Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties. It is also a very effective pain reliever. But with so many different turmeric supplements available from so many different manufacturers, how do you choose the best Turmeric Curcumin supplement?
Turmeric has been reported as a potential treatment for diseases such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, and Alzheimer’s. Research shows curcumin can reduce depression and pain severity. In fact, it has been found to help over 500 different health conditions.
One study reported the effect of curcumin extract on fibromyalgia. The study utilized flexofytol, an extract obtained from curcumin, on patients suffering from fibromyalgia and gout. When turmeric was administered to patients suffering from fibromyalgia, there was a reduction in pain, muscle cramps, dizziness, and palpitations.
Another study on patients with rheumatoid arthritis showed curcumin directly attacked inflammation rather than simply masking pain and other symptoms. This study was the first to demonstrate that curcumin is superior to a standard anti-inflammatory drug used for rheumatoid arthritis. Curcumin was also free of any of the side effects that accompany drug therapy.
One of the biggest drawbacks of using turmeric is that it is very poorly absorbed by the body. This is called bio-availability. If the curcumin supplement you are taking is not being absorbed into your body this limits the health benefits it can offer. In fact, curcumin powders and supplements can be so poorly absorbed that NO curcumin is actually found in the bloodstream.
One of the ways that bioavailability is increased in a turmeric supplement is by adding piperine. Piperine is a chemical found in black pepper that has been shown to increase curcumin absorption by up to 2000%. The most researched and trusted form of black pepper extract is BioPerine®. Supplements that contain 10mg of BioPerine® are found to be the most effective in boosting curcumin levels.
You can also take your turmeric curcumin supplement with healthy fat to increase absorption in the stomach. Some good options include salmon, dark chocolate, flaxseed oil, coconut milk, almond butter or any high-quality nut butter except peanut butter which is a highly inflammatory food.
Another option is to combine your turmeric supplement with quercetin, a compound found in apples, onions, grapes, citrus fruit, dark cherries, dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries, and more. Quercetin inhibits the enzymes that deactivate curcumin.
When choosing a curcumin supplement, you want to make sure it is the best product for your money. And for your health. Turmeric curcumin supplements vary in quality, strength, and purity. In order to cut costs, some turmeric curcumin supplements contain binders, fillers, and artificial ingredients which have no nutritional value and in some cases, maybe toxic.
At least 33% of the turmeric curcumin supplements tested by ConsumerLab.com failed to provide the expected dosage. More than 20% of turmeric curcumin supplements they selected for review delivered less than 15% of the advertised amount of curcumin.
It’s important that you choose a turmeric curcumin supplement that meets strict standards of quality. Read the label carefully and look for 95% standardized curcumin. Choose a brand that has third-party testing and verification of the ingredients on their label and its effectiveness.
I have been taking a turmeric supplement for over 6 months and I really didn’t see any difference in my pain levels or how I felt overall. In researching for this article I found out the supplement I was taking was in the 33% that failed in ConsumerLab’s review. After 3 weeks of taking Schwartz Bioresearch Ultra Pure Turmeric Curcumin, I feel my pain levels have decreased a little and my mood has improved. The dizzy spells I have been experiencing seem to have stopped, too.
According to the Maryland Medical Center, the recommended dosage of turmeric supplement is 400 – 600 mg, 3 times per day.
Schwartz Bioresearch Turmeric Curcumin supplement has 1500mg of Turmeric Curcumin with 95% Standardized Curcuminoids. For increased absorption and bioavailability their Turmeric Curcumin formula has 10mg of BioPerine® per serving, which is proven to dramatically enhance your body’s absorption of Curcumin.
The potency and purity of each batch of Ultra-Pure Turmeric Curcumin are analyzed by professionals. The ingredients are 100% natural, with no binders or fillers of any sort. Schwartz Bioresearch Turmeric Curcumin is also FREE of gluten, lactose, soy, wheat, nuts, iron, sugar, chemicals, and artificial colors.
Here are 7 reasons why I recommend Schwartz Bioresearch Ultra Pure Turmeric Curcumin:
- Schwartz Bioresearch is a leading brand in 100% natural, professional-grade dietary supplements.
- Schwartz Bioresearch’s supplements are exclusively formulated by their team of doctors and researchers.
- Extensive research is conducted on the ingredients of each proprietary formula to ensure that Schwartz Bioresearch is offering the most potent, effective, highest quality supplement.
- Schwartz Bioresearch’s formulas are 100% safe and natural and backed by comprehensive clinical studies.
- Schwartz Bioresearch’s supplements have NO fillers, NO binders, and NO artificial ingredients.
- All products are manufactured in the USA, in an FDA registered state-of-the-art facility with strict adherence to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
- All batches are 3rd party tested to guarantee the purity and quality of the ingredients
Turmeric and curcumin supplements are considered safe. However, you should talk to your doctor if you have health problems and/or are taking medications and other supplements.
Reported problems with Turmeric include:
- Taking large amounts of turmeric for long periods of time may cause stomach upset and, in extreme cases, ulcers.
- People who have gallstones and diabetes should talk to their doctor before taking turmeric.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take turmeric supplements.
- Because turmeric may act like a blood thinner, you should stop taking it at least 2 weeks before surgery.
- Turmeric may interact with or strengthen the effects of certain drugs such as blood-thinning medications, diabetes medications, and drugs that reduce stomach acid.
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