My Youtheory Turmeric Review – Why It Didn’t Impress Me
It’s time for my Youtheory Turmeric review, because I read lots of reviews about it.
In fact, that’s what made me give it a try, because opinions were pretty divided about it. Some said it was amazing, while other said it was just another turmeric product, not any better than the rest.
The only thing I could tell from the start was that it has a very high price for a product of this kind – I couldn’t find it anywhere for less than $45. So at this price, I would honestly expect it to make miracles, otherwise I would be really disappointed.
I tested out this supplement myself so I will let you know how it worked for me.
Note: This review is based only on my experience with this supplement, so it won’t necessarily agree with other reviews you find. I’m not praising/ criticizing the product or its company, I am simply what I think about it.
So Let’s Get To The Review
Full Name: Turmeric Advanced Formula from Youtheory
Quantity : 180 capsules
Best Actual Price: $44.99
Where I Bought It From: Ebay
Designed For: Turmeric works best for pain caused by inflammation, because it’s a natural anti-inflammatory. So this supplement works better for auto-immune forms of arthritis and swollen joints. It doesn’t do anything for damaged cartilages, in terms of rebuilding them. So I wouldn’t recommend it for osteoarthritis (glucosamine products are the best in this case).
My Rating: 7.30 out of 10
Worth Buying?: Hard to say. It’s not a bad supplement at all, because it relieved some of my pain, so it’s not a scam. But it’s really expensive for how it works and what it has inside. There’s no turmeric powder, and even though there’s a high quantity of curcuminoides, the overall dose is pretty small.
So I would only advise you to buy it if you afford spending $45. I personally would recommend something else instead (because it’s cheaper), but it’s up to you and your budget.
What I Liked About It
- Great dose of curcuminoides (turmeric extract), higher than in most supplements
- Contains olive leaf extract, an ingredient I’ve never seen before and that has great proprieties for both OA and RA
- One bottle lasts for 60 days, which is a lot
- Contains bioperine, which is essential for the absorption for curcuminoides
- It worked better than most supplements
What I Didn’t Like About It
- No turmeric powder, so the overall dose of turmeric is much lower compared to most supplements
- You have to take 3 pills per day, which is a lot
- It did work, but it didn’t relieve my pain completely. Considering for how much I paid for it, I wasn’t impressed
- It’s extremely expensive for what it does and what it contains
The Ingredients – Good, But Pretty Different
As I said lots of times before, ingredients are the most important thing about a supplement, at least for me. So at $45, I would expect to see a lot of original and brand ingredient inside Youtheory’s supplement.
Instead, there’s the essential curcuminoides + bioperine combination, and one herbal substance that I’ve never seen before in a turmeric product. It’s not a brand ingredient, but it’s a pretty original ingredient, if you ask me. So overall, the ingredients don’t look too bad, but they’re not great either (considering the price).
But let’ take the by turn:
– Turmeric Extract (450 mg) – these are actually curcuminoides, my favorite ingredient from turmeric supplements. That’s because they have a stronger effect in inflammation, compared to regular turmeric powder. This dose is very high, compared to most supplements, but I personally would have preferred a smaller one (because I know it works good enough).
– Olive Leaf Extract (300 mg) – that’s the original ingredient I was talking about, as I haven’t seen olive extract in any other arthritis supplement. I’ve done some research and I found out that it’s used as some kind of prevention in RA patients, for future joint degeneration. That’s a great thing, as I developed a secondary OA because of this reason, so I’m really pleased to find out about this effect of olive leaves.
– Bioperine (15 mg) – I’m glad to see that they didn’t leave this substance out, though that was impossible for a $45 supplement. Other than that, the dose is pretty good (a bit too high, in my opinion, as 10 mg would do) and it ensures a proper absorption of curcuminoides.
Conclusion: The ingredients are pretty different from regular supplements, which is a positive thing. But I still think this combination is not worth $45.
One thing worth mentioning is that it’s one of the few supplements whose doses seem a bit too high to me. The only thing missing is turmeric powder, which isn’t that powerful, but it’s still a major ingredient. But I will tell you more on that later.
My Experience With This Supplement
So the reason why I bought Youtheory’s product was to try it out for my rheumatoid arthritis. I’ve had this condition for more than 10 years in total. During this time I managed to find an affordable solution for it, but I was still testing out stuff because who knows? Maybe I could find something even better.
My pain was worse in my hands and elbows, and it was a 6-7 on an average. I had more painful days, but I also had days when it was to about a 5.
Well, I only noticed an improvement after about 2 weeks since I started this supplement. Fortunately, my pain was decreasing slowly and I could feel it was better overall.
I took all the pills and I finished the bottle in about 2 months (I think it was exactly 60 days because I never increased the dose). My pain was now even better, but not as I had hoped. To give you an estimation, I had gotten to about a 4, which isn’t very little.
Compared to certain supplements, that was a big improvement. But compared to other supplements, that wasn’t that much. So I can’t say that this supplement didn’t help me, because it did. It really worked, but not incredibly.
So considering I paid $45 on it, I can’t say I was fully satisfied. If I had paid $20, it would have been a great supplement, for sure.
But why should I continue to pay $45 when I can get something even better for about $22? So I wasn’t disappointed by this supplement, because it did relieve some of my pain. But for the price, I don’t think it was worth it. I got a better pain relief from a supplement way cheaper, so that’s what I will continue to use.
PRO #1 – High Doses Of Curcuminoides, But…
In my opinion, curcuminoides are the best part of this supplement.
According to studies, they have a bigger power to fight inflammation compared to turmeric powder. So this means that a lower dose of curcuminoides will do the same thing as a higher dose of curcumin.
But what I first liked about Youtheory’s supplement is that it has a pretty high dose of curcuminoides. The average supplement has anywhere between 100-150 mg per serving, which works great. Well, Youtheory’s supplement has 450 mg, which is 3 times more.
So that’s one of the major things about it.
However, I’m not a personal fan of such a high dose. In my case, it doesn’t work any better than a lower one. I’ve tried several supplements with higher doses of curcuminoides, but none worked any better than the rest. Youtheory’s supplement was one of them (but more on that below).
So I’m just wondering, why do most supplement only use 100-150 mg per serving? Why aren’t they using 450 mg, if this dose is more effective?
Well, all I can say is that 100 mg of curcuminoides works amazing for me. Yeah, it depends of the supplement, but the only I constantly recommend has only 100 mg and it’s the best thing I tried. So that’s the dose I kind of recommend – 100 or at most 150 mg.
So the high dose of curcuminoides is indeed an advantage of this supplement. But it’s only on paper, if you ask me. While using it, I didn’t feel any bigger relief, on the contrary. So I personally think that 450 mg is a bit too much, but that’s for my body, I can’t say about the rest.
PRO #2 – Olive Extract
That’s probably my favorite thing about Youtheory’s supplement. That’s how I found out about the benefits of olive leaves in arthritis, as I had no idea about them.
So I was pretty surprised to see this ingredient, because it was the first time I saw it with turmeric. After doing a quick search on Google, I found out 2 things about it:
1. It’s used to reduce cell damage in people with early stages of RA (combined with methotrexate)
2. It’s a prevention method for further cartilage damage in OA (though it wasn’t studies on humans)
So these are 2 pretty big benefits of this herb, which makes me wonder how come I didn’t hear about it before.
But Youtheory’s supplement is very original and it really won me at this chapter. According to the studies I checked, the average dose would be somewhere around 100-200 mg per day. I hope I’m not wrong, because I didn’t see it stated clearly, but that’s the dose most studies were using.
Well, this supplement has 300 mg, so once again it contains a higher dose.
So I don’t really know what else I could say about the olive leaves extract, since I’m not very familiar with it. But I plan to study it more in the future and even write about it soon.
For now, all I can say is that I’m really impressed with this product for using it. So when it comes to olive extract, thumbs up for Youtheory’s supplement.
CON #1 – No Turmeric Powder
To me, that ‘s the biggest mistake of this supplement. And let me explain you why.
Turmeric powder is usually the basic ingredient in any turmeric supplement. The average dose is between 1000-1500 mg per day. I know a lot of supplements that have less, but the good ones pretty much have this dose.
Now, I know turmeric powder isn’t concentrated and that it’s not as powerful as curcuminoides. But that’s not a reason to skip this ingredient, because it’s essential. I haven’t seen many turmeric supplements without this main ingredient.
I really appreciate that Youtheory’s product has a higher dose of curcuminoides. That is really great. But this high dose isn’t enough to compensate the lack of turmeric.
Let me put it differently. Let’s take an average turmeric supplement that has 1000 mg turmeric powder + 100 mg curcuminoides. That’s a total of 1100 mg. On the other hand, Youtheory’s product has 450 mg of curcuminoides and that’s pretty much it.
Yes, those 450 mg will be stronger than 450 of turmeric powder. But at the end of the day, they still can’t do the same as 1000 mg of turmeric powder. Do you get my point? It’s all about how effective it is.
