Turmeric and Curcumin are commonly confused and used interchangeably. It is important to clearly understand they are not the same when interpreting labels for effectiveness and quality of a product. Turmeric derived from stems of the plant curcuma longa and contains bioactive compounds known as curcuminoids. Curcumin is the most important biologically active phytochemical found in turmeric. Turmeric herb powder contains only 2% curcuminoids. It would take 250 grams to achieve the same therapeutic benefits.
Turmeric dramatically increases antioxidant capabilities and also stimulates the body's own antioxidant enzymes, in addition to neutralizing free radicals due to its chemical structure while enhancing the immune and nervous system.
Curcumin: Studies confirm the strong anti-inflammatory effects of this bioactive substance at a molecular level by targeting multiple steps in the inflammatory pathways. It reduces inflammation and pain by the ability to inhibit the cyclooxygenase enzyme 2 (COX-2) while maintaining COX-1 enzymatic function. COX-1 protects your horse's stomach lining.
Research from the United Kingdom and Germany indicate that curcumin significantly reduces the inflammatory pathways in horses. Studies have also indicated benefits for insulin resistant horses. Curcumin maintains a healthy liver by enhancing function: detoxification, bile flow and digestions, as well as showing significant positive signs to treat skin irritations and sarcoids (melanomas).
Pepper (piperine): For the best effectiveness, black pepper to increase the bioavailability and potency (up to 2000%).