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Turmeric is pretty much inescapable these days. From lattes to supplements, we are all trying to just get a little less inflamed. This storied and potent anti-inflammatory even works in your stir fry! (Some recently wound up in the ginger pile at our local co-op and it was quite the happy accident. It worked like a charm.)
So, we love turmeric. Which is why we wish we loved this one just a little bit more than we do.
Like all of us, we’re not getting any younger over here, so between long stretches in front of computer screens, working out and scoliosis, sore joints and sore backs are pretty commonplace. We are definitely where one night of sleeping funny feels like we fell out of a building, so enter Turmeric Life.
Turmeric. Lots of it.
In the recommended 2 gummy serving, these contain both 75 mg of organic Turmeric Root, and 130 mg of Organic Turmeric Root Extract (which is equivalent to 75 mg of curcuminoids). The active molecules in turmeric are curcuminoids and these are the molecules known for aiding the bodies natural inflammatory response.
These gummies don’t just have Turmeric though! They are packed with a host of other ingredients that work in concert to keep the inflation away! Ginger (also great in a stir fry!) to support a healthy inflammation response.
Black pepper extract makes an appearance in the form of 5 mg. Black pepper is crucial to keep in mind when taking turmeric, because it’s not always bioavailable for its maximum benefits when you consume it as a spice. The bloodstream doesn’t absorb curcumin all that great. But Black Pepper contains Piperine, which enhances the absorption of Curcumins. The more you know! 💫
For good measure, there’s also 50 mg organic carrot. Along with ginger, the carrot is a great and natural source of phytonutrients.
(We get that this is now a recurring theme here, but all of these things go great in a stir fry.)
These are potent. We won’t deny they are heavy on the turmeric. In fact, they kinda make your tongue feel numb. Sadly we feel like that’s where we really noticed the gummies for the most part: in our mouths. And because of the additional black pepper, they have the overwhelming sense of heat and spiciness that, as much as we like it in food, gives a bit of an unpleasant sensation in a gummy.
They also coat your tongue yellow for quite awhile. We know Megafood goes for big, bold flavor always, but this went maybe a little too bold.
Honestly, we might prefer some chopped turmeric in the aforementioned stir fry or in a golden oatmilk latte over pounding these day in and day out. They’re just a little intense in the mouth, and we don’t notice the effects as much as we do with some other Turmeric supplements.
When it comes to supplements, we prefer the turmeric collagen chews by Neocell, which has less turmeric extract (at 50 mg), but also give you a dose of Collagen 2, which is fantastic for joints. However, as noted in our collagen blog, collagen is not vegan! It is always animal derived. Megafood Turmeric Spice gummies are vegan, organic and non-GMO, which is always preferable in our book.
So on that note, we ultimately will always spring for Charlottes’ Web Recovery Gummies. They don’t pack as much Turmeric as these Megafood ones do, but with the glorious CBD (and a helping of ginger, too!), you won’t even notice.