Sometimes, combining two nutrients together can have a greater effect than a single nutrient alone. Synergy is defined as the interaction or cooperation of two or more substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.
In this study, doctors combined a curcuminoid complex from turmeric with a boswellic acid extract from Indian frankincense. Men and women with osteoarthritis, aged 40 to 70, took a placebo, a curcuminoid complex alone, or a combination of 350 mg of curcuminoids plus 150 mg of boswellic acid three times per day. After 12 weeks, while the placebo group had not improved, those taking curcumin alone or the curcumin-boswellic acid combination (Curamin) scored better on physical function performance tests including morning stiffness, and limits to physical function. Only the curcumin-boswellic acid group reported improvement in joint pain.
Reference: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine; 2018, Vol. 18, No. 1, 7
This concept of synergy is often used in nutritional supplements, with positive results. Another example of a synergistic combination, with turmeric, or curcumin as its base is the product Turmeric Joint Synergy, in the Willner Chemists Photo-Tech? line.
Turmeric Joint Synergy is an herbal supplement designed to support healthy joints and reduce inflammation. It contains a synergistic blend of Turmeric, Devil's Claw, Willow, and Cat's Claw.
The Turmeric Root extract (95% curcuminoids) and Willow Bark extract (25% Salicin) provide relief from muscle and joint discomfort through support of the body's natural inflammatory process. Devil's Claw Root is a specific joint and connective tissue herb to promote a healthy inflammatory response. Cat's Claw Bark supports healthy joints and is adaptogenic. In addition, it contains Black Cohosh Root, which calms joint and muscle discomfort, Licorice Root, which supports the inflammatory system by balancing healthy cortisol levels, and Black Pepper extract facilitates absorption and promote healthy circulation.
The product is 100% vegetarian. All herbs are ecologically and ethically-wild harvested, organically grown or selectively imported at the peak of potency, processed in a facility that is GMP compliant, NSF GMP Certified and FDA registered. Kosher Parve. Dosage is one capsule, 2 times daily or as directed by a healthcare professional.
Ingredients: Black Pepper Extract, 5 mg. Other Ingredients: Modified Vegetable Cellulose.