My Bio Schwartz Turmeric Curcumin Review – Too Good To Be True?

My 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

My Schwartz Turmeric Curcumin Review – Too Good To Be True?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

My Schwartz Turmeric Curcumin Review – Too Good To Be True?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

My Schwartz Turmeric Curcumin Review - Too Good To Be True?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

In my opinion, turmeric is the best herb you can use for inflammation. I’ve tried most herbs that are popular remedies and none of them helped me as much as turmeric

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.

My Schwartz Turmeric Curcumin Review – Too Good To Be True?



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

My Schwartz Turmeric Curcumin Review – Too Good To Be True?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.  

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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14 Responses

  1. Mike Mitchell says:

    Thank you for your thorough review Heather. I can also see that the ingredients are really good. Turmeric and its extract + bioperine are all amazing when combined. And as you said, anyone would expected more from the product like this. That is why your results surprised me to be honest.

    It looks like after finishing your first bottle you had some pain relief. So I can also say that this product is not total scam. But I do not know should we expect more from the product that costs $19.95.

    Maybe the stronger supplements cost more and give better results? What kind of product gives the best results in treating joint pain? I would like some recommendations to expand my options of purchase.

    Thank you.

  2. Heather says:

    Hi Mike. BioSchwartz’s Turmeric is definitely not a scam, as long as I’m concerned.

    To me it was a pretty good product, but I just expected something more from it – considering it has some great ingredients. 

    As I said, maybe they’re not as pure as in other products – or maybe it’s just my body that didn’t respond that well to it. But I have nothing to criticize about this supplement, so if you’re thinking about giving it a try, I do recommend it. Maybe it’s going to work better for you, who knows?

    Now – I had some better results from 3 supplements:

    – 2 of them had some really special ingredients (a different form of curcumin): Solgar’s Curcumin and Smarter Nutrition’s Curcumin

    – 1 was pretty similar with BioSchwartz in terms of ingredients: Turmeric Plus

    Obviously, the first 2 are a lot more expensive – over $40 both. Which is kind of a big downside, because I couldn’t afford buying them monthly. 

    On the other hand, Turmeric Plus is way cheaper – which is the main reason why I liked it. It basically works as well as the other 2 (despite not having such impressive ingredients) but costs half.

    I usually buy it as a pack of 4, because I end up paying around $16 per bottle which is great.

    So these are normally my top recommendations. But if you need some other, you should check out this list – there are 7.

    So I think that it basically depends on your budget, but I don’t recommend you spending $40 for a product when you can get the same relief from one that cost $16. But it’s up to you, obviously. 

    Hope this helps.

  3. Jamie Floyd says:

    Hi, glad to find a complete review. I read some things about this product on Amazon, but they were all basic and didn’t give all the info I needed.
    I too tried this supplement but it didn’t work out as expected. After taking one full bottle, I didn’t feel any difference. Maybe it’s just a hype, I don’t know.
    I’m thinking about trying that turmeric you used. Is it much different than this one, regarding substances inside? Do you think it should help RA pain? I read that you also have RA, so I’m thinking it should help me then too. What do you think? Thanks.

  4. Heather says:

    Hello Jamie, sorry to hear this supplement didn’t help you much.

    Regarding what you asked me, the turmeric I’m constantly using is pretty similar as ingredients. However, for me it had a much better effect, so that was a big question mark at first. Later I realized that it may be using a different kind of curcumin, maybe from a different source. That’s the only possible explanation I can find.

    Every time I give it up and switch to another turmeric supplement, I feel the difference. My pain increases again. That’s even though sometimes the other supplement has almost the same ingredients.

    So I don’t know, for me Turmeric Plus still works much better than anything else. I have RA too, so I believe it should relieve any RA pain. The company may offer a money back guarantee at this point (I’m not sure, but you can ask them).

    Hope this helps.

  5. Gwen says:

    I took it for several months because it had some decent recommendations. I have RA but it didn’t help much, except treating my constant migraines (don’t know if it has anything to do with it, but it did help with that). Would not recommend it for RA, but I think it’s good enough for general health improvement.
    That’s my experience with it.

  6. Heather says:

    Hi Gwen, thanks for letting me know your opinion. I never had any migraines so I can’t tell if it helps or not. But if you say so, I think it’s a pretty cheap solution for headaches.

  7. clement says:

    I think it’s a good product for this price, I know there are many others with a better quality but they usually cost more too. So if I don’t wanna pay a lot and I don’t need something really pure, I think BioSchwartz is a fine option. Thanks for taking the time to write this thorough review, much appreciated!

