proud to introduce Brain Curcumins.
BrainMD’s Brain Curcumins supports working memory, calmness, and satisfaction in coping with mental strain. Brain Curcumins provides the three major curcumins in Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Extract.
Longvida is a breakthrough formula that helps fight physical fatigue and maintain a healthy mood. It’s also clinically confirmed to have high absorption in humans along with proven brain benefits.
Benefits of Brain Curcumins
Extremely Well Absorbed
The three curcumins from the turmeric root have potent benefits in experimental systems, but are poorly absorbed when taken by mouth, which greatly limits their effectiveness in the human body. Longvida is excellently absorbed and delivers curcumins to the brain.
Promotes Healthy Mood Resilience When Under Stress
A double-blind clinical trial revealed many important brain benefits of Longvida. Healthy volunteers with age-related memory difficulties had to take a challenging computerized test on Day 1 then again on Day 28. On Day 1, right after taking the test, compared to those on the placebo, those on Longvida showed improved alertness and better working memory (roughly equivalent to recalling information while distracted).
When tested again on Day 28, the volunteers on Longvida displayed better calmness and contentedness (satisfaction) after the mental strain of test, versus those on placebo. The curcumin group also had lower total and LDL cholesterol on Day 28, compared to the placebo group.
Supports Working Memory Under Mental Strain
The repeat of the cognitive assessment test at 28 days also found the curcumin group statistically more improved than the placebo group on conservation of working memory. This is related to alertness and to the brain’s short-term information capacity to facilitate doing a task. Longvida may help conserve this faculty, which tends to decline with age.
Lessens Physical Fatigue Associated with Mental Strain
As the trial began, taking the test brought on physical fatigue similarly in both groups. On the repeat test, after the trial ended, the curcumin group reported less fatigue than before, to a statistically superior extent compared to the placebo group.
Feel the Benefits FAST
In the clinical trial, some subjects who received Longvida curcumin showed better sustained attention and working memory (such as multitasking) just 1 hour after taking it. Brain Curcumins supplies 25% more Longvida per capsule (500 mg) than was used in the trial (400 mg), for additional benefit to mind and body.
Don’t wait to boost your memory with curcumin. Try Brain Curcumins today!
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Keith is grateful to have the opportunity to write about supplements since many of them have made a dramatic difference in his life. He is often heard around the office saying, “We have supplements for that.”