Best Turmeric Products Mega Guide
We dare you to find an ingredient hotter than turmeric right now. We dare you! No we’re not talking spicy hot, but trendy. Turmeric products are popping up faster than we can count, and it’s not a bad thing. In fact, we’re all about turmeric products here at Best Turmeric Products, and we’re always on the hunt for the latest, trendiest, and most effective turmeric supplements.
But before we get too far along in this mega guide, let’s lay out the plan for we’re going to talk about.
- First, we’ll talk about turmeric and its history. We want to discuss how it’s been used historically.
- Second, we’ll look at its use as a natural medicinal ingredient. How far back does that history go?
- Third, we’ll look at the science behind turmeric. Is there evidence to support turmeric being effective, or not?
- Fourth, we’ll look at practicality. Is it worth using turmeric for the price? Does it have side effects that make it impractical for daily use?
- Fifth, we’ll discuss the options available for using turmeric; teas, powders, pills, drink mixes, etc.
- Lastly, we’ll talk about Best Turmeric Products and how we rate the products we review, why we pick the products we do, and discuss our reasoning for starting the site.
Ready to jump into our Best Turmeric Products Mega Guide? Let’s go!
Best Turmeric Products – The History of Turmeric
According to Tori Avey’s article “What is the history of Turmeric?”, Turmeric has been used by people as far back as 2500 BCE. In 500 BCE, turmeric was linked with Ayurveda (also known as ayurvedic medicine).
For those who don’t know, Ayurvedic medicine is part of an ancient system from India that incorporated their understanding of science into health care. And, in that interweaving tradition, Indian culture integrated Turmeric at a holistic level.
It was used in everything; dyes, religious practices (Hindu), cooking, and medicine. Let’s go over some of those in more detail.
Using Turmeric as a Dye
Using Turmeric as a dye dates back to the early days of Indian culture. When used, it creates a beautiful, vibrant yellow that is impossible to recreate. According to James Brennan, author at the National, turmeric is frequently used to color traditional saris and Buddhist monk robes in the trademark rich yellow.
While turmeric isn’t the best dye in the world (it doesn’t hold long), it has roots that go back centuries.
Want to try dying some of your own fabric with Turmeric?
Here’s what you need to do.
- Find a fabric that you want to dye. We recommend that when using Turmeric dyed fabrics, that you use something that you’re not going to wear/wash often. Think decorative, or a purse, or something similar. Turmeric dye, while beautiful, comes out fairly quickly when you wash it.
- Find your turmeric of choice. The color you get will directly affect your end result, so find the color you want. You’ll need around 1 tablespoon per 2 cups of water.
- Get a stainless steel pot. If you use any type of pot that can be stained, it will be stained. There’s a reason that turmeric is such a popular dye! Also, keep this in mind for your sink for the final step.
- Prepare your fabric – when you’re ready to dye your fabric, submerge it in boiling, salted water to help get it ready for the dyeing process.
- Once you’ve boiled your fabric for a few hours, you’ll remove the fabric and bring your turmeric mixture to a boil in a stainless pot.
- After you’ve boiled it for around 15 minutes, take it off heat and add your fabric. Make sure the fabric is completely under the water so you get an even dye job. You can take out the fabric to look every so often, but make sure when you add it back in that you get it fully under the water line again.
- After around 15-20 minutes, or once you’ve reached the color you want, remove your fabric and rinse it in the sink. IMPORTANT REMINDER: this part can still stain stuff, so be very careful to avoid dripping on your counters, avoid using on white sinks/tubs/etc.
- Once your rinse water appears completely clear, you can stop the rinsing process and hang to dry. Even if you’ve been thorough in rinsing, it might still have the potential to stain, so be sure to hang outside to dry if possible, or avoid hanging over stainable things if possible.
After it’s dried, you’re ready to use your fabric in whichever fashion you see fit. Remember, the fabric does lose color very rapidly when washed, so we recommend using it on things that won’t be washed often.
As an added FYI, the fabric does get a little different texture after dying. That’s especially true with very light, cotton fabrics.
Using Turmeric in Cooking
Turmeric, while based in traditional roots, has a strong following in modern cuisine. But before we dive into the modern masterpieces being concocted by clever cooks today, let’s dive into the history of turmeric in food.
In reading segments of Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects, we saw that Turmeric use goes back almost 4000 years to the ancient cultures of India. Researchers think that Turmeric was spread through trade to China, Africa and Jamaica in the following millennia where it supplanted saffron as a more affordable option with similar characteristics.
