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The powerhouse anti-inflammatory that is curcumin extract BioBDM30

The main active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin is a very powerful antioxidant and has strong anti-inflammatory effects. While turmeric is excellent when used as a spice, curcumin extract is a better choice for a wide range of health benefits.

Our inflammatory response – our body’s ability to fight foreign invaders and help repair tissues – is fundamentally important to our overall health. Yet when acute, short-term inflammation becomes chronic, protracted and starts attacking your body’s own tissues, it can be a significant problem. Studies suggest that chronic low-grade inflammation can play a role in various conditions, from heart disease to Alzheimers and other degenerative conditions.

That is why natural anti-inflammatories have become so important in recent years. Among them, curcumin has become well-recognized as natural anti-inflammatory that can be used therapeutically to help combat chronic inflammation, whether from acute injury, surgery or exercise.

The long-standing history and track record of curcumin

It is important to note that curcumin is an active compound found in the popular spice turmeric, which is the root of a plant known as Curcuma Longa. The flowering plant and its root – part of the ginger family best known as a spice used in curry – have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years in Asian countries, including China. Bright in its yellow pigment and first officially identified back in 1815, the polyphenol curcumin belongs to a family of chemicals that are known as curcuminoids.

Given that curcumin is poorly absorbed during digestion, a series of different formulations have been created to improve its bioavailability. In recent years, science has also helped address some of the inconsistencies in regular curcumin – which typically vary in potency from batch to batch – and has led to the production of powerful anti-inflammatories that deliver exacting standards of relief to those dealing with these often painful conditions.

PURICA Curcumin 30% BDMCA case in point is the active compound in PURICA Curcumin Extra Strength; the patented curcumin extract Curcumin BioBDM30. This was developed with high levels of one particular curcuminoid: Bisdemethoxycurcumin (BDMC). On the strength of its high BDMC content, PURICA Curcumin with BDM30 is a more potent anti-inflammatory than standard curcumin. Standard curcumin is typically associated with lower levels in the range of 0.5-1% BDMC. PURICA Curcumin, on the other hand, delivers 30% BDMC.

The scientific research behind the patented BioBDM30 in PURICA Curcumin has focused on separating, isolating and mapping the pharmacological effects of these compounds to see how they each impact the subcellular activities that help to neutralize many disease symptoms, including of course the anti-inflammatory properties of the curcuminoids.

It is this powerfully potent concentration of the BDMC curcuminoid that allows PURICA Curcumin to create tangible anti-inflammatory effects for everyone from high performance athletes and active living “weekend warriors” dealing with muscle and joint pain to those with much more serious and degenerative conditions. The 30-to-1 ratio of BioBDM30 (compared to regular curcumin) results in effects that are felt in hours instead of days.

How it works

Curcumin works by inhibiting NF-KB (Nuclear Factor Kappa-B), which is a molecule that travels into the nuclei of our cells and activates genes related to inflammation. PURICA Curcumin not only does this, it also targets MSK1 (mitogen-and stress-activated protein kinase 1).  This combats inflammation from two targets areas, whereas regular curcumin only inhibits NF-KB.

The BDMC contained in PURICA Curcumin also offers an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value of 565,000 units, compared to regular curcumin, which has just 9,500 units. This high ORAC value helps to reduce oxidative damage to the cells. The other benefit with the patented BioBDM30 in PURICA Curcumin is that it improves its stability, bioavailability and prolonged survival in the blood. This gives it the capacity to last longer, which in turn provides potent anti-inflammatory and rapid results.

For those of you suffering from the kind of joint pain and inflammation that prevents you from doing the things you love, or those interested in some of the other health benefits associated with powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories such as Curcumin BioBDM30, PURICA Curcumin Extra Strength with 30% BDMC can become an important part of your natural health regime.


Presenting a New Standard Drug Model for Turmeric and Its Prized Extract, Curcumin
International Journal of Inflammation
Published: 15 Jan 2018

Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health
Foods — Open Access Journal
Published: 22 October 2017

Tawnya Ritco, R.H.N., is Director of Education for PURICA and promotes natural health education and finds inspiration in the connection between nutrition, lifestyle, and vitality.

Relieve, Reduce and Prevent Joint Pain and Inflammation

Joint Pain and Inflammation


Five classic signs of inflammation are:

  • Pain
  • Heat
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Loss of function

These markers and inflammation itself can be caused by stress, trauma, illness, unhealthy foods and even lifestyle habits. They can cause inflammation in various areas of your body.

The good news is that anti-inflammatory foods, exercise, good sleep and stress management all help to keep inflammation in check. There are some cases where getting additional support from supplements can help combat chronic inflammation and bring things back into balance.

