Consumer's Guide to Curcumin and Turmeric

Toxic EDC Solvent Found in Curcumin Extracts




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.)



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The toxicity problem is complicated by widespread use of GC-MS (Gas Chromotography-Mass Spectrometry): an unreliable, outdated and un-approved testing method for curcumin.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 and technology.

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. Top

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. (4, 16)

Oral Curcumin Absorption

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.

500 milligrams of BIOMOR Curcumin is equivalent to up to 4,000 milligrams other curcumin 95 percent, and is equivalent to 3,185 milligrams of curcumin with piperine.

Each capsule of BIOMOR® contains 500 mg of
Faster-Acting, Longer-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)

Graph of BIOMOR Curcumin compared with Other Curcumin 95 percent extracts

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)

Graph of BIOMOR Curcumin compared with Curcumin 95 percent extract blended with piperine and lecithin.

A published cross-over human clinical study shows BIOMOR® Curcumin provides 637% greater bioavailability (absorption and sustainability over 8 hours) than curcumin blended with piperine and lecithin. (9)

NOTE: Experts advise against consuming more than 15 mg of piperine per day. See warnings about the piperine, click here.

BIOMOR® Curcumin is manufactured using a proprietary blend of curcuminoids and essential oil compounds of turmeric. BIOMOR® Curcumin contains no piperine or lecithin. Top

  • 4. Bharat, B.A., et al. "Curcumin--Biological and Medicinal Properties," Turmeric: The genus Curcuma; Medicinal and aromatic plants--industrial profiles, edited by Ravindran, P.N., et al. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2007.
  • 8. Benny, M., et al. Spice India: Vol. 19, No. 9, pp. 11-15, 2006.
  • 9. Antony, B., et al. "Evaluation of a novel bioenhanced curcumin," Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Jul-Aug, pp. 445-50, 2008
  • 16. Anand, P., et al. "Bioavailability of Curcumin: Problems and Promises," Mol. Pharmaceutics: 2007, 4(6), pp. 807-818: (Cytokine Research Laboratory and Pharmaceutical Development Center, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.)
  • 25. Liva, R. "Toxic Solvent Found in Curcumin Extract," Integrative Medicine, 9:5 Oct/Nov 2010.

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