If you've ever had trouble differentiating between curcumin and turmeric, you're not alone. To break it down for you, curcumin is the most active constituent of turmeric responsible for giving it its yellow color. It makes up about 6% of the spice, though it's actually the most beneficial part, harboring both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It was first discovered as a nutraceutical (or food that provides medicinal benefits) by Harvard scientists over 200 years ago. Then, in 1949, it was discovered to have antibacterial capabilities and has since been touted for its ability to heal wounds, pain, arthritis, IBS, psoriasis, and so many other pro-inflammatory conditions.
It's important to note that, like other medicinal herbs, turmeric/curcumin is not a perfect miracle cure. It comes with its limitations, such as its lack of ability to be absorbed by the body. However, it's suggested that pairing turmeric with a pinch of black pepper helps boost its absorption from the digestive system into the bloodstream. It can be consumed as a tea, a latte, or as a seasoning in food, but its slightly bitter taste may be a turnoff, which is why supplementation is a handy choice.
It's recommended to consume 500 to 1000 milligrams of curcumin per day to get the most anti-inflammatory benefits, but speak with a doctor first to ensure the supplement is safe for you.
Below, take a look at the best turmeric supplements.
Actress Alicia Silverstone created this first-to-market holistic line of organic, non-GMO, vegan supplements and sprays that taste like candy. These particular gummies feature 50 milligrams of curcumin per serving as well as organic black pepper for better absorption.
Free of hormones, preservatives, and artificial colors, these vegetarian capsules feature patented BioPerine, a black pepper extract, for—you guessed it—better absorption.
According to the brand, this supplement is so high in potency that it's more effective than root turmeric powder. They also feature the aforementioned BioPerine for even better delivery.
Similar to the previous bottle, this high-potency supplement is improved with BioPerine and is met with rave reviews on Amazon. One user writes, "I have degenerative discs in my neck and have been in constant pain until taking this product. Even my surgeon recommended this. It really works. Firm believer. Just placed my second order."
The first intra-oral spray with 95% curcuminoids, this product has a natural mint taste as well as black pepper fruit extract to absorb quickly into the bloodstream.
Enjoy this oil straight up, mixed into smoothies, or stirred into your favorite beverage to help reduce inflammation. The combination of DHA and ginger also helps improve its efficacy to reduce pain and boost the immune system.
One Amazon user writes, "Within the first week, I noticed a reduction in joint pain, and by the second week, my hot flashes had significantly reduced and no night sweats! A reduction in hot flashes allowed me to begin exercising again, which has helped my circulation and weight-loss."
One hundred percent natural, these curcumin capsules are infused with BioPerine to reduce muscle aches, pain, and other pro-inflammatory conditions.
Up next, the best essential oils for inflammation.