Top 10 Turmeric Supplements and Powders for Health and Healing

Turmeric Supplements

What is turmeric

What is Turmeric Root?

People are asking, “just what is tumeric?”  Or, “what is tumeric root?”  Neither question is actually correct. Firstly, turmeric \TUR-mer-ik\ is spelled and pronounced with an “r” in the first syllable. Secondly, it is technically not a root, but rather a whole plant with plump root-like underground structures called rhizomes which are quite similar to the more commonly known ginger rhizome.

Turmeric comes from the Curcuma Longa plant, an herbaceous perennial native to southern Asia and member of the ginger family.  To create the commonly used turmeric powder, plants are harvested annually, the rhizomes are boiled for about forty-five minutes and then dried and ground into powder.

Perhaps you are aware that turmeric is the spice which gives mustard its signature yellow hue and is the key ingredient used in the preparation of curry, but these are just two of the most common uses of this pleasantly aromatic and healthful spice.

Turmeric’s deep golden orange pigment results from three distinct chemical compounds, 1) diferuloylmethane, 2) demethoxycurcumin, and 3) bisdemethoxycurcumin, which together comprise the curcuminoid complex.  Curiously, diferuloylmehtane is the only one not containing the word curcumin in its name and yet it is the one commonly known as curcumin and the one most studied for medicinal value. Having said that, it is now believed that the entire curcuminoid complex, as well as the many other compounds native to the whole plant, act in concert to produce turmeric’s amazing range of benefits.

Used throughout Asia for centuries as a culinary spice, food coloring, clothing dye and gentle but effective natural medicine, turmeric is now well known and widely used throughout the world. Sometime during the middle ages Europeans began calling turmeric Indian saffron due to its widespread use as a lower cost alternative to real saffron for food coloring and flavor enhancement.

Most relevant to our study of this wonderful plant is that literally thousands of empirical studies have shown it to be comparable or superior to many so-called ethical drugs in a broad array of medicinal applications.  However, as with most natural remedies, turmeric enjoys an enormous advantage over synthetic pharmaceuticals in that there are no known harmful side effects. It is generally known to be safe if taken orally, applied directly to the skin or used in an enema. However, some may experience nausea, stomach cramps, dizziness or loose bowel movements with extensive use.  If planning to undergo surgery one should curtail usage 14 days prior as it could inhibit blood clotting.

Turmeric is perhaps best known for its effectiveness in the fight against bodily inflammation. Perhaps most interesting to some is turmeric’s powerful anti-aging properties resulting from its function as a free radical scavenging antioxidant. But to be sure, it is also renown for effective healing properties in treating fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, atherosclerosis, diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, jaundice, toothache, menstrual pain, bruising, urinary tract infections, inflammatory bowel syndrome, cystic fibrosis and even depression and cancer.

Honestly, the spectrum of medicinal uses for turmeric are too numerous to recount in this introduction, but over time the Turmeric Guru will be updating this site with helpful culinary tips, scientific evidence and common wisdom supporting this amazing plant’s multitude of benefits.

Because of its vast array of beneficial properties turmeric has become extremely popular and can now be found in many forms ranging from teas and juices to powders and supplements, all purchasable online.  In support of your research on healthful living, the Resources section of this site will be releasing synopses of the many studies providing evidence of this remarkable plant’s remedial and curative properties.

Why choosing the right turmeric supplement is important.

One could be forgiven for thinking a quick trip to the supermarket would suffice in fulfilling one’s turmeric needs.  Yes, turmeric can be purchased in the spice section of your local grocer, but caution is advised as these products are difficult, if not impossible, to research. Several lesser-known store brands have recently been recalled by the FDA due to metals contamination.  Many of these white label brands are of a potency insufficient to produce medicinal value unless used in very large quantity, and the use of fillers, binders, preservatives and other adulterative ingredients is not uncommon.

To maximize absorption and effect turmeric must be ingested in proper form and quantity. The efficacy of raw turmeric in its natural form is actually not very high. Munching a fresh turmeric rhizome, in addition to being a rather distasteful and unsightly demonstration, would not provide health benefits comparable to high quality oral supplements and culinary powders that are scientifically formulated for maximum bioavailability and optimal concentration of active compounds.

