My Super Bio Curcumin Review (With Details) – Miracle Or Not?
It’s time for my Super Bio Curcumin review – a supplement that really impressed me at first, to be honest. I say that for 3 major reasons:
- better absorption
- high number of pills/bottle
- pretty low price ($26/ 60 capsules)
Now, I know several products with “a better absorption” that turned out to be fake. So I don’t fully trust that.
But if this supplement really has a better absorption, it’s super affordable. I mean, for this kind of product – $26 is a very low price.
So is Super Bio Curcumin a real thing? Does it relieve the pain better than most curcumin supplements? I tried to dig deep into this supplement and here’s what I found out.
Note: This review is based on my experience with this supplement, so it’s not the typical review with general info. I’m not trying to praise/criticize the product or its company, I am simply telling my opinion about it.
So Let’s Get To The Review
Full Name: Super Bio Curcumin From Life Extension
Quantity : 60 capsules
Best Actual Price: $25.95
Where I Bought It From: Ebay but I recommend buying it from Amazon at this point, because they have a much better price
Designed For: Inflammatory pain and swollen joints. That’s what turmeric works best for. So I recommend it for auto-immune conditions, like rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis.
If you have osteoarthritis, turmeric isn’t the best choice – you need something that rebuilds cartilages, so glucosamine products are my #1 advice in this case.
My Rating: 7 out of 10 – It’s good enough, but it has a few chapter to improve
Worth Buying?: It depends. It does have a better absorption, so it’s a pretty good deal at this price. However, it only contains one ingredient inside – in a very low dose, in my opinion. That’s why its effect isn’t very strong (at least in my case, it wasn’t).
Besides, it has a few problems when it comes to packaging (I will explain later on). The only category who could benefit from it are people allergic to bioperine – it has a special formula that doesn’t need this ingredient. But even so, it wouldn’t be my top recommendation.
Otherwise, if you’re fine with bioperine, I wouldn’t recommend Super Bio Curcumin. It’s just too weak in most cases, if you ask me – this product works better and it contains higher doses.
What I Liked About It
- Really has an increased absorption formula
- Doesn’t need any bioperine
- You only need to take 1 pill per day
- Pretty cheap
- One bottle is enough for 2 months
What I Didn’t Like About It
- Pretty low doses
- Only one ingredient (even though it’s a valuable one)
- The bottle is very badly packages and the pills inside are a mess (some are broken and there’s powder all over the bottle)
- Didn’t relieve my pain too significantly – only 2 numbers on the pain scale (it’s okay, but I expected more from a supplement of this value)
The Ingredients – Low Dose
As I said before, Life Extensions’s product uses a type of curcumin with an increased absorption. For this reason, bioperine isn’t necessary.
However, what’s pretty surprising is that there’s only one ingredient in these pills. Yes, it’s not a basic ingredient, but a pretty complex mix. However, the real problem is its dose – in my opinion, it’s pretty low:
- BCM-95 Bio-Curcumin Turmeric 25:1 Extract (400 mg)
Yes, the title sounds a bit complicated, but it’s actually a turmeric extract with an increased absorption. That’s what BCM 95 stands for, as it’s a form of curcumin with a great absorption.
So in my opinion, 400 mg is really little – compared to most supplements on the market. Yes, those 400 mg would be absorbed completely, that’s true.
But most supplements contain around 1000-1500 mg of turmeric per serving. Compared to that, 400 mg is very little.
Conclusion: Super Bio Curcumin does contain a very valuable ingredient – judging after its reputation, it really has a better absorption. So the claims are all true. However, 400 mg is too little, in my opinion. So I love the ingredient, but I don’t really like its dose.
What I Bought It For
If you read my About Me page, you probably know that I have a long history with arthritis. I’ve had RA for over 10 years – it was worse at the beginning, but then I managed to keep it under control with supplements (especially turmeric).
For this reason, I kept looking for the best turmeric supplement – I’m talking about effectiveness and price. I have a top list at this point, but I’m always testing out some other products, just to see if they have a better value or not.
So here are a few things about my arthritis:
- my hands are the most affected
- pain is usually about a 6, which is pretty bad (this only happens when I don’t take anything)
- normally, I have flare-ups 2-3 times a week – my pain gets to a 7 sometimes
- morning stiffness is an everyday problem (it lasts up to an hour sometimes)
That’s basically what I bought Super Bio Curcumin for. I wanted to see if it works better than other turmeric supplements. I’m pretty sure it does relieve the pain. But the question is – does it work better than the rest or just about the same?
My Experience With This Supplement
I bought the 100 capsules version, because it had a much better price than the 60 one (at that point). The pills looked like the typical turmeric capsules:
- made of gelatin
- about an inch long and 0.5 inches wide
- very easy to swallow
The good news is that you only had to take one per day – which was super comfortable.
To be honest, the pills didn’t disappoint me – they started working pretty fast, after about a week or so. The improvement wasn’t huge, but my pain decreased up to a about a 4 (from a 6). That’s pretty good, compared to other products. I took almost the whole box, but it didn’t get lower than this.
So here’s briefly how this supplement worked for me:
- decreased my pain from a 6 to about a 4
- started working after about a week
- improved my morning stiffness – I still woke up with stiff hands, but it would go away after about 20-30 minutes
- my energy level also increased a bit
Overall, these pills really worked – but I didn’t even expect something else. What I was curious about was – do they work better than others?
I would say they do work better than 80% of turmeric products from the market. However, they are under the other 20%, judging after how much they decreased my pain. That’s my opinion based on how they worked.
