Supplements We Like: Longvida Curcumin

Longvida by Verdure Sciences is an award-winning curcumin supplement made by Neuroscientists at UCLA.  Why do we like it?  Curcumin is the wonder chemical found in turmeric that exerts antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer actives.  The problem is that taken orally, it is poorly absorbed and so not much gets into the body. Longvida is highly absorbable (bioavailable) AND crosses the blood-brain barrier.  This means that it gets to the brain, where all other curcumin products cannot.  So Longvida curcumin can have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on the brain.

Indeed, one randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in 2015 shows that Longvida improves cognitive function and mood by taking 2 grams per day.[1]

Another randomized control trial published in Aging in 2017 showed Longvida supplementation over 12 weeks improved resistance artery endothelial function by increasing vascular nitric oxide bioavailability and reducing oxidative stress.[2]

The best place to buy this is on Amazon through ProHealth for $59.  They occasionally offer an Amazon subscription that lowers it to $50. 



References

1. Cox KH, Pipingas A, Scholey AB. Investigation of the effects of solid lipid curcumin on cognition and mood in a healthy older population.  Journal of Psychopharmacology.  2015 May;29(5):642-51. 

2. Santos-Parker JR, Strahler TR, Bassett CJ, Bispham NZ, Chonchol MB, Seals DR. Curcumin supplementation improves vascular endothelial function in healthy middle-aged and older adults by increasing nitric oxide bioavailability and reducing oxidative stress.  Aging (Albany NY). 2017 Jan 3;9(1):187-208.



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