So the lack of turmeric powder is the #1 mistake of this supplement, if you ask me. It’s great that it has more curcuminoides, but that’s not enough overall.
CON #2 – 3 Pills Per Day
I can’t say that taking 3 pills per day is really uncomfortable, but for a turmeric supplement, I think it’s a lot.
If I look back at the other products I tested out, the daily dose is a lot lower. And I’m talking about the number of pills, to be clear.
The ones I tried kind of had higher doses per pill, so you would only need to take 1-2 pills per day. That’s pretty comfortable, in my opinion.
Now, that’s not necessarily a drawback for Youtheory’s supplement. But to me, 3 pills per day is a con because of the schedule. In case you’re not home all day long, taking 3 pills at 3 different hours won’t be that easy. You may be busy in the office, or you may simply forget. It’s so easy to skip one.
Obviously, you can combine the pills and take them all 3 together. But I personally wouldn’t recommend that, because most of the times the effect isn’t the same. Besides, in my case it’s a bit difficult to swallow 3 (or even 2) pills one after the other, even though they are gelatin capsules. Maybe that’s just me, I don’t know.
So the only complaint I have at this chapter is the number of pills per day. It’s not the end of the world to take 3 pills, but why not take 1 or 2 , if you can choose?
CON #3 – Very Expensive
And now we got to my favorite part – the price. I say favorite because this is a huge NO for this supplement, in my opinion. At least I wouldn’t really pay $45 for a supplement with these ingredients. Or at most, I would think twice before making the actual purchase.
So what exactly does this supplement offer for $45? A combination of curcuminoides + olive extract + bioperine. I have to admit that these ingredients are not bad at all, plus they have very high doses.
But that’s pretty much it. There’s no turmeric powder, so the overall dose of curcumin isn’t that high anyway. I appreciate the olive leaf extract, but this is a turmeric supplement after all, so I don’t think the the olive extract can fully compensate.
So if I saw this supplement on Amazon for $20, I would probably buy it. I’m not sure if I recommended it or if I bought it the second time, but I would probably buy it once. However, I wouldn’t really pay $45 on it.
Yes, I am aware that one bottle is enough for 60 days. But that’s not really the problem, I didn’t say anything bad about the quantity, which is really good in my opinion. What I don’t like are the overall ingredients. So I consider them as being too expensive.
Therefore, I wouldn’t really buy this supplement, mainly because of its price. You don’t have to agree with me, but I see it as a bit too expensive.
CON #4 – Didn’t Make Miracles
When it comes to effectiveness, I can’t say I was disappointed. But I can’t either say that I was satisfied, because this product didn’t relieve my pain as I expected. After all, it cost me a lot, so I dared make expectations.
I wrote my detailed experience with this supplement above, but I will try to sum it up here and add the conclusions.
So I started noticing an effect in the second week after I began the treatment. It wasn’t very early, and it wasn’t a big change. My RA pain used to be about a 6-7 and it was worse in my hands. Well, in about 2 weeks it started to decrease a bit, but not significantly.
I continued to take 3 pills per day and after about one month, my pain was to a 5 maybe. I don’t think it was less, because it was still pretty bad, but I could feel the difference. Well, I took the pills for another month until my bottle ran out. During this time, my pain continued to decrease and it ended up to about a 4, nothing less than that.
So compared to other supplements, there was a visible improvement. I went from a 7 to a 4 in about 2 months, so that’s not a minor thing.
But this product didn’t relieve my pain better than my regular supplement, which cost me a lot less. So I can’t criticize this product, because it works. But considering how much I paid for it, I can’t say it made miracles. I’m not disappointed, but I’m not satisfied either.
My Final Verdict – Is It Worth $45?
Short answer: If you afford paying so much, it’s not a bad choice. I’m pretty sure you will see a difference, because it’s pretty good. But if you have arthritis or chronic joint pain, I doubt it will help you much.
That’s because it doesn’t have amazing ingredients and there isn’t anything special about it. It did work in my case, but not any better than certain supplements (that were cheaper).
My personal answer: I don’t think I would try this thing again, even though it’s not bad. But it’s way too expensive, at least for my budget. Besides, it’s not the best supplement I tried, in terms of effectiveness. The product I recommend is a lot cheaper and it has some better ingredients, in my opinion.
So I don’t think Youtherapy’s supplement is any better, on the contrary. You don’t have to agree with me, so if you afford paying $45 on it, feel free to try it.
As I said, it’s not a bad choice at all, but I personally don’t think it’s the best thing you can get. I’m only speaking from experience, but that’s just my opinion, it doesn’t have to be yours as well.