Our first priority is to further improve our turmeric supplement. We believe it’s the best one on the market, but we’re humble enough to admit it can be improved.
Currently, our turmeric supplement contains bioperine as a bioavailability enhancer. From our research, we’ve found that curcumin being fat soluble, is better absorbed into your body when taken with fat. This is why we advise taking turmeric supplements with or just after a meal. In the near future, we’ll be looking into how we can incorporate a stable fat, like coconut oil, into our turmeric capsules.
We’ve also discovered that quercetin, a plant flavonoid found in red wine, red grapes, onions and spinach, can boost curcumin bioavailability by inhibiting the enzyme that deactivates curcumin. Quercetin supplements are very helpful by themselves, offering similar benefits to turmeric, including reducing inflammation, fighting allergies, reducing oxidative stress, and fighting cancer. We’re confident that adding quercetin to our turmeric formula will impart greater benefits than taking turmeric or quercetin alone.
There’s also ginger, which has traditionally been used with turmeric in the ancient healing art of Ayurveda. In a patent work by Khajuria et al., gingerol, the main active component in ginger, was found to increase the bioavailability of curcumin more-so than piperine, and a combination of gingerol and piperine was found to work almost twice as well as either ingredient alone. In a 2011 study in the Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, the author concluded: “The combined effect (of curcumin and ginger) might be due to enhancement of curcumin uptake by ginger through attaching curcumin to its lipophilic oily portion, thus increasing its bioavailability.” So ginger powder or gingerol is definitely something we’d like to add to our turmeric supplement in the future.
What’s interesting, is all of the above turmeric enhancers, as well as turmeric, are present in a traditional Indian curry: black pepper, fat, quercetin in onions, and ginger. As I’ve seen several times before, modern science is only confirming what age-old ancient traditions somehow knew all along. People have been staving off cancer and inflammation in India for centuries using turmeric in curries and in the ancient practice of Ayurvedic medicine, long before modern science knew what turmeric was.
To benefit from turmeric, we at Hewis & Selby Supplements suggest incorporating turmeric into your diet, and an excellent way to do this is to learn how to cook a good Indian curry. For convenience and an added boost, we recommend taking a good turmeric supplement. In the future, we’d like to study how other common curry ingredients might help further boost the effects of turmeric—the likes of garlic, chilies, coriander, and cumin. In the end, the best turmeric supplement could very well be a mix of all the whole-food ingredients in a traditional Indian curry in powdered form, tightly wrapped up in a capsule that’s easy and convenient to take.
But before the turmeric supplement of the future is here tomorrow, it's important to be pain-free and full of life today. And the best turmeric supplement you can get your hands on today is right here: