Turmeric or Curcumin: Plants vs. Pills

Turmeric or Curcumin: Plants vs. Pills

Daniel Yohans

78 thoughts on “Turmeric or Curcumin: Plants vs. Pills

  1. Vegan Gardener says:

    Because you can patent the parts but not the whole(food)?

  2. Doug bananaboy says:

    Whole for the win

  3. turbo_doggo says:

    Why ignore all of the positive studies on curcumin? For example, Meriva curcumin at 2 grams a day helped patients with arthritis improve mobility. And there are numerous studies highlighting benefits of curcumin on Pubmed. The whole spice may be better than straight curcumin, but an extract certainly has benefits.

  4. Unicorn Yourself says:

    Almost all of the South Indian recipes contain turmeric. I used to skip adding it to my recipes because I thought it did not add any value to the dish other than Colour. Boy, was i wrong! Ever since I read about the benefits of turmeric I specifically Ensure it is added to every South Indian dish I make.

  5. Amanda Austin says:

    absolutely. i successfully used dried turmeric and a little black pepper to drastically reduce symptoms of my interstitial cystitis (an inflammatory disorder). 1/4 tsp is not delicious in a glass of water, so i bought some turmeric supplements with black pepper extract. turned out they contained turmeric reduced to mostly curcuminoids. a few days later i reverted to taking the whole powdered spices in water again, because that was far more effective. maybe i will buy some empty capsules and make my own pills!

  6. slowmopoke says:


  7. Robb's Homemade Life says:

    I read turmeric can aggravate heart arrythmia for people who have A Fib the same way caffeine can, would like to know if this is true..

  8. CrazyPolishVEGAN says:

    My favourite dish : brown rice with red lentils and turmeric 🙂

  9. tdreamgmail says:

    Tumeric has powerful effects. I tried it and suffered unpleasant side effects. I will not be taking any more tumeric. Here's a list of possible issues you could run into.

    Special Precautions & Warnings (from webmd)
    Pregnancy and breast-feeding

    Gallbladder problems: Turmeric can make gallbladder problems worse. Do not use turmeric if you have gallstones or a bile duct obstruction.

    Bleeding problems: Taking turmeric might slow blood clotting. This might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.

    Diabetes: Curcumin, a chemical in turmeric, might decrease blood sugar in people with diabetes. Use with caution in people with diabetes as it might make blood sugar too low.

    A stomach disorder called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD):
    Hormone-sensitive condition such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin, which might act like the hormone estrogen. In theory, turmeric might make hormone-sensitive conditions worse. However, some research shows that turmeric reduces the effects of estrogen in some hormone-sensitive cancer cells. Therefore, turmeric might have beneficial effects on hormone-sensitive conditions. Until more is known, use cautiously if you have a condition that might be made worse by exposure to hormones.

    Infertility: Turmeric might lower testosterone levels and decrease sperm movement when taken by mouth by men. This might reduce fertility. Turmeric should be used cautiously by people trying to have a baby.

    Iron deficiency: Taking high amounts of turmeric might prevent the absorption of iron. Turmeric should be used with caution in people with iron deficiency.

    Surgery: Turmeric might slow blood clotting. It might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using turmeric at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

    So don't just start taking Tumeric willy nilly like I did after watching one of Dr Greger's videos. Due diligence is required and Dr. Greger doesn't give all the facts.

  10. los1wochos says:

    I'd love a vid about berberine

  11. Lichtblick says:

    Plants win

  12. Shelby Hall says:

    Can you do a video on maca and relation to women's menstrual health

  13. GoustiFruit φ says:

    Money money money…

  14. Amir Amran says:

    Does that indicates that a turmeric powder is more powerful then a curcumin supp as well? Not just a whole turmeric?

  15. crazywaffleking says:

    This sucks because I can't stand the taste of turmeric

  16. Astral Purpose says:

    Turmeric…I put that shit on everything.

  17. crash6871 says:

    they sell turmeric pills too

  18. furyofbongos says:

    It's "AN" active ingredient… 🙂

  19. Jean C says:

    Probably just another way to make money

  20. Mary's Test Kitchen says:

    turmeric, turmeric the magical root.
    the more you eat the more you…feel superior to non-turmeric eaters 😉


  21. Jamil Fayyad says:

    I usually add about a 2 teaspoons of tumeric to my veggie shake every morning with a pinch of black pepper.
    Is this an adequate amount??

  22. John Lord says:

    I take mine, full organic, and this is what is natural, and not man made manipulated ….

