This Doctor’s Best Curcumin review is fully about bringing to light and into consideration every single aspect and detail of the supplement.
Hence, throughout this article, we’ll discuss a number of things. We will naturally start off with claims, then proceed onto exploring beneficial ingredients, then will take a few minutes to discuss additives and whether there are any dangers there. And lastly, we’ll explore some of the experiences other people have had with the supplements as well as assess the global success rate.
Doctor’s Best Curcumin Review – The Claims & Other Initial Thoughts
However, when talking about the supplement it’s not enough to just look at a single one. This is because there actually are two supplements that go by the same name and are almost identical.
And given their alikeness, each of them also has almost the exact same description page as the other. I mean, there are some insignificant differences but generally speaking, all of the crucial and basic information is exactly the same.
So, consequently, throughout this review when I’m speaking of either of the description pages, the same goes for the other.
But what kind of information do we have there?
Well, it’s your typical product description page. You immediately have a supplement picture and next to it the core highlights. Then further down the page, you’re introduced to their available sizes, a list of shops where you can buy it online, and a box of information in which you can switch between basic info, supplement facts, FAQs, safety information, and scientific fact sheet.
The basic information explains what the supplement consists of, how does it work, as well as supposedly gives some insights as to why specifically you should choose Doctor’s Best Curcumin.
The two main claims that they do put forth throughout there are the supplement being able to protect cells and tissues from free radicals, as well as support healthy joint function.
As for the other sections, they are as straightforward as they come. My point being, supplement facts describe the full ingredients, FAQs provide insights into frequently asked questions, and the safety section simply mentions that you should consult your doctor before buying this.
Whereas the scientific fact sheet is all about providing science-backed information on the potential benefits. This essentially lets you make sure that the claims they mention are actually based in science and not just some random raving (in this regard, scientific fact sheets are something very rare and commendable, and a good sign as most manufacturers shy away from them) [R].
Other than all of that, both of the Doctor’s Best Curcumin supplements are promised to be Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, and Soy-Free.
All that said, what are the actual differences between these supplements then?
We’ll discuss that in the next section.
Main Difference Between The Supplements: Tablet Vs Capsule
Well, if you just take a glance at the label for each of the Doctor’s Best Curcumin supplements, there supposedly are almost no difference at all.
Meaning, the only thing that sets them apart is the fact that one of them contains 1 mg more of the Black Pepper Extract.
Is that really the profoundly insignificant reason why they’ve made two separate supplements?
In fact, the main difference between the two supplements is the fact that one of them is made in a tablet form and the other is of the capsule form.
Hence, naturally, there’s a pretty huge difference when it comes to the additives used in the supplement (which we’ll discuss in a separate section below).
But there is also other stuff that purely stems from that fact.
Like, in the case of tablet version, it’s enough to take only one to get what is written on the label. Whereas when it comes to the capsule version, you’ll have to take two of those.
Also, capsule version won’t really be appropriate for vegetarians and vegans as it includes Gelatin, a substance created from animal sources (one of the additives, more on this later). However, when it comes to the tablet version, it’s fully vegetarian and vegan compatible.
That said though, capsules tend to be easier to swallow (if that’s something you’re struggling), as well as they tend to have less taste than tablets do. Which for some may be of no concern at all. However, there are people who may profoundly dislike it.
So, ultimately, to an extent, you could say that each of the alternatives has its advantages and disadvantages.
This out of the way, let’s get into the very core of the Doctor’s Best Curcumin.
Doctor’s Best Curcumin Promises Good Amounts Of Curcuminoids
There are many different Turmeric Curcumin supplements out there that kind of half-ass it.
What they do is, they provide solid amounts of raw turmeric extract but when it comes to Curcuminoids, they guarantee only a small amount of those. A classic example of this are supplements of brands, like Nature’s Bounty, Nature’s Nutrition, Spring Valley, Bio Schwartz, and even Nature Made.
But why is this so significant?
Whereas if you’re wondering about the word “Standardized” that’s mentioned on the label, it basically means or ensures that 95% of the Turmeric extract is Curcuminoids instead of just about 3% that you can find typically in raw Turmeric (extract) [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
So, both of the variations of Doctor’s Best Curcumin supplement provide 1000 mg of standardized to 95% Curcuminoids. Which means that out of that 1000 mg you’re getting at least 950 mg of Curcuminoids (Bisdemethoxycurcumin, Demethoxycurcumin, and Curcumin).
Which is a solid amount.
Hence, we’re very likely looking at benefits like better, brain, liver, heart, vascular health. They can also help combat obesity and diabetes, lower cholesterol levels, heal pain and benefit Arthritis, aid detoxification, improve digestion, protect against metal toxicity, ease depression, slow down aging, battle cancer, as well as have other profoundly beneficial effects on health [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Moreover, the consumption of these marvelous compounds is perceived to be so ridiculously positive in their effects. So positive, in fact, that even if you are superbly healthy (including a profoundly healthy diet and daily exercise among other things), it can still even further improve your health and well-being [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
So, that’s the very core of it.
But there’s something else too. Black Pepper Extract containing at least 95% Piperine (BioPerine).
This is a patented version of Black Pepper Extract that is an extremely common additional ingredient in various Turmeric Curcumin supplements of brands, like Vimerson Health, PureNature, and Research Verified.
Why is that?
It’s because it’s estimated that Piperine, a compound within Black Pepper, is capable of improving the absorption of Curcuminoids by about 2000%. Hence, making the supplement at least 20 times more beneficial [R, R, R, R, R, R].
A truly paramount addition to any Turmeric supplement if you ask me.
Additives In Both Versions Are Fine. Still, Capsules The Better Alternative
So, that’s the beneficial ingredients found in Doctor’s Best Curcumin.
