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Comparative pharmacokinetics of new curcumin preparations and evidence for increased bioavailability in healthy adult participants

Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2022 Oct 24. doi: 10.5414/CP204257. Online ahead of print.


OBJECTIVE: Theracurmin, which contains the curcumin composition, CR-033P, has been demonstrated to be highly bioavailable. To compare the pharmacokinetics of the three compositions, CR-033P, CR-043P using modified starch as an alternative to the dispersant gum ghatti used in the CR-033P, and TS-P1 containing the newly developed amorphous curcumin, a randomized double-blind crossover study (3-way, 3-period) was conducted.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A single dose of the curcumin capsules (TS-P1 45 mg, CR-033P 90 mg, and CR-043P 90 mg) was administered to healthy adult participants. Blood sampling was performed 24 hours after capsule administration, and the plasma concentration of total curcumin was determined using high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry.

RESULTS: TS-P1 and CR-043P tended to have a slightly lower area under the concentration time curve (AUC) 0-24h than CR-033P, while TS-P1 displayed bioequivalence to CR-043P. Further, TS-P1 displayed bioequivalence to CR-033P in terms of AUC0-12h, while that of CR-043P tended to be lower than that of CR-033P. TS-P1 had a higher AUC0-12h than CR-043P. A statistically significant difference (p < 0.001) was found between the preparations in terms of Cmax. TS-P1 tended to have a higher Cmax than CR-033P, CR-043P tended to have a slightly lower Cmax than CR-033P, and TS-P1 tended to have a higher Cmax than CR-043P.

CONCLUSION: The newly developed TS-P1 composition seemed to display similar curcumin systemic exposure except for a higher plasma concentration than the CR-033P composition. Further, only a few significant differences were found between CR-043P and CR-033P.

PMID:36278294 | DOI:10.5414/CP204257

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