Turmeric, a popular spice from India, an its derivative compound, curcumin, have become increasingly popular worldwide, especially in western cultures, as its anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-oxidant capabilities are being discovered and quantified.
Popular media health and wellness icons such as Dr. Oz, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Dr. Mercola all tout the amazing health benefits of turmeric and/or curcumin. From the podcasting sphere, Dr. Rhonda Patrick has spoken twice on the Joe Rogan Experience (#568 and #773) about curcumin, and for thousands of years Ayurvedic and Tradition Chinese Medicine have held turmeric root and its healing properties in high esteem.
Clearly this superfood can have some seriously positive health effects, but as is often the case in the health and wellness sphere, detailed information regarding how to best take turmeric and/or curcumin is completely lacking. Media icons tout ineffective juices and tonics, health and wellness advocates stick to studies, and everyone else is left scratching their heads.
This comprehensive guide to turmeric/curcumin supplements explains the different type of supplements that exist on the market, their bioavailability and whether they are effective, and provides a final, most effective supplement recommendation based on the currently available scientific data.