Warning: Widespread Use of Toxic Solvent Found in Curcumin
Warning: Widespread Use of Toxic Solvent Found in Curcumin

Widespread Use of Toxic Solvent Found in Curcumin

"Curcumin extract with an EDC amount less than 5 ppm is not easily found (in the marketplace).”

—SOURCE: "Toxic Solvent Found in Curcumin Extract,"
Integrative Medicine, 2010;9:5(Oct/Nov). (24)

Shocking data shows widespread contamination of curcumin products with a Class-1 residual solvent known as EDC (1,2-dichloroethane). Integrative Medicine published a study which found EDC contamination in finished curcumin products. The researchers said the problem is so widespread that “curcumin extract with an EDC amount less than 5 ppm is not easily found.” (24)

According to the Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of the Department of Health and Human Services, the potential health effects of exposure to the Class-1 solvent at levels above 5 ppm (parts-per-million) are:

Why would companies use harmful solvents?

To lower manufacturing costs. Using EDC results in a much higher yield of curcumin.

The problem is further complicated because an unapproved testing method is often used so toxins remain undetected and blindly pass through GMP standards. (GMP is the minimum legal requirement for supplements manufactured in the USA.) So, uninformed manufacturers and retailers may not even realize their curcumin products contain unsafe solvents.

Facts Consumers need to know about Curcumin

  1. Which testing methods are available for herbal extracts?
    • GC-MS (Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry)
    • GC-HEADSPACE (Gas Chromatography Headspace)
  2. How should curcumin be tested?
  3. Why don't all manufacturers use the correct method?
    • COST. GC-HEADSPACE is far more expensive than GC-MS.

Deprecated Testing Method Fails to Reveal Toxic Solvent Residue

Why is the wrong testing method commonly used?

To save money. It's important to note that use of GC-MS for curcumin is not illegal but merely un-approved by the USP/FDA.

GC-MS is reliable for many other herbal extracts. And, use of GC-MS testing for curcumin was acceptable years ago but has been deprecated by the USP because they found GC-MS fails to dissolve curcumin crystals and contaminants remain undetected.

GC-HEADSPACE vaporizes curcumin crystals and is therefore the reliable and approved for testing curcumin.

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) sets the standards used by the Food and Drug Association (FDA).

GC-HEADSPACE is the only FDA-approved method for testing curcumin.

  • GC-HEADSPACE is approved by USP/FDA for curcumin because it vaporizes curcumin crystals and releases any solvents.
  • GC-MS is un-approved by USP/FDA for curcumin because GC-MS cannot breakdown or dissolve curcumin crystals, so contaminants remain undetected.

GC-MS testing fails to dissolve curcumin crystals and contaminants remain undetected.

BIOMOR® Curcumin is tested using GC-HEADSPACE to confirm purity and safety—always exceeding current USP/FDA standards.

NO EDC: No Toxic Solvents Ever Used in BIOMOR Curcumin

Validated by patents and published clinical trials,
BIOMOR® Curcumin is the name you can trust for the best curcumin.
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