My Spring Valley Turmeric & Curcumin Review – Why It’s Not Worth It

My Spring Valley Turmeric & Curcumin Review - Why It's Not Worth It

It’s time for my Spring Valley Turmeric & Curcumin review, a supplement I bought for 1 reason – popularity.

I heard a lot of things about it, so I was really curious to see what it can do. Besides, it wasn’t very expensive.

But price is the only good thing about it:

  • The ingredients are very poor
  • It lacks an essential substance
  • It didn’t help me much overall

I had big hopes from it, but all I got was a minimal improvement in my pain. 

So let me show you the truth behind this supplement – some real facts that most reviews don’t mention.

Note: This review is based on my personal experience with this supplement, so it’s not about general info. I am not trying to praise/criticize the product or the company, I am simply telling how it worked for me.


So Let’s Get To The Review

My Spring Valley Turmeric & Curcumin Review - Why It's Not Worth ItFull Name: Turmeric Curcumin Complex from Spring Valley

Dosage: 500 mg

Best Actual Price: $19.95

Where I Bought It From: Ebay

Designed For: Inflammation and pain caused by inflammation. Turmeric is the #1 herb for swelling, so it can make miracles for some form of arthritis (psoriatic or rheumatoid).

Now, I’m talking about turmeric in general – not about this supplement. 

On the other hand, turmeric doesn’t work amazingly in osteoarthritis. There’s little inflammation in OA – cartilage damage is the #1 problem. So you need something that rebuilds cartilages – like this product.

My Rating: 2.00 / 10.00

Worth The Price?: Definitely not – and here’s why I say this:

  • basic ingredients
  • very low doses
  • there’s no bioperine

So you’re not getting the whole dose of turmeric – since there’s no bioperine. At almost $20 per bottle, it’s definitely not worth it.

Besides, I tried to increase the dose by taking more pills, but all I got was a bad diarrhea.

So I am definitely not going to spend my money on it again, if I can get something much better for a similar price



What I Liked About It

  • You only have to take 1 pill per day, which is really comfortable
  • Average price
  • Available in a lot of online shops (maybe even in regular stores, I didn’t try)
  • It contains 90 capsules, so one bottle is enough for a long time
  • Overall, the price is really good for the quantity you’re getting


What I Didn’t Like About It

  • Really low doses from each ingredient (under the average from the market)
  • No bioperine, so your body will absorb less turmeric than it’s on the label (less than 50%)
  • I got some diarrhea when I increased the dose. When I stopped taking the pills, the diarrhea stopped too
  • Really expensive for the ingredients it has inside
  • Overall I’m never going to buy it again because it was totally useless for me. If you have arthritis or chronic pain, I don’t recommend it to you either




The Ingredients – Super Basic For $20

My Spring Valley Turmeric & Curcumin Review - Why It's Not Worth ItThe first thing I look for in every supplement is its ingredient list. That’s what tells me if it could work or not. 

Well, my first impression about this product was far from good. Obviously – because of the ingredients.

So let’s take them by turn:

 – Turmeric root (400 mg) – that’s actually the turmeric powder, which is the basic ingredient for any supplement of this kind. The average dose is somewhere between 1000-1500 mg per day, so these 500 mg don’t look very promising

 – Turmeric Extract (50 mg) – this is a really good ingredient, because studies showed that it’s a lot more powerful than turmeric powder itself. But unfortunately, this dose is pretty low too, so I’m not sure if it can do much

 – Organic Ginger Powder (50 mg)ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory that had pretty good results in studies. But no matter how organic it is, 50 mg isn’t enough to decrease a chronic pain

And that’s pretty much it. There are some other inactive ingredients, but they’re not worth mentioning.

So in my opinion, this ingredient list is one of the weakest I’ve seen. And I can tell you exactly why:

  • Turmeric powder dose – extremely low per day. It might work for a temporary toothache, but it’s way too small for a permanent pain.
  • 50 mg of turmeric extract – this again very little. It’s an ingredient that I really appreciate, but at this dose, I doubt it can change anything. 

