My Bio Schwartz Turmeric Curcumin Review – Too Good To Be True?
It’s time for my Bio Schwartz Turmeric Curcumin review, a supplement that caught my eye because of one thing – its price.
What’s interesting about this product is that it claims to be 100% natural. For this reason, its $20 price made me think that it was either a scam, or a joke.
So what’s behind this supplement? Is it really any good? Does it have any real effect or it’s just this fuss around it? I tried it myself so that I can get a good idea about how it’s like.
Note: This review is based only on my experience with this supplement, so it won’t necessarily agree with other reviews you find about it. I am simply telling MY opinion about this product, I’m not praising/criticizing it or its producer
So Let’s Get To The Review
Full Name: Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine from BioSchwartz
Best Actual Price: $19.95
Where I Bought It From: Ebay, but you can also find it on Amazon
Designed For: Rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain caused by inflammation, because turmeric is an anti-inflammatory. It won’t do much for OsA or cartilage problems, because it doesn’t rebuild cartilages
My Rating: 6.50/ 10.00
Worth The Price?: Not necessarily. It’s pretty good in terms of ingredients, but that’s pretty much it. It only decreased my pain with 2 numbers, which was pretty disappointing for a supplement of this value. It’s also pretty affordable, but I wouldn’t try it again.
What I Liked
- The ingredients look really good on paper
- It also contains bioperine, which increases the absorption of turmeric
- It’s gluten free and it doesn’t contain any sugar or sweeteners (it’s good for diabetes patients)
- It has a really affordable price, compared to other supplements
What I Didn’t Like
- It doesn’t work very well, as it reduced my pain only a bit. So I don’t think it has the best ingredients as quality, because their doses are really good
- I needed about 2 weeks to notice any minimal improvement, so it’s not very fast
- They didn’t mention that you have to take it while eating, with lots of water (otherwise you would feel very nauseous)
- I don’t think it’s worth the overall price. At least I’m not going to buy it ever again
Is there another product I recommend instead? Yes, there is one that is my favorite turmeric supplement. I believe it’s one of the best for people with chronic joint pain and inflammatory arthritis. In my case, it was one of the most effective supplements. But I do recommend it because it’s the cheapest one from that “effective” category, so that’s why I continue to use it constantly.
The Ingredients Are Really Good On Paper
As usual, I started my “adventure” with this supplement by checking out its ingredient list. At first sight, it looks really impressive.
According to the producing company, there are only natural ingredients, no additives or preserving agents. If that’s true or not, I can’t tell. But let’s take each ingredient by turn:
– Turmeric (1350 mg) – it’s probably the best herb for inflammation, at least in my case. That’s why it’s my #1 choice for RA or any other inflammatory condition. The average dose is somewhere between 1000-1500 mg, so the 1350 mg from this supplement are absolutely perfect
– Turmeric Extract (95% Curcuminoides) – this is by far my favorite form of turmeric, because this extract decreases inflammation even better than the powder itself. The good news is that it doesn’t need such a high quantity to work. So the 150 mg from these pills are enough
– Bioperine (10 mg) – I’m really happy to see this ingredient here, as it increases the absorption of turmeric (which is quite problematic). Many supplements don’t include it, so this is a step ahead for Schwartz’s product
There are also vegetable capsules, but I wouldn’t call that an ingredient because they don’t have any real action.
Another good news is that there are no traces of sweeteners, sugar and especially gluten. Not that gluten would make any harm, but it’s better to keep it out.
So overall, there are 1350 mg of pure turmeric, 150 mg of curcumin and 10 mg of bioperine. These are honestly great ingredients, as you rarely see this combination of 3 together. So thumbs up for now.
Why I Didn’t Take It As The Label Said
Before buying this thing, I heard so many different versions about how to take it. The label said 3 capsules once or twice a day, but many reviewers said you won’t get any effect with this dose.
Some said to take one pill per day, others said to take more than recommended. I even heard that you should take six capsules twice a day, which sounded really terrifying. I literally didn’t know what to believe.
Obviously, I chose to listen to the label. But taking 3 capsules at once seemed a bit too much for me.
Instead, I took one capsule 3 times a day, which is pretty much the same, or even better. The substances don’t have time to be completely eliminated from your body, so you get a constant dose and a constant effect.
At least, this is what I noticed. Of course that I tried several ways, but for me one capsule thrice a day worked best.
My Experience With Schwartz’s Supplement
Before I Bought It: Before making the real purchase, I read different reviews about this product. Opinions were divided, but I was looking mostly at the positive reviews.
Some people said they felt an effect right after the first 3 pills. That pretty much shocked me…I’m not saying this is a lie, but for me that was hard to believe.
Considering it’s a herbal supplement, it usually takes at least a week to see an effect. And that’s not because I’m saying so, it is because the label says so.
