The Next Generation of Curcumin: Tetrahydrocurcuminoids (THC)

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Turmeric, or Curcuma longa, is an ancient spice popular in India and Asia for thousands of years. Now, it is widely used in our diet as well. It is also commonly used as a medicinal herb for centuries. According to the Journal of the American Chemical Society, turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties. Among all of these benefits, turmeric is always targeted to be used as a relief for joints and muscular pain due to its high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Tumeric Curcumin

Curcumin is well known as one of the natural compounds present in turmeric that brings about anti-inflammatory properties. Regular curcumin are yellow in colour as they contain yellow curcuminoids of turmeric. Tetrahydrocurcuminoids, also known as THC, are colorless in nature and one of the major active metabolites derived from curcuminoids that have significance as therapeutic interventional molecules but differ from regular curcumin in both physical appearance and mode of action. Simply said, THC are active metabolites and antioxidant substances derived from turmeric. When we consume turmeric from our diet, it will be converted from curcuminoids to THC to provide anti-inflammatory benefits and relief of joint and muscular pain.

Metabolic Pathway of Curciumin in intenstines

THC is an active form that has strong antioxidant properties while regular curcumin is not an active form and less effective an antioxidant. THC has been proven to be three times (3x) better in absorption compared to regular curcumin as it is the most active form that allows direct absorption in our gut. Regular curcumin’s main issue is poor absorption in the gut therefore its supplementation is always paired with black pepper that helps increase the absorption. Comparing apples to apples, the daily recommended dosage for THC is only 400mg while regular curcumin is at least 1500mg per day.

comparison with normal curcuminoids

Difference between Tetrahydrocurcuminoids (THC) and Regular Curcuminoids

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The strong antioxidant properties of THC are able to protect the body’s cells from damage caused by oxidative stress and harmful free radicals. Because THC is already the active form of curcumin, supplementation with THC is the fastest natural way to reduce pain and inflammation. Its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce common symptoms of inflammation including redness, warmth, swelling and pain of the injured area commonly the knee caps, hips, feet and toes. THC can also potentially shorten the recovery period for inflamed joints; muscle stiffness and pain.

Curcumin Reduct

Curcumin C3 Reduct® is currently the only source of THC containing a minimum of 95% tetrahydrocurcuminoids that are able to provide strong antioxidant activity and effective anti-inflammatory properties to maintain good health and prevent diseases. It is three times more effective and better absorbed compared to regular curcumin. It is recommended for elderly or working adults who are suffering from joint and muscular pain to leave those aches and pain behind and start enjoying life actively.