The greatness of turmeric for acne, and indeed brain health and muscle health, is well known nowadays. This orange root vegetable from Asia has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
Turmeric has a long list of compounds with strong medicinal properties, including curcumin, monodemethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumind. For acne, turmeric has a strong ability to reduce bodily inflammation levels, beating almost every other spice or herb. Less inflammation equals less aggressive attacks on the bacteria in your skin pores, and less fiery and aggressive acne.
Turmeric is also extremely rich in antioxidants, which keep your skin cells strong against the dulling, greying, destabilising forces of free radicals. There’s even evidence that turmeric can suppress the stress hormone cortisol.
Studies have concluded that turmeric enhances short term memory and attention span. Turmeric may even prevent Alzheimer’s by dissolving amyloid plaques on the brain. The main compound behind this greatness is curcumin, but other curcuminoids are also important.
That’s why today, we will discuss the 10 best turmeric and curcumin brands money can buy.
There’s several styles of supplements; you can add the traditional ground powder to your diet, you can take a turmeric pill, or you can take a super-pill, formulated for optimal effectiveness. For a shortcut, aSquared Nutrition and Divine Bounty are the ultimate brands, with Organic India succeeding as a unique turmeric with some bonus ginger root.
Let’s get started:
One – aSquared Nutrition
One of the best turmeric brands available today. Firstly, aSquared Nutrition contains an above average turmeric dosage of 650mg per capsule. The bottle recommends taking 2 capsules daily for 1300mg, but 1 will easily suffice. There’s also 2.5mg of piperine, to aid absorption.
Secondly, 50mg of aSquared Nutrition is in the standardised form, designed for optimal levels of the all-important anti-inflammatory compound curcumin. This section of aSquared Nutrition contains a guaranteed 95% level of curcuminoids, compared to raw, ground turmeric with average levels of 5%, which is still effective itself. Guaranteeing the curcumin also guarantees the anti-inflammatory properties.
Meanwhile, the other 600mg of aSquared Nutrition consists of raw, whole turmeric, for the full spectrum of compounds.
An important question with any supplement, vitamin or ancient herbal remedy, is its purity and freedom from inflammatory additives. Some can actively decrease nutrient absorption while fillers like corn flour have inflammatory properties. ASquared Nutrition’s only extra ingredients are vegetable cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, silicon dioxide and the harmless filler rice flour, all of which are safe.
This brand is vegan, using plant cellulose for the capsule. There’s hundreds of positive reviews for aSquared Nutrition, and there’s a 100% money back guarantee. This brand will last for 6 whole months if you halve the dosage and take 1 capsule daily.
Overall, aSquared Nutrition is a very difficult turmeric brand to beat.
Amazon link: aSquared Nutrition Pure Turmeric Curcumin.
Two – BioSchwarz
BioSchwarz follows a similar formula to aSquared Nutrition, being split between 50mg of standardised turmeric extract and 450mg of ground turmeric powder per capsule. The standardised portion again consists of 95% curcuminoids and there’s also 3.3mg of piperine per capsule to aid absorption.
In my opinion, these split turmerics are the ultimate forms available. You’re guaranteed to get a decent injection of curcuminoids, but thanks to the raw turmeric, you don’t miss out on any smaller, less understood compounds in turmeric that can also work the magic. Many of the excellent studies on turmeric used the whole form, and BioSchwarz succeeds in this respect.
At a total dosage of 500mg per capsule, BioSchwarz is slightly weaker than aSquared Nutrition, but easily strong enough. 500mg per day has actually been used in studies to increase the antioxidant glutathione in the body.
The ingredients list of BioSchwarz is particularly pure. Which additives are included? The vegetable capsule, and that’s it. BioSchwarz contains no magnesium stearate, no corn flour, and no allergens like soy or wheat.
For efficiently taking turmeric without the hassle of recipes, BioSchwarz succeeds in every way.
Amazon link: BioSchwarz Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine.
Three – Divine Bounty
A turmeric brand with some unique features. Firstly, Divine Bounty contains the highest per-capsule dosage of any product listed here, with 750mg of turmeric extract. The bottle contains 120 capsules, so you have a monstrously powerful 4 month supply.
