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Radiocarbon Test Analyzes Curcumin Profile

August 17, 2011

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Radiocarbon Test Analyzes Curcumin Profile

GREEN BAY, Wis.The University of Georgia developed a test to identify synthetic curcumin based on radiocarbon-dating analysis. This test shows if the material corresponds to fossil fuel-derived material, which would signify synthetic curcumin. The test can also show if a product is partially natura,l but also contains synthetic curcumin; results will show a percentage that corresponds to fossil fuel and the percentage that does not.

Carbon dating has previously been used in paleontology to determine the age of ancient organic compounds by measuring the release of carbon isotopes over time. Since petroleum is an ancient carbon-based substance, it releases carbon isotopes that are detectable in the test. Natural curcumin does not release carbon isotopes in this manner.

Several lots of curcumin have been tested at the University of Georgia to calibrate its testing methodology to assure accuracy. The next step is to test commercial products to determine the breadth of synthetic curcumins penetration into natural products. According to Terry Lemerond, founder and CEO of EuroPharma Inc., testing is set to begin in September 2011. EuroPharma, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of BCM-95® curcumin products in the United States through both the health food store and professional distribution channels. 

Curcumin is an extract of the herb turmeric prized for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. 

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