With all the media craze surrounding turmeric, we decided it was time to write an in depth analysis of its benefits and what you want to look out for when buying an effective turmeric extract.
Since its first feature on the world’s most famous TV doctor’s show, supplement manufacturers have been crawling out of the woodwork to create their ‘version’ of turmeric, with wild claims as to its actual benefits. As each new company bursts into the market with their own ‘proprietary formula’, it becomes harder to separate fact from fiction, premium product from worthless imitation.
We decided it was time to analyze them ourselves to find out which products were sub-par, which were flat-out lying about what was even in their pills, and which, if any, might actually be worth a try.
As we rounded up all of the big brands in the industry, we could see straight off the bat which companies were only there to make a quick buck.
It’s hard to believe, but most companies slap on a label that says ‘Turmeric’, often without even mentioning how much turmeric extract is in each pill or without actually including the amount they claim.
With hundreds of manufacturers out there, we wanted to figure out what to look for and how to overcome our concerns regarding dietary supplements. We started the process by making a list of the main concerns we have over buying a good turmeric product.
So, how can you identify the legitimate products through all the smoke? There are a few key factors to look for that can all but guarantee the product is genuine.
Your time and money is valuable and we don’t want you to waste either one. So we did the research on most of the top turmeric products available.
We studied each product to determine which consistently had not only the right ingredients, but also the right proportions. We disqualified the ones with unnecessary, synthetic fillers and those whose contents differed drastically from pill to pill.
But we didn’t stop there. After all, numbers and percentages are only part of the story. We went on to seek out real customers who had used the products we tested. We asked them for testimonials and compared them with our notes, and then compiled this information to give you a list of the best products on the market.
A good turmeric extract should contain at least 95% standardized curcumin, a 1000 mg daily dose, and no additional ingredients.
Most brands did not pass the above criteria.
Some of the turmeric companies included the right ingredients, but had too little standardized curcuminoids, which is the key compound in turmeric. They use much less than what was used in the clinical studies that led to optimum health improvement. Other companies filled their supplements with cheap fillers, binders, and other synthetic ingredients. Almost all of them avoided quality control testing.
The brands we did pick, we stand by. We are confident that these products can help you achieve your goals.
We are excited about our final pick and we think you’ll agree. This company has a solid reputation, a high quality product, third party monitoring and testing. It also has a solid return policy and stands by its products.
If you want to try turmeric, then Research Verified® should be your first choice. If any turmeric supplement is going to work for you, this is it.
It has the highest quality turmeric extract, in the right dose, doesn’t have any binders or fillers, and is 100% safe to use.
They have the recommended daily serving of 1000 mg, containing turmeric (curcumin) standardized to contain the optimal 95% curcuminoids PLUS it contains a 20 mg serving of Bioperine® (Piperine). Piperine is the main alkaloid contained within black pepper and has been shown to substantially increase the bio availability of the nutrients in foods and supplements. Bioperine® is a patented concentrated, clinically proven form of Piperine, included to aid absorption of the nutrients found in turmeric for increased benefits.
Their reputation is top notch. They have several third party monitoring services, including buySAFE, Norton, and Trustee, as well as an A+ rating from the quality monitoring company QualityTrusted.
All purchases of Research Verified Turmeric are backed by a 365 day Risk Free 100% Money Back Guarantee. That is the best guarantee that we have seen from any manufacturer. This 1 year guarantee shows how confident they are in their product.
Perhaps most importantly, they’re an established company that offers excellent customer service, safe checkout and on-time delivery.
They clearly have a commitment to quality as well, and guarantee that their supplements are made in an FDA registered laboratory that is cGMP certified.
So, if you’re looking for the best turmeric product available from a reputable company with a rock solid 365 day money back guarantee, I’d say this is the product to try.
The only issue with Research Verified® is that due to the demand they are often sold out. To avoid having to put yourself on a waiting list, take advantage of the benefits while they’re in stock.
Falling just short of our top selection is Life Extension Super Bio-Curcumin. This product contains the pure turmeric extract with 95% curcumin which was recommended in clinical studies. However, it does have additional ingredients in its formula and does not provide the recommended 1000 mg daily dosage. It is important to consider that additional ingredients can sometimes greatly affect your results.
Despite falling short of the recommended dosage, our research showed that the extract it does contain is of good quality. Since the company itself has a good track record and most consumers I spoke to were pretty satisfied with it, I still consider this to be a solid product. Just remember that it has a few slight disadvantages.
If you don’t mind taking a pill containing additional ingredients and a slightly lower dosage, and without Piperine, then this product could be right for you. Keep in mind that their website often shows that they are in short supply or out of stock.
This product is made by a company called Solaray, and they are also offering a turmeric extract product. However, there is one very important category in which they fall short – the active ingredient. This product does not provide the full recommended daily dosage of 1000 mg which was recommended by the clinical studies.
There are also not very many reviews for this product. The bottle itself will definitely catch your eye, but without consistent positive consumer reviews on the website, purchasing this product might be a bit risky.
Our own tests showed that it was a good product, but we all know that supplements don’t always work the same way for everyone. We would recommend choosing a product that offers you the full recommended daily amount of 1000 mg pure turmeric extract.
Even though Solaray Turmeric One Daily does seem to be a good quality extract, the fact that it does not contain the full recommended daily dosage of turmeric extract as its active ingredient, and relatively few customer reviews knocked it down to the #3 spot. That said, if you don’t mind taking a chance, this product might work for you.