The dose of ginger powder isn’t huge either – but that’s not so essential. Most supplements use ginger as an additional ingredient, so you will rarely see it in high doses.

It’s not as strong as turmeric – that’s why it’s not in the focus in most products.

So this supplement is pretty bad at this chapter – ingredients. 



My Experience With This Supplement

My Spring Valley Turmeric & Curcumin Review - Why I Didn't Like ItMy Initial Pain: I was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for more than 10 years. In the last years, turmeric was my biggest helper among herbs. 

Here’s how I would described my RA:

  • The pain was worse in my hands and elbows
  • On an average, it was about a 7.5
  • The other parts of my body weren’t that affected

As I said, I tried this Spring Valley’s supplement many years ago – it was pretty popular back then.

I was expecting much from it, but it really disappointed me. 

Week 1: In the first days I was taking one pill per day after meal, with lots of water. Well, in that week I felt absolutely no change:

  • My pain was at the same level
  • I had constant stiffness in the morning
  • I had trouble sleeping because of pain

Week 2: I continued taking one pill per day, but there was no improvement even after 2 weeks.

That’s when I thought about increasing the dose. Otherwise, I would probably go on like this forever, without any improvement. 

I knew that 2 pills could also bring more some adverse reactions, but I was ready to risk. 

Week 3: In the first days with 2 pills, not much changed:

  • My arthritis pain was as bad as before
  • My morning stiffness still lasted about an hour
  • I couldn’t move any better than I used to

But I continued with 2 pills, and at the end of the week, I was feeling a bit better. I went maybe from a 7.5 to a 7 on the pain scale. 

That’s not too much, is it? I mean, there are many supplements that reach these numbers in a few days…

Don’t imagine I was really happy, but at least it was an improvement, despite being really small. But that was pretty much it.



2 Pills = Diarrhea 

Week 4: I couldn’t enjoy that small improvement for long, because I started having severe diarrhea:

  • It started after I increased the dose
  • It wasn’t very severe, so I didn’t care much about it

I was suspecting it was because of the increased dose, because turmeric can cause that.

But I had taken 1500 mg of turmeric before and I had no problem. However, that was a totally different brand and a totally different source. 

Well, my diarrhea was getting worse everyday, so I had to give the pills up. It stopped pretty fast, so it’s clear that these supplements were causing it. 

But I wanted to give them a second chance.

Week 5: I restarted the treatment but now I was only taking 1 pill per day. I was hoping that it would be different from the start, when I go not relief. Well, it wasn’t. 

2 weeks later and there was still no improvement. I still had enough pills to continue, but there was no point.

Considering the ingredients, these pills wouldn’t improve my pain even if I took them forever. 





PRO #1 – Only 1 Pill Per Day

My Spring Valley Turmeric & Curcumin Review - Why I Didn't Like ItThat’s probably the thing I liked most about Spring Valley’s supplement. But it was only a first time impression.

So I have a long experience with turmeric pills:

  • most need to be taken 2-3 times per day
  • you can take them either together or space them out

So what I’m saying is that it’s pretty hard to find a product with only one pill per day. That’s because there aren’t too many.

But it seems that Spring Valley’s supplement is one of the exceptions. So from this point of view, it’s extremely comfortable:

  • You only have to take the pill once per day
  • You take the whole daily dose at once
  • There’s a lower risk to forget about one of the pills

So when it comes to how to take it, I really loved Spring Valley’s product. But unfortunately, there’s also a bad part.

The doses per pill are very small, compared to the average. So as you’re taking only one per day, the effect can’t be major (but I’ll tell you more on that below).



PRO #2 – 90 Capsules Is A Lot, On Paper

This advantage has to do with the fact that you only need one pill per day. 

So normally, a supplement with 90 pills wouldn’t surprise me.

As I said before, most supplements require taking 2-3 pills per day, so that would mean that a bottle lasts around 1 months. That’s the average.

