What Is Micellar Curcumin® Lipidized Turmeric Extract?
Micellar Curcumin® lipidized turmeric extract is a highly bioavailable, potent curcumin for inflammation management and cardiovascular health.* Research shows it produces 95 times more curcumin in the bloodstream than highly pure, standardized formulas with piperine.*
Benefits of Micellar Curcumin® Lipidized Turmeric Extract
- Delivers 95 times more active curcumin into the bloodstream than piperine formulas*
- Promotes a healthy inflammatory response*
- Supports cardiovascular health*
- Protects brain and neurological health*
- Supports healthy carbohydrate metabolism*
- Increases testosterone by acting as an anti-aromatase*
What You Need to Know About Micellar Curcumin® Lipidized Turmeric Extract
Curcumin's Powerful But Can You Absorb Enough?
Curcumin relieves soreness from physical activities, boosts testosterone, blocks estrogen, improves heart health, makes you stronger, burns fat, helps manage carbs, and even boosts immunity.
But curcumin isn't soluble in the gastrointestinal tract, making it difficult to absorb. And it's vulnerable to glucuronidation, which converts it to inactive waste.
An example of curcumin's poor bioavailability is a study in which patients were given a whopping 3.6 grams of ordinary curcumin daily (about 7 capsules). Even at those large doses, free-form curcumin's detectable blood and liver levels were almost non-existent (18).
There is a solution for optimal curcumin uptake. Research shows solid lipid curcumin particles (lipidized curcumin) produce 95 times more free curcumin in the bloodstream than highly pure, standardized curcumin (Gota VS et al. 2010)*
Study Shows 95 Times More in the Body
In a study, patients took a large 3.6-gram dose (about 7 capsules) per day of ordinary curcumin with piperine. Even at those extreme doses, detectable blood levels of the active form were almost non-existent. But there's a solution. Research shows that lipidized curcumin produces 95 times more in the bloodstream than highly pure, standardized formulas with piperine (Gota VS, 2010).*
Invented by UCLA
UCLA neuroscientists invented lipidized curcumin with funding from the University of California (Oakland) and the Federal Government. It's also patent-protected (9,192,644) and science-backed by peer-reviewed research on humans.*
Curcumin Reduces Muscle Damage from Training
McFarlin (2019) notes a few examples of human studies showing curcumin mitigates soreness from training and boosts performance:
- One study finds that subjects who take curcumin 48 hours before downhill running accumulate less muscle damage (as measured by MRI) and experience a significant decrease in serum IL-8 (a cytokine) 2 hours after exercise.
- Subjects who took curcumin before and after doing 60 reps of negative-only leg press had decreased serum creatine kinase (an indicator of muscle damage) and reduced levels of IL-8.
- Subjects training for a half-marathon, after taking a curcumin-pomegranate combination, put in 11% more training mileage and experienced 20% more caloric expenditure.
Curcumin Improves Strength and Endurance
Evidence suggests that small amounts of curcumin can improve strength and endurance in pathways unrelated to increased testosterone (although studies show it does that too).
Researchers divided mice into four groups. Each of the first three groups received different doses of curcumin, while the fourth served as the control group. The scientists then measured their exercise performance and resistance to fatigue by measuring forelimb grip strength and how long they could swim.
The higher the dose of curcumin, the stronger the mice got and the longer they could swim. The curcumin mice exhibited lower fatigue biomarkers like lactate, ammonia, and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and fewer tissue-damage indicators. Curcumin also increased muscle glycogen significantly, which is a good thing for muscular endurance.
The researchers theorize that the strength increases could be from curcumin's anti-catabolic effect or curcumin-influenced nerve pathways used by the brain to stimulate muscle. And the endurance increases could be from the curcumin-induced growth of new blood vessels supplying the muscles with additional oxygen and nutrients.
Curcumin Aids Muscle Recovery and Performance
A 2015 study finds curcumin improves jump performance in humans 24 and 48 hours after resistance exercise. Another one in 2017 reports a lower average loss of power in sprints in curcumin users over placebo.
