Is there a difference in curcumin and turmeric?
Dear Terry, "I am so confused - are curcumin and turmeric the same thing?" — Donna F., Melbourne, FL
Dear Donna, Yes, there is a difference.
Turmeric is the plant that provides curcumin. A typical turmeric root contains about 2-5% curcumin, so taking an unstandardized, powdered turmeric root product means that very large amounts would be required to get a beneficial amount of curcumin. So, when it comes to addressing a specific health concern (i.e., Alzheimer’s, pain, Parkinson’s, etc.), leave your turmeric in the spice cupboard - a highly absorbable curcumin extract is the better choice.
I highly recommend choosing a product that features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.
Terry . . . Naturally