  23. Etienne-Emile Antikatastaseis says:

    I expected this video to be showing that Turmeric is much better than Curcumin, but it should have been mentioned that the only study we have about their benefits for Ulcerative Colitis is with Curcumin, not Turmeric. Dr. Greger just did a video on this. I think it would have been a good idea to mention it at the end.

  24. Meat Free Athlete says:

    Great video! I just posted a video of a juicing recipe that I put turmeric in for it's natural, anti-inflammatory benefits 🙂

  25. The Mental Health Herbalist says:

    LoVe Turmeric

  26. TheKittyTrix says:

    Whole not part, that's why the exist as whole in nature. I use numeric everyday now thanks to Dr Greger's book How Not To Die. It's a brilliant read.

  27. Joseph1NJ says:

    Am I unique in that I hit the like button as soon as the video starts? Even if I completely disagree with the video, the good doc gives so much valuable information, I want to support his work as much as possible.

  28. lovesgibson says:

    I always thought they were pronounced "too-mare-ic" and "cur-q-min"

  29. Connor Cho says:

    Can you do an analysis of creatine? Please 🙂

  30. Genni says:

    I love your videos

  31. James says:

    The other day, I was like you don't improve the quality of a food by processing it, besides maybe curcumin in turmeric….

  32. King Of Kings says:

    whenever I eat turmeric, I end up smelling like shit lol. Anyway to stop this?

  33. rnnnmt says:

    But isn't it only 10% absorbed so need black pepper etc too?? What about whole-tumeric pills???

  34. BreakCards says:

    Hello! Can you give us the link for articles?

  35. Tallie Allen says:

    Supplement or eat whole food???
    I would think the supplement could be more concentrated as the water would be removed.
    You would have to eat much more of the whole food to have the same effect, right?
    But you tell me…please.
    This video left me confused.

  36. NGC6144 says:

    I understand the whole foods argument but in the case of tumeric I might prefer a suppliment; The taste is awful.


    Curry sucks.

  37. stsgabe says:

    isn't turmeric very poorly absorbed? from what I have gathered you have to boil it for 20 mins then drink it

  38. Chimon says:

    "Let food be our medicine" A wise man once said

  39. Abi Dev says:

    Wow that is a nice study! Info .. Always whole plant food wins 🌞

  40. Richard Helger says:

    even in salad xD

  41. Jeff Lebowski says:

    Turmeric is definitely an acquired taste, I didn't grew up with it because my Mom didn't use it in her cooking. I use it on broccoli or cauliflower(along with salt and butter), I also add it to tomato juice along with black pepper, you can't taste it in the juice.

  42. Calvin Burr says:

    I make a spice bomb every day…flaxseed, fenugreek seeds, and cardamon seeds go into a bullet blender…I blast it into a powder, then I add ground cayenne, turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper. Then I chop up fresh garlic and ginger, and put it all into a cup, and add enough water to make a slurry and gulp it down…add more water, swish it around and gulp…repeat until its gone, then I drink another cup of water on top of that. It's like shooting up with the cayenne in there..I'm a hopeless addict…help me.

  43. End Wildlife Services'Needless Killing Of Wildlife says:

    Just google' turmeric health benefits', you will see various crank companies disguised as health info sites marketing "tincture' curcumen, making grandiose claims that THAT is the only pure, effective source of turmeric………..sad when a helpful herb like that falls into the hands of profit minded types.

  44. cockboy12 says:

    I eat whole Turmeric root everyday in my smoothies. Put a large index finger sized chunk in. Great stuff.

  45. Akuma says:

    Whole foods are always gonna be better than supplements.

  46. Francisco Guadarrama says:

    Whole turmeric is amazing. It would be interesting to compare this to a curcumin enhanced turmeric wouldn´t it?

  47. bulbadox says:

    Turmeric is part of the regular diet in India.

  48. peacerebelgirl says:

    isolating constituents of a plant makes it a heckuva lot more lucrative than using it in it's whole form, especially considering how inexpensive a month's worth of daily turmeric is. trying to outdo nature is as futile as it is dangerous and arrogant.

  49. fayeevpt says:

    Is there a difference between the dried powder and the whole root?

  50. Smart Cat Collar Project says:

    Also nice in a cup of warm milk, bit of pepper and… honey ! dip your croissant, and voilà !

  51. yourbeamofsunshine says:

    I juice it.

  52. myplainwrapperbaby says:

    how would you recommend taking it for osteoarthritis?