The Turmeric Guru has been a well satisfied daily user of supplemental and culinary turmeric powder for many years, and in this blog we will attempt to assist and educate you in your quest toward enjoying the many benefits of turmeric, which we know to be true.  But please understand that quality ingredients, proper formulations and clean manufacturing processes are critical if one is to safely and effectively use this miraculous natural plant on a regular basis.

The good news is this: procuring safe and effective turmeric supplements and powders has never been easier.  However, the vast array of formulations now available has an ironic downside making the selection process sometimes confusing or even overwhelming.

A multitude of turmeric-curcumin variations now exists, all claiming properties and benefits that are difficult to verify.  This is where the Turmeric Guru can be of assistance.  While we do not claim to have tried them all, at least not yet, we have tried a lot!  And we sincerely hope this blog can help you in your investigative journey.

In this blog we have assembled a constantly evolving guide to the factors one should consider when choosing a turmeric supplement or culinary spice in powder form.  We will summarize product features, user reviews, personal experience and objective empirical studies which should help you use your critical thinking skills and power of discernment to evaluate the many options that are available.

Based on the enormous body of scientific evidence and personal experience there is no reason why everyone should not be consuming some form of this amazing natural plant on a daily basis as either a supplement or culinary spice.  The evidence of its preventive and curative properties is just too great to ignore.  Scientists often speak of discovering miracle drugs or miracle cures, but never seem to have any real success.  Perhaps the miracles we seek have been freely given to us by our Creator and reside in the multitude of truly miraculous plants with which we share this world.

How to determine which turmeric-curcumin supplement is right for you. 

  • Regarding purity: seek products that have been certified organic by an acknowledged organization like the USDA.  This guarantees the product has been tested and has passed rigorous standards of chemical-free cultivation and purity in manufacturing.  In Australia seek the NASAA Certified Organic and the Australian Certified Organic labels.
  • Regarding strength: Although there is some disagreement over the actual benefit of the claim “95% standardized curcuminoids” or “standardized to 95%” it is believed to be worthy of consideration when making comparisons.
  • Seek products guaranteeing no GMOs, fillers, binders or preservatives.
  • Confirm the product is manufactured in the USA, Europe or Australia under certified Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) to provide additional assurance of quality and purity.
  • Consider supplements formulated for higher bio-availability offering enhanced absorption.  Black pepper and BioPerine (an all natural black pepper fruit extract) are commonly added for this purpose.  If improperly prepared much of ordinary turmeric, whether in supplement or culinary form, will be excreted by the digestive system before it can be fully absorbed.
  • The chemical composition of curcumin can be negatively disrupted by bonding with any freely available metallic ions.  Because of this property, curcumin products have occasionally been known to contain traces of metal contamination, and several supermarket brands have recently been recalled by the FDA for this reason.  Although this risk is not particularly high, it is better to be selective and safe than sorry, so it is recommended to avoid white label store brands.

 

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Product Name

Price

Rating

  Schwartz Bioresearch Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine  $$  4.8/5
   NatureWise Organic Curcumin Tumeric  $$  4.8/5
   Doctor Danielle Organic Curcumin with Bioperine  $$  4.7/5
  Nutrition Essentials Turmeric Curcumin  $  4.6/5
   Divine Bounty Turmeric Curcumin with BioPerine Black Pepper Extract $$  4.7/5
 Incredipure Turmeric Curcumin Supplement w/ BioPerine  $  4.6/5
  VitaBreeze Turmeric Curcumin Complex with Black Pepper Extract  $$$  4.7/5
  Elite Choice Nutrition Organic Turmeric Curcumin Extract  $$  4.8/5
   Helix Health Source Turmeric Curcumin Ginger Capsules $$$  4.8/5
   NutriDime Turmeric Curcumin Ginger Capsules  $$$  4.6/5

Selected Mini-Reviews on Turmeric Supplements

Schwartz Bioresearch Turmeric Curcumin with BioPerine

Features 

  • 95% standardized curcuminoids
  • 500mg organic turmeric-curcumin complex per capsule
  • All natural, no GMOs, fillers, binders, preservatives or artificial colors
  • Vegetable based capsule using no animal products
  • Gluten-free with BioPerine (black pepper fruit extract) for enhanced bioavailability
  • Doctor formulated
  • Made in the USA under GMP standards and third party tested

A number of online reviews by verified purchasers have confirmed that this supplement is helpful in alleviating pain resulting from arthritis, neuropathy and other causes, and has significantly reduced visible and painful bodily inflammation.