Secondly, Divine Bounty is a fully standardised product, at 95% curcuminoids, but is broken down into numerous curcuminoids. There’s 70-80% curcumin, the main medicinal compound, but also 2.5% to 6.5% bisdemethoxycurcumin and 15-25% demethoxycurcumin. Both of these less famous compounds are known to have antioxidant properties.
Divine Bounty contains 5mg of piperine per capsule as well, while the additional ingredients are the safe vegetable cellulose and rice concentrate.
Divine Bounty is the greatest fully standardised turmeric the market has to offer.
Four – Starwest Botanicals
With Starwest Botanicals we arrive at a giant bag of organic, ground turmeric powder. This brand is ideal if you’re determined to follow the natural path, by only adding turmeric to recipes like curry.
The curcumin content of turmeric powder varies from 3-5%, with one study detecting 3.8%; that’s tiny compared to standardised brands, but easily enough to improve your health. Plus, turmeric contains numerous other antioxidants, vitamins, and phytonutrients, many of which remain mysterious.
As for Starwest Botanicals, the bag weighs one pound, giving you months of supply. It’s also certified organic by the USDA. The turmeric is imported from India and tested thoroughly at Starwest Botanicals’ US laboratory. Turmeric is the only ingredient here, and there’s a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Starwest Botanicals is perfect for a bulk bag of real turmeric.
Amazon link: Starwest Botanicals Organic Turmeric Root Powder.
Five – Doctor Danielle
A turmeric supplement which is pure and sourced from the highest quality turmeric. Dr Danielle’s unique feature is its lack of a standardised portion; each capsule simply contains 500mg of whole turmeric. This pill is perfect if you dislike the taste of turmeric, or its signature recipes, but wish to take turmeric in its purely natural form.
The ingredients list is minimal, reading turmeric (500mg), piperine (5mg) and vegetable capsule. The piperine is a vital ingredient of any turmeric pill. Piperine is an alkaloid extracted from black pepper, which has a unique ability to increase the absorption of minerals and phytonutrients in the human digestive system.
Importantly, it’s particularly effective for curcumin; one study observed that piperine increased the absorption of curcumin by a massive 2000%. Curcumin has a poor absorption rate normally, particularly compared to other phytonutrients like quercetin in onions, but piperine is the solution. With raw turmeric or curries, you should always add a sprinkling of black pepper.
Elsewhere, Doctor Danielle provides a 4 month supply, a long testing period. This product is the ultimate pure turmeric pill available today.
Amazon link: Doctor Danielle Turmeric.
Six – Organic India
Firstly, its total dosage of nutritional goodness is 500mg per capsule. Organic India contains 370mg of raw, ground turmeric, and 80mg of standardised turmeric extract consisting of 95% curcuminoids. However, the remaining 50mg consists of ginger, another acne-clearing spice with strong anti-inflammatory properties, and unique compounds (gingerols, shogaols) of its own.
This means that the overall dosage of turmeric is lower than other brands, unless you follow their recommended serving of two capsules daily, but Organic India has a unique feature. The addition of ginger could even have unforeseen synergistic effects on the turmeric.
Elsewhere, Organic India’s only other ingredient is the organic vegetable pullulan capsule. Take one capsule daily, and Organic India will last for 3 months. The only downside is its lack of piperine, so eating three black peppercorns at the same time would be a smart move.
Organic India is a unique turmeric brand, one of the best available today.
Amazon link: ORGANIC INDIA Natural Turmeric Root.
Seven – Vimerson Health
Like Divine Bounty, each capsule consists of 750mg of turmeric, but 700mg is raw, ground turmeric while the other 50mg is turmeric extract standardised to contain 95% curcuminoids. Dosage-wise, Vimerson Health is the strongest split product here, while still being affordable.
There’s 5mg of piperine to enhance absorption as well, and the only extra ingredient is the pullulan plant capsule, making Vimerson Health vegan if that’s important for you.