As widespread as turmeric is, there’s no wonder it goes by so many names. That assertion is made more complex by the fact that there are 133 species within the Curcuma genus.
Oldest Recorded Use of Turmeric in Cooking
One of our favorite realms in science is dietary anthropology (or is it archaeology). Did you know that researchers can find an old cooking pot from thousands of years, and after doing a thorough analysis of the residue, find what people were eating back then?
Beyond the entertainment aspect of knowing exactly what our ancestors ate, it’s able to inform other research as to what got where, when. Take for instance an ingredient like Turmeric. When archaeologists unearth a pot like the one in this story they’re able to analyze the ingredients used in the cuisine.
When you have ingredients that are specific to a certain area, and you find a pot with one of those ingredients a different area, you can assume there’s trade between the two parties. That can help inform the understanding of how cultures interacted with each other, and when.
We’re getting a little of track here, but if you read the linked story up top, you’ll know that turmeric has been used in curry, or curry-like dishes for millennia. Pretty cool, right?
Turmeric in Religious Practices
Turmeric is a very important ingredient in Indian, and Hindu, culture. In fact, one of the oldest traditions in this culture is the use of a turmeric-dyed string used in the marriage ceremony.
This string, known as the mangala sutra. While it’s less commonly a simple thread these days (the typical mangalsutra is an ornate gold or diamond pendant) the practice is still common. The term means sacred – cord, and symbolizes the unity between the two partners. In Christian culture, it would be similar to the wedding band or ring. But has cultural meaning that is much different.
According to the same article we linked to above, it’s a symbol of “marital dignity and chastity.”
During traditional marriage ceremonies, it’s placed upon the neck of the bride by the husband with a phrase that roughly translates to this sacred thread is symbolic to my well being. You have many great qualities and I hope you live to be a hundred alongside me as my wife.
Beyond marriage, Turmeric is used in other spiritual capacities as well. In some areas of India, it’s used as a ward against bad spirits.
In Hinduism, Turmeric is representative of purity, and is used in paying homage to shrines and deities. In some areas, using Turmeric in houses that have experienced a recent death is strictly forbidden.
In Buddhism, yellow, and--as a consequence--turmeric, represent generosity, as well as purity and prosperity. These are in addition to the traditional use as a dyeing agent for the iconic Buddhist robes.
Turmeric as a Natural Medicine
Turmeric is intertwined with so many parts of Indian culture, and that doesn’t stop with health and medicine. In India, there is an ancient system that precedes our common understanding of medicine called Ayurveda. The term roughly translates to Life Knowledge.
It’s a system of ideas, experiences, and religious belief that are comparable, but not equal to other types of herbal and traditional medicine.
It relies heavily on the idea that the mind and body are irrevocably connected. They also believe that you could cure your body through meditation and a form of transcendence.
In addition, Ayurveda had guidelines for just about everything. Take food/diet for example. One of the things we were surprised to see was that Ayurveda had guiding principles for the specific tastes food needed to have in order to be good for you spiritually.
These tastes include sweet, sour, salty, pungent, astringent and bitter. It helps to explain some traditional Indian dishes! In addition, they put importance on bright, colorful foods.
This is where Turmeric comes in.
According to a leading source on Ayurveda, “turmeric is believed to balance the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha”.
In ayurvedic medicine, it’s used in a variety of forms, including juice, tea, powders, and in topical applications.
As for what it was used for, that’s a bit more complex.
Turmeric was used in Ayurvedic medicine in ways ranging from; cold remedies, to wound salves, to a remedies for jaundice, snake bites and small pox. While we don’t recommend using it as your sole treatment for any of those issues, it’s interesting to note the traditional used of Turmeric in that regard.
There is some support for using turmeric use in these capacities. But the more commonly accepted uses center around turmeric’s capacity for anti-inflammation.
Turmeric as an Anti-Inflammatory
According to the Arthritis foundation, Turmeric (and the active component curcumin) can block “inflammatory cytokines and enzymes, including cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)”.
Cytokines are a small assembly of proteins that are used in cell signaling. They play a critical role in how your body decides when and where to inflame certain structures. Inflammation, in some cases, is helpful. In non-chronic inflammation, it can help tell the body to stop moving something until the issue has been healed.
But in certain chronic issues, that pain can be a constant nuisance that reminds people that they have an issue, and it’s never going away. By interfering with inflammatory cytokines, Curcumin can help relieve pain caused by inflammatory cytokines and their resulting enzymes.
