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New Consumer Lab report on curcumin…

Posted Feb 18 2011 9:28am

Consumer Lab (“a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition”) published a new report on curcumin brands just a couple of days ago, on February 16th. As you can imagine, I was very eager to read it. Or to read more about it…

I succeeded, in part…

First, let me say that I subscribed to Consumer Lab in 2008 after it released its first report on curcumin, a report on the high lead content in some brands (see: http://margaret.healthblogs.org/2008/02/08/report-of-tainted-curcumin/  and http://margaret.healthblogs.org/2008/02/24/update-on-the-consumer-lab-curcumin-report/ ). But I didn’t renew my subscription…

Now, I have not been able, unfortunately, to get my hands on the recent Consumer Lab report. This afternoon, however, after getting home from work and doing a bit of online research, I was able at least to discover the names of the brands that didn’t pass the Consumer Lab tests. What follows is a summary of what I found on various health-related websites…

Consumer Lab tested the following ten curcumin brands: Advanced Physician Formulas Curcumin, Doctor’s Best Curcumin C3 Complex with Bioperine, Doctors Purest Ageless Cures Curcumin C3 Complex, Douglas Laboratories Ayur-Curcumin, GNC Herbals Plus Standardized Curcumin, Jarrow Formulas Curcumin 95, Life Extension Super Curcumin with Bioperine, Natural Factors Turmeric and Bromelain, Naturally Enhanced Absorption Curcu-Gel and Curcu-Gel Ultra, Nature’s Life Turmeric Ginger Joint Ease, Nature’s Way Turmeric, Paradise Herbs & Essentials Turmeric, Solgar Turmeric Root Extract, Swanson Superior Herbs Curcumin, and Vitamin Shoppe Standardized Herbs Turmeric Extract.

And, drum roll!, here are the two brands that didn’t make the cut: 1. Advanced Physician Formulas curcumin and 2. Paradise Herbs & Essentials turmeric. Never heard of either, to be honest. Just as well, eh! You see, apparently the two above-mentioned products were found to provide only 7.7% and 14.7%, respectively, of expected curcuminoid compounds. Oooooooh, that is VERY VERY VERY BAD! Shame, shame, shame on those two companies!!!!!!!!! Booooo!!!!!!!!!

But the report also contains some really good news for us curcumin-takers: Unlike some turmeric supplements tested in the past, however, none of the recently tested products exceeded strict limits for lead and cadmium contamination. Yaaay! Superrrrrr!!!

Another interesting excerpt: “Consumers need to select turmeric or curcumin supplements carefully to be sure they are getting a quality product. The products that failed our testing would deliver only a small fraction of the doses expected from their labels. In addition, because curcumin is poorly absorbed, certain specially formulated products may offer greater bioavailability,” 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 13 cents to 52 cents among products that passed testing, some of which included bioavailability enhancers. For the two products that failed testing, the costs were $3.44 and $7.88, due to the small amounts of curcuminoids that they actually contained.

Well, while I’m still sorry that I wasn’t able to read the full report, I’m ecstatic to note that my own brand, Doctor’s Best, passed the CL test…And, for now anyway, that is good enough…indeed, more than good enough!…for me… :-)

Written by Margaret

February 18th, 2011 at 7:28 am

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