In this Smarter Curcumin review, we’ll dissect and look into absolutely everything when it comes to the particular supplement.
Thus, we’ll naturally start out by exploring the claims. Next, we’ll jump on to ingredients, meaning, we’ll examine curcumin contents, other beneficial contents, and the additives added for the making of pills. Then we’ll devote also a section for potential benefits. And lastly, we’ll research the global success rate it enjoys and assess whether or not it’s worth investing in.
Essentially, all to paint as accurate of a picture about the Smarter Nutrition Curcumin supplement as possible.
My goal here is to help you save time by creating the most resourceful review around. Thus, if by any chance you find a section or aspect I haven’t covered but you’re interested in, let me know. And I’ll add that to the review.
Smarter Curcumin Review – The Claims & Initial Thoughts
According to the manufacturer, Smarter Curcumin is the #1 America’s Curcumin supplement. And with that, it’s your best option when going for an effective Turmeric Curcumin brand. Or at least so they claim [R, R].
When it comes to the supplement’s description page, it’s really no description page at all. While they do offer to anyone that’s interested in an outright sells page, in truth, they go way beyond that. I mean, they even have a whole additional website around this particular supplement (which does kind of remind you of BioMor Curcumin).
Consequently, there’s loads and loads and loads of promotional material.
There’s so much of it, in fact, that I feel it can easily overwhelm people (as well as persuade them that it’s a great buy).
I mean, there’s every single trick in the book (which isn’t necessarily bad).
A lot of material covering all the wonderful benefits you’re likely to encounter, a 60-day money-back guarantee if you don’t like the product, video testimonials of people, as well as this notion of “the more you buy right off the bat, the more you save”.
Apart from that, they also offer information on what makes the Smarter Curcumin different and explains exactly why it supposedly works so well. Meaning, they persist on this notion that Curcumin is fat-soluble and with adding a healthy oil to their formula they have made it fully absorbable to the human body (when otherwise it’s extremely difficult to).
To all of this, you additionally get a section of FAQs (Frequently asked questions) and customer reviews. Last of which as far as I can tell is not rigged as we’ve seen that to likely be the case for brands like Vimerson Health and PureNature. Plus, there’s even a video explaining the Smarter Curcumin magic.
As for the exact benefits, they promise that the supplement will promote comfort & flexibility, support healthy joints, have age-reducing effects on skin, hair, and body, aid healthy immune balance, promote cardio health, improve digestion, as well as support liver health and brain health.
On top of that, the supplement is also said to be Non-GMO and Gluten-Free.
But the most impressive statistic that they share is that Smarter Curcumin has thousands of reviews online of which 97% of them are 4-star or higher. And the return rate is “literally under 1%” (it’s how they say it in the promotional video) [R].
So, at the end of the day, sure, all the promotional stuff is great. But is it really that great of an option? And in that even remotely as good as it’s being advertised to be?
Let’s get to the bottom of it.
Smarter Curcumin is very different from Turmeric Curcumin supplements like Swanson Turmeric or Nature’s Bounty Turmeric. This in the sense that it’s not only about the Turmeric and Curcuminoids in its formulation.
Not at all.
In fact, this supplement, at least as far as the claims go, is capable of such revolutionary absorption purely due to its composition. So, what does it consist of?
It contains 400 milligrams of Curcumin C3 Reduct, 400 milligrams of Black Cumin Seed Oil, 100 milligrams of Ginger Root extract, and 50 milligrams of a patented formulation called AstraGin (Astragalus + Ginseng).
So, if you’ve watched the video, as well as read the promotional materials, they explain quite perfectly how it all works. But is the science actually what they claim it to be?
Does it all add up?
Curcuminoids are truly the compounds responsible for most Turmeric benefits. They are ridiculously hard to absorb and to make matters worse they are of very little amounts, typically 2-5% of total raw Turmeric mass. All of which the promotional video nails on the head [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Other than that, the science has said that a substance known as Piperine is capable of improving the absorption (bioavailability) of Curcuminoids by 2000%. Whereas Piperine is, in essence, a compound that is commonly found in Black Pepper [R, R, R, R, R, R].
So, the Black Pepper doesn’t improve Curcuminoid absorption. Neither does any other thing about Black Pepper or compounds within it. It’s precisely the Piperine that makes all the difference.