However, Spring Valley’s product has a great advantage at this chapter:

  • you only need one pill per day
  • this means one bottle is meant to last for 3 months
  • considering it costs about $20, that’s super cheap

So a first sight, it seems like it’s a great deal.

But you need to consider the fact that you might need more than one pill per day: 

  • The doses of turmeric are really low
  • I couldn’t see any change after one pill per day
  • The effects came up only when I started taking 2 pills

So one bottle may only last for a month. But anyway, I will tell you more on that straight away. 

The point is that 90 capsules seems a lot on paper, but in reality it might not be that much.



CON #1 – Very Low Dose 

My Spring Valley Turmeric & Curcumin Review - Why It's Not Worth It

Compared to most supplements from the market, Spring Valley’s product seems like a joke.

But this time I’m only talking about the turmeric powder:

  • The average dose of turmeric is between 1000-1200 mg (what most supplements contain)
  • Spring Valley’s supplement only contains 400 mg per pill.

I think you can tell the difference yourself, because there’s a huge one. 400 mg per pill won’t do much, believe me.

For someone with arthritis or chronic pain, this dose is pretty useless. 

Besides, they recommend taking only one pill per day. Obviously, nothing prevents you from taking 2 or 3 pills every day, but I wouldn’t recommend you that. 

I tried a lot of times to take more than the recommended dose and I ended up with nausea or diarrhea. So don’t do that!

Overall, this supplement won’t bring you any major relief, believe me. It’s clear from the start, you only have to look at its ingredients. 

But the low dose of turmeric isn’t even the worst thing.



CON #2 – No Bioperine

My Spring Valley Turmeric & Curcumin Review - You Can Choose Better

If you’re familiar you are with turmeric and curcumine supplements, you probably know about bioperine and how essential it is:

  • Our body doesn’t absorb turmeric alone
  • The absorption increases with 2000% when there’s bioperine – the extract of black pepper.

So at this point, most supplements from the market combine turmeric with bioperine. 

Well, guess how many bioperine contains Spring Valley’s supplement?

  • Absolutely no milligram

So besides having a very low dose of turmeric, it also doesn’t have any bioperine. 

What does this mean? Well, from those 400 mg of curcumin per pill, our body will absorb less than 200 mg. If 400 mg is very little, 200 mg is almost insignificant. 

So for me, that’s the best proof why Spring Valley’s supplement could’t do much. The quantity of curcumin that my body actually received was way too low.

That’s why I really don’t recommend them. 



CON #3 – Diarrhea After Increasing The Dose

At first sight, taking 2 pills instead of 1 sounds like a great thing to do. You would get 800 mg instead of 400, in theory. 

But keep in mind 2 things:

  • there’s no bioperine in these pills
  • from those 800 mg, your body will absorb less than 400

So we’re back to the beginning.

Anyway, I told you what happened to me when I increased the dose. I got a really bad diarrhea eventually.

It wasn’t any big deal at first, but it kept getting worse so at one point, I had to stop the pills.

And it wasn’t the first time I got diarrhea from a turmeric product. The previous times it was the very same scenario – I had increased the dose because I saw no effect. 

So here are my conclusions:

  • 2 pills really work better than one – in terms of effect
  • 2 pills also bring a lot more side effects

And I’m pretty sure that’s available for everyone, not just for me. 

Therefore, either take 1 pill of this supplement or don’t take it at all. It’s not worth suffering the consequences, in my opinion.




3 Reasons Why I Don’t Recommend It

Reason #1 – Too Little Turmeric

Spring Valley’s supplement does contain the right substance for inflammation, turmeric (curcumin)

But at this dose, not even the strong turmeric can do anything. So if they wanted to change something about this product, that would be a must. 

Unless you have a minimal pain, you won’t get any visible improvement, that’s something I’m so sure about. 

Reason #2 – No Bioperine

That’s the worst thing about this supplement, in my opinion. So from the 400 mg of curcumin you take, your body will absorb less than 250.

So at this dose, turmeric can do even less:

  • It can’t decrease the inflammation properly
  • It can’t reduce the pain
  • Last but not least, it can’t help the joints too much.

