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Turmeric has been used for thousands of years across Asia in traditional medicine and has a large body of evidence supporting its actions.

One of the most exciting areas of recent research is the action of turmeric once it is fermented. The active compounds within turmeric become far more bioavailable, have greater antioxidant activity and work on far more levels than standard turmeric. This year alone there are over 200 studies on tetrahydro-curcumin (THC), produced through the fermentation of turmeric. This supports the holistic approach of naturally activated food sources via fermentation, rather than the differing types of isolated curcumin concentrations and synthetic technologies.


Living Nutrition's own kefir fermented turmeric and ginger is shown to have a far greater influence on key inflammatory morkers compared to standard forms.

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The anti-oxidant effects of terahydrocurcuminoids (THCs) are far stronger compared to curcuminoids.

'The results obtained show that the tetrahydrocurcuminoids are in general much more efficient than their curcuminoid analogues...'

A comparative study on the antioxidant properties of tetrahydrocurcuminoids and curcuminoids
University of Bordeax, 2007

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Kefir fermented turmeric using natural methods contains a combination of curcumin and tetrahydrocurcumin (THC). This has a much wide range of actions across signalling pathways and body responses.

'From the findings reported in this review, it is clear that curcumin, the yellow component of turmeric, is metabolised to white THC and that these two compounds exhibit distinct activities.'

Curcumin Differs from Tetrahydrocurcumin for Molecular Targets, Signalling Pathways and Cellular Responses
Molecules 2015

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This study includes the theoretical considerations for taking THC into the clinical areas of where it may have particular therapeutic actions.

Degradation of curcumin: From mechanism to biological action - Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2015



'The results indicated that the fermentative turmeric possesses better bioavailability and in accordance with the concentrations of polyphenolic compounds..."

Study on enhanced absorption of phenolic compounds of Lactobacillus-fermented turmeric (Curcuma longa Linn.) beverages in rats. Food Science and Technology, 2012



THC and its use in cancer

'THC could be developed into a promising agent for cancer therapy in the future.'

Effects of tetrahydrocurcumin on hypoxia-inducable factor-1a and vascular endothelial growth factor expression in cervical cancer cell-induced angiogenesis in nude mice.

BioMed International research 2015

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'These results collectively provide therapeutic evidence that tetrahydrocurcumin ameliorates renal damage by regulating inflammation and apoptosis.'

Protective effect of tetrahydrocurcumin against cisplatin-induced renal damage: in vitro and in vivo studies. Planta Medica, 2015



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Today's quote

'Life’s truths cannot always be reduced to 12-point Times Roman.'

Sandor Katz, The Art of Fermentation