Curcumin must be mixed with fat to be effective
Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on September 11, 2008
There’s really a lot of info on this site so do browse. This supports and extends the info and critical discussion in my two cancer books. For more information go to www.fightingcancer.com
“This book tells me everything. Why didn’t my doctor tell me this?”- Rev. Bill Newbern
Curt Summerlin sent me this info which I have rewritten for clarity:
In humans high oral dosing of curcumin fails to achieve detectable plasma levels. This suggests that taking curcumin on its own, orally, does not work. However increasing curcumin solubility with phosphatidyl choline, olive oil, or stearic acid increases plasma and brain levels compared with administering unformulated curcumin powder. One example of an optimized lipidated curcumin formulation (Verdure Sciences, Noblesville, Indiana) resulted in 11-fold higher levels of curcumin in plasma and 4-fold higher levels in brain compared to equal doses of curcumin powder on its own.
My comment: In fact, the need to mix curcumin powder with a fat is known – Steve Martin recommends mixing it with coconut oil before ingesting – see my book Cancer: The Complete Recovery Guide.