Users have praised this supplement for relieving constant shoulder pain suffered after undergoing major reconstructive surgery.  One claimed this supplement was the only thing that alleviated his pain and attributed his vastly improved joint mobility to its use.

This supplement is also credited with reducing inflammation and pain resulting from osteoarthritis and osteoporosis by an individual who had been diagnosed with both.  The reviewer felt fortunate to have a doctor who recommended this particular supplement and gave it five stars. After about 3 months of intake it was claimed that pain and inflammation gradually disappeared.

Suffering from menstrual difficulties such as incapacitating dysmenorrhea or clots?  One customer’s testimony confirmed this supplement helps alleviate clotting caused by her menstrual period in addition to recurring pelvic pain which went away within two months of regular use.

Turmeric Curcumin with BioPerine can also help with sports injuries, as one user claimed this product made a significant positive difference in his recovery from a running injury.

The Turmeric Guru has used this supplement to excellent effect in helping alleviate various health issues including fibromyalgic pain and inflammation resulting from an autoimmune disorder.  In addition to this and other uses listed above users have commented on having success alleviating migraine headaches and even allergies.

Overall, 8 out of 10 reviewers reported that Schwartz Bioresearch Turmeric Curcumin with BioPerine was effective, especially in reducing inflammation and the resulting pain.

 

NatureWise ORGANIC Curcumin Tumeric for Cardiovascular Support & Healthy Joints with Advanced Absorption

Features 

  • 95% standardized curcuminoids
  • 750mg organic turmeric-curcumin complex plus 70mg organic ginger per capsule
  • All natural, no GMOs, fillers, binders, preservatives or artificial colors
  • Vegetable based capsule using no animal products
  • Gluten-free with BioPerine (black pepper fruit extract) for enhanced bioavailability
  • Doctor formulated
  • Made in the USA under GMP standards and third party tested

NatureWise Curcumin Turmeric is all natural and completely organic. There is nothing synthetic about it.  And even though 3rd party testing isn’t required by the FDA, NatureWise does it providing customer peace of mind and further supporting the brand’s trustworthiness.

People who use this product have stated they can feel a noticeable difference within a week or two of use.  Perhaps it’s due to the addition of ginger which, when combined with turmeric, delivers a powerful antioxidant/anti-inflammatory “one-two punch.”

Some have found this product helps in relieving stress and even depression.

Turmeric in general is known for improving joint flexibility and reducing joint pain primarily through reducing inflammation.  The Turmeric Guru can attest to this product’s effectiveness in this regard as it was used for an extended period in support of healing from a prolonged period of pain resulting from an auto-immune disorder.

Males who use this product have reported that it has been effective in clearing up acne.

Overall, many people credit NatureWise for addressing an array of ailments. The clear majority of users say they have recommended and will continue to recommend this product to other potential users.


Doctor Danielle Organic Curcumin with BioPerine

Features 

  • Formulated by Dr. Danielle Saunders, a biochemist and licensed naturopathic physician
  • 500mg organic turmeric-curcumin complex per capsule
  • All natural, no GMOs, fillers, binders, preservatives or artificial colors
  • Vegetable based capsule using no animal products
  • Gluten-free with BioPerine (black pepper fruit extract) for enhanced bioavailability
  • Made in the USA under GMP standards and third party tested

According to one user who contacted Dr. Danielle inquiring whether her product contained 95% standardized curcuminoids, her response was as follows: ” Thank you for contacting us regarding this question. Dr. Danielle’s organic curcumin has not been standardized to guarantee a certain amount of curcuminoids. Dr. Danielle believes that too frequently parts or constituents of a plant are isolated and used which takes away from the therapeutic powers of the herb itself. She does not believe that it is only the curcuminoids that help with the healing process but sees the Curcuma longa root as a whole synergistic in its effects. Simply, from her own clinical practice she sees the entire root to be beneficial and effective. Dr. Danielle spends countless hours ensuring that the raw materials that go into her vitamins and dietary supplements are of the utmost quality so that her patients and consumers can get the maximum benefits from them.”  The Turmeric Guru tends to agree but we will continue to report standardized curcuminoid percentage if disclosed by the manufacturer.