When it comes to bioperine, you wouldn’t need a high quantity. That’s the irony. For a 400 mg of curcumin, even 3 mg of bioperine would do. The difference would be huge and you could feel an improvement in your overall pain.

Reason #3 – Weak Ingredients Overall

So Spring Valley’s curcumin isn’t on my favorites list, and that’s also because of its ingredients:

  • They’re not very strong
  • Have pretty low doses
  • They’re pretty basic overall

They might even help you if you have a minor pain. But for chronic pain, I don’t think they could make any change. At least in my case, they couldn’t.





My Final Verdict – Is It Worth $20?

Short answer: Definitely not. I have 2 major reason why I don’t recommend it:

  • It has very low doses of each ingredient
  • It lacks bioperine.

For those of you who don’t know it, without bioperine you’re getting less than 50% of the initial dose of turmeric.

So I don’t really think this supplement is worth $20 – you can get something way better for almost the same money.

Would I buy it again?: Definitely not. For $20 all I got was a basic dose of turmeric powder and a few curcuminoides. And it was totally useless, for real. 

So is this product a scam? Not really, I can’t call it a scam just because it doesn’t work. But it’s not something I would recommend either:

  • The dose of curcumin is way too low to work
  • There’s no bioperine that would increase its absorption
  • So the quantity of curcumin you get is less than 200 mg – that’s almost insignificant
  • And most importantly, my pain didn’t go away at all

When I tried to increase the dose, I got a really bad diarrhea. So I couldn’t possibly recommend a product like this. I know I can get a much better thing for these money. 



Have you ever tried Spring Valley’s turmeric? Did it bring you any relief? Let me know your answer in a comment.

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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20 Responses

  1. Gabriel Bold says:

    I tried this thing and it didn’t help. I wouldn’t buy it again for sure. I have psoriatic arthritis and no herbal supplement helped me. That’s why I don’t believe in them. I was willing to try because I got sick of the prednisone therapy, but I don’t know if it’s worth the time and money.

    I will think about trying that thing you recommend. Did you have good results with it yourself or you heard from others? Thanks.

  2. Heather says:

    Hey there Gabriel, so sorry to hear this things but you simply didn’t choose the right supplement. What other products have you tried before? (Outside the medical therapy, I mean.)

    That product I recommend is a supplement based on turmeric, which I definitely tried myself. I tried all the supplements I reviewed on the site, so I only speak from experience. Well, that turmeric supplement is one of the few I could guarantee for. It’s hard to explain you why in 2 lines, so you’d better read the review here. It tells the whole story.

    So if there’s one thing you should try, it’s that one. I’m sure it will change your opinion about natural supplements.

  3. Melani says:

    What if I buy turmeric powder from Amazon? I think it’s going to help as much as this supplement, since there’s no bioperine in any. Maybe I can buy bioperine separately and end up paying less than I would be paying for Spring Valley Turmeric alone. Did you try this? I think it’s a pretty good idea. Is there any special bioperine you recommend using?

  4. Heather says:

    Hey Melani, it’s not a bad idea at all.

    But it’s a bit more complicated, because you have to take 2 different things and also, you need to take a right dose of bioperine – which is hard to tell.

    I mean, most supplements contain about 5-10 mg, I’ve rarely seen 15 mg. Bioperine can be dangerous if taken in higher doses, that’s why your idea is a bit risky, in my opinion. 

    Yeah, if you can measure up the dose everyday it’s totally fine. But for me it’s pretty hard to do that. 

    That’s the only downside I could find. So for those $5 that you might be saving, I would prefer to be safe and comfortable and choose a product that I can take as it is (not Spring Valley’s curcumin, because it doesn’t have any bioperine).

    I almost forgot, regarding your question about a brand of bioperine – I don’t think there’s any better. Basically, all of them contain the same thing – so you can choose which one you want.

    Hope this helps.

