Turmeric has many health benefits, mostly due to the presence of a compound called curcumin, which is found in turmeric powder. When using turmeric in cooking, this rarely provides therapeutic amounts of curcumin, and you will not receive the full health benefits of turmeric (1). In most cases, supplements are required to achieve therapeutic doses.
When looking at the best curcumin or turmeric supplement, you want to find those that:
- Provide a dose of at least 400-500mg of curcumin per day. In fact, most scientific studies use at least 1g of curcumin daily. (2)
- Contain natural substances which aid the body in absorbing curcumin – for example, a substance called piperine (3)
- Are affordable and cost effective
With these factors in mind, we have done the research for you and tested dozens of turmeric/curcumin supplements. From these, we have prepared a list of the six best turmeric supplements which you can use in 2021. Please remember to always consult your doctor before taking a new supplement.
Our top picks
Doctor Recommended Turmeric Curcumin grabs our #1 spot as out of all other products we reviewed, it provides the highest dosage of curcumin per serving. Overall, every 3 capsules contain 1580mg organic tumeric root, 625mg turmeric extract of which 95% are curcuminoids, 30mg Organic Triphala Powder and 15mg of Bioperine Black Pepper extract (the latter two are natural absorption enhancers). This is more curcumin per serving than any other of products listed. Doctor Recommended Turmeric Curcumin is also plant-based, making it suitable for vegetarians. One package contains contains 180 capsules (a 60 day supply if you take 3 capsules per day). Essentially it is recommended for its high concentration of curcumin, which is the most important factor to consider when using turmeric supplements.
BioSchwartz Turmeric Curcumin with BioPerine wins our #2 spot due its efficacy, quality and cost. Each serving, which is 3 capsules, provides 1350mg of turmeric, and 150mg of turmeric extract (of which 95% are curcimonoids). Additionally, it includes BioPerine (a black pepper extract) to aid absorption. BioSchwartz Turmeric Curcumin with BioPerine has the added bonus of being free of Soy, Gluten, Milk, Wheat, GMOs, Peanuts, Sweeteners, Shellfish and sugar, making it suitable for people with allergies or who follow strict nutritional guidelines. For a therapeutic dose, we recommend you take at least 2 servings (6 capsules overall) per day. BioSchwartz Turmeric Curcumin with BioPerine is currently the most purchased curcumin supplement on Amazon, with hundreds of positive claims about its therapeutic effects from customers.
Nature’s Nutrition Turmeric Curcumin with BioPerine is an affordable turmeric supplement which contains a high potency (95%) of Curcumin with BioPerine as an absorption enhancer. As the manufacturers assert, this blend of Turmeric with Black Pepper has been shown to be up to 2,000x more effect than turmeric on its own. Each package contains 120 veggie capsules (so it is suitable for vegetarians) and each serving is considered to be 3 capsules.
This all-rounded turmeric supplement product is the go-to choice for thousands of turmeric lovers around the world. It contains 1200mg of turmeric root, 100mg of turmeric root extract (of which 95% are curcuminoids) as well as 10mg of Bioperine to aid with absorption. All ingredients are vegetarian and non GMO. The capsules are also gluten, soy, dairy and sugar free. It is recommended to take 2 capsules daily – a 30 day supply.
Like others on this list, FineVine’s turmeric supplement contains both turmeric root, and turmeric extract with 95% curcuminoid potency. One serving, which is 2 capsules, contains 1500mg of this mixture, although the company does not make it clear in which ratio. Each serving also contains 10mg of BioPerine, as well as (uniquely) 140mg of organic ginger. Ginger on its own has many known medicinal properties, FineVine’s supplement comes with this added bonus. The capsules are, according to the manufacturers, 100% organic and non-GMO, gluten free, sugar free, allergen free and contain no fillers, binders, soy, dairy, egg, shellfish or peanut, making it suitable for allergic patients. Containers come in packets of 60 (30 day supply) or 120 (60 day supply).
This American-manufactured supplement provides a 90-day supply of curcumin in one package, which contains 180 capsules. It’s main drawback is the fact that daily doses are lower than ideal. Each serving (2 capsules) contains 1500mg of tumeric root, 100mg of turmeric extract of which 95% are curcuminoids, and 5mg of BioPerine. The capsules are vegetarian-friendly, 100% natural, gluten free and non-GMO.