Many users found that this product was the only thing that provided safe relief from arthritic joint pain.  Reviewers have even reported being able to cancel and completely avoid previously contemplated knee surgery after regular use.

At least one review claimed two capsules per day in place of a prescribed pharmaceutical anti-depressant caused a gradual elevation in mood ultimately resulting in complete elimination of depression. This was supported by another user who reported a marked elevation in mood since taking the supplement.

After taking two capsules per day a 57-year-old customer found the tendinitis in his elbow had completely subsided.

One customer credited Dr. Danielle’s organic curcumin supplement along with a low-carb, low-sugar diet for significantly reducing pain and inflammation resulting from an undiagnosable source.

One user recommended this supplement for curing an inflamed and overloaded lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is the body’s excretory system at the cellular level.  In our modern lifestyle of ever present toxins the lymphatic system is easily overloaded and many people fail to recognize this as a possible source of health issues.

This turmeric curcumin supplement not only helps with recent injuries, it also helps with nagging old ones. One customer noticed that after three weeks of supplementation even long lingering pains from years past were greatly reduced.

Even though he/she found this to be effective, one customer commented that the price was a bit high compared to other supplements which were found to work just as well.

One customer complained about the inconsistency in capsule color, saying his first batch had a deep golden color while a secondary purchase had a pale yellow color.  If this is ever experienced the company encourages customers to contact customer service for an exchange.

Overall, the Turmeric Guru recommends this organic supplement as worthy of experimentation even though the price per dose is a bit higher.

 

Nutrition Essentials Turmeric Curcumin Supplement

Features

  • 95% standardized curcuminoids
  • 500mg turmeric-curcumin complex per capsule
  • All natural, no GMOs, fillers, binders, preservatives or artificial colors
  • Vegetable based capsule
  • Made in the USA under GMP standards

One customer started taking this supplement for back pain and found this did not only relieve her back pain but also helped lower cholesterol and strengthen her immune system.

Several users noted benefits with respect to mental conditions such as depression and anxiety.

After using the supplement for about two weeks one user noted a significant decrease in overall body pain after his intense workouts.

Since turmeric curcumin is an anti-inflammatory, it comes as no surprise that most of the user reviews pointed out that joint pain from arthritis subsided after only a few weeks of use.

Taking turmeric curcumin supplement in two doses every day helped one customer who previously used Naproxin or Advil regularly for joint pain. His comments explicitly asserted that this is more effective.

Nutrition Essentials Turmeric Curcumin beat cortisone shots and other anti-inflammatory drugs in helping one customer relieve bursitis after just a couple of days use.

If you are suffering from eczema this turmeric supplement might be worth a try as one customer commended this product for greatly improving her eczemic skin condition.

A number of reviewers commended this product for effectively aiding in addressing multiple complications resulting from various allergies.

Despite all the positive reviews, one user was unable to get any results after taking it for a few weeks and suspects that the BioPerine did not help with bioavailability or absorption.

The Turmeric Guru has tried to confirm some advertisements’ claims that this product is certified organic but has not been successful in doing so.  This is a low cost alternative which the Turmeric Guru has used with no ill effects.  It is therefore included in the top ten supplements as a recommendation for budget conscious consumers seeking a basic product at low cost.

 

Divine Bounty Turmeric Curcumin with BioPerine Black Pepper Extract

Features

  • 95% standardized curcuminoids
  • 750mg organic turmeric-curcumin complex per capsule
  • All natural, no GMOs, fillers, binders, preservatives or artificial colors
  • Vegetable based capsule using no animal products
  • Gluten-free with BioPerine (black pepper fruit extract) for enhanced bioavailability
  • Made in the USA under GMP standards

After two weeks of taking one capsule a day, one customer noticed that he no longer had to take other medications for his hip arthritis. He no longer experiences pain in that area even when he does a lot of activities that would usually cause him pain.

One researcher found the formula of Divine Bounty’s supplement to be potent for treatment of different kinds of inflammation, digestive problems, and even depression.

