Taking Curcumin-only Supplements
Other people choose to go for curcumin-only supplements. These can be supplements which contain only 95% active curcumin, also known as Tetra-Hydro Curcuminoids (THCs). Curcumin is the most important active compound in turmeric so you may be wondering why this isn't an ideal choice. Well, the biggest reason is that turmeric has some additional benefits that curcumin alone cannot provide, especially when it comes to maintaining brain and skin health. In addition:
• The body is capable of absorbing nutrients the way nature intended, in the whole herb with the full spectrum of nutrients in their organic form working together. This does not happen with processed curcumin extracted with solvents.
• Studies have shown that even if curcumin is removed from turmeric, the spice still has strong anti-inflammatory properties, which would not be available just with curcumin.
• Other studies have shown that long-term use of curcumin-only can cause DNA damage and suppress the immune system, making you susceptible to ill health
• Whereas turmeric has been safely used for over 4000 years, curcumin has not been studied for a long period of time with regards to its long-term use.
So be careful of supplements which come in the form of processed curcumin-only, since they won't offer you the full spectrum of benefits that you can get with organic turmeric and don’t have the proven safety either. We highly recommend you consider natural turmeric supplements as an alternative.