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Product Review: Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices

Posted: 12/14/13  Last Update: 2/4/17
Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Reviewed by 33% of Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements Selected for Testing Fail Quality Review

Find Out Now If Yours Passed!

Turmeric Spices Also Tested -- You Won't Believe What We Found!

Alphabetical list of turmeric and curcumin supplements and spices in report
Advanced Physician Formulas Curcumin Nature Made Turmeric Curcumin Simply Organic Turmeric
Curcumin Extreme Nature's Bounty Turmeric Solgar Turmeric
Doctor's Best Best Curcumin C3 Complex NOW Curcumin The Spice Hunter Ground Turmeric 100% Organic
Eclectic Institute Turmeric Nutrigold Turmeric Curcumin Gold The Spice Hunter India Turmeric (Ground)
Finest Nutrition (Walgreen) Turmeric Organic India Turmeric Formula Thompson Turmeric Curcumin
Jarrow Formulas Curcumin 95 Planetary Herbals Full Spectrum Turmeric Extract Vitacost Tumeric
Life Extension Super Bio-Curcumin Progressive Labs Curcumin BCM-95 Vitamin World Turmeric Curcumin
McCormick Ground Turmeric Puritan's Pride Turmeric Curcumin Whole Foods Market Organic Fair Trade Ground Turmeric
Make sure the turmeric supplement or curcumin supplement or spice you use passed our review and is right for you!
Isn't your health worth it?
Supplements containing turmeric and its key compound, curcumin, may be helpful in treating inflammatory diseases and other conditions such as diabetes. However, recent tests by found significant problems with two out of nine turmeric and curcumin products selected for testing.

Two supplements contained only 33.1% and 52.9% of their expected curcumin compounds (known as curcuminoids). In fact, one contained less than 10 mg of these compounds, while the typical dosage shown to work in studies is hundreds of milligrams! The other product was found to be contaminated with small amounts of the toxic heavy metals lead and cadmium. A third product failed to provide label information required by the FDA.

To help you get the best value from a turmeric or curcumin supplement, calculated the cost to obtain a 500 mg dose of curcuminoids from each product. Among the top-quality supplements we identified, we found that you can get this dose for as little as 21 cents -- much less than you might expect.

Five popular, ground turmeric spice products were also tested. Several contained large numbers of insect parts, which suggests insanitary storage, and one "organic" product contained a whole insect larva! We did find one spice, however, which was exceptionally clean and not contaminated with Salmonella, lead ,or cadmium.

You must join to get the full test results for curcumin supplements and turmeric supplements and spices along with's recommendations and quality ratings. You will get results for nine supplements and five spices selected by and for seven other supplements that passed voluntary, quality certification testing. You'll also learn about two products similar to that was tested.

In this comprehensive report, you'll discover:
  • Which turmeric and curcumin supplements failed testing and which passed
  • Direct comparisons and quality ratings of turmeric and curcumin supplements, as well as ground turmeric spices  
  • How the bioavailability of curcumin may be enhanced with ingredients such as Bioperine, BCM-95, and Meriva 
  • Dosage for specific uses of turmeric and curcumin including ulcerative colitis and proctitis, osteoarthritis, uveitis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, prediabetes, and cancer  
  • Side effects of turmeric and curcumin supplements
  • Cautions and potential drug interactions  

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Are supplements which claim increased absorption or improved bioavailability telling the truth? Is it worth paying more for these? Are there concerns? Get the answer >>

I've heard that curcumin is a MAO inhibitor. Is this true, and does that mean it is not safe to take if you eat amine-rich foods like cheese and dark chocolate? Get the answer >>

I read that turmeric may be a GI irritant. I have GI problems and wonder if I should avoid turmeric and curcumin? Get the answer >>

After taking a curcumin supplement, I started getting chronic diarrhea which went away when I stopped taking it. Can curcumin supplements cause diarrhea? Get the answer >>

I recently read that turmeric is only effective if it is combined with black pepper. Is this true? Get the answer >>

Is Theracurmin better absorbed than other curcumin formulas - and can it really help lower my blood pressure? Get the answer >>

Is Rhodiola rosea effective for depression and does it have other uses? Will be testing these supplements? Get the answer >>

I take ubiquinol to replenish CoQ10 depleted by my statin. I also take curcumin (from turmeric). Since they both manage free radicals, do I need to take the curcumin? Get the answer >>

Do any supplements help with nerve pain, like sciatica or diabetic neuropathy? Get the answer >>

How does turmeric spice compare to turmeric (curcumin) in supplements? I sprinkle it on my foods and wonder if that's equivalent to taking a supplement. Get the answer >>

Which supplements can help to lower blood pressure? Get the answer >>

Can curcumin help prevent or improve symptoms of Alzheimer's disease? Get the answer >>

What is phytosomal curcumin? Does it have better absorption than other curcumin formulations? Get the answer >>

I use a brand of curcumin and the most recent bottle contained capsules a few shades lighter than what I am accustomed to taking. Is this color change an issue to be concerned about? Get the answer >>

How should curcumin dose be adjusted if using formulations with enhanced bioavailability such as Meriva, BCM-95, CurcuWin, Theracurmin, Bioperine, and C3? Get the answer >>

Are there any potential drug interactions to be aware of when taking curcumin/turmeric? Get the answer >>

Is it true that taking turmeric/curcumin with food can reduce iron absorption from food? Get the answer >>

How does regular black pepper compare with black pepper extract used in supplements? Will sprinkling it on food with turmeric help increase the bioavailability of curcumin compounds from turmeric? Get the answer >>

Which supplements can help with indigestion and/or heartburn? Get the answer >>

Is it safe to take curcumin or turmeric supplements for a long period of time? Get the answer >>

Which supplements can help lower or control my blood sugar? Get the answer >>

I've heard it's best to take fat-soluble supplements, like CoQ10, curcumin, and vitamin D, with fats or oils to increase absorption. Would taking them with a fish oil capsule be enough? Get the answer >>
The manufacturer of a product which failed's review due to inadequate label information has notified that it has updated the labeling of the product. See the Update in the full review for details.

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