Many users were grateful for the relief this product provided to them against knee pains, back pains, and overall joint pains from arthritis.

One customer no longer needs as much of his other medication for fibromyalgia since taking this supplement from Divine Beauty.

If you are someone who is very active and does a lot of weightlifting, you might want to try taking this supplement for reduction of muscle pain as a number of users have verified its effectiveness in this area.

Turmeric Powders

What is turmeric

Turmeric powder is used primarily as a savory and healthful spice in a wide array of culinary applications, but it can also be blended with water or plant oils to produce a paste for external use in treating rashes, wounds and other skin irritations.

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Product

Price

Rating

 Health Ranger Select 100% Organic Turmeric Root Powder  $$$  4.9/5.0
   Terrasoul Superfoods Turmeric Powder (Organic)  $$  4.8/5.0
   Indus Organic Turmeric (Curcumin) Powder Spice Pack  $$  4.6/5.0
   Starwest Botanicals Organic Turmeric Root Powder  $$  4.8/5.0
   Organic Turmeric Root Powder by Organic Wise $$$  4.9/5.0
   Healthworks Turmeric Root Powder (Curcumin) Raw Organic  $$  4.7/5.0
   Organic Turmeric Root Powder (2lb) by Anthony’s, Certified Gluten-Free & Non-GMO  $  4.7/5.0
   Spicely Organic Turmeric Ground  $  4.6/5.0
   Be On Organic Turmeric Root Powder  $  4.9/5.0
   Organic Turmeric Root Powder with 5.8% Curcumin By Iza Organics  $$$  4.9/5.0

5 of the Best Turmeric Powder Products

Turmeric is an extremely common spice in middle eastern, southern Asian and especially Indian food. It has a deep golden-orange hue and slightly earthy flavor that provides a lovely perk to almost any dish. However, it is much more than just a flavoring and coloring agent, for turmeric contains the antioxidant curcumin which has a multitude of beneficial properties, not the least of which are the reduction of inflammation and the fight against age-inducing free radicals. Turmeric is rich in iron, potassium, vitamin B6, fiber and, of course, curcumin. Research has shown that curcumin performs better than Vitamin C in rebuilding and maintaining the human immune system. Here we discuss the importance of thorough analysis and precautionary measures which should be taken before purchasing and ingesting turmeric powder, and have compiled some of the best products for easy reference.

Health Ranger Select 100% Organic Turmeric Root Powder

Health Ranger turmeric powder is sourced from organic farmsteads in India and tested clean by the Health Ranger’s multi-million dollar private laboratory that is independently audited, inspected and accredited by the International Standards Organization (ISO) under 17025 laboratory requirements, the gold standard of international laboratory accreditation.  This is one of the very few independent science labs in America, meaning they take no money from government grants, academia or powerful corporate interests.  When participating in a laboratory testing competition involving hundreds of labs Health Ranger’s lab was awarded the Certificate of Excellence with a 100% acceptable data designation, the highest given.  It is the Turmeric Guru’s opinion that this is the most highly tested turmeric powder on the market.  If the risk of encountering heavy metals in your turmeric powder is a primary concern then we recommend this product as your first choice.

Features

  • USDA-certified organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free
  • Kosher-certified

Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Turmeric Powder

Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Turmeric Powder claims its product is dried with care at low temperatures and rigorously tested for heavy metal contamination.

Features

  • USDA-certified organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free

Indus Organic Turmeric (Curcumin) Powder Spice

Indus Organic’s Turmeric Powder is sourced from Alleppey in southern India. Indus claims its product is non-irradiated, containing no preservatives, salts, chemical fertilizers, pesticides or other additives.

Features

  • USDA certified organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free
  • Manufactured at allergen-free US facilities
  • claims 3-4% curcumin content

Starwest Botanicals Organic Turmeric Root Powder

Starwest Organic Turmeric Root Powder is claimed to be selected from the highest quality rhizomes sourced directly in India.

Features

  • Certified USDA organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free
  • Manufactured and tested in US facilities

Organic Wise Organic Turmeric Root Powder

Features

  • Certified USDA organic by the Colorado Department of Agriculture
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free
  • Imported in smaller batches for guaranteed freshness
  • claims 6.5% curcumin content