Product Review: Solgar Curcumin Supplement
What do you know about Curcumin?
If you are anything like me, at first you say “no idea” then you google it. Curcumin is a bright yellow chemical produced by some plants, the one most are familiar with turmeric. Turmeric has long when used in Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties and a powerful anti-oxidant.
Turmeric extracts or adding turmeric to drinking, making golden tea, and other foods have been making their way into the health food market for years. A couple quick searches online will find you a host of articles (some better than others) talking about the benefits of Curcumin and Turmeric. Articles like:
Recently, I was shipped a 30-day supply of Solgar’s Full Spectrum Curcumin. A supplement that one the package says 185% greater bioavailability and a 24-hour supplement. I went and did a little research to where this claim comes from and it seems most of the information comes from this 2014 peer-reviewed research. In which the patented NovaSol was tested against other curcumin supplements.
The separating factor or NovaSol which is what makes up Solgar’s product is working with the curcumin extract from a fat-soluble to water-soluble through their patented process. This allows for the supplement to stay in the bloodstream longer as compared to many of its counterparts. Additionally, making it water-soluble allows for greater bioavailability making it so you can take it once a day.
So as a reasonably healthy thirty-something year old why take this supplement. Well, first it doesn’t seem like it is going to hurt you. Most of us because of diet, stress, or other environmental factors carry some level of inflammation in our bodies. For me, this is something I have been monitoring a lot in the last couple of years. Early research is pointing towards a host of diseases possibly linked to inflammation. Two of those things I am interested in is aging and brain function. While a ton more research needs to be done there are indications that inflammation in the body and aging can be linked. Dr. Rhonda Patrick talks briefly about it here:
“Inflammation is increasingly being considered central to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and an important risk factor for vascular disease. Systemic inflammation may be regarded as accelerating the atherosclerotic process. Systemic levels of soluble inflammatory mediators such as C-reactive protein (CRP) have been associated with cardiovascular risk in the general population. CRP, or more specifically high sensitivity-hsCRP, is a marker of systemic inflammation that has been identified as a valid biomarker of cardiovascular risk.” – Autoimmunity Review
So basically it comes down to finding ways through diet, exercise, stress relief, and lifestyle changes to decrease inflammation in our bodies to live longer and healthier. So why not try to find ways on top of lifestyle changes to help this measure.
Thus, I was intrigued by SOLGAR’s Curcumin product as I am already a fan of using turmeric and have been known to make my own golden milk. SOLGAR’s Curcumin has won awards for the product and looked interesting. A more critical review can be found here.
Testing it Out
So I went ahead and took SOLGAR’s Curcumin supplement. Initially, I did not feel any particular effects either way. Some have said it caused gastrointestinal issues. I had it with a meal and did not feel any side effects.
Over the course of a week, I took it daily. While I can say I felt a little less achy in those places that are prone to joint pain thanks to years of destroying my body in sports. I can’t say it is a miracle supplement. However, if you have been looking for a curcumin supplement the Solgar brand seems to be a good one.
The best place to find it is online on Vitacost or a specialty health food store. Overall, Solgar’s Curcumin is a good product and one worth checking out if you are in the market for it. With any supplement make sure you talk to your healthcare practitioner before starting a new supplement.
This post is meant for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of your healthcare practitioner. Seek advice from your doctor before trying a new supplement.
This product was sent to me for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. The thoughts on this product are my own and were not influenced by the company.