The more mitochondria you have, the better your recovery, performance, and athletic potential. We know that curcumin affects mitochondrial biogenesis in animals. It's not a stretch to assume that curcumin should have the same effect on humans, which might explain the findings above.
Curcumin Helps Athletes Prepare for Competition
McFarlin (2019) finds athletes can use curcumin to aid their training for an event. They can curcumin a day. As the weeks go by and training volume increases, so should the amount of daily curcumin. They also recommend periodic "booster" doses during days of intense training when more significant amounts of muscle damage occur.
Curcumin Enhances the Effects of Exercise
Sahin (2016; animal study) shows curcumin helps muscles perform better, generate more energy, and repair themselves.
Fatigue and muscle damage factors were lowered, including kappa B and heat-shock protein 70. Furthermore, muscle markers indicative of exercise adaptation increased, causing cells to heal faster, live longer, and use glucose more efficiently.
Curcumin Leads to Better Erections and Sexual Function
Erections are all about hydraulics. They involve biological plumbing regulated by chemicals like nitric oxide. If you increase the integrity and health of the blood vessels and the pressure by increasing nitric oxide, you maximize erections.
Curcumin is one of the few compounds that accomplishes both feats and improves nearly every aspect of arterial health. Here are just some of the cardiovascular benefits attributed to curcumin:
- Raising HDL
- Lowering total cholesterol
- Protecting arteries against homocysteine
- Lowering triglycerides
- Protecting arteries against high blood pressure
- Decreasing clotting
Erections need a substantial nitric oxide boost. It relaxes the blood vessels leading to the organ so they can carry more blood. Even small doses of curcumin increase the amount of nitric oxide in plasma.
The effects on sexual function don't end with hydraulics. Curcumin also has the following impact on the male reproductive system:
- Elevates testosterone
- Improves sperm quality
- Protects testicular function
Curcumin Makes Fat Cells Die
Recent studies show that curcumin reduces body-fat storage when overeating a high-fat diet. But how?
Liang-Yi Wu (2019) finds that curcumin causes fat cells to undergo apoptosis (die). This research also shows curcumin prevents baby fat cells (pre-adipocytes) from developing into full-blown fat cells.
Curcumin Keeps Pounds Off After Dieting
Teich (2017; animal) suggests taking curcumin after finishing a calorie-restriction diet can limit the amount of fat you regain, even if you stop training. Furthermore, curcumin produced a much more favorable insulin curve and much lower C-reactive protein.
The researchers concluded curcumin has a protective effect against weight regain and impaired metabolic control following a successful period of weight loss.
Curcumin is a Longevity Supplement
Curcumin has excellent promise as an anti-aging and longevity-enhancing supplement.
In 2016, 47 cyclists displayed an increased reduction of endogenous biomarkers of aging and oxidative stress after taking curcumin.
Additionally, a Japanese study finds that curcumin produces higher values of antioxidant potential after aerobic exercise (2013).
Curcumin also modulates signaling pathways for longevity-influencing IIS, mTOR, PKA, and FOX.
Curcumin's Positive Effects on Stress and Strain
A 2018 study shows curcumin users have lower absolute internal temperature increases, lower average body temperatures, lower heart rates, and ranked lower on the Physiological Strain index during aerobic exercise.
Another study (2015) finds curcumin users weathered training-induced psychological stress better.
