Curcumin is a class of active constituents found in turmeric (yes – that curry spice), and has been one of the most incredibly well researched products on a number of difference medical fronts. A potent anti-oxidant, insanely powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever, notable anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent and tumour destroying marvel of nature.

Curcumin acts as a natural non-steroidal anti-inflammatory; the natural equivalent of prescription NSAID medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen but without side effects; to the contrary actually – side benefits. While the uses of curcumin are many, the majority of our patients and customers use it for natural pain and inflammation relief – to great effect. Curcumin is also heavily used as a complementary cancer treatment (and prevention) as it has direct anti-tumour and anti-oxidant activity.

While our knowledge of curcumin’s positive health effects continues to grow, a number of technological advancements have been made to improve the potency of basic curcumin within the body. Some people have asked “can’t I just eat more turmeric?” Sure you could, but it’s unlikely that you would consume enough actual curcumin to have any perceivable effect on your health unless you plan on downing the whole spice jar.

The same was partially true with most curcumin extracts as well. While most research has been done with high-potency curcumin extracts, one of the disadvantages with traditional curcumin was that it didn’t absorb very well into the bloodstream, nor did it stick around very long. Most high quality curcumin supplements peak in the bloodstream at about 150ng/g after 3 hours and rapidly decline after 8 hours. Several companies use a patented mixture of lecithin, piperine and curcumin, which does offer a significant improvement, and which we routinely recommend these blends to our patients and customers over standard curcumin products. BCM-95 is the most recent development in curcumin extract technology and combines several ingredients that cause a dramatic improvement – over 10x the blood concentration peak of curcumin extract, and over 6x that of the lecithin complex. BCM-95 peaks at 500ng/g after 1 hour, rises to 600ng/g at 6 hours, and then rapidly declines at 8 hours. Thus far, we’ve had patients with pain so terrible that they were losing sleep and prescription pain medication was only providing moderate and short acting relief. Even I was a bit skeptical that BCM-95 would be as impactful and fast acting as prescription pain meds, but both Shelly and I have been astonished on several occasions.

We have access to professional brand sourced BCM-95 that is safe, effective, and hands-down one of the best natural pain products we’ve ever used in our business. For those of you suffering from arthritis pain, tendonitis, bursitis, or any other “itis”, it’s worth giving BCM-95 a try. We’ve seen dozens of new pain relief products come and go, regardless of how well-marketed they were, but the research, evidence and clinical effectiveness of this product is unmatched in our book.