Curcumin is fat-soluble, so if you take regular curcumin with just water, you will absorb very little. Consequently, it is best to take curcumin with a fatty meal. In addition, curcumin has a short-half life, i.e., it does not stay in body. As a result, to keep levels up, it is best to take curcumin twice daily. This is discussed in the Best Way to Take Curcumin and Turmeric
section of the Curcumin and Turmeric Supplements and Spices Review.
Formulated curcumin products such NovaSol, CurcuWIN, Meriva, Theracurmin, and products that contain Bioperine (black pepper extract) can increase the half-life and bioavailability of curcumin (see the Absorption and Bioavailability
section of the Curcumin and Turmeric Supplements Review.)
Be aware that supplements don't always provide what they claim on their labels, so check our tests of curcumin and turmeric supplements
and see our Top Picks
based on quality and value.
If you cook with turmeric, see our tips on how to improve absorption
of curcumin from turmeric spice.