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Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.

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The Most BioAvailable Curcumin Formulas

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“Based on a review of these studies, it is evident that better bioavailability of formulated curcumin (CU) products is mostly attributed to improved solubility, stability, and possibly low first-pass metabolism.”

A search of the Pubmed database for the word curcumin yields 16,818 studies spanning health topics from multiple myeloma (MM) and colorectal cancer, to chemotherapy regimens that integrate with CU, to Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis and more.

Based on years of reading studies and personal accounts, I think it is safe to say that CU supplementation is safe and relatively inexpensive and effective.

I have read posts about myeloma patients taking daily doses of CU from 400 milligrams to 8 grams (1000 milligrams = 1 gram). By almost any measure, CU is a safe, inexpensive wonder drug.

The only challenge is that CU is famously difficult to absorb in the body. In other words, a person has to mix curcumin with some sort of fat (coconut oil, chocolate, etc.) or take a brand of curcumin capsule that is already formulated to be more “bioavailable” in order to derive the full benefit of CU.

The study linked and exerpted below reviews different formulations of CU. The study itself lists the three most bioavailable formulation/brand of CU and I’ve added an excerpt from a further review from Consumerlab.com that lists four additional bioavailable brands of CU.

I consult the independent evaluation service Consumerlab.com frequently. For one low annual payment, I can read about and evaluate all of the nutritional supplements that I take.

The challenge for every myeloma patient is to achieve the deepest, longest remission possible while sustaining the least amount of collateral damage (side effects) possible. Numerous studies document the anti-MM and integrative efficacy of curcumin.

This link is to the Google search page for “curcumin in myeloma.” Whether it is an article authored by Pat Killingsworth or Margaret from Margaret’s Corner, or PubMed, curcumin is documented to be both cytotoxic to myeloma in addition to being “integrative”  or enhancing the action of Velcade, Revlimid, and Thalidomide.

A common question asked by multiple myeloma patients considering supplementing with curcumin is about the daily dose.

Unfortunately, I have several possible answers:

  • The research into MM and curcumin usually refers to a “time and dose dependent manner.” Meaning, the more curcumin the patient takes, the more MM cells are killed.
  • I read about patients with active MM taking doses at many different amounts, from 1 gram a day up to 8 grams a day.
  • For comparison, I take 400 milligrams. My MM is not active therefore I take a maintenance dose. To clarify, 1000 milligrams = 1 gram.

David Emerson

  • Myeloma Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Curcumin

CU is a bright yellow chemical produced by some plants. It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric (Curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is sold as an herbal supplement, cosmetics ingredient, food flavoring, and food coloring.[1]

Turmeric curcumin benefits

“Are you looking for a way to boost every facet of your health with a single spice? It sounds crazy, but turmeric curcumin with BioPerine may be the magic supplement we’ve been seeking. Turmeric benefits the body and mind in more ways than you can imagine. Similar to bone broth, turmeric impacts almost every facet of life. Over 10,000 peer-reviewed and clinical studies support using turmeric for better health…”

Bioavailable curcumin formulations: A review of pharmacokinetic studies in healthy volunteers.

“Curcumin is a widely studied natural compound which has shown tremendous in vitro therapeutic potential. Despite that, the clinical efficacy of the native CU is weak due to its low bioavailability and high metabolism in the gastrointestinal tract. During the last decade, researchers have come up with different formulations with a focus on improving the bioavailability of curcumin. As a result, a significant number of bioavailable curcumin-based formulations were introduced with the varying range of enhanced bioavailability.

The purpose of this review is to collate the published clinical studies of CU products with improved bioavailability over conventional (unformulated) CU. Based on the literature search, 11 curcumin formulations with available human bioavailability and pharmacokinetics data were included in this review. Further, the data on clinical study design, analytical method, pharmacokinetic parameters and other relevant details of each formulation were extracted.

Based on a review of these studies, it is evident that better bioavailability of formulated curcumin products is mostly attributed to improved solubility, stability, and possibly low first-pass metabolism. The review hopes to provide a quick reference guide for anyone looking information on these bioavailable curcumin formulations.

Based on the published reports,

exhibited over 100-fold higher bioavailability relative to reference unformulated CU. Suggested mechanisms accounting for improved bioavailability of the formulations and details on the bioanalysis methods are also discussed.”

According to Consumerlab.com:

“Novasol has the highest bioavailability (185 x compared to unforumulated CU), followed by Curcuwin (136 x), Longvida (100 x), Meriva (48 x), BCM-95 (27 x), Curcumin C3 Complex + Bioperene (20 x), and then Theracumin (16 x).”



CU enhances the cytotoxic and chemo-sensitizing effects of lenalidomide in human multiple myeloma cells

Background: CU, the active component of the Curcuma longa plant, has been shown to potentiate the effect of the immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs) thalidomide and Bortezomib against human myeloma cell lines and a nude mice model…

Conclusion: CU exerts a cytotoxic effect additive to that of lenalidomide on H929 myeloma cells, and it also enhances the chemo-sensitizing effects of this agent.

