If you keep up with nutrition industry news then you probably saw the press release late in 2018 about BCM 95 and Curcugreen. Arjuna Natural is the producer of high-quality turmeric. Before 2019, Arjuna was importing their unique curcumin under the name of BCM 95.
BCM 95 stands for BioCurcumax 95. It is a blend of curcuminoids and essential turmeric oils. It is composed of 86% curcuminoids and 7-9% essential oils. Unlike many other turmeric supplements, it does not contain any lecithin or black pepper. The patented formula will remain, but you will no longer see the BCM 95 insignia on a supplement bottle.
The change is in name only, moving from BCM 95 to Curcugreen. The patented process and formula will remain the same. Curcugreen (formerly BCM 95) is a highly bioavailable curcumin extract. During production, essential oils, as well as curcumin, are extracted from turmeric rhizomes. This unique process and resulting supplements are what differentiate Curcugreen from other inferior curcumin supplements.
Arjuna is based in India and holds 35 international patents. They use a patented extraction process to prepare high-quality curcumin for use in supplements. They exclusively use solar power for manufacturing. They also collect rainwater and use cutting-edge waste management. Each year they plant up to 50 acres of trees.
Previously, under the name BCM 95, Arjuna’s curcumin has been used in 50 medical studies. The study results show higher absorption rates than lower quality curcumin supplements. Many inferior curcumin supplements are simply ground up turmeric root. Curcugreen is a potent curcumin extract in combination with turmeric essential oils.
Curcumin supplements have been growing in popularity for the past 10 years. Medical research is discovering that almost every disease state is tied to inflammation. Curcumin extract is best known and proven to reduce inflammation. Curcumin is an extract taken from the turmeric root. Grown primarily in India, turmeric is a traditional food and spice.
Curcumin has been investigated in over 10,000 medical studies. It has shown anti-inflammatory action in multiple diseases including cancer and diabetes. In 2013 a medical study showed that curcumin was just as effective as Prozac for treating depression. In the medical study, patients started with 1000 mg of oil-based (Curcugreen) curcumin. Curcumin BCM 95 has also been used to reduce anxiety.
The side effects of taking curcumin at standard doses are nil. No toxicity has been reported at dosages up to 13,000 milligrams. I recommend taking curcumin with food to avoid an upset stomach.
Curcumin is a lot like Omega 3 fish oils. Both supplements seem to help with almost any condition that ails you. In my article CuraMed: All Your Questions Answered, I cover dosing recommendations. I also compare CuraMed and Curamin and which one to take for certain conditions.
Curamin is best used when pain is involved. Whether it is acute pain, like a headache or a bruised knee, Curamin has Curcugreen curcumin and additional ingredients to address pain.
Curamed comes in a 750 mg softgel. For general and preventive health I recommend 1 softgel per day. For my clients with depression, I recommend starting at 4 softgels per day, which is 3000 mg. Curcumin is best used in conjunction with a healthy diet tailored to your unique needs.
My clients often ask me if they can just use more turmeric in their cooking. The answer is YES and NO. Yes, of course, it is helpful to use turmeric in your cooking. I recommend Indian dishes, juicing turmeric, or sprinkling turmeric powder on your food. Spice bottles that are labeled “curry” are a blend of turmeric powder and other spices. However, if you are looking for medicinal benefits, you need to take the concentrated turmeric extract named curcumin. In particular, I recommend supplements that contain the Curcugreen extract.
Arjuna’s Curcugreen is the raw ingredient used in Terry Naturally CuraMed and Curamin. It is also used in Life Extension Super Bio-Curcumin and Progressive Labs curcumin. I recommend Terry Naturally because it is the most cost-effective.
Curcumin extract is the strongest anti-inflammatory supplement available. Unlike NSAIDS, it does not have side effects like gastric bleeding and ulcers. There is a wide range of quality and efficacy in curcumin supplements. As always I recommend supplements that have been used and proven through medical studies. When you are shopping for curcumin, Instead of looking for the BCM 95 you can now look for “Curcugreen.”
Carly Neubert BA, NC
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