Turmeric as an Antioxidant
Antioxidants are thought to help prevent cell damage from normal body processes, and in exposure to chemicals and stressors. While some supplements may carry too much, there are some definite benefits to having an antioxidant-rich diet. In fact, supplements of just antioxidants aren’t generally thought to be beneficial. It’s much better if you get a diverse range from natural ingredients.
One of those ingredients, as it so happens, is Turmeric. We’ll talk more about the nutritional profile later, but Turmeric is rich in a variety of antioxidant nutrients, including; curcumin, vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Manganese.
This makes Turmeric a good addition to most diets as a source of antioxidants.
Using Turmeric for Brain Function
If you’re on of the many people out there who heard of using Turmeric for brain function, you’ll be happy to know that Turmeric has shown promise in improving certain brain functions.
In one study done by researchers on the effect of Curcumin supplementation on chronic stress and behavior, researchers found that Curcumin helped to bolster the appearance of two key components in the brain, BDNF and pCREB/CREB.
These two proteins (when decreased or absent) are typically talked about as markers for diseases like Alzheimers and other degenerative brain disorders, so we bet that the increase is a good thing. If you have a doctor that you go to, maybe it’s a good thing to talk about with them.
The study referenced above is based on a series of studies by that same group, with the previous study that showed a connection between turmeric supplementation and a better capacity for stress management and lessened incidence of depression related disorders.
Turmeric for Heart Issues
The stuff above is fairly safe, and if you take it isn’t really going to cause you any issues. But this one is something that you need to talk with your doctor about. That said, there are some connections between Turmeric and heart health.
In one animal study done on how curcumin affects cardiovascular disease, researchers found that curcumin may “play a protective role against CPT-11 toxicity in heart tissue of rats”. CPT-11 Toxicity, in layman’s terms, is a build-up of Irinotecan, a treatment for some cancers. Curcumin, a strong source of antioxidants, was able to interfere with the build-up, and damage potential of CPT-11 in rat heart tissue.
There are other, summary studies on the role that Turmeric may play in heart disease, but most seem to center on the antioxidant properties of the substance.
We think there is a lot of information regarding Turmeric and Heart disease that is in the works, so pay attention for more on this exciting connection.
Turmeric and Cancer
This is life or death stuff here, so we’re not going to be irresponsible in what we say. If you have, or even suspect you might have cancer, you need to be talking with your doctor regularly. Going online for information about alternative treatments is dangerous, and there are a million and half people willing to sell you their version of snake oil to get you “cured”. The truth hurts, but not as much as being lied to.
All that said, there are a number of ongoing studies about Turmeric and Cancer, some of which are more exciting than others. We don’t expect anything concrete to come from 90% of what we’re seeing, so temper any excitement you might have with a dose of pessimism.
The main thing we see in these early stage clinical trials is that they’re using Curcumin as a way to help combat the toxicity that comes along with chemotherapy. As you know, when you undergo chemotherapy, your body takes a significant beating. A lot of this is due to toxicity, or an overabundance of a certain particle, chemical or other.
Researchers who want to fight this chemotherapy induced toxicity look at novel ways to do so, including flooding the body with rich sources of antioxidants. One such antioxidant is curcumin, which has been studied as a way to fight toxicity in certain cases.
We’re going to forgo talking about individual studies, as they can be oversimplified by writers like us. If you’re interested in learning more about curcumin and its potential benefits for cancer, talk with your doctor. If you want to educate yourself a little bit on what’s out there in terms of studies, you can head here for a good starting point https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=curcumin+cancer
Turmeric and Alzheimer’s Disease
Again, we’re venturing into territory where it’s easy to mislead people if we don’t stick to what we know. So what do we know?
Not much, unfortunately. There have been a number of ongoing studies on the effects of Turmeric and Alzheimer’s Disease, but they’re typically smaller studies. So while they may have interesting claims and even ones that we should be hopeful and positive about, there are a lot of things that keep us from getting too excited yet.
If you want to learn more about research into curcumin, turmeric and Alzheimer’s Disease, talk with your doctor. They’re be able to parse the studies for you in a way that we can’t, and give you information on how you might be able to incorporate it into your supplement routine (or if you even should).
If you want to learn more about which studies are out there for Turmeric and Alzheimer’s, check here.
Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin | Final Thoughts
There are certain undeniable truths to Turmeric and Curcumin;
- It’s a good thing to have in your diet
- It’s a great source of antioxidants
- It’s cheap and readily available
- There’s a lot of ongoing research about a long list of potential benefits
But that doesn’t mean that you should throw away the medicine cabinet. Use it as you do any other thing that’s good for you; in moderation and as directed. If you go into using Turmeric and Curcumin with reasonable expectations, you won’t be upset with the results. But if you go into it thinking that you’ll cure all of your diseases, you’re horribly misguided.
Turmeric vs Curcumin
One of the most-asked questions we get involves the difference between Turmeric and Curcumin. The easy answer is that Curcumin is found in Turmeric, but not vice versa.
Strictly speaking, curcumin is a “biologically active polyphenolic compound found in turmeric.”
Further explored, curcumin is a polyphenolic pigment “curcuminoid.” Other curcuminoids found in Turmeric can include “demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin”.
The tough thing about Curcumin is that when used in isolated form, it’s not very bioavailable. Meaning that a lot of the curcumin you take orally isn’t processed by the body.
But that hasn’t stopped researchers from looking for better ways to use curcumin. From Nanosuspension, to silica-coated flexible liposomes, there is a ton of emerging research on making curcumin more bioavailable.
But that doesn’t mean that any of these approaches are ready for widespread human use, yet
We hold out hope that there will be better ways to make Curcumin and Turmeric more bioavailable in an affordable way. But until then, we’ll continue using the normal Curcumin that is so popular in the public.
Is Using Turmeric Worth It?
All of these great things that Turmeric and Curcumin might do don’t mean anything if it’s not cost-effective for the person. Luckily, Turmeric supplements are fairly cheap. They run from anywhere between $6 to $50 for a bottle of 90 capsules.
Obviously the amount of Turmeric per capsule varies from company to company, so finding the one that represents a good value is harder than just picking one off the shelf.
You also have to pay attention for pills that incorporate other ingredients. We’ve seen fairly innocuous turmeric pills that end up with things like ginger powder, or black pepper, or even caffeine. So make sure that the supplement you’re ordering is actually turmeric or curcumin, and not packed with fillers.
Turmeric Supplements We Like
There are a few turmeric supplements that we always recommend when people ask, and that’s because they’re;
- reasonably priced
- high quality
- contain a high percentage of the advertised ingredient
As we said above, there are a ton of supplements out there that don’t fit those criteria. There are only a few that we like that are pure turmeric with no additives.
The first one is from Puritan’s Pride
Puritan’s Pride Turmeric Supplement
Puritan’s Pride is a well-known supplement company with an outstanding track-record for providing high quality, natural supplements. They’ve been around for 40 years, which is a lot longer than most supplement companies we can think of.
They have two different Turmeric supplements available. One with bioperine, and one without.
Both are top-tier in our mind, but if you’re looking for a pure Turmeric experience, it’s by far the best available.
It’s also one of the cheapest, making it accessible to just about everybody.
The bioperine one probably has the edge for us because of the extract form of turmeric used, which incorporates 95% curcuminoids into the supplement. For reference, there is typically 3.14% curcumin content in the average, pure turmeric powder.
You can read our full Puritan's Pride Turmeric Review here.
Nature Made Turmeric Supplement
We think that Nature Made and Puritan’s Pride are essentially interchangeable in terms of quality and reliability. The only drawback for us is that Nature Made doesn’t offer a Turmeric supplement with bioperine.
But if you want a pure, unconcentrated turmeric supplement, it’s hard to go wrong with Nature Made.
If you want a full review of the supplement, be sure to check out our Nature Made Turmeric Review, here.
Bio Schwartz Turmeric Supplement
This is the number one selling supplement for turmeric on Amazon, and has over 10,000 reviews.
It’s a little more expensive, at nearly 3 times the price of both Nature Made’s and Puritan’s Pride’s Turmeric supplements, but it also claims to have higher potency and higher bioavailability than most.
While we doubt it’s any better than the Puritan’s Pride Turmeric pills, the reviews do give it a leg-up.
You can check out our full review of Bio Schwartz Turmeric Curcumin, here.
Natures Nutrition Turmeric Supplement
This is another very popular Turmeric supplement company, and one that has a lot of good reviews on Amazon.
Their flagship supplement is one of the cheaper ones out there, at $7.92 if you subscribe to autoshipping. If you buy in bulk, you can get additional savings at the 2, 4 and 6 bottle levels. That can drop the price pretty significantly, if you like what you’re getting.
It also included Bioperine, which is thought to help aid in absorption.
You can read our full review of Nature’s Nutrition Turmeric pills, here.
