The American Botanical Council (ABC) recently published an ingredient-specific monograph on BCM-95® (also marketed as Curcugreen™), a proprietary patented extract made from the rhizome of the popular spice and medicinal plant turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae).
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 activities and health benefits.
Dietary supplements made from turmeric rhizome powder and concentrated and/or standardized rhizome extracts (often referred to in trade as “curcumin”) are some of the top-selling herbal dietary supplements in the United States and worldwide. Turmeric and curcumin were the top-selling dietary supplement ingredients 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 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. The BCM-95 monograph includes detailed descriptions of 13 human clinical trials and a table that summarizes them. 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 monograph was written 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.
“It is a pleasure to work with the American Botanical Council and to support its mission of educating the public about the science behind herbal medicine,” said Barrett. “The BCM-95 monograph is a snapshot in time of the scientific information on this 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 the published research that has been conducted on proprietary botanical ingredients like BCM-95 and 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 name, Curcugreen, is based on the environmentally sustainable production processes used to make it. “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 per year as part of their green initiative.
“The entire extraction process for BCM-95/Curcugreen uses 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 BCM-95 (Curcugreen) monograph is the fifth ingredient- or product-specific monograph published by ABC. Previous monographs can be accessed on the ABC website.
The 27-page document also contains a two-page Clinical Overview section that summarizes the therapeutic and clinical data on the extract. The publication was developed through 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, the manufacturer, importers, or distributors of the ingredient.