Thursday, November 17, 2011

Confusion regarding Longvida Curcumin

There were some posts on several DS email groups regarding some comments Teresa Cody had made about Longvida Curcumin at the Orlando CMF (Changing Minds Foundation) conference. It was said that she stated that you could take Curcumin with Phosphatidylcholine (PC) and get the same results as Longvida Curcumin (LC).

I emailed Teresa Cody and asked her about this, because saying something along those lines is very misleading. This is her response, which I thought was beneficial to share,

No, I did not say that.  I said that Longvida combined curcumin with Phosphatidylcholine and that is what gets it across the BBB.  I read it on their site a few years ago.  Now instead of telling you what is in it, they say it is a proprietary mixture, or something like that.  I was just telling everyone that they needed PC combined with the curcumin to make it work, so just taking curcumin by itself won't do the same thing.  I use Longvida myself.  I wasn't telling them not to use it.  I'm not sure where they got that.
Longvida's site does explain the mechanism how LC works. But, I thought it would also be good to share just a little more information regarding this, in case others believe they may get the same result with just giving any Curcumin and PC.

A mom to a little girl with DS, Liora P., asked Verdue Sciences about this concern and the response is below. I have also linked to the PDF study which was sent that shows what is answered. .
Longvida is not a simple mixture of curcumin and phospholipids  Longvida is made with a patent-pending technology (Solid-Lipid Curcumin Particle or SLCP) that is a precise complex which includes phospholipids and other lipids and factors that are critical to its bioavailability and activity.

During development of Longvida a curcumin-phospholipid mixture was tested and it was not much of an improvement.  In fact, commercial versions of simple curcumin-phospholipid mixtures do not result in any free curcumin in blood, only the inactivated curcumin glucuronide which does not pass the BBB.  Attached is a study which shows that.
Link to study:

I hope this will clear up any confusion anyone might have.

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