  53. thulomanchay says:

    Half a teaspoon of tumeric powder, with pepper or corriander powder or cumin seeds/powder or cinnamon, or other spices in your cooking or shakes, is sufficient.
    Taking a little daily does good (missing a day or two is great), more does not mean better.

  54. Esfandyar Mulligan says:

    Very enlightening. The pharmacists that get off on making extracts are too clever for their own good–or our own good.

  55. arnis rascal says:

    Awesome supplement, increase of muscle power and overall endurance, I got my capsules from this shop: http://ali.pub/6vakz

  56. Nicholas Simpson says:

    Thoughts on this?

    The Essential Medicinal Chemistry of Curcumin

  57. adnan tariq says:

    Thank you sir

  58. Michael Partridge says:

    The conclusion speaks the the mentality of the medical and pharmaceutical industry. Absurd and clouded thought. Thank you for this information Dr. Greger.

  59. Leigh Frayn says:

    What is the concenses on having a colonoscopy? When should we or should we ever ? 54 female here.

  60. Jose Gallardo says:

    This is amazing, thanks for sharing.
    Not only the medicine, what about all the bunch of nonsense food and drinks in the market? We only need to eat the natural food to be healthier, stronger, happier, wealthier, … instead we are missing all Mother's Nature Gifts.
    God bless.

  61. Psycho Naut says:

    Cooking vs using the whole root raw? Bioavailability of compounds? Is their a safe dose threshold? I am working out a plan to heal myself but I don't want to over do it. The big C has become a issue in my life.

  62. Alexindeed says:

    I take 600 mg turmeric with black pepper supplement. How many teaspoons turmeric does that equal?

  63. K B says:

    where the fucck is your sources

  64. Daniel Borges says:

    The legend translated for Brazilian Portuguese has a lot of mistakes.

  65. # mi says:

    can turmeric match omega 3?which is more potent?

  66. Judy FIELDS DAVIS says:

    Thank you so much

  67. Lewis says:

    Is it still essential to have turmeric with black pepper?

  68. Hulagu Kahn says:

    Freaking Hhealth Industry as corrupt as big pharma.

  69. Celina K says:

    0:36 300 components

  70. BriannaNoob says:

    First, this video makes sense given that the active ingredient, curcumin, has not been found to be active at all. It has virtually no bioactivity and goes straight into the feces. A review of 120 studies found it totally ineffective. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curcumin#Research

    But the strategy of purifying any active compounds into a pill makes sense. Simply put, it is often impossible to eat enough of a food to effect any curative properties. That's especially true of spices like turmeric, which is not a main food. And a lot of people, like myself, hate it's taste. A pill is then not only easier to take, but it's also easier to control dosage and potency — crucial when using anything for pharmaceutical purposes.

  71. BriannaNoob says:

    The strategy of purifying any active compounds into a pill makes sense. Simply put, it is often impossible to eat enough of a food to effect any curative properties. That's especially true of spices like turmeric, which is not a main food. And a lot of people, like myself, hate it's taste. A pill is then not only easier to take, but it's also easier to control dosage and potency — crucial when using anything for medicinal purposes.

  72. viktor tikka says:

    this actually makes sense

  73. Nathan Webb says:

    Hey Dr think your viewers may enjoy this curry with superspices including Turmeric vid! https://youtu.be/LTqQi6Fh2ZU

  74. Stephen Dickens says:

    You know if you ran across a shaman long ago perhaps in some deep tropical forest and you felt bad and ask what can you do. He might show you a root, you might think at first glance ah, chop it up, cook it, eat it as you wonder and ask. He might surprise you and say is that all you can do with it. Could you do something else beside destroying it. He might say how about using it over and over while keeping it alive. He might give you a glass of water or some other fluid and plop the root right down in the liquid, let it sit a little and say drink this. And when your done take the root out and save it for another later use. The secret of course to the benefits would be the root exudates that are released by the root into the fluid it is within. Of course this is all hypothetical and just what he might say 🙂

  75. Eric Selle says:

    I recognize that whole turmeric root is more beneficial than curcumin supplements, but the root is so messy. All my knives / countertops in my previous apartment were stained. My teeth were pretty badly stained too. Is there a pill form of turmeric (the whole root – not just the typical curcumin extract)?

  76. frank brown says:

    as per his usual disengenuous self Gregor declines giving any dosages. Thus, if u eat a gallon of Tumeric/day along with ur 10 gallons of other miscellaneous leaves that u must eat to get the effects described, u will get a proper dose.

  77. eren mori says:



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