There is a range of turmeric supplements in the UK to chose from. It is important to decide if you want a curcumin supplement or a turmeric supplement though. Although similar, they are distinctly different products, but often the 2 get interchanged and confused. Many companies use both ‘turmeric’ and ‘curcumin’ to describe the same thing, and I can even believe that some don’t really know the difference. Curcumin is a concentrated extract of turmeric. It is an isolated nutrient, whereas turmeric is a whole food. To understand the differences and the pro’s and con’s of the two, have a read of this article.
A good turmeric supplement will meet the following criteria:
- Organic. As the main ingredient is a whole food, there is no good reason for it not to be organic.
It is that simple. Turmeric supplements should just contain whole, powdered turmeric root. You may find that they contain other ingredients such as silica and magnesium sterate, which are added in very small amounts to stop the turmeric clumping together during processing. Whilst these chemical names sound concerning, they are nothing to worry about. Both silica and magnesium sterate are quite safe to consume (especially in these tiny quantities). Magnesium sterate is magnesium combined with steric acid, both of which are found naturally in many many foods, and silica is an extremely inert chemical which is abundant in the soil, and is found in the fruits and vegetables. You do not need to take bioperine or black pepper extract with a pure turmeric supplement, read here.