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Turmeric Review – 8 Things To Consider

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Facts | What's Inside? | Pros & Cons | Cautions | Cost | Suggested Use | Conclusion

Turmeric is a nutritional supplement featuring an extract of the Curcuma Longa plant known as Turmeric. The company behind this formula is Morning Pep and according to the official site is a company specialized in offering the latest weight loss solutions in the form of dietary supplements. Other information about this company is lacking from their presentation which is always a disappointment to us. Another big issue is that we couldn’t find this formula on the official web-page. We’re not sure if the formula has been discontinued or it is a newly launched product which has not yet been uploaded on the official site, but it’s definitely not a good thing.

Turmeric is available online at other retailers where it is described as produced in USA, in GMP certified facilities. There are no GMOs and other artificial ingredients added to the formula. Besides the main active substance (Curcumin) the producer added a black pepper extract which should increase absorption rates and make the formula act faster.


1) Turmeric Quick Facts

Turmeric, an extract of the Curcuma Longa plant is a traditional medicine in China and India used for thousands of years to treat conditions like: digestive problems (gas, bloating), skin problems, toothaches, chest pain, etc. Turmeric is also a popular spice in India, and one of the ingredients of curry powder.

Today, the plant extract is recommended as a natural remedy in the treatment of digestive problems (irritable bowel diseases), inflammatory conditions (arthritis, osteoporosis, and other joint problems), skin conditions (acne, eczema), and various types of cancers (breast, prostate, lung, or colon cancer) where it is believed to prevent cancer cell growth, cancer cell formation, and the metastasis of cancer.

Curcumin, the main active chemical in Turmeric is actually attributed with the miraculous anti-inflammatory effects. Existing research supports the use of Curcumin and Turmeric as a safer anti- inflammatory alternative to classic drugs which have been observed to cause more severe unwanted side effects.

What’s Inside?

2) What’s Inside Turmeric?

Turmeric contains the following ingredients: Turmeric contains the following ingredients: Curcumin (Curcuma Longa root), Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) 95% standardized, Bioperine (black pepper extract), Hypromellose, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Silicon Dioxide, and Magnesium Stearate.

3) Does Turmeric Work?

Turmeric is one of the many components of the popular curry powder. Curry is a very common ingredient used widely in Indian cuisine. Initially used as a spice, Turmeric’s health benefits have been exploited for many years and plant has been traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. According to the latest scientific findings Turmeric has the potential of blocking the growth of cancer tumors. The spice has been used to treat conditions like: chest pain, toothache, hemorrhage, bruises, colic, or bloody urine. The plant extract is also very rich in vitamins and minerals including: Manganese, Iron, Potassium, Copper, and vitamin B6.

Curcumin is considered to be the main active chemical in Turmeric with beneficial effects in humans. Turmeric/ Curcumin supplements are presented as a risk free alternative to standard prescription drugs which are sold as anti-inflammatory solutions but cause numerous unwanted side-effects as well. Other uses of these extracts include: improvement of the ability to digest fats, decreased congestion, reduced gas and bloating, and improvements of skin aspect ( it is commonly used to reduce acne, eczema, or treat psoriasis). Numerous studies have confirmed Turmeric as effective in treating severe conditions related to inflammatory problems including osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, or inflammatory bowel diseases ( Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis). The anti-cancerous properties of Turmeric are also well-documented at this time, and have been validated by scientific research to some extent.

The main problem is that the amount of Turmeric required in order to be effective varies widely and depends on the affection needed to be treated. Some recommendations refer to amounts starting from 500 mg per day effective in treating stomach upset, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoporosis. Turmeric delivers 600 mg of Curcumin which in theory successfully provides an effective daily dose.

Pros & Cons

4) Turmeric: Pros and Cons

  • The formula comes at a relatively low price ($35). Currently Amazon.com sells the product for a cheaper price of only $14.90
  • The amount of active substance provided by this supplement is high enough (according to current guidelines a minimum of 500 mg per day is effective in promoting optimal health)
  • The formula is based on a single active ingredient which has been the subject of numerous clinical trials and was shown to possess essential anti-inflammatory qualities


5) What You Need to Know Before Taking Turmeric

  • The official web-site of the manufacturer does not list this product among their current supplements
  • There is no mentioning of a money-back guarantee on the official page


6) Turmeric Cost

Considering the formula is not among the products listed on the official page, we searched for other online stores that commercialize the formula. On Amazon’s online store, a bottle of 60 capsule (providing a 2 month’s supply) is now sold for $14.90 and this is a discounted price. The standard cost of the formula is $34.95, which is still a moderately low cost.

Suggested Use

7) Suggested Use

However, a recommended daily intake has not been established. Doses starting from 500 mg per day of Turmeric powder are considered to be potent enough as to promote healthy inflammatory response and maintain optimal overall health.


8) Conclusion

It looks like Turmeric is a high-quality formula that delivers a relatively high amount of Curcumin, the main active chemical in Turmeric. The formula is free of common allergens and artificial substances including GMOs. Dietary supplements commonly include such ingredients because they are cheaper and have the ability to improve the taste, aspect, or the shelf-life of the product. However, the most important thing is to consume products that are as natural as possible, and this formula looks like a pretty natural supplement.

Although there are not many consumer testimonials at this time, we noticed that those few individuals who used it are satisfied with the results and the quality of their purchase.

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