My Nature Made Turmeric Curcumin Review – Too Good To Be True?

My Nature Made Turmeric Curcumin Review – Too Good To Be True?

It’s time for my Nature Made Turmeric Curcumin review, a supplement that seems amazing at first sight.

It costs under $10 and one bottle is enough for 2 months. Does it seem too good to be true? Well, in my case, it was.

Though it’s really popular, this product didn’t bring me any relief. That’s because it contains a lower dose of curcumin, which is too little for chronic inflammation. At least, that’s my explanation. Besides, it lacks an essential ingredient. 

So is this product a scam? Does it do anything for the pain? It’s time to dig deep into it.

Note: This review is based on my personal experience with this product, so it won’t necessarily agree with other reviews you find. I am not trying to praise/criticize the product or the company, I am simply how it worked for me



So Let’s Get To The Review

My Nature Made Turmeric Curcumin Review - Too Good To Be True?Full Name: Turmeric Curcumin  from Nature Made

Quantity : 60 capsules

Best Actual Price: $8.86

Where I Bought It From: Ebay

Designed For: Inflammation and chronic pain. That’s what turmeric works best for, so it’s a herb I usually recommend for conditions like RA and PsA (but also chronic  inflammation)

My Rating: 1.00 / 10.00

Worth The Price?: Definitely not. It has a very weak ingredient list and it lacks the essential bioperine. It is indeed very cheap, but it did absolutely nothing for my pain (even when I doubled the dose).

So it’s not a supplement I could possibly recommend, since I totally wasted those $9. If you want something that really works, this is what I recommend you.



What I Liked About It

  • One of the cheapest turmeric supplements I found online
  • I found a lot of reviews and opinions about it, so I knew what to expect before I bought it (opinions were pretty much divided)


What I Didn’t Like About It

  • Very low dose of curcumin (only 500 mg per pill). The average dose is somewhere around 1000-1500 mg
  • No bioperine, so most of the curcumin won’t get absorbed
  • The label recommends taking just one pill per day, which is really little, considering the dose
  • It didn’t improve my pain at all, even after 1 month




The Ingredients – Really Weak

My Nature Made Turmeric Curcumin Review - Why It's Not Worth The $9“If you want to know if a supplement is worth it, check out its ingredients first.”

In my opinion, this supplement could not have a worse ingredient list. And unfortunately, not every potential buyer is aware of this.

But let me explain you why I’m saying this. 

According to the label, there are: 

  • 500 mg of Turmeric blend per pill (450 mg Turmeric powder + 50 mg curcuminoides)

So how can you tell that’s little or not? Well, I always compare these numbers to the other turmeric supplements from the market.

An average supplement contains 1000-1200 mg of turmeric per pill. There are some that contain more, but that’s an average dose that works.

That’s why I don’t consider this product a very good one.

Everything starts from the ingredients, and the dose of curcumin is way too little to produce any real effect. Such a low dose can’t really help your pain, especially if we’re talking about joint pain.

But unfortunately, it’s not only the dose of curcumin that disappointed me. 



The Ingredients – What It Lacks


My Nature Made Turmeric Curcumin Review - Why It's Not Worth The $9

If you ever tried turmeric supplements before, you probably know how important bioperine is.

Our body can’t absorb curcumin alone, and most of it is eliminated immediately. On the other hand, just a few mg of bioperine can change increase the absorption of curcumin with up to 2000%.

For this reason, I absolutely avoid those turmeric supplements that don’t have any bioperine. They simply can’t work, it was scientifically proved. The relief they bring is minimal, so you’re only wasting your money on them. It’s almost like taking placebo.

Guess how many mg of bioperine does this supplement contain? Unfortunately, zero. So it doesn’t have much curcumin inside, and it also doesn’t have any bioperine.

What does that mean? Well, from those 500 mg of turmeric blend, my body will only absorb less than 250 mg. I’m not 100% sure, but I don’t think that’s enough to cure a toothache in a healthy person.

So how could it even improve a chronic joint pain in someone with a diagnosis like mine?

Well, I don’t think this is possible. At least that’s what science says.



The Dose – Only One Pill Per Day?!

In case I needed another reason why this product isn’t as good as I thought, here it is.

According to the label, you only have to take one pill per day to get the best effect. That sounds pretty good at first sight, but let me show you what it really means.

  • One pill contains 500 mg of curcumin, while the average turmeric supplement contains 1000-1500 mg per pill
  • From those 500 mg, less than 250 are absorbed because there is no bioperine. That would mean 1000-1500 mg versus only 200 mg

Do you understand the difference?

