NEW: Carbon C14 Testing Guarantees ENI’s 95% Curcuminoid Extract
Since historical times, turmeric powder has been used as a high value culinary and medicinal ingredient and has been mixed with starches, chalk or other less expensive powders to reduce its cost.
Today, the estimated annual sales for turmeric dietary supplements exceed $70 million. This huge demand for the product, standardized to high levels curcuminoids, increases the incentive for spiking or adulterating the material – if money can be saved, and it can.
The Question: Real or Synthetic Curcuminoids?
The reality is that synthetic curcumin can be bought for less than $50/kg – about a third of what it costs to produce the real thing from turmeric root; so this can easily and cheaply be added to extracts to increase the curcuminoid level, and reduce production costs. In today’s market, a significant percentage of products contain synthetic curcuminoids.
Guaranteed Accuracy for Your Premium Product Line
Commonly used HPLC methods unfortunately do not detect the difference between synthetic and natural curcuminoids. However, a method is now available that tests the percentage of Carbon-14 measured in the sample (relative to a modern reference standard, NIST 4990C), and this determines if the curcuminoids in the sample are from a natural or synthetic source.
This method detects, with great accuracy, the percentage of any synthetic compound in the turmeric extract, and is now the most sophisticated method available to detect the presence of synthetic curcuminoids.
Every batch of Turmeric-C14 extract is mass spectrometer tested to assure against synthetic ingredients.