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How to choose the best turmeric supplement (Insider secrets)

You are probably wondering, with so many turmeric supplements, which one is the best?

Every turmeric supplement is saying the same thing. 

Maximum strength.

GMP certified.

FDA approved.

Made in the USA.

It makes you wonder how to choose the best turmeric supplement.

How to choose the best turmeric supplement 

how to choose the best turmeric supplement

When choosing the best turmeric supplements, there are many questions you should ask yourself. And it’s not turmeric specific. 

You can use the following questions to determine the best supplements that are safe and effective:

  • Am I able to contact the seller?
  • Can I get my money back if I change my mind?
  • Is this company going to be around for a long time?
  • Do they even have a website?
  • Are they active on social?
  • Does the seller have any background in nutrition?
  • Are they who they say they are?
  • Do they have certifications or documents that back up their claim?

Am I able to contact the seller?

When you buy from sellers, make sure the business has contact information. 

A seller might be running multiple businesses and has no time to offer help should you need it.

Reviewing many supplements, I’ve heard of many customer complaints who couldn’t get a hold of sellers.

I help direct the customer to the appropriate website because contact information is not clear or missing. 

Sometimes, there is no way to contact the seller because they make a short term profit and make a run for it. 

Can I get my money back if I change my mind?

A good money-back guarantee ensures there is no risk to you as a customer trying the product. 

However, some companies are not honoring their guarantee. Just have a read through many supplement reviews. 

When you see a business with a rating of 2 stars or less, you’re guaranteed that someone never got their money back. This brings me to my next point.

Is this company going to be around for a long time?

You must get a good sense of the company. Is this company in it for short-term profit, or are they driven by something more?

You’ll see this on their about page, or they will clearly state it on their homepage. A company driven by money lacks passion in its work. They don’t provide value to the consumer. 

Do they even have a website?

In this day and age, a website is a must. Forget about business cards; your calling card is your website.

A website also allows a company to be able to communicate with its customers. They can disclose their profits should they so choose, update customers about any developments, and much more.

You’ll see on Amazon that some of the sellers don’t even have a website. Which can be a point of contact for their customers. 

Not having a website says a lot about their business in the year 2021.  

Are they active on social?

This may not be a prerequisite in finding a good supplement company. But, if a company doesn’t have a website, do they have a social channel?

A social channel can be a point of contact for customers to use. The business can also use their social to take care of their customers by providing help such as education, FAQs, and just a regular update.

Does the seller have any background in nutrition?

Many supplement companies claim scientists, doctors, and dieticians made their products. 

It’s a great marketing tactic to drop health professions together with health products. This gives a sort of authority that assures people about what they are buying.

How do you know it is made by a real doctor or scientist? Is there a face to the claim? Is it a real doctor or just some random quack? Can you verify?

I look at the Amazon sellers, and many are run by businessmen who can make a great website and are great at marketing their products.

These savvy business people are great at running businesses but have no idea about wellness and nutrition. 

Many supplements on the market contain ineffective ingredients, only tested on animals, or downright dangerous.

Some supplements are marketed as high strength. But, having a significant amount doesn’t mean it’s more effective. In fact, the more you have, the more your risk of liver toxicity. 

Liver toxicity is common when it comes to supplements because the seller does not educate the buyer enough or blatantly pack their capsules with an egregious amount and label it “MAXIMUM STRENGHT!”

In saying that, the buyer should also be responsible for knowing their medical history and medications to see if there will be interactions with the supplement. 

For example, a blood-thinning drug can interact with turmeric as turmeric is a powerful blood-lowering agent.

That’s why WebMD doesn’t recommend taking turmeric supplements if you take blood pressure medication.

…Turmeric supplements are also not recommended for pregnant women, people who take blood pressure medication, or people who have gallstones or gastrointestinal problems.

[source: Nourish WebMD Turmeric Supplements]

That’s why it’s crucial to have a pearl of nutrition wisdom when it comes to selling supplements.

Are they who they say they are?

Even if they say that they are some kind of doctor, a dietician, or a scientist. Can you at least verify that they are telling the truth?

Nowadays, it’s easy to write anything on the website or the labels. How can you know they are who they say they are?

You can verify their professional identity or degree, diploma, or certificate they may have garnered in places such as LinkedIn. 

