Toxic EDC Solvent Found in Curcumin Extracts
NO CLASS-1 SOLVENTS, INCLUDING EDC, ARE EVER USED.
NO EDC SOLVENT IN BIOMOR® CURCUMIN
BIOMOR® CURCUMIN is extracted from turmeric using only a USP/FDA-approved Class-2 residual solvent.
Each batch of BIOMOR® CURCUMIN is tested using GC-HEADSPACE to confirm purity and safety--always exceeding current USP/FDA standards.
Shocking data shows widespread contamination of curcumin products with a Class-1 residual
solvent known as EDC (1,2-dichloroethane). According to the Toxic Substances and Disease
Registry of the Department of Health and Human Services, the potential health effects of
exposure to the Class-1 solvent at levels above 5 ppm (parts-per-million) are: SHORT-TERM
EFFECTS OF EDC: central nervous system disorders; adverse liver, kidney, and lung effects;
and heart failure. LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF EDC: probable carcinogen.
The problem is so widespread, according to the researchers, "curcumin extract with an EDC
amount less than 5 ppm is not easily found." (25)
GC-MS Solvent-Residue Testing Used for Curcumin is Unreliable and Un-Approved by USP/FDA
WARNING ABOUT GC-MS TESTING to Determine Solvent Residue in Curcumin
GC-MS testing is un-approved by USP/FDA for curcumin is because it does not break or dissolve curcumin
crystals, so contaminants remain undetected, whereas GC-HEADSPACE vaporizes curcumin
crystals and releases any solvents.
Why is GC-MS testing used?
Because it can be reliable for other herbs. Note that use of GC-MS for curcumin is not illegal, but un-approved, by USP/FDA. (USP sets the standards used by FDA.)
BIOMOR® CURCUMIN is tested using GC-HEADSPACE
Only GC-HEADSPACE is now approved by USP/FDA for testing curcumin because it vaporizes curcumin crystals and releases any solvents.
The toxicity problem is complicated by widespread use of GC-MS (Gas
Chromotography-Mass Spectrometry): an unreliable, outdated and
un-approved testing method for curcumin. Current USP/FDA standards no longer permit use of GC-MS to determine solvent residue in curcumin.
The approved standard is GC-HEADSPACE (Gas Chromotography Headspace):
but it is very expensive, not widely available, and many testing companies simply do not have access to the equipment
Only GC-HEADSPACE vaporizes curcumin crystals and releases any solvents.
GC-MS is un-approved for curcumin because GC-MS does not break or dissolve curcumin
crystals, so contaminants remain undetected. So, while GC-MS can be reliable for other herbal
extracts, curcumin is different because it undergoes crystallization during extraction and
solvents become trapped inside the curcumin crystals.
How Much Curcumin Can You Absorb?
Unfortunately, pure curcumin (including all known curcuminoids) is very poorly absorbed into your bloodstream after oral ingestion due to rapid metabolism in the liver and intestinal wall, and rapid systemic elimination.
Until recently, extremely high doses of curcumin were required to obtain desired blood levels. Scientists have long sought a more bioavailable form of curcumin to maximize curcumin's efficacy. In fact, most consumers may not realize many research studies achieved effective blood levels of curcumin by intravenous injections--directly into the veins. While it may be available in other parts of the world, injectable forms of curcumin are not sold in the United States.
Each capsule of BIOMOR® contains 500 mg of
Fast-Acting, Long-Lasting, Best-Bioavailable Curcumin
BIOMOR® Curcumin provides curcumin blood levels up to 800% greater than other standardized 95% curcumin (8) and 637% greater bioavailability than curcumin blended with piperine and lecithin. (9)
The good news is a new, patented (24) curcumin product dramatically increases blood plasma curcumin to levels not previously seen through oral supplementation. (This impressive rise in bioavailability is achieved without piperine.) The new curcumin relies upon a specific ratio of curcuminoids reconstituted with a high content of sesquiterpenoids (turmeric essential oil compounds).
This new, patented manufacturing technology increases absorption of curcumin up to a remarkable 800% greater than other standardized curcumin preparations. (8) (This superior bioavailability is achieved without piperine.)
Unlike other 95% curcumin/curcuminoid products which rely upon purification of curcuminoids, BIOMOR® Curcumin is formulated with components of turmeric normally removed during the extraction process. This proprietary formula thereby relies on the inherent synergy of turmeric's natural components to dramatically increase blood levels of curcumin. The manufacturing process is patented (24) and the subject of on-going clinical trials. (8)
A well-conducted single-dose human clinical study shows BIOMOR® Curcumin is up to 800% more bioavailable (in both absorption and sustainability over 8 hours) than conventional 95% curcumin extracts. (8)
Many commercial curcumin products include additives to increase bioavailability of curcumin. The most common additives, piperine and lecithin, are shown to spike blood levels of curcumin. (4, 9)
BIOMOR® Curcumin is manufactured using a proprietary blend of curcuminoids and essential oil compounds of turmeric. BIOMOR® Curcumin contains no piperine or lecithin.