  5. Dale allister says:

    Heather what would be the dose of turmeric/curcumin you recommend for someone with chronic hip pain? Sorry if you already mentioned, I might have skipped that part. I’m not particularly interested in Spring Valley’s product, but in a quality product that would heal (or at least help) my left hip stiffness and pain. 

  6. Heather says:

    Hey Dale. I’m not sure if I mentioned it or not, but it’s not hard to repeat it anyway.

    I will tell you the dose that works best for my RA pain – because I can speak from experience:

    – around 1500 mg of turmeric powder

    – 100-150 mg of turmeric extract

    – at most 10 mg of bioperine

    Now, some supplements contain a higher dose of turmeric extract (I’ve even seen 500 mg), but from what I noticed – this makes that supplement more likely to cause side effects. I mean, it’s more concentrated. 

    So my body responds great to 150 mg at most (I’m talking about the extract, not about the powder). Considering that I have a pretty big inflammation, I think this dose should be enough for most people.

    But feel free to experiment and see for yourself 🙂

    If you’re interested in supplements for your pain, I wrote an article focused on hip pain – so you might find some valuable info there. Hope this helps.

  7. Morgan says:

    Great review. I know this product very well as my daughter used to take it for her arthritis. She was born with joint problems and we later found out she developed juvenile arthritis. We kept it under control in her teen years but it got worse afterwards. So we said let’s give turmeric a try.

    Kylie tried several brands, including Spring Valley because it had lots of good reviews on Amazon. I didn’t know much about turmeric back then and nor did she. It really didn’t help her, but we had no idea why. Later on, she started researching and found out that this dose is really little for someone with a severe diagnosis like hers.

    So I kind of agree with your review, I think that’s the main problem of this product. I’m sorry we didn’t read it before, as it would have made a difference in our budget. But anyway, I really appreciate that you were honest about it. My daughter wasn’t satisfied with it either, but I thought it was only her. Wish you all the best!

  8. Heather says:

    Hello Morgan, thanks for this story. Sometimes the reviews on Amazon can be tricky, because people use a certain product for different things. So it could work for toothache, but it’s not effective for arthritis. That’s why I try to sort out those reviews.

    I don’t know how she’s feeling at this point, but if she hasn’t found anything that works, I recommend her Turmeric Plus. It’s the product I use constantly because it’s given me the best relief so far. And I tend to recommend it to everyone because it’s pretty affordable, unlike other supplements that I used. Hope this helps.

  9. Allison says:

    I stumbled on this review while looking up a good source link to recommend it to a friend. I’m mystified by the reviewer’s experience, as it’s pretty much the opposite of mine. I bought the same product at a nearby Walmart, couldn’t tell you the price off the top of my head, beyond that it was less than twenty dollars.
    It works as well for my lower back inflammation-related pain every bit as well as naproxin sodium (generic Aleeve). I take one in the morning and one in the evening, as my research found the recommended dose for turmeric was upwards of 2000 mg per day. There is no recommended daily dose on the bottle, beyond that it says a “serving” is one capsule. I also find it helpful in controlling symptoms from my cervical stenosis (some of the nerve channels out of my neck are very narrow, and inflammatory relief keeps them as open as possible. I like having feeling in my hands… )
    I’ve had mixed results with supplements from eBay, as there’s no knowing in advance if the product is stale or not. Buying from my local Walmart, I’m at least sure I’m getting something not out of date. Whether I’ll stay with this brand remains to be seen, but so far, so good.

  10. Heather says:

    Hi Allison, first of all thanks for telling your experience with this supplement.

    I’m quite surprised to hear what you said, because I consider this product as being very weak. I know you don’t have arthritis (maybe that’s the reason why you liked it), but you still have inflammation. So on paper, this supplement doesn’t look very good because of the low doses it has and the lack of bioperine.

    It’s not just me saying that, it’s studies conducted on turmeric and curcumin.

    Regarding the daily dose, you’re pretty right, I have found some studies that recommend taking over 2000 mg daily. But I had a very hard time finding a brand with such a high dose. Most of them have about 1000-1500 mg, which turned out to work best for me. When I would usually increase that dose, I would get some side effects like nausea and diarrhea.

