Turmeric has been used in folk medicine for centuries, including Kampo medicine practiced in Okinawa and other areas of Japan. Traditional healers continue to rely on its therapeutic benefits for whole body health, especially digestive health, liver function and healthy circulation. Now, thanks to modern science, we know what is at the root of all this ancient wisdom. Turns out, this mild-mannered culinary spice transforms into a powerful antioxidant … when taken properly.
With today’s hectic lifestyles, antioxidant protection is more important that ever. Exposure to smog, smoking, environmental toxins and other factors of modern living can send the body’s production of unstable free radicals soaring. This, in turn, can create oxidative stress that can seriously derail your vitality and accelerate aging.
That’s why we developed Okinawa Triple Turmeric. It’s specifically formulated to not only help your body tamp down on excessive oxidative stress, but modulate a healthy inflammatory response and promote healthy cell function.*
The proprietary blend in the product features three different types of turmeric grown exclusively in Okinawa. Here, the fertile soil, sunshine and tropical climate allow the plants to flourish and produce a full spectrum of phytonutrients with potential health benefits. While curcumin is the most researched of turmeric’s bioactive compounds (more on this below), it is certainly not the only one. For example, emerging research indicates that naturally occurring essential oils may exert potential antioxidant activity and other health benefits.1
In terms of the bioactive compounds in turmeric, researchers have been the most intrigued with curcumin. Why? This polyphenol has a unique chemical structure that makes it a seriously versatile compound. Consider this: Curcumin not only exerts antioxidant activity, but helps modulate your body’s natural anti-inflammatory response. What’s more, curcumin is reported to influence a wide range of cell-signaling pathways that promote healthy cell division and healthy aging.2 For this reason, the product features standardized root extract to provide 100 mg of curcumin in every serving.
In terms of antioxidant defense, curcumin delivers two key benefits. In addition to working as an antioxidant, curcumin activates antioxidant enzymes. For example, it activates a key enzyme that produces glutathione, an antioxidant critical for the normal function of mitochondria — the powerhouse that energizes every cell.3 Curcumin also activates superoxide dismutase and catalase. These antioxidant enzymes work to help your body turn the highly reactive superoxide anion into harmless water.
Curcumin is notorious for being poorly absorbed, but combining it with black pepper extract helps overcome this barrier. How? Black pepper is a natural source of piperine, a plant compound shown to dramatically increase the bioavailability of curcumin. Researchers believe it works in two ways. First, piperine helps increase the absorption of curcumin. Second, it slows down how the body metabolizes curcumin and its metabolites.4
An occasional cup of tea or curry dish can add to your intake of turmeric, but it’s the regular habit of supplementing with a quality product like Okinawa Triple Turmeric that helps fully activate your body’s antioxidant defenses. Think of it as a simple solution for serious antioxidant support … all with the convenience of a dietary supplement that’s gentle enough to use every day.*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
1. Liju VB, Jeena K, Kuttan R. An evaluation of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antinociceptive activities of essential oil from Curcuma longa. L. Indian J Pharmacol. 2011;43(5):526-31. PMID: 22021994.
2. Carvalho AC, Gomes AC, Pereira-Wilson C, Lima CF. Mechanisms of action of curcumin on aging: nutritional and pharmacological applications. In: Malavolta M, Mocchegiani E, eds. Molecular Basis of Nutrition and Aging. San Diego, CA: Elseiver Inc; 2016: 491-511.
3. Lavoie S, Chen Y, Dalton TP, Gysin R, Cuénod M, Steullet P, Do KQ. Curcumin, quercetin, and tBHQ modulate glutathione levels in astrocytes and neurons: importance of the glutamate cysteine ligase modifier subunit. J Neurochem. 2009;108(6):1410-22. PMID: 19183254.
4. Shoba G, Joy D, Joseph T, Majeed M, Rajendran R, Srinivas PSSR. Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers. Planta Med. 1998;64(4):353-6. PMID: 9619120.