Longvida - SLCP curcumin (Solid Liquid Curcumin Particles), the ingredient of Optim Curcuma, is a patented formulation that enhances the absorption (bioavailability) of curcumin and thus its efficacy.
In this unique process to prepare this formulation, the curcumin is coated under specific conditions with lecithin (phospholipid) and steraric acid. This coating protects the curcumin during its passage through the stomach and the gut - and keeps the curcumin in its "free" form.
A non protected curcumin, for instance the one from a curcuma powder found in a food store, does not stay in its free form and is conjugated (associated) with other molecules (glucuronides), inhibiting its activity.
It thus important to maintain the curcumin in its free form to get the most of the health benefits of Turmeric.