    That depended on brand, but I also had this problem while on Spring Valley’s supplement. That was quite surprising because the dose per pill is 400 mg, so taking 2 would mean 800 mg per day. That’s not much, so I should have been really safe. But it seemed like my body didn’t tolerate it very well, I don’t know.

    However, I believe the secret behind turmeric supplements are curcuminoides. I noticed products with that ingredient work better for me, so that’s why I think it kind of compensates. I mean instead of having 2000 mg of turmeric, there are 1500 mg plus 100 mg of curcuminoides, which are a lot more concentrated. I think that’s what makes the difference, at least in my case.

    Regarding the recommended number of pills from Spring Valley, on my bottle it’s clearly written one serving. I think it’s visible in one of the photos, but I’m not sure. I don’t know about your bottle, but I think it should be the same.

    I don’t think that buying it from Ebay makes it less effective. The date doesn’t really matter that much, but I always check when I get my order and I never had any issues with this. So I know the supplement is original, if you’re wondering about that.

    So if you ask me, I can’t tell you lots of good stuff about Spring Valley’s supplement. For me it was too weak regarding the doses, and I also hated the fact that there’s no bioperine. So overall, I think it’s expensive for what it has inside.

    But if it’s helpful for you, there’s no point switching to another brand. As long as it helps you, my advice is to continue to use it. I appreciate it when people have different opinions about me, so it’s totally fine, I respect your opinion and experience. If it works for you, it’s great.

  11. mohamed says:

    I want to know your personal opinion on this product and thank you

  12. Heather says:

    Hi Mohamed, it’s pretty much what you read in my review. It hasn’t changed since I wrote it.

    It didn’t help me much, because there’s no bioperine. So your body doesn’t absorb the whole quantity of turmeric and curcumin from the label. That’s why I always recommend turmeric supplements that have bioperine, because this is a must for absorption. Here’s my top 7, if you’re interested.

    But in my opinion, there’s no point wasting $20 for this supplement. Better add $5 more and get something more effective.

  13. Henry says:

    Hi Heather, I appreciate that I have come across your post. As you have stated, Spring Valley Turmeric & Curcumin is indeed popular. I have lots of friends who take or have taken it in the past.

    Honestly, they have minor health problems. So none of them has joint pain and any big pain. They just take turmeric because they heard it’s a good herb, nothing else.

    That’s why lots of them suggested it to me. One of my tendons is swollen (the doctors says tendinitis or something like that). So I’ve been looking for a turmeric product because I know this herb helps a lot in cases like mine.

    Spring Valley’s curcumin is really cheap. But I’m glad you have shared your experience. And pointed out that it’s really a waste of money. 

    Thank you for also recommending something much better for a similar price, I never heard of it but I think that’s what I’m going to try instead. Thanks

  14. Heather says:

    Hey Henry. 

    If you don’t have any major inflammation – every turmeric supplement is going to work. Even the empty powder might. 

    You can only see the real power of turmeric when you have joint pain or some other condition that isn’t so easy.

    Now – if your friends didn’t have anything serious, Spring Valley’s turmeric surely helped them. Actually – there wasn’t much to help. 

    So for people like them, I would actually recommend this supplement or any cheaper one they can find.

    Now, regarding your problem – I think Turmeric Plus is a better choice. It’s much stronger and because it contains bioperine, your body will absorb the whole quantity of turmeric.

    I’m pretty sure that Spring Valley’s curcumin isn’t going to help you much. 

    But if you want, you can ask your friend to lend you a bottle (in case they have any left) – so you can see for yourself. 

    There are some other turmeric supplements that I liked and that I can recommend you – but most of them are more expensive:

     – Smarter Nutrition’s curcumin

    –  Solgar’s curcumin

    –  Curamed curcumin

    But at this point, Turmeric Plus is way cheaper and works slightly better (in my opinion). So I think it’s the right choice for you at this point.

