Turmeric Buyers Guide: We Bought The Top 5 Turmeric Supplements...Here's What We Found
We take great pride in our Turmeric supplement simply due to the fact that if you take a good turmeric supplement, the results you experience can literally be life changing! There are so many choices you have when you're buying a turmeric supplement, the choices can be overwhelming. You have cheap brands, expensive brands, some come with 120 capsules, some come with 60, some contain blends, some individual ingredients, but what's right?
How Are Some Turmeric Supplements Lying To You?
The number one question we get is, "I tried turmeric that I bought from (insert big box store), and it didn't work. Do you think your turmeric supplement will work?" We can tell you, the stuff you'll buy from Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, for $9.99 might work for some people, but for majority of people, that supplement will not work at all! Turmeric is a good thing to take regardless, but if you're looking for results you can feel, you have to know what you're looking for!
There's a reason some turmeric supplements can sell for $9.99 and its not because the company is so huge they can afford to price it that low. It's simply due to the fact that the ingredients they're putting into the supplement are not high quality ingredients! That's it! It's not a mystery. Companies save money by putting cheaper ingredients into their supplements. That's not to say the supplements are bad, all we're saying is you can't expect big results from supplements like this. So, what are the cheaper ingredients?
If you're looking for a turmeric supplement that you expect to replace Aspirin, Ibuprofen, etc, you WILL NOT get results buying a turmeric supplement that contains "Turmeric Root Powder". In fact, here's a great video explaining what really happens.
Important Video To Watch
Majority of turmeric supplements on the market advertise the fact that they contain standardized 95% curcuminoids and while they aren’t completely lying, they sure are stretching the truth!
The reason you take a turmeric supplement is to get the key ingredient curcumin and while organic turmeric root powder isn’t bad, it’s nowhere near as effective as standardized turmeric extract with 95% curcuminoids. Here’s why.
Turmeric root powder contains about 2-3% curcuminoids, remember, curcumin is the KEY active ingredient that you look for.
Now compare that to standardized turmeric extract which contains 95% curcuminoids. This formula is almost 19 times more effective! Combine this with Bioperine (or black pepper) for absorption, and you have a much more powerful turmeric supplement than ANY organic supplement!
If you’re looking for RESULTS, you want 1000mg of Standardized Turmeric Extract (95% Curcuminoids) per serving and be SURE it includes Bioperine because if it doesn’t, you won’t be able to get any of the curcumin into your body!
Why You NEED To Avoid Proprietary Blends!
This is one way manufacturers really trick consumers into thinking they're getting a super effective supplement, when in fact, they're not at all! A proprietary formula is a sneaky way for manufacturers to get away with not telling you exactly how much of a certain ingredient is in that supplement. Take a look at the supplement panel below from a very popular brand, "Nature Wise".
At first glance, this looks like a very high quality formula! But after looking it over, you'll see the first ingredient in this "Proprietary blend" is turmeric root powder, which we know contains only 2-4% curcuminoids. That means out of the 1500mg of this proprietary formula, 1400mg of this formula could be turmeric root powder! They don't HAVE to tell you the amount of what is in their proprietary formula! In fact, most of the time they don't even list what the formula is!
The Fool Proof Way NOT To Be Tricked Into Buying An Inferior Turmeric Supplement
Thankfully, the answer to this is easy! You need to look for something called a "COA" which stands for a "Certificate of Analysis". What is this certificate and why is it important? This certificate is something that all QUALITY manufacturers should get with each and every batch of their supplement they create! This certificate comes from a third party laboratory that they send their supplement too. Each company will send three to four bottles of their supplement into an independent lab for testing.
For example, here's Me First Living's COA for MFL Premium Turmeric Supplement:
As you can see, we claim to have 95% curcuminoids, but Me First Living Premium Turmeric Curcumin with Black Pepper actually exceeds that with 96.49% Curcuminoids!
What else do these labs test for? A variety of things. They make sure the supplements meet all the standards for things like heavy metals and lead, but they test for more than that. The lab will make sure what the manufacturer says is in the supplement on the label, is actually in the capsule! Why is this important? This is the KEY reason people use the "Proprietary blend" loophole! If you have a proprietary blend and you don't list out how much of each ingredient is in your capsule, it's impossible to test for!
Like we said earlier, if you're just looking to simply take a turmeric supplement and you're not looking to replace NSAID's, then you'll be fine taking a turmeric root powder supplement! But, if you're looking for a turmeric supplement to help with your joint aches and pains, help relieve pain, help with inflammation, etc, you NEED to buy a supplement that contains only standardized turmeric 95% curcuminoids. This is the supplement that will have the biggest impact on your life as it is nearly 19X more effective than turmeric root powder! Here are the most popular turmeric supplements on Amazon for you to compare.
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As you can see, only TWO of these supplements contain pure standardized turmeric 95% curcuminoids. Out of those two supplements, only ONE contains the recommended amount of 1000mg per day serving! All of the other supplements contain nothing more than turmeric root powder, which you can buy at the grocery store for much less than these companies charge.
Don't let these companies fool you into buying a turmeric supplement that isn't what you need!