What's Really in Turmeric Supplements and Spices? You May Not Want to Know
Dec 16, 2013 - 3:02:20 PM
Turmeric has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activities. Recent research has focused on turmeric's curcuminoid compounds, such as curcumin, which give turmeric its orange-yellow color. Studies suggest a role for curcuminoids in the treatment of a range of diseases including ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic anterior uveitis (an autoimmune disease of the eye), as well as for indigestion. According to Nutrition Business Journal, sales of turmeric and curcumin supplements grew 30.6% in 2012 to $108 million.
Commenting on the findings, Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com said, "Consumers need to select turmeric or curcumin supplements carefully to be sure they are getting a quality product. Some of the products that failed our testing delivered only a fraction of the dose expected from their labels and that dose may not be clinically useful. We also found a disgusting amount of filth from insects in some turmeric spices which, although not a safety concern, can largely be avoided," said Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com.
To help consumers get the best value from a supplement, ConsumerLab.com calculated the cost to obtain a 500 mg dose of curcuminoids, which ranged from 21 cents to $1.64 among products that passed testing, some of which included bioavailability enhancers. ConsumerLab.com also identified one turmeric spice which was exceptionally clean and not contaminated with Salmonella, lead or cadmium.
The ConsumerLab.com report is available at http://www.consumerlab.com/
The report also provides information about the use of turmeric and curcumin supplements, including suggested dosages, bioavailability issues, and potential side effects.
ConsumerLab.com is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. Membership to ConsumerLab.com is available online, providing immediate access to reviews of more than 1,000 products from over 400 brands. The company is privately held and based in Westchester, New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products. ConsumerLab.com is affiliated withPharmacyChecker.com, which helps consumers evaluate online pharmacies and compare drug prices, and MedicareDrugPlans.com, which reviews and rates Medicare Part D plans.
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