You can also check their about page or search for their name on Google. If nothing comes up in Google search, they may not exist.

Do they have certifications or documents that back up their claim?

Lastly, do they have any documents saying that their product is GMP certified, FDA registered, made in the USA, or Independent third-party tested?

A distributor has to be careful about which manufacturer to use. There are supplement manufacturers located in China, Thailand, India, and more.

It’s popular to manufacture overseas due to cheaper labor costs. When the price is dirt cheap to make a supplement, it usually compromises quality. 

Cutting corners, not in compliance, or don’t use the proper amount of ingredients are common. 

The manufacturer must be FDA registered, GMP certified, and located in the US to ensure safety and quality.

I don’t have a problem with overseas suppliers. I buy my bags, shirts, and gears from China. But, when it comes to putting it inside your body, you’re safer to buy locally.

A GMP-certified facility means that the manufacturer complies with the rules and regulations to good manufacturing practices.

Being located in the US can also mean no corruption or underhanded dealings made by the supplement company. 

Of course, the price of the supplement is dearer when it’s manufactured in the US compared to China or Thailand. 

But this ensures that the products manufactured are pure, free from contaminants, and safe.

Having independent third-party tests of the products usually means confidence in the manufacturer’s ability to produce high-quality vitamins and supplements.

Ask the seller to provide such documents and that the independent third-party testers have accreditation from locally and internationally recognized bodies such as ILAC, PJLA, Consumer Labs, or BSCG.

That is how to choose the best turmeric supplement and in general.

When it comes to the turmeric itself, there are some things to keep in mind.

What makes the best turmeric supplement

Now that we got the most critical part of choosing the best, safe, and effective supplement out of the way, let’s turn to scientific evidence about what makes turmeric supplements effective.

Turmeric itself is not easily absorbed into our system. Turmeric has to be paired with a delivery system to ensure it reaches our blood intact.

A study has shown that by adding piperine to turmeric, the absorption rate increases to 2000%. 

…piperine is the major active component of black pepper and, when combined in a complex with curcumin, has been shown to increase bioavailability by 2000%.

[source: Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health]

The potency of turmeric or curcumin doesn’t boil down to quantity. Too much of something can overwork your liver. 

There are also potential interactions of drugs and supplements. The higher the dose, the higher the severity of interaction.

A 500 mg dose of turmeric is enough to get its benefits. In the previous study, a 400 mg turmeric supplementation in 28 healthy individuals resulted in reduced inflammation and decreased muscle recovery time.

From the same study, a 500 mg supplementation in healthy obese people has a potential anti-anxiety effect.

Again in the same review, a 1500 mg a day supplementation of turmeric reduces osteoarthritis symptoms. And that turmeric has the same effect as pain medications.

This systematic review and meta-analysis provided scientific evidence that 8–12 weeks of standardized turmeric extracts (typically 1000 mg/day of curcumin) treatment can reduce arthritis symptoms (mainly pain and inflammation-related symptoms) and result in similar improvements in the symptoms as ibuprofen and diclofenac sodium. Therefore, turmeric extracts and curcumin can be recommended for alleviating the symptoms of arthritis, especially osteoarthritis.”

[source: Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health]


That’s how to choose the best turmeric supplement. You need to bear the following questions in mind:

  • Am I able to contact this company?
  • Can I get my money back if I change my mind?
  • Is this company going to be around for a long time?
  • Do they even have a website?
  • Are they active on social?
  • Do the sellers have any background in nutrition?
  • Are they who they say they are?
  • Do they have certifications or documents that back up their claim?

The best turmeric supplement needs to have a delivery system to ensure absorbability. And, high strength does not mean potency.

Although some supplements are natural, it doesn’t mean that it’s safe. Study shows that turmeric is as potent as drugs. But, it can also be dangerous in high doses. Keep that in mind when you see “maximum strength” on the label. 

There are many supplements on the market that are ineffective. They lack research and are only tested on animals. 

Stay healthful.

Dads, I’ve got a tale to tell. Picture this: a body that refuses to bulk up, paired with a metabolism slower than a snail’s race to the finish line. It’s a curse! But I took this challenge head-on and became a scholar in all things weight loss and nutrition. And now, I’m here to share my tales of triumph (and some struggles) so you too can finally achieve that bod of your dreams! flex (just kidding, still workin’ on it).

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