Vimerson Health Turmeric Supplement
This is another popular Turmeric Curcumin supplement on Amazon, billed as the #1 Best Seller in the Curcumin Herbal Supplements category.
Their supplement is fairly straight-forward, with Turmeric extract and and Bioperine as the active ingredients.
But Vimerson also offers a range of supplements featuring Turmeric, which can be good news for people who want to combine their existing supplement approaches. One of our favorites is the Turmeric and Ginger supplement. It’s highly rated in user reviews, but is fairly expensive at $20 for a 30 day supply.
They’re another company that offers bulk savings at the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 bottle levels, with corresponding discounts of 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30%. Those savings are substantial at high levels, and are a great pick if you plan on using the supplements long term, or if you’re buying for family and friends.
If you want our full spiel on the Vimerson Turmeric supplements that are available, you can read our full review here.
Combination Turmeric Products
As you probably noticed in the section above, there is a huge market for turmeric and even combination turmeric supplements and products. But that can make it hard to disseminate what is hype and what is substantive.
While we can’t sit here and tell you to ignore every combination turmeric product—you should exercise good judgement.
In this section of our Best Turmeric Supplements mega guide, we’re going to go over the most popular Turmeric product combinations, and go over why they’re popular, if they work, and the best places to find and buy them.
Turmeric and Forskolin Supplements
We see a TON of supplements that are featuring Turmeric and Forskolin these days. But why is that?
We think they’re mainly operating on the hype of both ingredients. Forskolin has been advertised in the past few years as a way to lose weight. But the evidence behind those claims is shaky at best.
Fortunately, Turmeric has more scientific support.
In looking at various products, we’ve boiled down their claims into the following;
- “Reduces Appetite”
- “Burns Fat Cells”
- “Releases Fat Stores”
- “Boosts Metabolism”
Again, the evidence behind these claims is shaky to nonexistent.
If you plan on taking a Forskolin and Turmeric supplement, talk with your doctor first to see if there’s any benefit or risk to you by doing so.
If you want more information on what Turmeric and Forskolin supplements have to offer, you can check out our category page for more.
Turmeric and Ginger Supplements
Ginger and Turmeric is a very popular combination. It’s found in teas, foods, and now supplement form. But does using this combination have any dramatic effect? Or is it just a clever way of marketing two ingredients?
In our look into Turmeric and Ginger supplements, we found that the main selling points for the combination were largely in line with turmeric benefit claims.
Here’s what we’re seeing most often;
- Anti-oxidant / Anti-inflammatory properties
- Helps joint health and injury recovery
- Promotes Cardiovascular health
- Helps immune and digestive systems
In standalone ginger supplements, we most often see it advertised as a way to placate the stomach when it’s having issues. But there is some evidence out there that it might aid in fighting inflammation.
So, the reasoning behind combining them seems fairly straightforward.
As to if it’s an effective combination, we weren’t able to find any reliable information for or against that claim.
If you want more information on Turmeric and Ginger Supplements, you can check out some of our reviews, here.
Turmeric and Honey
This is an interesting one. Turmeric and honey are a popular combination in a variety of applications. But it’s most popular in turmeric teas.
We’ve also seen it in a variety of other products, ranging from soaps, to lotions, to lozenges and drink mixes.
But the most popular iteration of Turmeric and Honey is in the DIY Skin Care world. In a lot of the content we looked at for DIY Turmeric and Honey Masks, the goal was to decrease inflammation. But we’ve also seen it talked about as natural acne solution.
We can’t speak to how well it works, but there seems to be a lot of interest in the combination.
The only study we’ve been able to find on topical turmeric use has been on published by the Itranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research. It was done as a study on how it can help manage Plaque Psoriasis, a scaly rash that is formed from a build-up of skin cells.
While they didn’t offer anything substantive in their findings, they said that they believed that it “…may be considered as an alternative therapeutic topical option in some patients…”.
While we wouldn’t say that everybody should use it, it might be worth a talk with your dermatologist if you’re struggling with skin inflammation issues.
Turmeric and Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a weird combination that we’re seeing pop up in some alternative health circles.
It’s advertised as everything from a metabolic health booster, to a ph balancer.
Those claims aren’t supported by science, from what we’ve been able to see. But that hasn’t stopped it from becoming fairly popular.
While there are some products available to buy, most of the material we see talking about the product is based on DIY applications.
Those all revolve around DIY drinks, for the most part. If you’re not aware, Apple Cider Vinegar drinks are a huge thing right now.
