January 24, 2017

Best Turmeric Supplements

updated May 2016

There is a saying that goes, “A teaspoon of turmeric a day keeps cancer at bay!”

This Indian spice is one of nature’s most powerful healers. 

The medicinal properties of turmeric have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease…and even Lupus.

turmeric the wonder herbTurmeric is also used to treat digestive and liver conditions, arthritis pain, irregular menstrual periods, heartburn, stomach ulcers and gallstones. It has natural anti-inflammatory qualities as well as blood-thinning properties that help rebuild brain cells and repair stroke damage.

Many uses of turmeric relate to the antioxidant or anti-inflammatory activities of curcumin, the primary active compound in turmeric.

This wonder herb can:

  • Help relieve indigestion
  • Prevent ulcerative colitis from intensifying
  • Help reduce joint pain swelling, morning stiffness and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Treat psoriasis
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduce the proliferation of a wide variety of cancers, especially pancreatic and colon cancer
  • Improve blood sugar levels by boosting the activity of insulin secreting cells in the pancreas. This lowers the chance that pre-diabetes will lead to diabetes
  • Improve mental functioning in Alzheimer’s patients

However, curcumin capsules or turmeric supplements vary in quality, strength, and purity. So, in choosing the best turmeric capsule, read the label carefully. Look for products standardized for 95% curcuminoids.

The standardization process ensures manufacturing consistency in the amount of curcumin from bottle to bottle. In other words, you won’t be shortchanged on the amount of this key ingredient. This is a significant factor in that many clinical trials and medical studies have shown the best results with turmeric supplementation in dosages containing 95% curcumin.

Products lacking the expected curcuminoids that are NOT recommended for consumption are:

  • Advanced Physician Formulas Curcumin – less than 10% of labeled amounts
  • Paradise Herbs and Essentials Turmeric – contains only 14.7% of labeled curcuminoids

The Best of Turmeric

Top turmeric supplementsThe choice of which turmeric brand to buy can be daunting. Do you go for quality, price, brand recognition, or all of the above?

These turmeric products provide the best value (providing 500mg of curcuminoids at the lowest cost):

  • Doctors Best® Best Curcumin C3 Complex®
  • NOW® Curcumin

If you are interested in bioavailability, these turmeric supplements are recommended with bioperine (black pepper) to enhance absorption:

  • Nutrigold® Turmeric Curcumin Gold®
  • Life Extension SuperCurcumin with Bioperine

New research also shows that products that include BCM-95 may have even greater bioavailability (about 7 times of normal curcumin). Though more expensive, supplements with BCM-95 are a good value:

  • Life Extension® Super Bio-Curcumin®
  • Curcumin Extreme

The good thing is that there are already a lot of curcumin supplements available in the market. These supplements have enhanced curcumin in them, which means your body will be able to absorb them better and keep them where they’re needed for a longer time. These are our favorite supplements that will help your body get the most benefit out of curcumin.

Turmeric and CurcuminHere are the remaining 11 best turmeric supplements according to an independent lab testing company that are safe for consumption according to quality, price and label accuracy:

  • Finest Nutrition Turmeric
  • Jarrow Formulas® Curcumin 95
  • Nature Made® Turmeric Curcumin
  • Nutrigold Turmeric Curcumin Gold
  • Organic India® Turmeric Formula
  • Planetary Herbals Full Spectrum Turmeric Extract
  • Progressive Labs Curcumin BCM-95®
  • Puritan’s Pride® Turmeric Curcumin
  • Solar® Turmeric
  • Thompson® Turmeric Curcmin 300 mg
  • Vitacost Turmeric

Take 400 to 600 milligrams of turmeric, three times per day or as directed on the product label.

Curcumin or turmeric taken orally is best absorbed when taken with black pepper or piperine, a constituent of black pepper responsible for its pungency. When shopping for the best turmeric supplements, we recommend that the one you choose contains bioperine or piperine. Be patient when taking turmeric supplements: the full benefits may not be apparent for eight weeks.

Cooking with Turmeric

If you’re cooking with turmeric, be sure to add some black pepper to the food. Ways to eat it: one of the easiest, fastest ways to get your daily turmeric is just to mix a small spoonful of the powder with some warm water, stir briskly, and drink. Yes, it actually tastes quite good, especially once you get used to it.

Or, sprinkle a spoonful or two on your cauliflower or broccoli, in your soups, seafood or meat. Almost any combination works with this amazingly tasty and healthy spice. To help you get on board with this trendy superfood, we’ve provided recipes on how to cook with turmeric so you can be sure to use it.

Turmeric is one of the world’s great antioxidants. Plus, nothing is more important than maintaining a healthy inflammatory response — and this spice helps your body do just that. It’s a great defense mechanism against cancer, joint pain, Alzheimer’s and Lupus….and so much more!

