As you have probably read, curcumin is not naturally well absorbed. Meriva combines Phytosome phosphatidylcholine with curcumin to improve absorption. When curcumin attaches itself to the phytosome, it passes through cell membranes very easily. It actually gets a ‘free pass’ into the bloodstream.
Meriva is 29 times more bioavailable than standard curcumin and we like that it absorbs 2x as fast! It is marketed primarily for inflammatory diseases since it has powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
For inflammatory diseases, Meriva has been shown to raise the levels of curcumin derivatives in blood even more than the levels of curcumin itself. (These derivatives also have powerful anti-inflammatory effects).
For side benefits, Meriva also helps defend against cancer due to curcumin’s antioxidant activity. Meriva is also used to lower the risk of heart disease and the negative effects of cholesterol on the body.
More detailed information on Meriva and another important anti-inflammatory, Theracurmin.