  15. Daniel Gonzales says:

    Hello Heather,

    Thank you for the great review on Spring Valley Turmeric and Curcumin Review. It looks like there is not enough turmeric and the right dosage of natural ingredients to achieve the effect you are looking for. Many of the most popular supplements underdeliver and contain some variation of synthetic ingredients. The supplement industry is highly unregulated. I’ve done a few reviews on health supplement products and the difference between those with all-natural ingredients vs. the ones with synthetic ingredients.

    These companies are not strictly regulated on their manufacturing processes either, so some of them have been found to contain hazardous materials in the packaging, according to the Clean Label Project. I’m not sure if that exactly applies to these kinds of supplements, but I would not be surprised if the same problems were found. 

    I would be careful, however, in increasing the dosage of a product in which that level of dosage was not originally intended. Of course you will need a higher dosage to deal with the pain, but you want to research what dosage could be too dangerous to take. Many health supplements will sometimes give too high of a dosage in the first place, which can lead to other health problems. Symptoms such as diarrhea can occur if incorrect dosages are being taken. 

    We often have to take it on ourselves to do the research on these companies because the FDA does not regulate it as much as it should. We need to be careful of what we put into our bodies over a long period of time. Pharmaceutical companies are always trying to make money by creating supplements with synthetic ingredients, since it saves them money to produce it that way. I appreciate your efforts to make people aware of the cons of the product and give great recommendations on where to go find the best solution. 

  16. Heather says:

    Hey Daniel, thanks for this long explanation.

    I don’t recommend increasing the dose either – especially taking more than the label recommends. 

    But while I was taking Spring Valley’s curcumin, I felt no improvement. And as I had many pills left, I tried to increase the dose thinking that I might see an effect then. 

    I did see one, but not the one I wanted.

    Thanks again for letting me know your opinion.

  17. edwin says:

    Tumeric I heard works magic/wonders so I wanted to try one brand. Spring Valley is good as price but you’re right, has no bioperine. I heard other people recommending turmeric and bioperine together.

    If I spend those money, I want to buy something good. So I will no be buying this product from Spring Valley. Thank you for offering alternatives, this helps me choose something better. 

  18. Heather says:

    Hi Edwin, yes bioperine is essential. 

    Since this product doesn’t have it, it’s not among my recommendations. But if you want some other alternatives besides the one I gave you, you can check out this post about the top supplements with turmeric that I used

    I’m sure it’s going to help you take a decision. 

  19. Tav Lopez says:

    Hi Heather, I am a fan of herbs for health. I don’t have joint pain but I take turmeric for its benefits of antioxidants. 

    I used to mix turmeric with water and drink it, also put a little honey for the test. I wanted to try out turmeric from supplements too. 

    This Spring Valley Turmeric seemed pretty affordable, but I’m not very acquainted with rest of the market (I just had this one among the first suggestions on Amazon and it was one of the cheapest there). 

    Do you think turmeric supplements would help me more than my homemade mix, in term of benefits and safe? Thank you

  20. Heather says:

    Hi Tav, thanks for your question.

    So here’s the thing: the turmeric from supplements is usually a lot more concentrated than the powder alone. Here’s what I mean:

    – the powder contains plain turmeric (organic or not)

    – the supplements usually contain turmeric powder + turmeric extract (curcuminoides) + bioperine

    Now – the extract is a lot more powerful in terms of benefits. So it’s a much stronger anti-inflammatory, pain reliever and antioxidant (compared to the powder).

    Bioperine increases the absorption of turmeric by up to 2000%. That’s because out body can’t absorb turmeric alone – only partially.

    Therefore, for someone dealing with arthritis or any kind of pain – I definitely recommend the supplements (but you have to pay attention what you choose, because not all products contain these 3 ingredients).

    However, you mentioned you don’t have any kind of joint pain (or any other pain).

    So in this case, I wouldn’t recommend you any turmeric supplement. For you, the herbal mix you make at home is just fine – considering what you need it for.

    Plain turmeric powder is usually cheaper than any supplement – since it doesn’t contain anything else. So you should keep your money and continue with your recipe. It’s just perfect in your case.

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