While we probably won’t be doing many reviews of ACV and Turmeric combinations, you can check out our category here for DIY recipes and other info about this popular combination.
Turmeric and Black Pepper
As you’ve probably noticed with a lot of Turmeric and Curcumin supplements, there are many that feature a substance called BioPerine. BioPerine is a patented extract from black pepper that is focused on a 95% Piperine minium. It’s typically used as an enhancer for bioavailability.
So why include BioPerine in Turmeric supplements? It’s all about bioavailability.
Turmeric, as we’ve mentioned above, is notoriously bad in terms of bioavailability. By including known substances that can increase that bioavailability, supplement manufacturers are aiming to increase the effectiveness, and popularity of their given supplements.
But is the combination of Turmeric and Black Pepper all it’s cracked up to be?
There’s some research that says yes.
In this study published in Planta Medica, a journal of Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research, researchers found that “piperine enhances the serum concentration, extent of absorption and bioavailability of curcumin in both rats and humans with no adverse effects.”
The only caveat is that this particular study is a little outdated.
The only other specific study that is more recent that we could find was a cumulative look at the bioavailability of curcumin (via a variety of delivery methods). They didn’t have any conclusive evidence saying that bioperine made curcumin more effective or bioavailable. They did point to multiple studies that supported that claim, but, in our opinion, that’s not enough to make a definitive claim.
Other Turmeric Combinations
We could obviously go on and on about potential turmeric combination products. But there’s one thing that we haven’t covered yet that seems like a no-brain. Turmeric plus Turmeric Extract.
We see a lot of supplements out there doing it. They combine raw, pure turmeric powder together with an isolate or extract. This ensures high levels of curcumin, and other curcuminoids.
But why combine them when you could just take the extract form?
We’re not sure on the reasoning, but we think it’s that something might be lost in the extraction process that might be valuable to the benefits of the substance.
Turmeric Skin Care Products
Because of the purported anti-inflammatory effects of Turmeric, it’s becoming a favorite choice for many DIY skin care people. After all, many skincare products focus on fighting inflammation and redness in the skin in order to make the skin look nice.
While the market is still emerging for Turmeric skincare products, there are some out there that are fairly popular. We’re going to discuss a few companies we like quick, then we’ll be on to our own take on a popular DIY Turmeric mask.
Kiehl’s Turmeric Products
One of our all-time favorite skin care companies is Kiehl’s. We swear they’re not paying us to say that (but definitely email us if you want to pay us, Kiehl’s.
But Kiehl’s is also adventurous with their concoctions. Sometimes they even venture into territory where it’s more like ordering a drink from a hipster bartender.
While their Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque might sound like a delicious drink, it’s actually a highly-regarded mask.
It claims to brighten, and restore healthy appearance to the skin. It’s using cranberry extract (which is high in antioxidants) and Turmeric (which again is high in antioxidants). The mask also uses cranberry seeds that are a nice touch.
The cranberry seeds come into play when you’re washing the mask off, where it serves as an exfoliant.
You can read our full review of the Kiehl’s Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque, here.
APTO is a newer company borne out of necessity. They originally developed products for customers at The Ritualist, a facial service in New York City and San Francisco. Because of high demand, and increasing popularity, they took their show online.
One of their standout products is their Healing Turmeric Mask. It runs $16.00 plus shipping for a 30ml tube.
It incorporates Turmeric and Neem extracts, as well as Azelaic acid and Colloidal sulfur to help prevent breakouts and to remove help remove built-up dead skin.
It’s lightweight, easy-to-use, and gives a lot of benefits for the price.
You can read our full review of the APTO Healing Turmeric Mask, here.
DIY Turmeric Mask
We talked about them above, but we thought it might be fun to provide a quick tutorial on how to make your own Turmeric Mask at home.
For our DIY Turmeric Mask, we’ll be doing one that’s meant to help calm your skin when it’s inflamed. While obviously this isn’t a proven benefit, it’s something that we’re seeing again and again online, so we thought we would give it a shot.
It’s a lot easier than you think, and only takes a few ingredients to get started. Here’s what you’ll need;
- 1 small bowl
- 1 Small spatula or whisk
- 1 tablespoon of organic turmeric powder
- 1 tablespoon of real Aloe Vera Gel
- Water (as needed)
- 1 small brush
Once you have everything gathered and ready, the mask is super simple to make. Here are the steps to get started;
- Combine the turmeric powder and aloe vera gel into a bowl, and mix thoroughly. Pay attention for pockets of dry turmeric.