So the big question is: What is the best natural anti-inflammatory supplement?

My number one go-to is Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric. When seeking long-term pain relief, reduction and prevention of inflammation and arthritis pain, it is important to know that not all Curcumin supplements are created equal. PURICA Curcumin carries extra strength because it has 30% bisdemethoxycurcumin (BDMC), compared to the 1% BDMC found in regular Curcumin extract. That 30-to-1 ratio meant I felt lasting relief in the first two days rather than two weeks. It was more effective than aspirin and ibuprofen at reducing inflammation without the health risks the over-the-counter meds carry.

Some Holistic Nutritionist Geek Facts:

  • BDMC improves curcumin stability, bioavailability and prolonged survival in blood.
  • BDMC inhibits NF-kB and MSK1 to combat inflammation from two targets. Regular curcumin only inhibits NF-kB.
  • The BDMC contained in PURICA Curcumin offers an ORAC of 565,000 UNITS/g. Regular curcumin has an ORAC of just 9,500 UNITS/g.

While these anti-inflammatory attributes and proven track record in managing arthritis and osteoarthritis make Curcumin a terrific ally to your natural health, the benefits do not end there. PURICA Curcumin 30% BDMC also:

  • Enhances detoxification
  • Promotes skin health
  • Balances cholesterol
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Helps prevent blood clots.
  • Boosts brain function.

So whether you’re wanting relief from joint pain and inflammation to get back to doing what you love or you’re looking for a natural health supplement that packs the punch of other benefits, I recommend PURICA Curcumin Extra Strength become part of your arsenal.

Melissa Blair, a training coach and one of Canada’s foremost global fitness competitors, is a member of our team of Purica Ambassadors committed to providing you with healthy eating and training tips. For more information, check out her website or email her.  And for regular healthy eating and training tips, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook

*A note on vegan and vegetarian options: At Purica, we’re committed to empowering you with the best in whole foods, supplements and positive lifestyle solutions. We support all athletes and active living people whatever your dietary preferences, although we will always do our part to raise awareness about the benefits of vegetarian or vegan options.

Just Because It’s Common, It Doesn’t Mean It’s Normal

BY MELISSA TUCKER, RHN, Training Coach & PURICA Ambassador

At least 85 per cent of menstruating women experience a symptom of PMS every cycle. Does this staggering number mean that having PMS is normal? No, it means it’s common. Just because something is common, does not mean you need to accept it as normal.

In my experience as a woman and health coach, I’ve concluded that by reducing inflammation in the body, many if not all premenstrual symptoms of cramping, bloating, sugar cravings and mood swings can be reduced and often ultimately eliminated.

For my clients who report mild to extreme PMS, I apply system support on the strength of the following PURICA products:

A recent study found that women who have higher levels of inflammatory proteins are more likely to suffer from PMS symptoms such as mood problems, cramps, back pain, cravings, bloating and breast pain.

To lower inflammatory proteins you must detox your body: Remove alcohol, caffeine, sugar, processed flours and inflammatory fats such as those found in full-fat dairy products, red meats, peanuts, margarines, shortening and hydrogenated oils from your diet.

Incorporating some vegan meals or days into your weekly nutrition program can also help lower acidity and inflammation. With the new PURICA Power vegan protein powder, it’s easy to incorporate an alternative to whey isolates. PURICA Power also has the added antioxidant support of Chaga. The fermented PURICA Power vegan protein powders get my two thumbs up first of all because they taste great and also because they are more bioavailable pre and post workout than other non-fermented, or soy- based vegan powders.

The best way to make PMS “MIA” is to:

  • Rest. Drink More Water.
  • Limit Alcohol, caffeine and salt and at any time of month stay committed to healthy whole foods.

Balance lean proteins such as organic chicken, turkey, fish, nuts, omega-3 eggs and legumes, healthy fats such as coconut, olive oil, avocado, nuts, etc. and a variety of complex carbohydrates including vegetables, fruits, kamut, beans, rye, oats, and quinoa every three to four hours during the day. This will stabilize blood sugars and avoid undue stress and hormonal imbalance because of skipped meals.

Knee Pain

Melissa Tucker - PURICA Ambassador
Melissa Tucker
PURICA Ambassador

Melissa Tucker is one of Canada’s foremost global fitness competitors and training coach. She’s also a member of our team of PURICA Ambassadors, committed to providing you with healthy eating and training tips. Here are Melissa’s thoughts on how to manage knee pain:

Knee pain is something many people encounter at some point in life. A common contributing factor is a weak vastus medialis muscle that can’t hold the patella in its proper alignment. Improper alignment of the patella can irritate the patellar tendon and cause pain below the kneecap.

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