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Research on Micellar Curcumin® Lipidized Turmeric Extract
- Gota VS et al. Safety and pharmacokinetics of a solid lipid curcumin particle formulation in osteosarcoma patients and healthy volunteers. J Agric Food Chem. 2010 Feb 24;58(4):2095-9. doi: 10.1021/jf9024807. ABSTRACT: Curcumin is the lipid-soluble antioxidant compound obtained from the rhizome of Curcuma longa Linn, also known as turmeric. Curcumin targets multiple chemotherapeutic and inflammatory pathways and has demonstrated safety and tolerability in humans, supporting its potential as a therapeutic agent; however, the clinical literature lacks conclusive evidence supporting its use as a therapeutic agent due to its low bioavailability in humans. The purpose of this study was to quantify plasma levels of free curcumin after dosing of a solid lipid curcumin particle (SLCP) formulation versus unformulated curcumin in healthy volunteers and to determine its tolerability and dose-plasma concentration relationship in late-stage osteosarcoma patients. Doses of 2, 3, and 4 g of SLCP were evaluated in 11 patients with osteosarcoma. Plasma curcumin levels were measured using a validated high-performance liquid chromatography method. The limit of detection of the assay was 1 ng/mL of curcumin. In healthy subjects, the mean peak concentration of curcumin achieved from dosing 650 mg of SLCP was 22.43 ng/mL, whereas plasma curcumin from dosing an equal quantity of unformulated 95% curcuminoids extract was not detected. In both healthy individuals and osteosarcoma patients, high interindividual variability in pharmacokinetics and nonlinear dose dependency was observed, suggesting potentially complex absorption kinetics. Overall, good tolerability was noted in both healthy and osteosarcoma groups.
- Cox KHM et al. Further evidence of benefits to mood and working memory from lipidated curcumin in healthy older people: A 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled, partial replication study. Nutrients. 2020 Jun 04. 12(6): 1678. doi: 10.3390/nu12061678. ABSTRACT: A partial replication study by researchers at Swinburne University reveals [lipidated curcumin] improves aspects of mood, memory, and working memory in a healthy older cohort. The pattern of results is consistent with improvements in hippocampal function and may hold promise for alleviating cognitive decline in some populations. This study examined a similar population with slightly elevated cognitive abilities, while eliciting similar results to the first clinical published in 2014 - see Cox KH et al, 2014.
- Esfahani K et al. A phase I open prospective cohort trial of curcumin plus tyrosine kinase inhibitors for EGFR-mutant advanced non-small cell lung. J Clin Oncol. 2019. 37(15_suppl): e20611-e20611. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2019.37.15_suppl.e20611. ABSTRACT: This study further provides evidence that short-term use of Longvda® curcumin in patients is feasible and safe. Researchers report high treatment adherence and improved quality of life with curcumin. These findings, as well as efficacy data and the effect of curcumin on other inflammation-associated biomarkers, warrant investigation in a larger phase 2 study.
- Scholey A et al. Curcumin improves hippocampal function in healthy older adults: A three month randomized controlled trial. Poster Presentation in: 13th European Nutrition Conference - Malnutrition in an Obese World: European Perspectives (FENS). Dublin, Ireland. 2019: P3-01-02. ABSTRACT: Additional results confirm that [lipidated curcumin] improves aspects of mood, memory, and working memory in a healthy older cohort. The pattern of results is consistent with improvements in hippocampal function and may hold promise for alleviating cognitive decline in some populations.
- Scholey A et al. A highly bioavailable curcumin extract improves neurocognitive function and mood in healthy older people: A 12-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (OR32-05-19). Current Dev Nut. 2019 Jun. Poster Presentation. Volume 3(Issue Supplement 1): nzz052.OR32–05–19. doi: 10.1093/cdn/nzz052.OR32-05-19. ABSTRACT: Previously, researchers at Swinburne University showed significant improvements in measures of memory, attention, fatigue, stress, and mood (Cox KH et al, 2015). This trial was a follow up to the results previously seen in 1 and 3 hrs and in 4-weeks. The results of this second trial further confirm that a single daily dose of 400mg of [lipidated curcumin] improves aspects of mood and working memory in healthy older adults, with measures at 12-weeks.
- Gupte PA et al. Evaluation of the efficacy and safety of capsule solid lipid curcumin particles in knee: A pilot clinical study. J Inflamm Res. 2019. 12: 145-152. doi: 10.2147/JIR.S205390. ABSTRACT: A comparative examination of (solid lipid curcumin particles) showed that administration was not only faster-acting and safe, but had equal efficacy to the control.