- After the two are mixed, add water until you get to the desired consistency. If you want a thicker face salve, use less water. If you want something more inline with a rinse off serum, go with more water.
- Once the mixture is at the desired consistency, apply to your face using the brush.
- Leave the mixture alone for around 10-20 minutes
- Rinse face thoroughly with water and pat try
- Apply your normal facial moisturizer
If you’re looking for a different effect, you can sub out the aloe vera for a different ingredient. We’ve seen recipes that feature a ton of different ingredients. Lemon juice, yogurt, milk, honey, coconut oil, rose water---there are a million different combinations you can think of. Just make sure that they work in a synergistic way.
Topical Turmeric Pain Creams
Turmeric pain creams are popular as a natural alternative to existing pain and muscle ache creams. The thought is that they act as anti-inflammatory agents, helping to reduce pain response from the underlying nerves.
Are they effective? We don’t think they’re any more effective than your typical muscle cream. But we’re not ruling out the potential for good results by using them. After all, there’s a reason so many people are using them. If you decide to try one, you’ll see that most are incorporating other ingredients.
Is using Turmeric worth it?
There are a lot ways turmeric is being featured, and not all of them are equally effective. So saying whether or not using turmeric is worth the cost is a tough thing to nail down. We think it’s definitely worth it in terms of supplements. At around $10 a month to get a good, standalone turmeric supplement, it’s definitely affordable.
But when you stray into the higher priced areas, it can be tough to recommend it. That’s especially true when you get into the more unproven ingredient pairings, like Turmeric and Forskolin.
Our rule of thumb is that if it’s not offering completely credible info backing up the claims, and the price is high, don’t buy it. If you can try it for a low cost, maybe. But make sure that it’s presenting a value to you that’s worth that high price tag.
In areas outside of oral supplements, we think it presents some good value. But products like the one we talked about from Kiehl’s earlier can be a little pricy. The true beauty of turmeric is that it’s easy to make products to suit your own needs. Like the DIY Turmeric mask we talked about above, you can do it much cheaper than compared to department store brands.
Best Turmeric Products – About Us
There’s a lot of attention on Turmeric right now. It tends to happen whenever there’s a lot of scientific study going on around a particular ingredient. But that attention means that a lot of companies will try to profit off of those early study results, even though they’re not conclusive.
Look at Garcinia cambogia for instance. While it’s pretty unrelated to Turmeric, there’s an entire industry of weight loss pills that started from a single study that showed a connection between it and weight loss. Later it was shown to be less effective than originally thought. But that doesn’t stop marketers from promoting that study as if it’s accurate.
So that’s the role we’re trying to fill here. We want to make sure that people who are seeing these crazy marketing claims have a place where they can come and get grounded in knowledge. Not that we’re saying we’re the most authoritative people on the subject, rather that we’re much more cool-headed than the aggressive marketers we’re seeing for a lot of products.
Because we want to promote this side of the equation, it also puts some responsibility on us to provide our criteria for how we rate products in order to show our readers that we are putting thought into it, and doing it fairly.
We don’t want to continue the trend of fly-by-night marketers. We want to provide an alternative.
Best Turmeric Products – Our Review Criteria
Any good review site has a concrete list of criteria that they look at every time they review a product. But there’s more to it than that. Sometimes sites only review products that they know will make them money in some way. It’s a tactic we see often, and one that’s not often disclosed.
Best Turmeric Products does work off a commission model, so it means that we do get paid money for sales on certain products we recommend or even review. But that doesn’t mean that we’re completely ignoring our ethical responsibility to our readers.
With no further ado, here’s our list of review criteria for Best Turmeric Products . com
- Is it safe? – Safety is the biggest concern for us. Whenever you put something in your body, you need to know that it’s going to be safe. We recently read a story in which a woman died from a using intravenous turmeric. We obviously want to avoid that potential for danger in any product we use. But it also means that we need to be honest in how we approach potential benefits, so people don’t get the wrong idea. In most products, we’ll also look at ingredients that are getting added to the mix. It’s typically not the turmeric that’s causing issues, after all. It’s the additives that give the biggest issues.
- Is it from a reputable company? – This one can be hard to determine. Just because a company is new, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad. It just means that it’s an unknown quantity. But just as we don’t hold a lack of reputation against a company, we can hold established reputations against companies that may not carry that identity anymore.