Week 1: When it was time to try it for real, I didn’t notice any improvement in the first week. My pain was at the same level (7 on pain scale, with my elbows and hands pain being the worst).
Week 2: However, things changed after another week. My joint pain did diminish a bit, I think it went to a 6.5. It wasn’t very easy to notice that, but I was used to pain so I could distinguish any small change.
Week 4: I will take week 3 and 4 together because I had pretty much the same results. The pain continued to decrease, but not as much as I wished.
In 4 weeks of treatment, it had only decreased 1 number on the pain scale, which wasn’t extremely encouraging. My general pain was now about a 6, with usual flare-ups especially in hands.
Week 8 And Final Conclusions: I continued the treatment for another month to get my final conclusions.
Overall, I could say I went from a 7 to a 5. That’s not as little as it seems, but it’s not amazing either. The pain was still there, pretty bothering, but maybe less intense. Other than that, there was no big change.
I still couldn’t stand for more than 10 minutes, nor bend down alone. I still had long morning stiffness, especially in my hands. It did improve a bit, but not considerably. It would last about 20-25 minutes every morning, compared to 45 minutes before.
So yeah, that can be called an improvement, but not the one I expected.
One Thing The Label Doesn’t Mention
I couldn’t find any advice about how you should take this supplement. However, I was aware about the possible effects of turmeric pills and I knew one thing. Always take turmeric after eating. That’s something I learned from experience, after trying out lots of different brands.
Because one of their most common effects is nausea. In fact, I think it’s the reason why many people give up turmeric. This herb has some amazing benefits for inflammation, but you have to know how to take it. And sometimes the label doesn’t mention anything, just like in this case.
Now, I never had any real nausea or vomiting while taking these pills, but I did notice my stomach didn’t really love them. So after checking out different reviews, I found out what I already knew. You should take these pills after or while eating, with a lot of water.
That’s because these pills can irritate your stomach if it’s empty, but once you take them on a full stomach, there’s no risk.
I don’t remember seeing that anywhere on the label. You can look for it yourself, but I don’t think there’s anything of this kind. So keep this tip in mind whenever you’re taking any turmeric pills. Always after food and always with water.
A Few Things About How Turmeric Works
But if it seems too good to be true, it surely is. Turmeric and curcumin have one very big problem: our stomach doesn’t like any of them.
What exactly does this mean?
Well, both of these substances will be eliminated from our body very fast, so they won’t get to the inflammation spot. In other words, you’re taking them almost uselessly because they don’t get to do their job.
And this is where bioperine comes in.
Bioperine is a purified extract of black pepper. Now you’re probably thinking “What does black pepper have to do with curcumin?”. Well, it has absolutely nothing to do with it.
It’s just that studies showed that black pepper makes our body absorbe curcumin better. Much better, actually – by up to 2000%, which is really huge. That’s why an association between curcumin and bioperine is an essential thing. In this way, curcumin extract will get straight to the inflammation spot and calm it down. That’s the mechanism of this BioSchwartz supplement.
So Is This Supplement Worth It?
Short Answer: In my opinion, it’s not. Though it has really good ingredients and it looks amazing on paper, it wasn’t as effective as I thought.
I’ve experienced that myself, so I’m not talking in general. Lowering my pain with 2 numbers is good, but not as good as I expected.
So why didn’t it work better? My only explanation is that it doesn’t have the best type of turmeric and curcumin inside. Maybe they have a different source, maybe that turmeric is cheaper and it doesn’t have a great quality. I don’t really know, but all I know is that it didn’t work that well for me.
And I read a lot of negative reviews about it, so I think it’s not just me. It is indeed really affordable, but what’s the point if it’s not working?
It may work for a mild pain, but for arthritis or chronic joint pain, I don’t think it couldn’t do much. I’m the best example, so I only judge based on my experience with it.
My Final Verdict – It’s Not A Scam, But It’s Not Great Either
Overall, Schwartz’s supplement did bring me some improvement, but it wasn’t that major. For a supplement with such a good ingredient list, I would have expected more.
That’s the reason why I don’t recommend it, because it disappointed me.
So I can’t say it’s a scam because I did feel a slight change in my pain. I only call scams those products that bring no relief, and there are lots of them.
On the other hand, Schwartz’s supplement didn’t even cost a fortune, so I shouldn’t be that harsh with it. But I personally cannot recommend something that did not help me, when I have a much better alternative to recommend.
Would I buy it again? Not really.
I constantly use a product that costs around $5 more, because it decreases my pain in a few days after I start taking it.
It is indeed a bit more expensive, but I’ve seen better results with it. So I prefer to spend those money wisely and get a 5 numbers relief. I can gladly recommend you that supplement, but I advise you to find out more about it before buying it, because it doesn’t help every category of joint pain sufferers.