Taken in normal doses, turmeric should be safe for most people. But as with nearly any powerful herb, taking doses that are too high can produce ill-effects.

We are discovering that more and more disease processes appear to depend on inflammation to wreak their havoc on our brains, arteries and joints. The best turmeric supplements offer us a natural, safe and effective anti-inflammatory agent to help ward off and treat these diseases.

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Train Your Brain to Remember

The Most Common Techniques for Memory Enhancement 

by Amanda Box, N.D.

We’ve all done it. I certainly have. You walk into a room and you have absolutely no idea why you’re there. Or how about those times when the word you’re looking for is on the tip of your tongue, yet you just can’t seem to find it in your mind.

Some of you may call these “senior moments.” I have even heard them humorously termed “brain farts.” Having these forgetful moments once in a while is normal. However, this really doesn’t have to be. You can begin now to preserve your short term memory … before your forgetfulness becomes more frequent.

Most people wait until their lack of short term memory is affecting their daily life before they do something about it. But memory loss can be prevented! Nutrition, natural supplements and brain exercises can preserve your memory well into your senior years!

Consider how amazing and complex the human brain is! Even when you aren’t actively thinking, your brain:

  • Works constantly 24/7
  • Processes 2000 messages a second
  • Sends information throughout the body at a speed faster than 200 mph
  • Maintains your respirations, your temperature and the digestion of your food among hundreds of other functions

Truly, nothing in the body works without your brain!

From infancy into childhood, our brain is constantly developing, growing and learning. Even into adulthood, our brain continues to develop. For example, the cerebral frontal cortex of the brain, which contains our reasoning and impulse control, does not fully develop until we are 24 to 25 years old! Looking back I’m sure many of us can relate to seeing a change in our decisions once we reached our mid-twenties. Social lives, parties, and spur of the moment decisions gave way to rational, more mature decisions.

As we continue to age, a variety of influences begin to affect our brain negatively. I remember my first moment of what I like to call “momnesia” after I had my first child. I left for the grocery store with a mental list of what I needed to purchase. But when I got inside the store, I could only remember a couple items! Prior to having kids, I had such a fantastic memory that I never needed to make lists or write anything down.

Disruptions in short term memory can be caused by:

  • Surges in hormones
  • Poor nutrition
  • Stress
  • Maternal instinct development during pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding

Into our late adult years an even greater decline in short term memory can begin to occur. People in their 50s typically begin to feel their memory slipping more often than ever before. However, this so-called normal decline in memory doesn’t have to be the case. The brain has an amazing capacity to continue to develop, but we must be willing and take the initiative.

Training the Brain to Remember

memory enhancement techniquesUnderstanding how memories are created and stored can help in training the brain to remember.

Memory occurs in 3 stages:

  1. Encoding: This is when a person takes in information.
  2. Consolidation: This is when the brain takes the information it encodes and processes it so that it gets stored.
  3. Retrieval: When a person recalls the stored information.

Most of the time, poor memory issues occur in the retrieval stage. The information is still taken in and stored. However, retrieving that information can be difficult. You can enhance the retrieval of this information and increase your memory into later adult years with mental training techniques.

Using mental techniques helps you “file” your memories into easy-to-access “folders,” which enhance recall. Click to Tweet.

These techniques can be used over and over in any situation to improve your memory and keep your mind sharp. People almost always remember an image or picture better than they do mere written or verbal information. So incorporating a mental image works best for retrieval.

The most common mental techniques for memory enhancement include:

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Turmeric: The Golden Goddess

Could Indian Food Help Fight Pain?

Within the cornucopia of medicinal plants, few possess such a wide spectrum of qualities and medicinal uses as turmeric. It has been used to treat a myriad of disease and ailments around the world for countless centuries.  The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory effectiveness, but is also praised as an alternative analgesic, antibacterial, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-tumor, anti-allergic with many other healing qualities now being recognized and understood by modern science.

The fragrant, yummy dishes featuring turmeric has more going for it than just flavor. Curcumin gives turmeric its orange-yellow color and acts as an anti-inflammatory that involves blocking cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), the target of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Celebrex (celecoxib) and Motrin (ibuprofen). It has even been linked through research to help fight against cancer by neutralizing those substances and conditions which can cause cancer, helping a cell retain its integrity if threatened by a tumor, and if a tumor does grow the curcumins can often destroy it.

Turmeric has also been advocated for use in treating diabetes, as curcumin can increase insulin levels. As a powerful anti-inflammatory herb in supplement form, turmeric has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, injuries, trauma, and stiffness from both under activity and over activity. Whether suffering from an acute or chronic disease, aches and pains, bumps and bruises, or as preventative maintenance, turmeric can and should be utilized by everyone on a regular basis.

Through an independent testing lab, turmeric supplements were tested for quality, indicated label amounts and purity. One product tested lacked the expected amount of turmeric and is therefore unsafe for consumption:

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