A mountain of research demonstrates that the common spice turmeric offers a huge array of health benefits. In fact, the information you’re about to read will be a real EYE-OPENER.
The truth is: you’d be hard-pressed to find another food or supplement with such wide-ranging benefits across the entire spectrum of health: relief from inflammation, immune support, disease and stress resistance stress, relief from fatigue, plus much more. Thousands of studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of turmeric against nearly every prevalent health condition, including cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The one weakness of turmeric revealed
Turmeric has a very low bioavailability – which means that it’s difficult for your body to absorb. This is especially true of curcumin, the turmeric alkaloid that’s customarily given the most attention by researchers.
Until recently, this problem was a difficult one to overcome (unless you were willing to eat a massive quantity of raw turmeric root). Luckily, there’s now a better way to ensure you’re receiving all the benefits that turmeric has to offer.
This new “deliverability system” increases bioavailability
For decades, researchers have tried to develop a “delivery system” that allowed for increased bioavailability of nutrients – and they’ve finally just about perfected it. This is just one of many methods for getting the most out of your supplements, but it’s one that’s making big waves because of its incredible effectiveness and increasing ease of access.
It’s called liposomal delivery (and the process by which the product is made more absorbable is thus called liposomalization). It may sound complicated, but here’s the punchline: it’s a state-of-the-art process that makes vitamins more absorbable. Some sources claim as much as a 1,500 percent increase in the nutrient bioavailability!
How does the liposomal ‘delivery system’ work?
There are a number of reasons why your body’s cells have a difficult time absorbing the compounds in turmeric. Primarily, though, the problem arises either because turmeric alkaloids are water-soluble rather than fat soluble – your cells’ membranes are made of lipids (fats), so water-soluble substances have a very difficult time passing through them.
This is where liposomes come in (the word literally means “fat body” in Greek). Through a number of different patented processes used to mix nutrients together with phospholipids, the phospholipids form a protective barrier around the nutrient. The result is a microscopic liquid-filled bubble surrounded by fat – a liposome.
Liposomes’ membranes are very similar to the makeup of your body’s cell membranes, so they’re able to pass through your cells with much greater facility. Once inside the cells, they can deliver the nutrients they contain, and your body can put them to use rather than excreting them.
The process of making liposomes is ultimately nothing new – it’s actually how the body ensures that the nutrients in breast milk are delivered to nursing children. It’s just taken us a while to learn how to mimic this natural and intelligent design.
Liposomal absorption provides major advantages
The bottom line is that powdered turmeric, raw turmeric root, and even conventional turmeric extracts do not have the bioavailability advantages of liposomal delivery. Liposomal absorption is quite different from intestinal absorption.
Most turmeric products need to pass through the digestive tract before they can be absorbed. Enzymes in the mouth and stomach, digestive juices, bile salts (to neutralize the digestive acids), and various flora in the intestines can break down and degrade the supplement, and thus a negligible quantity of beneficial components actually make it into the bloodstream.
Liposomal turmeric, on the other hand, can pass directly through the cell membranes in your body, which ensures dramatically faster and more complete absorption. Furthermore, the liposome’s nutrient “shield” makes turmeric nutrients more resistant to digestive juices, alkaline solutions, and salts found in the human body, thereby protecting them against oxidation and degradation.
Making turmeric work for you
Turmeric’s far-reaching health benefits are worth being excited about. If you’re going to put it to work in your own life, though, be sure not to waste your money on powders, pills, and extracts with a low bioavailability. Instead, seek out a high-quality liposomal turmeric extract.