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Abbott Labs Develops A Way To Make Curcumin Useful As Dietary Supplement

November 30, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Though the yellow compound curcumin found in turmeric has been shown to have health benefits, especially in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis applications, it is not bioavailable because it is insoluble in water. To solve that problem, Abbott Laboratories developed a curcuminoid formulation that uses phosphatides and dextrins to improve oral bioavailability. The company’s global patent application says the chemicals can be used in food-grade applications because they have been approved by regulatory agencies, a stumbling block for other attempted remedies. The patent application said that its blend of curcuminoids, dextrins, and phosphatides “significantly increased” the aqueous solubility of the curcuminoid. 
Kacey Culliney, "Abbott Labs Develops ‘Better Bioavailability’ Curcuminoid Blend", NUTRAingredients-USA.com, November 30, 2017, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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