PRO #1 – One Pill Per Day
Super Bio Curcumin has a great advantage at this chapter – you only need to take one pill per day. At least that’s the recommended dose.
So why do I see this as an advantage? I have 6 major reasons:
- really comfortable
- small chances to forget to take it
- you can take it at any hour (with 2 pills you would have to space them out)
- minor chances of side effects
- one bottle lasts a lot more
- small chances of your liver suffering
Most turmeric supplements I know require about 2 pills per day. That’s not very bad, but it’s still not as good as one – in terms of comfort. However, I know some product that require a lot more – one even recommends taking 6 pills per day, which is huge!
So from this point of view, I really appreciate Super Bio Curcumin’s formula. It’s not the only one that requires 1 pill per day, but it’s one of the few. So at this chapter, it has an advantage.
PRO #2 – No Bioperine Needed
As I said in the beginning, this supplement doesn’t have the classic formula – turmeric + curcumin + bioperine. I’m a big fan of this formula, because for me it works better than anything.
However, I’m not against products that come up with something different. And that’s the case of Life Extension’s supplement:
- it doesn’t use regular turmeric powder
- it only contains a special turmeric extract (curcumin) that has a better absorption
- for this reason, it doesn’t need any bioperine
So is this an advantage? Are supplements without bioperine any better?
Normally no, but there are a few people allergic to bioperine. Others aren’t allergic, but they are sensitive to it – it causes them nausea and diarrhea. Yes, they are a very small percent, but they exists.
So for that kind of people, a supplement without bioperine is a must. But in some cases, bioperine is essential. That’s why you would need a product with a special formula that increases absorption – like this one.
Therefore, is Super Bio Curcumin better just because it’s bioperine-free? Not really, unless you’re allergic to bioperine – in this case, it’s better (but just for you). Otherwise, it doesn’t really matter.
PRO #3 – Pretty Cheap
For a supplement with an increased absorption, Super Bio Curcumin has a great price. Now, I’m the first one to criticize supplements at this chapter – about 70% of the products I tried were overpriced.
But I have to be honest and admit that Life Extension’s product is really affordable – at least for what it offers. And I’m not only talking about its special formula – here are other reasons why $26 is really little:
- it contains 60 capsules
- one bottle is enough for 60 days
- it has an increased absorption
So I don’t know many turmeric supplements with a special formula that cost so little. In fact, most of them cost over $40 – and I’m talking about the monthly supply.
On the other hand, Super Bio Curcumin costs $26 for 2 months. So it has a clear advantage when it comes to price.
However, I have to admit that it’s not as good as the other products – in terms of relieving pain (I only compare it with supplements with an increased absorption). So maybe that explains why it’s a lot more affordable than the rest.
CON #1 – Packaging Problems
Obviously, it’s not all good about Life Extension’s supplement – and one of its major problems is pretty weird. At least I haven’t seen it in most supplements.
Here’s the thing – the bottle is very badly packaged. And I’m not saying that because of the shipping or anything. It’s actually the pills and the bottle that have issues:
- the bottle contains a cotton that is meant to protect the pills (that’s what I think)
- the cotton is all soaked in turmeric powder
- there’s a lot of powder inside the bottle as well, around the pills
- some pills were stuck to that orange cotton, so I couldn’t use them
So from what I think, some of the pills broke inside the bottle – that’s where that powder is from. This means 2 things:
- that cotton is useless – it doesn’t protect the pills
- you actually get less pills, because some are broken so you can’t use them
The inside of the bottle looked pretty disgusting, if you ask me. Too bad I don’t have a picture, but I guess you can imagine that. The problem is that it wasn’t just me – I read many reviews and some also complained about the same issue.
So I think the company should take this packaging issue seriously. Otherwise, they will surely lose some customers – the bottle inside doesn’t look like a health product. So it’s not something I would buy, or recommend to a friend.
CON #2 – Not Miraculous
Super Bio Curcumin does work – it decreased my pain pretty fast, so I can’t say it’s a scam or a fake product. It is a supplement with real claims, when it comes to a better absorption.
However, there’s one thing – it didn’t work amazingly, compared to other supplements with a similar formula.
It took my pain from a 6 to a 4 – that’s pretty good for a turmeric supplement. But it’s not that good for a supplement with a special formula. Do you get my point?
The pills themselves work, but not as well as they should.
Do I know the reason? Of course – in my opinion, there are 2:
- only one ingredient
- pretty low dose
So it’s not among the best turmeric supplements I know. It does relieve the pain decently enough, but it’s pretty weak for a product with an enhanced absorption. At least that’s what I think, if I compare it to the others.
My Final Verdict – Is It Worth Buying?
Short answer: Hard to say. It’s not a bad product at all, because it has some major advantages:
- it has a better absorption
- it’s pretty cheap
- it does relieve the pain (at least partially)
But to me, it was pretty weak in terms of relieving the pain. However, it was extremely cheap overall. So I could say that it’s worth these money, especially if you have a minor pain or inflammation.
Otherwise, I would probably choose something else – it doesn’t necessarily have to be a product with a better absorption (as long as you’re not allergic to bioperine).
So I would recommend something more classic, not a product with a special formula – because I know a classic product that works amazingly. So that’s what I would choose.
Would I buy it again?: Probably not. Maybe if they solved those packaging problems, I could give it a second chance. It’s absolutely disgusting the way it looks inside at this point.
But even so, it’s not the kind of product that would help me much – I’m saying that because of the low dose it has. I react much better to products with higher doses – even though they don’t have an increased absorption. Bioperine can help with that.
So that’s what I would recommend – but obviously, you’re free to choose what you think is best for you.