  8. Heather says:

    Hi Clement, totally agree with you – for this money, it’s really fine. 

    As I said in my review, I can’t tell for sure about BioSchwartz’s purity. 

    I do believe its ingredients don’t have the best quality ever (otherwise why didn’t they work better), but I can’t prove that, so it’s just a personal belief. 

    Thanks for letting me know your opinion on this supplement.

  9. Anusuya says:

    I am hailed from India where we use turmeric every day except  immediate 10 days when some die in my house. My family used to grow turmeric in my back yard but not anymore. We live in the same state as Kandha Mala District where the best variety of organic turmeric is grown and the cost in bulk is $0.5 -0.75 / 1000 gm. It is hard to imagine sitting here but true. 

    They smell real turmeric and the curry has a delicious distinguished taste. In fact, I found some of these in PCC market in Seattle. Each pound was ~20 bucks or close to it if I remember right and procured from Kandha Mala district per its label. 

    Hey, not bad to do this business!

    I don’t know where the turmeric from BioSchwartz is brought from, but I don’t think it’s India. I once heard they also grow it here in the US, in special area so that the climate is similar. But I doubt their turmeric is as healthy as our original.

    Back then in India, we didn’t know about piperine formulation for better solubility. Now a day we add any oil+turmeric powder + ground pepper to the curry. I have no joint pain to test though. 

    I will just say, turmeric source is being hampered and it might get harder to the best turmeric. So we need to watch out the high-quality turmeric supplement.

  10. Heather says:

    Hi Anusuya, thanks for this great explanation, it’s great to hear from someone who tried organic turmeric right from its home.

    You’re right, the price of turmeric is way higher here, so I assume that out supplements would cost under $10 if they were made in India. But that’s it, the producers have to earn some money as well.

    I didn’t know they also grow turmeric here, but it’s totally possible. Most supplements I tried claimed to have organic Indian, but I expect anything from these brands – so it wouldn’t surprise me if they produced it right here. 

    But I think BioSchwartz is a more serious company, compared to others. So hopefully, they do use organic powder.

    And one more thing – I insist so much on the important of bioperine because my reviews are focused on joint pain. So if you’re normally healthy and only take turmeric for its antioxidants benefits (or anything else), piperine it’s not so essential.

    I mean, it does increase the absorption up to 2000% – but if you have no major inflammation, you don’t need a very high dose of turmeric. 

    Thanks for letting my know your opininon.

  11. sonja ivanovic says:

    I think it’s ok as a supplement. I don’t have joint pain but I had some gum inflammation, so my dentist told me about turmeric. I searched on Amazon and this was one of the first options they showed me, so I bought it because it was pretty affordable.

    I can’t tell about joint pain, but for me it worked after several days, my gums were better. 

  12. Heather says:

    Hey Sonja, thanks for letting me know your experience. 

    Turmeric usually works for minor inflammation, like yours was – no matter what brand you choose. So I would actually recommend Bioschwartz for gum problems, since it’s not a very serious problem.

    I had several people with gum problems telling me they had good results with supplements that are much weaker (they have no bioperine, no curcumin extract, etc.). 

    But anyway, I can’t criticize BioSchwartz’s product – overall it’s a pretty good one, I just didn’t get the best results from it. 

  13. Henny says:

    Hi Heather, thank you for reviewing Bio Schwartz’s turmeric and for your honest opinion. I’m a regular customer of this brand because their products are cheap and quality. This turmeric supplement is one of my favorites, I take it for weight loss and it’s helpful. I managed to lose around 11 pounds in one month, which I consider really good. Sure enough, I followed a diet and exercised daily, but I think these pills contributed a lot.

    I never had joint pain, though so I can’t really talk about that. But from my point of view, Bio Schwartz is a very quality supplement. But I respect your opinion and agree that everything can work differently for everyone. As for me, I will continue to use this product because it’s right the thing I need right now.

  14. Heather says:

    Hello Henny, thank you for telling me your opinion about Bio Schwartz’s turmeric. Any feedback is much appreciated, whether it’s for joint pain, weight loss or any of the other effects of this product.

    As I said, my overall opinion on this product is far from bad. It has good ingredients and a decent price – it only wasn’t very effective for my pain, but it still worked much better than others.

    That’s why I’m pretty sure it works well for weight loss, as you said. I even read some reviews praising it at this chapter, so I think it’s a great choice for the money. 11 pounds in one month is surely a lot, congratulations!

    I agree with you – if Bio Schwartz’s turmeric and curcumin helps you, there’s no point switching to something else. 

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