At the end of the day, your body will only receive about 200 mg of Nature Made’s turmeric, or even less. That’s because there’s no bioperine, the dose of curcumin is way too low and they only recommend taking one pill per day.

That’s why this supplement isn’t suitable for chronic pain, in my opinion.

With these doses, it simply can’t do anything real. There are lots of supplements with better ingredients that still can’t manage to improve the pain. So how could this one possibly do it, considering it has all these downsides?





The Price – Not Such A Great Deal

My Nature Made Turmeric Curcumin Review - Why It's Not Worth The $9

So the price of this supplement is really low at first sight. That’s actually what convinced me to buy it. But after using it for a while, I realized there were a few tricks behind this price.

As I didn’t help me with anything, for me it was like buying placebo. You can get nay relief from placebo, can you?

Well, I paid $10 for nothing, so I did waste those money. 

Besides, the average price of turmeric supplements is somewhere between $20 and $30. 

Compared to those $20-$30, paying $9 and getting the same relief sounds like heaven. But the point is that I was not getting any relief in this case. While those $20-$30 supplements do bring relief in a few weeks.

Therefore, those $9 that I spent on Nature Made’s pills are in fact wasted money. 

Buying 2 Nature Made Supplements = Buying 1 Quality Supplement

People buy Nature Made’s product just because it’s cheaper. And that’s what I did too, because that’s why I bought it. But instead of wasting those $9, why not add another $9 and get something better? That’s why I will never make this mistake again. 



My Experimence With This Supplement

I was almost convinced this supplement wasn’t going to work, because there were already too many proves. But for the sake of this review, I wanted to try it for real.

My Nature Made Turmeric Curcumin Review - Why It's Not Worth The $9

Once I received my order, I started taking one pill per day, just like they recommended. My pain was about a 6-6.5 on the pain scale and it was worse in my elbows and hands. I also had problems with morning stiffness and flexibility. It was the typical rheumatoid arthritis.

After 1 Week: Well, one week later and my pain was as strong as before. There was absolutely no change, no improvement, even my elbows were as bad as usual.

It was pretty obvious that nothing was going to happen, but I had to wait another week. So 2 weeks later, I had the exact initial symptoms without any improvement.

In this situation, I decided to take the risk that I usually take, when nothing happens. Instead of taking one pill, I started taking 2, one in the morning and one in the evening.

After One Month: I did this for about a week and a half, but I got the same disappointment as before. My pain wouldn’t go away at all, it wouldn’t even improve.

I kept going on with the pills for another 2 weeks, but I finally gave up. In all this month and a half, my joints weren’t feeling any better and my pain didn’t even decrease at all.

Does that seem surprising? Well, to me it didn’t. I knew this supplement wouldn’t do much, but I had to see it for real. And I’m glad I did.



My Final Verdict – It’s A Waste Of Money

Unless you have too much money to spare, I really don’t advise you to buy this product. I’ve already given you multiple reasons why it doesn’t work as it should, but let me summarize them once again.

  • It contains a very low dose of curcumin (500 mg), which is way under most of the other supplements (1000-1200 mg)
  • There is no trace of bioperine, an essential ingredient if you want to absorb all the curcumin you’re taking
  • They only recommend taking one pill per day, which is very little
  • Overall, your body would receive about 200 mg of curcumin per day, which is almost insignificant

For this reason, Nature Made’s supplement can’t bring you absolutely any benefit. At least not if you have chronic pain. In case you have just a temporary pain, it might help, but not as well as others.

200 mg of curcumin per day isn’t enough to improve every minor pain, that’s why I’m not sure. 

So this supplement does seem like a great deal, because it only cost $9. That’s why I even bought it for. But for me, those money were simply wasted away. There’s no way these pills could cure my pain, so I was wasting both my money and my time.

And if you don’t trust the arguments I gave you, keep in mind that it’s not me saying this, it’s science. There are lots of scientific studies on bioperine and curcumin, so feel free to contradict me if you find I was wrong.

Heather Pharm.D.

Heather Tracy Foley is a Pharmacy graduate, Blogger and Author with a vast experience in health sciences. She has a particular interest in joint pain and rheumatology and spent several years studying health problems. You can find her on Pinterest or via email.

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8 Responses

  1. Maddison says:

    Thanks for saying the truth about this supplement. Like many others, I was going to buy it because it seemed so cheap. I didn’t hear these things before, but you really proved that’s how it really is. Glad to find someone who really says the truth and doesn’t recommend every useless thing.