- Is it affordable? – Sure we love turmeric, but we don’t love it when it makes us choose between things we really, really like. It’s not likely that we’re going to give up Netflix just so we can use a turmeric supplement every day. It’s that sentiment that often keeps us from highly rating products we deem are too expensive for the average buyer. But if a product is too cheap, it’s often a warning sign that it’s poorly regulated or poor quality.
- Does it pass the eye test? – This is a completely arbitrary and indefensible point we’re about to make here; but the products we review generally have to pass the eye test. What is the eye test? Basically if we see something and it doesn’t give us a good feeling that it’s a highly quality product, we’re typically not going to use it. While it might not be the most appropriate or professional metric, this gut check is something that we leave at the discretion of our writers.
- Does it work? – While this might be a relative term because we all expect different things from the products we try, there has to be some indication that the product works as intended. We tend to have a more accepting approach here. If it seems to be working for at least a few people in reviews, and it has the science to back up those claims of benefit, we’re generally going to give it a good rating here.
Combining the ratings for our Best Turmeric Products final rating
This is it, the moment you’ve been waiting for. The Best Turmeric Products final rating. This is where we combine all the ratings we talked about above into something that’s easy for you to see and understand.
But it’s also the hardest part of our job as product reviewers. That’s because a single rating metric, if poor enough, can alter the rating beyond the average of the numbers. While it’s not really fair, or measurable on your end, if you see something in the 1-2 rating range from us, it’s probably a product we wouldn’t recommend to friends, family, or strangers on a train.
Moving up the Best Turmeric Products rating spectrum, the 2-3 star range can have some great products, but with enough flaws to warrant them dropping out of the preferred/recommended range.
Take for instance a produc that hits all of the criteria we’ve listed above, but has a prohibitive price. If it’s not something that we think the majority of our readers would be able to afford month in month out, then it’s going to drop down into this range.
4 Star ratings are very good products. If we like a product to the point that we would use it regularly, it’s probably rated a 4 in our book. The truth is, most products have at least one flaw. Even products we use all the time would probably have a 4 rating by our metrics here.
That brings us to 5 star reviews. These are rare, and are meant to be rare. We don’t hand them out to just any product. They have to present a cumulative greatness that 90% of products won’t be able to hit, and they need to do it in a way that’s viable for a long period of time
Using Curcumin Supplements
We’ve seen a lot of ways that people say Curcumin and Turmeric supplements should be used. But we think the most effective ways are going to be ones that enhance the somewhat tricky bioavailability of turmeric. The best method for us for Turmeric supplements so far has been spreading out supplementation throughout the day. For instance, if you take one pill in the morning and one pill at night. If you take two pills in the morning, there will probably be a momentary spike in availability followed by a long trough-like drop-off.
In this, and in other applications of Turmeric, we recommend you use it as recommended by a qualified healthcare professional. We’re talking about a doctor here, not somebody at a supplement or natural health store that said you should totally use this. Talk with your doctor about it, you’re probably overdue for a check-up anyway!
There are certain health conditions that can be worsened by turmeric use, so be sure that you’re talking with your doctor before you use turmeric supplements. In addition, it’s probably a good idea to talk with your pharmacist or doctor about potential medicine interactions.
Side Effects of Turmeric and Curcumin
The most common side effects reported by people using Turmeric include;
- Upset stomach
Serious side effects can include;
- Risk of heart attack
In addition to these risks, a few sources we’ve seen recommend that you don’t use turmeric if you’re;
- Nursing or pregnant
- Have diabetes
- Have GERD
- Have diseases that are hormone-sensitive
- Are trying to become pregnant
- Have an iron deficiency
- Recovering from surgery or illness
Best Turmeric Products – Final Thoughts
We’ve covered an absolute ton of information in this guide. From teasers about our product reviews, to how we rate the products we do review, to other things like how to make your own turmeric mask. But are we being fair to turmeric? Is there enough evidence out there that makes us say that you need to use it, and if you’re not, it’s a mistake?
The answer is no. Using turmeric isn’t going to provide a magic bullet for the issue you’re experiencing. Maybe not even a slightly-enchanted bullet. It might not work for you. But if you go into using turmeric as something to try that might work for you, then you’re thinking the right way.
The whole purpose of this site for us is to give people more information on products in order for them to make a more educated decision when picking a turmeric supplement. Will we always accomplish that goal? No. But we’re certainly going to try.
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If you didn’t, then, well, you’re still reading this and we apologize for the length spiel. We hope you find happiness in life, and we hope that you’ll let us know where you think we can improve.
Happy turmeric hunting everyone!
The staff at Best Turmeric Products