ABC Publishes Ingredient-Specific Monograph on BCM-95® (CurcugreenTM) Turmeric Rhizome/Curcumin Extract Preparation
Monograph summarizes pharmacological and clinical research on proprietary, patented curcumin extract
AUSTIN, Texas (March 19, 2019) — The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) announces the publication of its Ingredient-Specific Monograph on BCM-95® (also marketed as CurcugreenTM), a proprietary patented extract made from the rhizome of the popular spice and medicinal plant turmeric (Curcuma longa).
Turmeric rhizome (root) contains several biologically active compounds called curcuminoids with curcumin as the most prominent. BCM-95 is a unique preparation of standardized curcuminoids that is blended with the essential oil of turmeric, which, according to the manufacturer, assists in absorption of the preparation and enhances its biological activity and health benefits.
Dietary supplements made from turmeric rhizome powder and concentrated and/or standardized rhizome extracts (often referred to in the trade as “curcumin”) are some of the top-selling herbal dietary supplements in the United States and worldwide. Turmeric and curcumin extracts were the highest-ranked dietary supplement ingredients in retail sales in natural food retail outlets in the United States from 2013 to 2017, and the fifth top-selling ingredients in mainstream retail outlets in 2017 (the last year for which complete sales data are available).
BCM-95 is formulated by Arjuna Natural Ltd. of Kerala, India, in an environmentally sustainable manner and is exclusively distributed in the United States and Canada by EuroPharma USA of Green Bay, Wisconsin, for the natural food and health practitioner channels.
Clinical research on BCM-95 has examined its potential benefits for mental health, joint health, immune health, pain, and cancer chemoprevention. The BCM-95 monograph includes detailed descriptions of 13 human clinical trial publications and a table that summarizes these clinical trials. The monograph also reviews numerous pharmacological and toxicological studies, lists US and international patents, and contains 90 references. The BCM-95 extract preparation has a total of more than 50 published scientific and clinical studies, according to EuroPharma.
The information in the monograph was compiled and summarized by Marilyn L. Barrett, PhD, a research and consulting pharmacognosist, and was peer reviewed by various medicinal plant specialists with knowledge of turmeric and curcumin research.
“It is a pleasure to work with the American Botanical Council and to support their mission of educating the public on the science behind herbal medicine,” said Barrett. “The BCM-95 monograph is a snapshot in time of the scientific information on a proprietary extract of curcumin, and it is an indication of the ever-expanding scientific literature on herbal preparations.”
ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal commented: “A significant part of ABC’s research and educational mission is to acknowledge the clinical research conducted on specific commercial botanical ingredients and phytomedicinal products. ABC encourages and welcomes such research.
“Botanical ingredients and the products made from them can vary widely,” he continued, “due to the range of chemical compounds in plants, the processing methods used, and other variables. Accordingly, it is fitting for ABC to report to the public the published research that has been conducted on proprietary botanical ingredients like BCM-95 and to acknowledge companies’ investments in such research. This monograph can be a highly useful resource for health professionals, researchers, and others interested in the health benefits of turmeric.”
Terry Lemerond, founder and president of EuroPharma USA, explained that BCM-95’s other trademark, Curcugreen, is based on its environmentally sustainable production processes. “Our partners in India chose the name Curcugreen to reflect their ongoing sustainability efforts, which include exclusive use of solar power in the manufacturing process, rainwater harvesting, and cutting-edge waste purification treatment practices. They also plant up to 50 acres of trees a year as part of their green initiative.
“As another aspect of the green initiative, the entire extraction process for BCM-95/Curcugreen utilizes only food grade solvents,” Lemerond continued, “and there are absolutely no synthetic ingredients added to artificially affect absorption. BCM-95/Curcugreen relies on the patented turmeric essential oil process for both enhanced health benefits and improved absorption. BCM-95 contains only ingredients that are typically found in the rhizome (root) of the turmeric plant.”
Lemerond added: “We use BCM-95 in both our CuraMed and Curamin line of products because we believe it is the best in the world. Our relationship with our partners in India provides us with exclusivity in the retail health food and health care practitioner’s channel. We are very excited to see the compelling scientific information on BCM-95 (Curcugreen) curcumin gathered into this detailed monograph.”
The ABC “Proprietary Ingredient Scientific and Clinical Monograph for BCM-95®/CurcugreenTM Turmeric Rhizome Curcumin Extract Preparation” is the fifth Ingredient- or Product-Specific Monograph published by ABC. Previous monographs can be accessed on the ABC website.
The 27-page BCM-95 monograph publication also contains a two-page Clinical Overview section that summarizes the therapeutic and clinical data on the extract. The BCM-95 monograph was developed via an unrestricted educational donation by EuroPharma USA. ABC’s production and distribution of the monograph is for educational purposes only and is not an endorsement of the ingredient or products made from it, or the manufacturer, importers, or distributors of the ingredient.
About Arjuna Natural Ltd.
Arjuna Natural Ltd. is one of India’s leading manufacturers of botanical extracts. Established in 1989, the award-winning company has grown steadily and now sells products in more than 50 countries. The company has more than 75 international patents granted and over 50 patents pending. Arjuna’s highly advanced research and development unit has excelled in bringing innovative concepts in various fields of the production of botanical extracts. According to the company’s website, Arjuna’s state-of-the-art laboratory has been approved for in-house research by the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, since 2002. More information is available at www.arjunanatural.com.
EuroPharma, Inc. provides laboratory-tested dietary supplements and proprietary formulations worldwide. EuroPharma was founded by Terry Lemerond, who has more than 40 years of experience in the health food industry and was the first recipient of ABC’s Champion Award in 2015. In 2017, Lemerond was inducted into the New Hope Hall of Legends at Natural Products Expo West. EuroPharma’s CuraMed® and Curamin® turmeric formulas use clinically studied ingredients, including BCM-95® turmeric extract, for a variety of health benefits. More information is available at www.EuroPharmaUSA.com.