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How Is Curcumin Extracted From Turmeric?

Why curcumin extract is required?

When you talk about the health benefits of turmeric, it is actually turmeric curcumin that you are talking about. Consuming fresh or dry turmeric is good for your health but if you are planning to use it for some specific disease then you will be required to regulate the dosage according to your body requirements.

Many studies have been done on the health benefits of curcumin, and it is used as a preventative and a cure for many diseases and health problems. Curcumin has been used to help heal wounds (in much the same way as aloe vera), to treat sprains, to treat arthritis, to help beat depression, to help prevent Alzheimer’s, to reduce the possibility of heart attacks, and against kidney and liver problems, diabetes, gastric problems, and gallstones, to name just a few.

However, there are two problems with curcumin, one of which is that it only makes up about 3% - 5% of the root of the plant. This means that you would have to consume a considerable amount of the ground root – which is turmeric powder – in order to get meaningful quantities of curcumin into the system.

This means that in order to get pure curcumin in useful quantities it needs to be extracted from the root, which is what is done in the preparation of IshaPur. Indeed, IshaPur turmeric curcumin contains 95% pure standardized turmeric curcumin.

Curcumin is one compound that is bioactive and is one of the curcuminoids responsible for health benefits of turmeric.

The other problem with curcumin is that it is not readily bio-available. This is “science talk” for saying that it is not easily absorbed into the bloodstream on its own. In fact, if you just ingested pure curcumin, only about 3% of it would be absorbed.

This is why IshaPur contains extract of black pepper which has been proven to multiply the absorption rate of curcumin by no less than 2000%! So your IshaPur contains nothing other than pure curcumin extract plus extract of bioperene from black pepper, both contained in a vegetable cellulose capsule.

Though this root is meant to offer this medicinal benefits naturally, experts recommend to consume its extract to get maximum results.

That’s it. That is all there is in IshaPur.

It’s pure. It’s natural. But most importantly – it works!

How Does Curcumin Treat So Many Different Health Problems?

Many people ask how it is possible that curcumin can prevent and treat so many different health problems. That is a fair enough question and one that needs to be answered.

The fact is that curcumin works on multiple different levels.

Let’s take a quick look at cancer. This dreadful disease doesn’t just attack your body in one particular direction. Rather, it attacks you from several different directions at one and the same time.

If you have ever seen the film “The Alamo” which recorded one of  the events of the war between Texans and Mexicans in February and March 1836 this may start to make sense. The Alamo was a fort garrisoned by around 100 Texans and was attacked by Mexican General Santa Anna, beginning on February 23rd.

To start with, although Santa Anna had 1,500 men, the first skirmishes were slight. Santa Anna attacked from only one direction.

However, cutting a very long story short, after four days and nights of skirmishes Santa Anna had his men take a break, and the Alamo garrison snatched a few hours’ sleep – their first for four nights.

While this happened, Santa Anna had his men approach the fort from four different directions, and the rest is history. When he resumed his attack he was coming at the fort from all sides and the garrison was simply unable to deal with it.

This is exactly how cancer works – and many other diseases as well. It attacks on several different fronts at once.

The problem with many modern day treatments is that they are mono-directional. They are like the garrison in the Alamo looking only one way and they only fight back in that one direction. (In addition, in many instances they are extremely expensive). Many diseases attack on several different fronts at the same time and this is how they can overcome the body despite expensive medication.

So what has that to do with curcumin, you ask?

Curcumin is multi-directional. It fights back on many different fronts simultaneously. If the garrison at the Alamo had 1,500 men covering every direction the result would have been very different. Instead of being overwhelmed with every last man killed (Santa Anna had previously warned of taking no prisoners) the garrison would have very likely held out until the help they had sent for arrived.

This is the reason that curcumin can fight so many different conditions at the same time – and in the majority of cases can win! It is multi-directional!

How Do You Extract Curcumin From The Turmeric Plant?

This question would come to your mind naturally as it’s not very easy to separate the yellow colored pigments called curcumin from the turmeric root. Usually turmeric powder is used for this exercise as separation becomes very easy. It is possible to do it at home but only if you can control the temperature and use the solvent in prescribed form. 

Curcumin and curcuminoids are not water soluble and may require fat medium to dissolve or get absorbed. Even plain water would not be the correct solvent to dissolve curcumin and you will require solvents like ethanol or methanol. As we have seen, this contains only a small percentage of pure curcumin, so in order to extract it you can put the turmeric powder into ethanol solution and let it stand for day or two before filtering the solution.

Once you have done this you need to remove the solids which you can do by using a coffee filter. This leaves you with a liquid solution containing curcumin. You can then further reduce the solution by pouring it into a wide tray and letting it stand until most of the ethanol in the solution has evaporated. Dry it further by baking at 200°C until it is completely dry. It will probably look something of a gummy mess, but it is more enriched in curcumin.

The extracts available in the market already have additional compounds that would aid the absorption of curcumin into your body faster.

Of course, what you won’t know is what percentage of the product is curcumin. You won’t be able to calculate this accurately at home, but you can get an idea by buying some pure curcumin from a health store and making several different solutions of it using different quantities of water to dissolve it.

Note how much water you are using and stop when you get a solution that matches the color of your own home-made product. This will give you a rough idea of the percentage of curcumin in your own product, but it is only a very rough guide.

However, the foregoing is obviously not the way we do it at IshaPur. We extract curcumin from turmeric powder using a process called chromatography. We also know the precise quantity of curcumin in the finished product by using additional scientific equipment.

So the answer is – yes, you could make curcumin extract at home, but why go to all that trouble when the answer is sitting right here at IshaPur? All you need to do is to take one capsule twice a day after meals.

Just click on the big green “BUY” button at the top of the page to get a three month supply at a special discounted price!

How would you measure the curcumin concentration in the extract?

Once you have your curcumin solution ready, you may want to measure the concentration of curcumin in the solution. For this you would require pure curcumin extract that you can buy from market or get it via online ordering.

Add little water at a time to pure curcumin extract and you will get the solutions with different concentrations. Compare the color of homemade extract with the solutions you made from pure extract. Stop when the color of both the solutions match and note the amount of water you added to the solution as this will give you the percentage of curcumin in the solution. This way you may get rough idea about the concentration of curcumin in the solution you have made. 

Does this homemade curcumin extract work?

Homemade products are always trusted more than those available in the market and the reason is purity of product. In case of curcumin extract, there is some contradiction. While extracting this compound from turmeric, you will be using many synthetic solutions and heating process that would affect the natural composition of this chemical compound.

The manufacturers of pure curcumin extract may use advanced procedures and machines that separate curcumin from turmeric without affecting its natural form. The purity of the product is sealed and percentage of curcumin present in the solution is clear. The recommended dosage would be mentioned on the bottle, hence you will get faster results. 

Now when you know the health benefits offered by curcumin, you will be more interested in curcumin than turmeric and hence would try to extract this vital compound from the turmeric powder.

Bioavailability of turmeric curcumin is low and if you are using homemade curcumin extract without offering appropriate medium for absorption then your body will not get the benefit of this extract at all.

Hence, even if you have already learnt to extract curcumin from turmeric and have tried it at home, it is better to use the readily available pure curcumin extract as it will offer you the desired health benefits without any side-effects. You will have full control over the dosage of curcumin as this pure extract will mention the percentage of curcumin clearly as they have advanced testing techniques that you may lack at home.


Turmeric is the natural medicine for many health problems and that is the reason why more and more people are including this super spice in their health regime. This yellow colored rhizome has spiced up curries since centuries now as it has peculiar yellow color that brings flavor...