- Koronyo, Y et al. Retinal amyloid pathology and proof-of-concept imaging trial. JCI Insight. 2017. 2(16). doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.93621. ABSTRACT: A proof-of-concept retinal imaging trial showing increased fluorescent intensity in retinal amyloid deposits and the highest brain concentrations of free curcumin obtained with [lipidated curcumin]. This trial confirmed one more time the ability of [lipidated curcumin] to deliver free curcumin to targeted tissues, more specifically the brain and retina, and to support cognitive and complete neuronal health. *Winner of NutraIngredients-USA Nutrition Research Project of the Year 2019 for ground-breaking initiatives as "most innovative and impactful nutrition research project pushing the boundaries of nutritional science." Read more here.
- Santos-Parker JR et al. Curcumin supplementation improves vascular endothelial function in healthy middle-aged and older adults by increasing nitric oxide bioavailiability and reducing oxidative stress. Aging. 2017 Jan. 3. Vol 9(No1): 187-208.
- McFarlin et al. Reduced inflammatory and muscle damage biomarkers following oral supplementation with bioavailable curcumin. University of North Texas. BBA Clinical. 2016 Feb 18. 5: 72-78. doi: 10.1016/j.bbacli.2016.02.003. ABSTRACT: Collectively, the findings demonstrated that consumption of [lipidated curcumin] (400mg/day) reduced key inflammatory biomarkers during recovery after exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD). The observed improvements in biological inflammation may translate to faster recovery and improved functional capacity during subsequent exercise sessions.
- Santos-Parker JR et al. Curcumin supplement improves vascular endothelial function in middle-aged and older adults. Geront. 2015 Dec. 55(Suppl 2): 195. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv554.01. ABSTRACT: [Lipidated curcumin] administered at a dose of 2000mg/day (n=16), or placebo (n=13) for 12 weeks increased brachial artery flow-mediation dilation (FMDba) by 34% and forearm blood flow in response to incremental brachial artery infusions of acetylcholine (FBFach) by 44% in middle-aged and older (MA/O) adults (45-74 yrs). Findings support supplementation with [lipidated curcumin] improves endothelial-dependent dilation (EDD) in MA/O adults mediated, in part, by an increase in nitric oxide bioavailability.
- Rafii MS et al. The biomarker initiative DSBI pilot: Proof of concept for deep phenotyping of biomarkers. Front Behav Neurosci. 2015. 9: 1-11. ABSTRACT: Retina, being part of the CNS, has previously been difficult to analyze directly; however, retinal amyloid imaging could now be a tool to demonstrate the presence of plaques in the brain in a non-invasive manner. In line with previous findings, this study supports [lipidated curcumin] quickly labeling retinal beta amyloid and inducing fluorescent plaque in the neural layers of the retina of humans.
- Cox KH et al. Investigation of the effects of solid lipid curcumin on cognition and mood in a healthy older population. Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University. J Psychopharmacol. 2015 May. Vol 29(No 5): 642-651. doi: 10.1177/0269881114552744. ABSTRACT: This landmark study is one of the first to show a curcumin supplement improves cognitive function in healthy subjects. The trial recruited 60 subjects aged 60-80, and found daily [lipidated curcumin] (400mg) supplementation led to significant improvements in cognitive function versus the placebo group. Excellent safety was reported, including no dropouts or reports of gastrointestinal upset. Significant improvements were observed in measures for memory, attention, fatigue, stress, and mood in as little as one hour after the first dose.
