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Special focus: Curcumin goes mainstream as science and consumer awareness build momentum

Special focus: Curcumin goes  mainstream as science and consumer awareness build momentum

It has been a good year for curcumin and turmeric with market growth of 26%, new studies supporting its potential health benefits, and increasing consumer awareness. In this special focus on curcumin, we look back at some of the hottest developments and news from the summer for the yellow pigment.

News in brief

Curcumin takes center stage, suppliers say

Sales of curcumin supplements are soaring. This perpetually almost-ready-for-prime-time ingredient has finally arrived, suppliers say.

Turmeric/curcumin supplement sales grow 26%, total herbal supplements sales top $6 billion for the first time

Sales of herbal dietary supplements with turmeric/curcumin as the primary ingredient grew by 26.2% in 2013 to take the top spot in the natural channel, says a new report published in the current issue of the American Botanical Council’s HerbalGram.

Study shows curcuminoids/piperine combo reduces knee osteoarthritis symptoms

Curcumin in combination with piperine is a safe and effective means of ameliorating the debilitating effects of knee osteoarthritis, according to a new study.

Sabinsa files patent infringement lawsuit against curcumin suppliers, distributors

Sabinsa Corp.  has filed patent infringement lawsuits against two Indian dietary supplement ingredient companies and their respective US distributors over the intellectual property connected to its Curcumin C3 Complex ingredient.

Science short

Curcumin reduces muscle soreness: Study

A proprietary curcumin extract can ease post-exercise muscle soreness caused by oxidative stress and inflammation, an Italian study has found.

Gaia Herbs CEO: ‘Our biggest driver is to continue to control the supply chain because a quality herbal product requires a quality herb’

The big three issues for botanicals of identity, adulteration, and solvent residue can be eliminated by controlling the supply chain from seed to shelf, says Ric Scalzo, CEO of Gaia Herbs

EuroPharma founder: Nobody has given curcumin the attention that we have

Booming consumer demand for curcumin is driving an innovative but highly competitive supplier landscape, but Terry Lemerond, founder & president of EuroPharma,Inc., says his company has never talked down the competition, preferring to talk up their own product’s extensive science portfolio.  

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