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I have always been aware and proud of the India’s pioneering expertise and research in healing and health. The increased acknowledgement and return to this health science Ayurveda in recent times is a matter of satisfaction too, while being provided its rightful place at the top. One of the Indian health science products that has gained prominence as a ‘superfood’ is turmeric, but we Indians can be pardoned our vanity, for it belongs to our category of ‘grandma’s home remedies’ apart from a constant presence in our recipes.

Medical science has admitted the efficacy of turmeric and further research has identified specific compounds in it with medicinal properties. These compounds are known as curcuminoids of which the most important and active ingredient is curcumin. Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant that finds use in many therapies.


If you think the turmeric bottle in the kitchen shelf is the answer, therein lies a catch. The curcumin content of turmeric is not that high, probably about 3%, by weight. Studies using turmeric extracts (mostly curcumin) revealed that dosages had to usually exceed 1 gram per day and such levels are difficult to achieve just using the turmeric spice in our foods. Ergo take a supplement that contains significant amounts of curcumin, to derive the full effects.

Understanding the fact that successful firms, belonging to different industry groups, are bound by a common thread: technological innovations to achieve superior performance, Arjuna invests valuable resources in R&D for sustainable development.



Enter Curcugreen (BCM-95), Arjuna Natural Extracts’ patented turmeric extract formulation containing curcuminoid mixture and added essential oil of turmeric. The company has been at the forefront of the development of use of turmeric in various ailments and indications including Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic disorders, inflammation, rheumatoid-and osteo-arthritis, diabetes, depression, cancer prevention and treatment, adjutant with chemotherapy and cancer radiation, liver and gastro intestinal diseases.

Curcugreen (BCM-95) is a trademark product with a comprehensive formulation of natural curcumin and ar-turmerone (an aromatic compound). We have a very active component in Ar Turmerone, which in combination with Curcumin helps make Curcugreen (BCM-95) more bio available and more bio active. What is noteworthy here is the great synergy between curcumin and Ar turmerone. Curcugreen (BCM- 95) thus has the most potent component of turmeric and the highest level of oral bioavailability.


This a pure, high-potency, whole-food ingredient is clean, natural, and safe to use is used as a supplement in the nutraceutical industry and used in food and supplements. It is suitable for hard and soft gelatin capsules, tablets, beverage, or candy and is free of class 1 or 2 solvents while involving low lead levels. It finds use as an independent supplement and also as an ingredient in other products. This 100% natural turmeric extract is available in water dispersible form too. I expect to see increased interest in the product among independent prescribed users and manufacturers of other food and health products with curcumin as an ingredient.


Curcugreen (BCM-95) has the edge over its competitors and has no substitute, as any market watcher in this area would reveal. For one, it does not contain any non-turmeric components or any kind of harmful and hazardous synthetic enhancers, plasticizers, Polyvinylpyrrolidone or other toxic content. Curcugreen (BCM-95) is the world’s most bioactive turmeric extract that features a proprietary blend of curcuminoids and essential oil of turmeric. In terms of its performance and efficacy, many clinical studies have pointed out and commended its enhanced oral bioavailability and retention of curcumin in blood plasma even after eight hours.

I have come across literature that suggested that other formulations may contains non turmeric ingredients like piperine, lecithin, and other chemicals. Some of these formulations show increased bioavailability but it is not due to a rise in the unchanged free curcumin levels in the plasma but due to the presence of an increased level of its metabolites like glucuronides and sulfates. I would like to know your views on this while my opinion supports the non-usage of such metabolites.


The efficacy of this product has been scientifically documented by preclinical and human clinical trials. Published clinical studies in national and international journals numbering more than 50 vouch for the product while more than 20 peer reviewed publications and 46 patents worldwide support the immense value of the product and its uncompromised focus on safety.
Some of the other specific here include:
• Potent anti-inflammatory property even at low doses
• Proven safe by detailed toxicity studies
• Affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) certification by the US Food and Drug
• Administration (FDA), confirming the safety profile of Curcugreen (BCM-95), and as a trusted, clean brand for use in medical foods at a dose of 500 mg, twice a day
• High ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity –a lab test to quantify the total antioxidant capacity)
• Grant of ‘No Questions’ response letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to confirm the complete safety of Curcugreen (BCM-95) as an all-natural, clean and trusted brand of curcumin.

So much for the product details and advantages. Now some more reason to commend and choose the product and the company. The company Arjuna Natural Extracts has invested in environment friendly technologies and the use of solar power at the manufacturing facility at Coimbatore. An efficient product made at an energy efficiency plant, if ever there was one.

The company also has complete transparency and traceability of Curcugreen (BCM-95)’s supply chain, from farm to finished supplement, thus ensuring a pure, clean, and safe product. It practices and supports sustainable farming practices while subjecting the entire process to the stringent quality control standards, from sourcing raw material sourcing on to the manufacturing process.


The company has been unique and noteworthy for its products, processes and achievements so far. I see interesting times ahead, given the prospects, potential and capabilities. Sure you would share the same enthusiasm about an Indian company, providing an ‘Indian’ product with such high levels of accomplishment, with room for more. Would like to know your views, comments and doubts and would appreciate you writing to me at

Dr. Merina Benny
Organic Extract & Health Supplement Specialist

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