Once again, the healing powers of turmeric powder (curcumin) are making headlines. A major anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, it has a multitude of healing properties. It is a major liver detoxifier and preserves liver cell function, it inhibits tumor formation, promotes tumor cell death, and is used to treat Chron’s disease, circulation problems, high cholesterol and even cystic fibrosis. Turmeric also is on the frontlines in the fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s (which afflicts roughly half of Americans over the age of 85). One problem-it is poorly absorbed until now. There is a new form called Meriva, in which it is bound to phosphatidylcholine, and makes it easier for your body to absorb. Studies have shown that just 450 mg of Meriva is equal to 4 g of regular curcumin (turmeric) in terms of increasing blood levels. It doesn’t get much better than this-include it in your supplementation.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.