But long behold, it isn’t the only way how Curcuminoid absorption can be improved. There are various patented forms of Curcumin, like BCM-95, Longvida, Meriva, Theracurmin, etc, out there that all have different capabilities when it comes to absorption (bioavailability).
On that note, to me it doesn’t make sense as to how exactly any form of fat (oil) added to curcumin would automatically mean that it’s more (or as they state it “fully”) bioavailable. To that extent, it wouldn’t make sense to invest heavy resources to make either Longvida or Meriva formulations through specific forms of fat if it was that simple.
Furthermore, I’m not aware of any studies that prove that you simply have to add oil to Curcumin to make it “fully bioavailable” (as they claim it). And neither do they themselves reference any.
And there’s one more thing that’s fundamentally wrong with this.
I feel that by saying “fully bioavailable” they’re somehow implying that they are making the Curcuminoids the most absorbable and in that, most beneficial they can be. I mean, I don’t know about you but at least I feel that way. I would definitely think that way if it was my first encounter with Turmeric Curcumin supplements.
But it’s not.
This Smarter Curcumin approach I feel by no means is the most absorbable and in that most beneficial approach to consuming Curcuminoids (and acquiring the full benefits of them).
Whereas there are no studies that prove that Smarter Nutrition Curcumin is the most incredible solution for Turmeric Curcumin supplementation. Sure, the Curcumin C3 Complex (Curcumin C3 Reduct) is an effective option [R].
But it’s beyond incredibly unlikely that the complete formulation of this supplement (meaning the Curcumin C3 Complex plus the additional ingredients) has the capacity to even remotely rival the potential of Longvida, Meriva or Theracurmin formulations.
I mean, the supplement of this review is said to be this revolutionary way of approaching Turmeric Curcumin absorption.
But in the end, it’s such an overstatement as I feel it is nothing more than an okay supplement coupled with great marketing that has brought it the amount of success that it seemingly has had.
A Number Of Ingredients That Can Create Benefits For You
Despite the fact that all of the ingredients in Smarter Curcumin are there to compliment and improve the benefits of Curcuminoids, all of them can also bring a number of improvements on their own.
In this regard, Black Cumin Seed Oil is known to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, help fight rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and upset stomach, combat obesity, diabetes, and digestive disorders, as well as help battle inflammation and infections in general [R, R, R, R, R].
Whereas when considering Ginger, it can bring such positives as relieving joint and muscle pain, help keep blood sugar levels in check, inhibit cancer growth, promote brain function, heart health and digestive health, as well as can help with a variety of states and conditions such as asthma, stomach ulcers, nausea, menstrual pains, colds, flu, diarrhea, Arthritis and other stuff [R, R, R, R, R, R].
Then there’s the aspect of Astragulus & Ginseng. They can improve heart health, kidney function, reduce inflammation and aid the immune system, help control blood sugar levels and fight fatigue, as well as possess anti-cancer effects (Astragulus). Then there’s also the notion of relieving pain, reducing swelling and blood pressure, improving blood flow, battling heart attacks, liver disease, and muscle soreness among other things (Ginseng) [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
And above all, Curcuminoids, the most beneficial part about Turmeric, is known to help slow down aging, support joint, muscle, and digestive health, help against obesity, diabetes, and high “bad” cholesterol levels, battle cancer, protect against metal toxicity, improve detoxification, assist in battling and managing depression, pain, and Arthritis, as well as improve heart, liver, and brain health among other benefits [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Thus, I feel it’s fair to say that Smarter Nutrition doesn’t exactly exaggerate any claims as to the potential benefits of the very main ingredient. If anything, they provide the most comprehensive look at all of them.
Which is very unlike many other brands like CurcuminRich Theracurmin or Gaia Turmeric Supreme that typically shy away from this kind of insight. I mean, they usually (really without a reason) limit their claims to healing pain or helping fight inflammation.
Which although isn’t exactly wrong, it still does not do justice to the true beneficialness of the herb we know as Turmeric (and it’s most potent compounds Curcuminoids).
All Of The Additives Are To The Very Least Harmless
99% of supplements out there are not only about the active ingredients (beneficial ingredients). What they also have is substances often referred to as additives (or ‘the other ingredients’).
These are the very ingredients necessary for the making of supplementation forms (and often adding unnecessary qualities, like taste and color). Thus, you can even say that supplements without these wouldn’t be possible. Hence, they’re essentially a crucial part of every single one.
