A small amount of muscle soreness, aches, and pains is to be expected when you train hard, but if it gets out of hand, it can put a damper on your performance and affect your sleep and mood. That’s why we added Curcumin phytosome (soreness and injuries), from Thorne, to our recommended recovery supplements.
Curcumin phytosome is a unique, patented curcumin product. Curcumin is a completely natural compound that comes from turmeric, which is a common ingredient in foods like curry. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that offers numerous health benefits, including supporting joint health and liver function, gut health, and cardiovascular efficiency, and it acts by helping to maintain the body’s normal inflammatory response and by shutting down excessive inflammation.
The problem is that whether it is taken as a typical nutritional supplement or from food, juices or powders, curcumin is typically very poorly absorbed. But in conjunction with a company called “Indena”, a worldwide expert in botanical extraction technology, Thorne has invented a curcumin product that’s absorbed far better than any other curcumin product you will find.
To ensure optimal delivery, Thorne uses Indena’s phytosome technology. Phytosomes are plant extracts bound to phosphatidylcholine (PC), an essential component of human cells. Our bodies can make PC, but we can also get it from food or nutritional supplements. When taken orally, PC is very well absorbed. The scientists at Indena have found a way to attach a curcumin compound to PC for ideal absorption, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in Thorne curcumin phytosome. When you take curcumin phytosome on a hard workout day or time of stress, your body absorbs the PC and the attached curcumin, resulting in far more valuable curcumin reaching your beat-up cells.
A 2010 three-month clinical trial demonstrated that 1,000 mg per day of the curcumin phytosome formulation helped shut down excessive inflammatory C-reactive protein levels while promoting healthy joint comfort and mobility. In addition, a 2010 randomized, single-blind, crossover human study revealed that total curcuminoid bioavailability was 29-fold higher for curcumin phytosome than for a conventional curcumin extract.
In a recent eight-month human trial, curcumin was shown to support a healthy inflammatory response, and individuals in this trial experienced significant improvements in clinical and biochemical end-points associated with joint health.
Several studies have illustrated curcumin’s hepatoprotective (liver protecting) effects, leading researchers to suggest its use in protecting the liver from damage from pollution and environmental and food-based toxins. Curcumin also has the capacity to increase both the flow and solubility of bile, which is crucial for fat digestion. Curcumin’s hepatoprotective effects are due in part to direct free-radical scavenging and ability to act as a potent antioxidant – but curcumin also enhances your body’s natural antioxidant system by increasing glutathione levels, which also aids in liver detoxification.
Curcumin phytosome (soreness and injuries), from Thorne, is all-natural, and contains no wheat, corn, gluten, yeast, egg, dairy products, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, lactose, palmitic acid or stearic acid. Simply use curcumin phytosome if you’re injured, or trying to recover as fast as possible from a hard workout day or race. Curcumin phytosome is already contained in the Thorne Multi-vitamin Elite, but if you need “extra” on an especially difficult day, you can add this in.