This brand has even entered the halls of organic products recently, being certified by the CCOF. Vimerson Health has over 100 positive reviews and the bottle will last for 2 months, with a 60 capsule supply.
Vimerson Health is probably the best turmeric product here: it contains both raw turmeric and standardised turmeric, and has a high dosage.
Amazon link: Vimerson Health Organic Turmeric Curcumin.
Eight – Herb Affair
With Herb Affair we have an alternative bulk bag of powder in case StarWest Botanicals disappears. Herb Affair consists solely of ground turmeric root, coming in a 1 pound bag and being a rich, dark orange colour.
The colour of turmeric is a very important attribute, as the medicinal phytonutrients like curcumin are what creates it. If your turmeric is pale yellow, reject it instantly. Herb Affair can be added to recipes, or you can simply mix it with water and drink.
Herb Affair even comes with a free eBook with 10 recipes. Apparently, their most recent laboratory analysis revealed a curcumin content of 3.82%. Always combine Herb Affair with either black pepper, whole black peppercorns, or a dedicated piperine supplement for optimal absorption.
Herb Affair is similarly great to Starwest Botanicals, making it an excellent reserve turmeric.
Amazon link: Herb Affair Organic Turmeric Root Powder.
Nine – Vital Nutrients
The extra ingredients are harmless, being the vegetable cellulose capsule, silicated cellulose, and leucine. Vital Nutrients is free from magnesium stearate, like every other product here.
This turmeric extract is standardised to 85-90% curcuminoids; Vital Nutrients contains less of the key compounds than Divine Bounty, but leaves more room for smaller, more mysterious substances which are potentially rewarding. The choice is yours.
This turmeric has a standard dosage, at 500mg per capsule, with 60 capsules in the bottle. The all-important piperine is in place, with 5mg per capsule. Note that Source Naturals also sells an excellent isolated piperine supplement, for enhancing any meal’s nutrition.
The only flaw with Vital Nutrients and any pill is that you cannot apply the turmeric to your face. The oral anti-inflammatory properties are almost mainstream nowadays, but turmeric’s topical powers are less known. Turmeric is a secret weapon against oily skin; it contains a plant steroid called beta-sitosterol which downregulates the sebaceous glands’ activity. The spice was even shown in one study to lower the skin’s oiliness by 24.6% after 6 weeks of daily application.
If you wish to enjoy turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties and put an end to oily skin, choose a whole powder like StarWest Botanicals, but Vital Nutrients is yet another excellent oral pill.
Amazon link: Vital Nutrients Curcumin Extract.
Ten – Health Code Labs
Health Code Labs only has one extra ingredient, the only one necessary, a vegetable capsule. If you’re a fan of turmeric’s powers then you’re in luck, because pure products are easy to track down compared to magnesium or lysine (a minefield).
Even better, Health Code Labs is indeed proven in a laboratory to be pure and uncontaminated. You have to be careful when purchasing turmeric, because the root originates in Asia and most powders are still grown there. Since India’s factories are booming and in the midst of a massive industrial revolution, their turmeric fields are often riddled with lead.
Several prominent turmeric brands have been exposed as containing high levels, leading to occasional recalls and noble efforts to improve. Lead is the heavy metal which was once found in children’s toys, but banned after causing brain cancer repeatedly,
Your solution is to buy a laboratory inspected turmeric; it can be grown in Asia, but should be inspected in the USA or Europe. Health Code Labs meets this requirement easily. Yet another advantage is its lack of allergens like soy or wheat and its smooth, easy-to-swallow capsules.
Health Code Labs has no gimmick, but is another strong turmeric to keep on your skin-clearing radar.
Amazon link: Health Code Labs Turmeric Curcumin Supplement.
The best thing about turmeric’s surging popularity is the numerous styles of product available: powders for natural diehards, fully standardised capsules to guarantee the curcumin, or a split capsule for the best of both worlds. What’s more, pure, minimally processed brands are also easy to obtain.
The benefits of turmeric may show up quickly; it relies primarily on anti-inflammatory properties, which can soothe acne within days. However, you should still be patient and give turmeric a couple of weeks to prove itself.
Thanks for reading!