What about any other ingredients added to make the supplementation form possible? Or in other words, what about additives (‘the other ingredients’)?
There are many ‘gurus’ online that pay little to no attention at all to this in their reviews. But that approach is rather archaic as everything we put into our bodies matters and it can affect our health (affect it also negatively despite there being authorities that supposedly regulate this).
Consequently, I feel it’s kind of a necessity to always check and consider them when looking at any supplement.
So, then, what’s up with Doctor’s Best Curcumin?
Well, it depends on which version of the supplement you look at as both of them employ largely different additives (hence, the tablet and capsule form).
The capsule form uses 3 additives – Gelatin, Microcrystalline Cellulose, and Magnesium Stearate.
Gelatin is essentially an incredibly beneficial ingredient despite the fact that it’s not the most appealing. It’s created from ligaments, tendons, skin, and bones of various animals (mostly pigs, chickens, lambs, cattle) [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
As for Magnesium Stearate, many online will try to convince you and lure you into thinking that this is one of the worst substances to ever consume. However, that conclusion is based on a deficient understanding of human physiology and with that in mind is completely rubbish. The truth of the matter is that you could almost argue that it’s more harmless than water [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
I mean, the water’s incredibly necessary but too much of it and you drown. Similarly, Magnesium Stearate – you’d likely have to consume thousands upon thousands of tablets for this substance to be inherently harmful. And even then it might not quite cut it [R, R].
So, it’s definitely without question that the capsule version of Doctor’s Best Curcumin in terms of additives is as harmless as they come.
What about the tablet version though?
Well, for it to be vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, it must not use Gelatin. So, instead of this ingredient, 3 additional others are added for a complete number of 5 additives.
Here’s the full list: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Sodium Starch Glycolate, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source), Silicon Dioxide, and Hypromellose.
Of these, the Microcrystalline Cellulose and Magnesium Stearate we did already discuss. As for Silicon Dioxide, it’s another among arguably the most harmless additives out there. Whereas when it comes to Hypromellose, there are some random bloggers and other people that are trying to promote the idea of it being harmful. However, based on what I’ve researched it doesn’t seem that way at all [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R]
Not only is it extremely likely to be as harmless as Microcrystalline Cellulose but it’s actually likely beneficial [R].
About the Sodium Starch Glycolate, it’s not something I’ve come across into supplements before.
In its essence, it’s a substance typically used in pharmaceuticals to improve the disintegration of tablets and capsules. Or in other words, it’s added to ensure that the tablet dissolves properly and hence your body can properly absorb the contents of that tablet (in this case Curcuminoids and Black Pepper) [R, R, R, R, R, R].
Is it harmful?
As far as I can tell, no. But it can be harmful to some specific groups of people. For example, because there are so many ways you can make Sodium Starch Glycolate, it can be made with gluten ingredients and thus, be harmful to people suffering from Celiac disease [R, R, R, R, R, R].
Thus, at least from the ingredient standpoint both of the Doctor’s Best Turmeric supplements are definitely viable.
How viable exactly and how they compare to their Turmeric Curcumin rivals?
We’ll discuss that in the next section.
In Terms Of Success Rates, They’re Capable Of Rivaling Competitors
Looking at every single real customer review I could come across online, one thing is definitely for sure… Both variations of the Doctor’s Best Curcumin supplement are incredibly well-received.
How well exactly?
Well, for the capsule version of the supplement I managed to find 1151 reviews out of which 108 were 1-star or 2-star ratings. This means that the particular global success rate for this one is about 91%.
Whereas when it came to the tablet version of the Doctor’s Best Curcumin the overall rating was a little better one. However, there were significantly fewer ratings I was able to come across. 535 reviews. Of these, 40 were rated at 1 or 2 stars. Which means that the global success rate for this one is around 93%.
Thus, you can say for sure that both of them hit pretty high averaging at likely above 92% (because people tend to report negative experiences much more often than positive ones, hence, the success rates, in reality, are very likely to be higher).
But how does that compare to the greatest of Turmeric Curcumin brands in the industry?
In a word, pretty good.
For example, Doctor’s Best Curcumin on average ranks 3% higher than Nutrigold Turmeric Curcumin Gold supplement (rated at above 89%), and it almost hits the exact same global success rate as Youtheory Turmeric and Life Extension Super Bio-Curcumin do (they’re above 93%). Whereas it falls 1% short when compared to Gaia Turmeric Supreme Extra Strength (rated at above 94%).
So, overall, I guess it’s fair to say that the Doctor’s Best Curcumin brand supplements are very capable of rivaling its competitors. Still, they do kind of mostly fall short if we’re considering the absolute best.
Hence, I can’t deny that they’re a decent choice. Nonetheless, I personally prefer the other brands over this one.
Doctor’s Best Curcumin Is Viable, But I Would Still Recommend Picking Others
At the end of the day, you can’t really fault either of the Doctor’s Best Curcumin supplements.
Both of them provide good amounts of Turmeric through the Curcumin C3 complex, both use only harmless additives, and both seem to be truly effective for their consumers. Also, manufacturing practices seem to be solid. And they provide solid scientific information on the beneficial ingredients.
Still, they don’t exactly offer a money-back satisfaction guarantee, as Gaia Turmeric Supreme Extra Strength does. As well as neither are they third-party tested for purity and potency, like the already mentioned Gaia Turmeric Supreme, Nutrigold Turmeric Curcumin Gold, or what I believe to be the very best of the category NutriCology CurcuWIN do.
Other than that, I hope this Doctor’s Best Curcumin review of both variations of the supplement helped you find the information you were looking for. Do you enjoy the scientific factsheets the brand provides? Or do you not care for such? Will you try this one? Let me know below.
This article was last updated on July 9, 2020.