Curcumin induces cell death of the main molecular myeloma subtypes, particularly the poor prognosis subgroups.

“Multiple myeloma (MM), a plasma cell malignancy, remains incurable despite the development of new therapies. CU anti-tumor effects were previously characterized in multiple myeloma, however only few MM cell lines were included in these studies.

Since myeloma is a heterogeneous disease it is important to address the impact of myeloma molecular heterogeneity in CU cell death induction.

In the present study, a large panel of human myeloma cell lines (HMCLs) (n = 29), representing the main molecular MM subgroups, was screened for CU sensitivity. We observed that CU cell death induction was heterogeneous, of note 16 HMCLs were highly sensitive to CU (LD50 < 20.5 μM), 6 HMCLs exhibited intermediate LD50 values (20.5 μM ≤ LD50 < 32.2 μM) and only 7 HMCLs were weakly sensitive (35 < LD50 < 56 μM).

Cell lines harboring the t(11;14) translocation were less sensitive (median LD50 32.9 μM) than non-t(11;14) (median LD50 17.9 μM), which included poor prognosis t(4;14) and t(14;16) cells.

Interestingly, CU sensitivity was not dependent on TP53 status. For the first time we showed that primary myeloma cells were also sensitive, even those displaying del(17p), another poor prognosis factor. We also unravel the contribution of anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family molecules in CU response.

We found that down-regulation of Mcl-1, an essential MM survival factor, was associated with CU-induced cell death and its knockdown sensitized myeloma cells to CU, highlighting Mcl-1 as an important target for CU-induced apoptosis. Altogether, these results support clinical trials including CU in association with standard therapy.”

Highly Bioavailable Forms of Curcumin and Promising Avenues for Curcumin-Based Research and Application: A Review

“Curcumin exerts a wide range of beneficial physiological and pharmacological activities, including

  • antioxidant,
  • anti-amyloid,
  • anti-inflammatory,
  • anti-microbial,
  • anti-neoplastic,
  • immune-modulating,
  • metabolism regulating,
  • anti-depressant,
  • neuroprotective and tissue protective effects.

However, its poor solubility and poor absorption in the free form in the gastrointestinal tract and its rapid biotransformation to inactive metabolites greatly limit its utility as a health-promoting agent and dietary supplement. Recent advances in micro- and nano-formulations of curcumin with greatly enhanced absorption resulting in desirable blood levels of the active forms of curcumin now make it possible to address a wide range of potential applications, including pain management, and as tissue protective…”

 

 

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Jason says a couple of months ago

Oh, sorry. I have one more question. How would one know when to reduce the intake of curcumin to “maintenance dose”? Thanks.

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    David Emerson says a couple of months ago

    Hi Jason- there is no set time, no set dose of curcumin that I know of. It is up to the patient to decide. I dose the way I do because I am in complete remission.

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Jason says a couple of months ago

Hi Mr Emerson, you mentioned that you are currently taking only 400mg of curcumin (maintenance dose). May I know what dosage were you taking when you first started taking curcumin? And may I know how long were you on this dosage before reducing it to 400mg? Thanks, sir.

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    David Emerson says a couple of months ago

    Hi Jason- I’ve always taken only one capsule, 400 mg of LEF Curcumin Elite- When I began supplementing with curcumin, the idea of mega dosing (2,4,6,8 GRAMS) was not a thing. At least I don’t remember it being a thing. Studies have since been conducted with larger doses but I have remained at one capsule a day aka 400 mg.

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Jason says a few months ago

Hi Mr Emerson, hope you are well. I have a question about curcumin supplements. Now, you take curcumin from Life Extension while Margaret (from Margaret’s Corner) takes hers from Dr Best. But base on bioavailability, is it not better to buy those with huge bioavailability, like Novasol, curcuwin etc?

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    David Emerson says a few months ago

    Hi Jason- I am well, thanks. I can’t speak for Margaret but I supplement with the LEF curcumin formula with both a highly bioavailable formula for curcumin but also ginger and tumerones. I am in remission, meaning my MM is not active. My dose is a maintained does (400 mg) and I believe that both ginger and tumerones benefit me. David

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      Jason says a few months ago

      Hello Mr Emerson, thanks for your prompt reply. Much appreciated. Based on your description of the LE product, you are taking “Advanced Curcumin Elite™ Turmeric Extract”, right? All this while, I thought you were taking LE’s “super bio curcumin”. May you have a wonderful day ahead, Mr Emerson

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        David Emerson says a few months ago

        You’re correct Jason- I used to take SuperBio Curcumin. I switched a few years ago. Curcumin formulas have changed a lot these past years.

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Jason says a few months ago

Hi Mr Emerson, are there tell-tale signs or blood test that can be done to determine whether the type of curcumin one is taking is effective? Thanks, Mr Emerson. Take care and stay safe.

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    David Emerson says a few months ago

    Hi Jason- Good question. The test linked below identifies curcumin in the blood and in the blood for x hours. Not how much curcumin is in the blood. In other words, the test does not tell you how much of the curcumin taken (the formula) gets into the blood.

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