Over the next 12 months, researchers at Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute (NICM) will independently investigate HydroCurc and its potential to reduce inflammation in the brain. They will study if the ingredient crosses the blood-brain barrier and shows anti-inflammatory activity to support brain health and enhance neurodegenerative processes in the brain.
Project investigator and NICM Postdoctoral Research Fellow Mitchell Low said, “managing chronic inflammation is a promising therapeutic approach in many age-related health conditions. Curcumin, from turmeric, is a well-known natural anti-inflammatory. However, it is not well absorbed into our bodies because it does not fully dissolve in water. Pharmako Biotechnologies developed a curcumin product, HydroCurc, that disperses well in water and is absorbed much better by our bodies than current forms of curcumin.”
Low continued, “the main aim of this study is to determine if the new form of curcumin passes the blood-brain barrier where its anti-inflammatory activity may have beneficial effects on common aging health conditions.”
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“This is a huge breakthrough for Pharmako and HydroCurc. This study would be one of the very first high-quality studies focused on how curcumin could positively affect brain health,” said Eric Meppem, co-founder at Pharmako Biotechnologies. “We are thrilled about this project with NICM and are eager to see the results.”