- Hazarey VK et al. Efficacy of curcumin in the treatment for oral health – A randomized clinical trial. Government Dental College and Hospital. Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. J Oral Maxillofac Pathol. 2015. 19: 145-52. doi: 10.4103/0973-029X.164524. ABSTRACT: A randomized, controlled clinical trial in 30 clinically diagnosed patients with OSF concluded that [lipidated curcumin] lozenges could be effective in combination strategies for the management of OSF in comparison to single therapeutic modality. In this study, 15 OSF patients in each group (test & control) were treated with either [lipidated curcumin] lozenges (400 mg lozenges for total daily dose of 2 g) or Tenovate ointment (clobetasol propionate (0.05%)). The treatment was given for 3 months and follow-up was done for 6 months.
- Machida N et al. Effects of Solid, Lipid Curcumin Particles on alcohol metabolism - An expiatory and a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group crossover study. Jpn Pharmacol Ther. 2020 Apr. 48(5): 867-873. ABSTRACT: This study further provides evidence that [lipidated curcumin] curcumin is safe and efficacious. Previously examined in 2014, and recently published, researchers report reduced side effects typically associated with alcohol consumption and suggest that [lipidated curcumin] may offer liver health support through the acceleration of ethanol and acetaldehyde metabolism.
- Frost S et al. Retinal amyloid fluorescence imaging predicts cerebral amyloid burden. Alz Dement. 2014. 10(4): P234-P235. ABSTRACT: Retinal Aβ plaques are similar to plaques in the brain. [lipidated curcumin's] ability to cross the BBB and its affinity for binding to amyloid beta have led to its use as a novel, more cost-effective alternative and imaging tool for screening through the eyes.
- DiSilvestro et al. Diverse effects of a low-dose supplement of lipidated curcumin in healthy middle-aged people. The Ohio State University. Nutr. J. 2012 Sep 26. 11(79). doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-11-79. ABSTRACT: This study is believed to be the first curcumin trial in healthy people to show improvement in a number of key biomarkers related to healthy aging. Randomized, placebo-controlled study in 39 subjects showing excellent safety as well as significant improvements in markers supporting cognitive health, cardiovascular health, and anti-aging versus placebo.
- Khattry N et al. Curcumin decreases cytokine levels involved in mucositis in autologous transplant setting: A pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic study. Poster presented at 54th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annul Meeting. Atlanta, GA. 2012 Dec 08. Blood. 120(21): 3039. ABSTRACT: The absorption and efficacy of [lipidated curcumin] in lozenge form in a common oral inflammatory and fibrotic condition was tested compared to the standard of care (clobetasol steroid ointment). Subjects taking [lipidated curcumin] observed improvements in endpoints significantly better than those receiving steroid treatment; and therapeutic plasma levels were detected through buccal absorption.
- Shah et al. Acute human pharmacokinetics of a lipid-dissolved turmeric extract. Planta Med. 2012. 48-PH5. ABSTRACT: This study concluded that a dose as low as 200mg of [lipidated curcumin] reaches blood levels of free curcumin required for healthy brain aging. Analyzed blood samples with and without the use of glucuronidase enzyme, finding very little of the glucuronidated form compared to previous studies on curcumin.
- Pharmacokinetics of [lipidated curcumin]: Dose-concentration correlation. Unpublished, UCLA 2011-2012. ABSTRACT: Pilot studies demonstrating absorption and metabolism of [lipidated curcumin] using various dosage forms.
- Gota et al. Safety and pharmacokinetics of a solid lipid curcumin particle formulation in patients and healthy volunteers. Tata Memorial Cancer Centre. J Ag Food Chem. 2010. 58(4): 2095-2099. ABSTRACT: Human bioavailability study demonstrating significantly greater plasma levels of free (unconjugated) curcumin after a single dose of [lipidated curcumin] in both healthy and disease states with 65x greater Cmax and >100x greater AUC than 95% curcuminoids.
- [Lipidated curcumin] binds to amyloid in human CNS after a single dose. Unpublished.
- A phase 1 open-label prospective cohort trial of curcumin plus tyrosin kinase inhibitors for EGFR-mutant advanced NSCLC. McGill U & Jewish General Hospital, Canada, Ongoing.