Black Turmeric Extract
What Is It:
Black turmeric extract, Kaempferia parviflora, is one of nature’s richest sources of polymethoxylated flavonoids.
Historic and Ancient Usage:
Kaempferia parviflora, also known as Thai ginseng, is a medicinal plant found in tropical areas such as Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo Island, and Thailand. Its rhizome has been long used as folk medicine for many centuries. Among the Hmong hill tribe, black turmeric is widely believed to reduce perceived effort, improve physical work capacity, and prolong hill trekking. In Japan, black turmeric is said to help manage obesity and metabolic disorders and improve blood flow.
How It Works:
Polymethoxylated flavonoids (PMFs) from black turmeric directly target the circadian clock and also has a corresponding and robust improvement on metabolic activity. A properly functioning circadian clock is essential to optimal metabolism and weight management. PMFs are clock enhancing, small molecules shown specifically to increase the amplitude of the circadian wave.
Amplitude denotes the robustness of circadian oscillation, measured by the difference between peak and trough of the circadian cycle. Whereas dampened circadian amplitude has been shown to closely correlate with chronic diseases and aging.
Why It Matters:
The amplitude of the circadian wave is an indicator of the strength and robustness of our circadian rhythm. It is measured by the difference between the peaks and troughs of the circadian cycle. Dampened circadian amplitude has been shown to closely correlate with chronic diseases and aging. A well-functioning circadian cycle aids in the synchronization of our entire body system including with major organs like the heart, liver and brain. In addition, when our body is in sync, we are more likely to have the best sleep and experience optimal health by resisting stress, poor dietary choices and even the adverse effects of travel.
Black turmeric extract is:
- Dairy free
- Soy free
- Egg free
- Made without Gluten
- Self-affirmed GRAS
SCIENCE GEEK ALERT
Science Proves It:
Previous pharmacological studies of black turmeric have shown the following properties: anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antidepressive, anticholinesterase, antimicrobial, anticancer, antipeptic ulcer, cardioprotective, anti-obesity activity and aphrodisiac.
Recent studies showed a correlation of circadian amplitude reduction and metabolic dysfunction, consistent with human studies where blunted insulin secretion rhythm associates with increased risk for diabetes. PMFs were found to directly activate the receptors that regulate circadian amplitude. The area of small clock enhancing molecules is a very exciting emerging area of research and besides metabolic diseases, mood disorders, and aging, other chronic diseases such as neurodegenerative diseases have also been shown to correlate with dampened circadian amplitude or clock dysregulation.