    I’ll be trying your recommendation instead. I checked out the review and you really pointed out the benefits it brings compared to other products. Thanks for being honest!

  2. Heather says:

    Hi Maddison. I made this blog to give real facts and help people spot scam supplements. So it’s a great feeling to hear it helps you and others.

    You didn’t mention what’s your condition, but if it’s chronic joint pain or an auto-immune form of arthritis, Turmeric Plus is my #1 choice. So among all turmeric supplements that I tried, this is the one I recommend to everyone. If you decide to buy it, let me know how you feel after starting the treatment.

  3. jakie says:

    Hi Heather, VERY VERY THANKS for saying truth about this product and I decide to buy it from this supplement.
    I mixed “Zingiber:15%+Black pepper:15%+Turmeric:70%”.
    If you have any suggestions or know a better product, please tell me.

  4. Heather says:

    Hi Jakie. I think it’s fair for you to see the whole picture before you buy a supplement, that’s why I tried to show both the good and the bad about Nature Made’s product. I personally didn’t like it at all, so I can’t possibly recommend it.

    I’m not very sure about the recipe you mentioned. So I assume you made that combination yourself, but what exactly did you use? Organic Turmeric powder? If you did, you might be missing curcuminoides, which are the concentrated turmeric extract. You basically find them only in supplements, that’s why I don’t use home-made recipes. Also, the black pepper you used is an extract? Because bioperine is the extract of black pepper. If it’s not, it probably didn’t help much.

    I didn’t really understand if you used this recipe or if you plan to use it. But if you did, could you give me a feedback? Did it decrease your pain?

    The supplement I usually recommend is Turmeric Plus, because that’s the cheapest product that relieved my pain really well. If you decide on a supplement, that’s what I recommend you to try.

  5. Amber Jaunder-Fox says:

    I bought this supplement from Amazon because it was really cheap. I had some gum inflammation and tried to go the natural way. I didn’t know what ingredients it should have, I only bought it because it was cheaper than the rest.

    I was quite surprised you didn’t like it, because it helped my gums a lot.

    Now my old aunt has some joint problems and her doctors told me to give her turmeric supplements (she’s too old to take lots of meds). They didn’t recommend a brand so I just realized I had the bottle of Nature Made’s Turmeric at home. I only used a few pills from it for my gums.

    Do you think it’s not strong enough for my aunt? She’s a small woman, so I wouldn’t have her take very strong pills.

    I wouldn’t buy something else if this product is good enough.

  6. Heather says:

    Hey Amber. Nature Made’s supplement is a very weak one – compared to other turmeric products. But it’s good enough for a minor inflammation, like the ones from your gums. That inflammation would have gone away on its own in the end – but turmeric speeded up the process.

    So Nature’s Made’s supplement is okay if you have a minor problem like yours.

    But when it comes to your aunt – I doubt it’s good enough. Her inflammation is more severe than yours.

    I understand you don’t want her to take strong pills – but I wouldn’t recommend more than the average dose. That would definitely not hurt her. And the dose from Nature Made is lower than average (500 mg and the average dose is at least 1000 mg) – which is why I doubt it’s going to help her.

    Plus that turmeric doesn’t absorb too well without bioperine. Less than 50% gets absorbed without any. That’s why – out of those 500 mg of Nature Made- your body would get less than 250 mg. So the fact that Nature’s Made’s supplement has no bioperine is a huge downside.

    Now – I understand that you don’t want to spend extra money on another supplement. So here’s what I advise you to do:

    – have your aunt take Nature Made’s turmeric until the bottle runs out
    – see how she feels (but most likely, she won’t feel much better)
    – choose a turmeric supplement with a higher dose and bioperine

    If you need some personal recommendations, I advise you to check out this list. I reviewed the best turmeric supplements I tried for 2018, so you can choose one of them. Some are really affordable, so you won’t have to spend lots of money.

    Yeah, none is as cheap as Nature Made – but it doesn’t have such weak ingredients either. Hope this helps.

  7. Chris says:

    i have reactive Arthritis and taken this stuff and Nature made works wonders with my prescription of Dyclofenac. It works better than the Vitacost brand each has its own merits though. They both work but for the money this does work and my Dr has seen the difference. When i take it it works like sulfsalozene without the side affects.

  8. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi Chris! Thanks for sharing your experience with Nature Made’s turmeric supplement. I’m not a fan of this product at all and don’t have a good opinion on it overall. But it surely works in some cases, and I’m glad to hear your case is one of these. It’s really cheap overall so if it’s helping you so much, there’s no point switching to a pricier supplement. Best wishes!

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