However, not all of them have your best interest in mind. In fact, many of them are quite harmful. Thus, it’s best to always check them (and perform a little research if necessary).
When it comes to Smarter Curcumin, there are 5 ingredients in this regard that we have to look at.
Tapioca, Organic Glycerin, Purified Water, Annatto Seed, and Non-GMO Sunflower Lecithin.
Of these, Organic Glycerin is a completely safe one (harmless). Purified Water, as you might have probably already guessed it, definitely as well. And in case you’re drinking way too few water, it could even be considered beneficial [R, R, R, R, R, R].
As for Tapioca, unless you have an allergy (in which case even the safest of additives can be a problem) it’s likely to be beneficial. And if anything, the same goes about the Non-GMO Sunflower Lecithin – an ingredient that Smarter Nutrition themselves also straight-up present as positively impactful one [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
This is not to say, that it would reverse all the positive effects of the ingredients we talked about in the previous section. However, if that does happen, I would definitely suggest choosing a different one that does not have this ingredient.
Either way, overall, I feel Smarter Curcumin has done a pretty good job with the additives. And for almost all, they should be as harmless as they come.
Success Rates Are Remarkable But Not As Great As Claimed
So, from an ingredient perspective, the Smarter Curcumin works out. There’s a bunch of beneficial ingredients with every reason for providing benefits. And there’s not one inherently harmful ingredient.
But does the supplement actually work out in real life?
Taking a comprehensive look at every single real customer review I could find online, showed that the supplement is remarkably well-received.
How well exactly?
Well, my research showed that the Smarter Curcumin supplement is likely enjoying a global success rate of 96%. Meaning, on average every 96 out of 100 people were happy with the product (and it helped them).
That said it’s likely that the actual success rate is even higher given that people are way more prone to reporting negative experiences (as in seeking retribution) than positive ones.
However, this is not as high of a success rate as they claim. They said that it’s 97% of at least 4-star reviews. Which would mean that the success rate would comfortably break that 97% threshold.
But in reality, it doesn’t.
I mean, by no means, the 96% global success rate is a bad one. It just doesn’t exactly live up to what was claimed throughout the promotional materials.
But that out of the way, an interesting aspect in this regard is how well does the Smarter Curcumin stack up against it’s most capable rivals?
In a few words, more than just pretty well.
In this statistic, it outperforms the Youtheory (above 93% global success rate), as well as the Life Extension version (above 93%) of Turmeric Curcumin. It also beats the vegan certified one by Nutrigold (above 89%), as well as the very similar in its idea and approach to Turmeric supplementation (Curcuminoids with an oil) Gaia Turmeric Supreme (above 94%).
So, overall, although I think it’s fair to say that this product of Smarter Nutrition is not as successful in terms of success rates as claimed, it still stacks up well against its competition and as of itself has helped a remarkable number of people.
Smarter Curcumin’s Likely Not As Great As Advertised; Still, Viable Though
When looking at the Smarter Curcumin, many will be blinded by the incredible claims they make for it.
However, as far as I can tell, not all of it is as straightforward and honest as they like you to think.
Sure, the supplement has great beneficial ingredients, as well as it contains likely only harmless additives. They don’t alter negative reviews either and they provide a bunch of testimonials. Plus, the success rates are incredibly high easily rivaling the best of Turmeric Curcumin supplements.
Still, I feel the notion of “fully bioavailable” is a complete lie. Which I would consider a pretty big thing.
That said by no means, I would consider Smarter Curcumin a bad supplement.
Quite to the contrary, it’s a pretty solid one in my opinion. Plus, the 60-day money-back guarantee, as well as the testing they do on finished products (a proper quality) is only commendable (it’s not third-party testing as we see for brands like Gaia or Nutrigold). Hence I can’t refrain from recommending it [R].
That said I personally would still go for either of the third-party certified ones just because of how incredibly important that is these days. I mean, even the most respectable of Turmeric suppliers often likely provide contaminated Turmeric, in which case third-party testing is everything [R].
Above all, I hope this Smarter Curcumin review helped you find the information you were looking for. But if not, I’ll be happy to hear any advice in the comments on how I could further improve it.
If you have 15-30 seconds to spare, even one line in the comments helps a ton and will be highly and sincerely appreciated.
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Cheers, Stay Healthy & Have a Great One!
This article was last updated on July 9, 2020.