August 22, 2019 2 min read

It’s totally normal to first assume that adding a bit of turmeric powder to your meals each day may be sufficient enough to reap the powerful health benefits of turmeric.

However, the truth is that there is a significant difference between adding a pinch of turmeric spice to your meal at dinnertime and using turmeric supplements as a powerful anti-inflammatory.

It's important to remember that clinical studies on turmeric are almost always conducted using turmeric extract with a high curcumin  concentration (or curcumin alone). These studies are rarely centered around the use of turmeric powders or dried herbs. There are many good reasons for this!

Here are some key differences between turmeric supplements and herbal spices:


1. Curcumin content

Curcumin is the active compound found in turmeric. It is largely responsible for the potent anti-inflammatory abilities and healing benefits of the plant. The “curcuminoid” compound in curcumin is where turmeric gets its superpowers from!

The average generic turmeric powder only contains around 3% curcumin, compared to upwards of 95% curcumin in many turmeric extracts. This means that turmeric seasoning can offer some general health support and flavor, but when targeting a specific health condition or goal, a concentrated dose of curcumin is the way to go.


2. Potency

Dried turmeric naturally loses its potency over time the longer it is stored. Not only this, but turmeric extracts have been found in some studies to be far less likely to be contaminated with traces of heavy metals, such as lead, or filth such as rodent hair or insects parts often found in generic powders.


3. Absorption

Turmeric is not easily absorbed into the bloodstream and passes through the body quickly. Quality supplements can make all the difference by providing concentrated doses of curcumin that have been carefully designed to allow for maximum absorption (and maximum benefit!). 


4. BioPerine®

Here at Primal Harvest, we use BioPerine®, a patented black pepper extract that has been clinically proven to increase the absorption of several key nutrients. One clinical study demonstrated BioPerine® to increase absorption of curcumin by 2,000%.

Out of 14 well-known turmeric supplements chosen at random for a study by Consumer Lab, only 2 of the supplements contained BioPerine®.


5. Correct recommended dosage

Curcuminoids only comprise a small portion of turmeric. The easiest and most effective way to ensure that you are getting exactly the ideal recommended dosage of 400mg per serving is by choosing a high quality, potent turmeric  supplement.


6. Considerations

Don't forget! Not all turmeric supplements are created equally. One study conducted in 2013  discovered one well-known supplement brand selling turmeric "herb" (not extract) pills containing only 3 mg  of curcuminoids per capsule.


We believe that knowledge is power when it comes to choosing the best natural supplements to compliment your lifestyle. That’s why we formulate our products with only safe, natural, and plant-based ingredients that abide by our high quality standards.





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