Turmeric or Curcumin? Find Out The Difference

If you are someone interested in optimal health, you have most likely come across many people telling you to take turmeric or curcumin. But you may be wondering, what’s the difference? This is what we are going to look at today.


Turmeric is a spice from Eastern Asia, that has been used for a very long time. Seriously, there is evidence of its use from 4,000 years ago! 4,000 years ago people were just learning how to write. Its use began as a spice for culinary purposes, but then people started to discover its medicinal value. Studies have pointed to it being effective in treatment of respiratory conditions (e.g., asthma, bronchial hyperactivity and allergy), as well as for liver disorders, anorexia, rheumatism, diabetic wounds, runny nose, cough and sinusitis. Yep, that’s a long list of benefits. Now that we understand what turmeric is, lets look at curcumin.


Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, and is associated with the benefits we just talked about. Curcumin was first isolated from turmeric 200 years ago and it was found that it makes up only 2-6 percent of turmeric.

Which One Should I Pick?

That may seem like a low number and it is! This is why many people have started to take curcumin instead of turmeric. You are able to get much more of the active ingredient by taking curcumin instead turmeric. But not all curcumin is created equally. Find out how Avie Nutraceutical’s Ultramicronized Curcumin works versus competitors here.