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Embrace the Golden Glow of Turmeric Supplements & Skincare

Last Updated: April 14, 2022

Ever heard of turmeric? If you’ve been curious about using this bright orange powder outside of the spice cabinet but didn’t know where to begin, read on to learn the benefits of turmeric supplements and beauty products and how to get the most out of this magical root.

Let’s talk turmeric! This ancient spice has garnered a lot of attention in recent years - and for good reason. Turmeric touts a diverse range of benefits, helping with everything from inflammation to heart health and even glowing skin. We dug up the dirt on turmeric so you can learn the best ways to add these super-powered supplements and skincare products to your daily health routine.

What is turmeric?

Nicknamed "The Golden Spice" due to its stunning yellow-orange color, turmeric (pronounced “ter-mer-ick”) is a member of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. Like ginger, turmeric is a rhizome — aka, a fleshy stem that grows underground.

While ginger and turmeric are similar in appearance, and are both beloved ingredients in many dishes, their flavors couldn’t be more different. Turmeric has a slightly peppery, earthy taste with a hint of bitterness, and it’s most common in powdered form. Ginger is a piquant, spicy flavor you already know and love – definitely a far cry from its golden cousin.

In recent years, turmeric has garnered popularity as both a supplement and a skincare ingredient, thanks to curcumin: the compound in turmeric that’s responsible for its health benefits.

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Benefits of turmeric supplements

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Reduces inflammation: Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and pain from arthritis while helping to reduce inflammation associated with conditions like retinopathy and cardiomyopathy.

Lowers the risk of heart disease: Turmeric supplements help lower the risk of heart disease via their ability to reduce inflammation and improve the lining of blood vessels.

Improves cognitive function: Studies show that curcumin increases proteins in the brain related to improved memory and learning. A decrease in these proteins has been associated with Alzheimer’s and depression.

Improves mood: Turmeric and turmeric supplements have been shown to reduce the inflammation associated with depression.

Could help prevent cancer: Curcumin has been shown to help kill cancerous cells, inhibit the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, reduce the spread of cancer, and possibly even prevent cancer from forming.

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Benefits of turmeric for skin

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Treats acne: Turmeric is antibacterial and antiseptic, which can help treat pimples and breakouts, plus its anti-inflammatory properties calm redness from acne.

Soothes skin: Curcumin fights inflammation from skin conditions like psoriasis or acne, and it reduces redness caused by irritation.

Gives you a glow up: Turmeric contains potent antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties that contribute to improved skin elasticity, reduced wrinkles, and overall brighter skin.

What’s the best way to take turmeric supplements?

The best way to take turmeric supplements is really a matter of preference. Some people prefer the ease of turmeric capsules or gummies, while others might prefer a powder that can be blended into smoothies or mixed to make golden milk.

Does turmeric need black pepper?

Curcumin, that nifty little chemical that gives turmeric its health-boosting powers, isn’t readily absorbed into the bloodstream — this is where black pepper comes in. Black pepper contains piperine, a compound that’s responsible for the spice’s flavor. While piperine has a ton of health benefits on its own, it also helps the body absorb curcumin. Look for turmeric supplements that contain black pepper in order to get the most out of curcumin.

What are the benefits of drinking turmeric with milk?

Turmeric is fat soluble, which means it dissolves in fat. Taking tumeric supplements or drinking turmeric powder with a liquid that contains a lot of fat — like milk — helps turmeric stay inside your body for longer, helping you absorb more of its nutrients.

How often should you take turmeric supplements?

While most people can take turmeric daily, some folks might experience adverse side effects if they take too much. Read the labels on any turmeric capsules or powders to ensure you’re taking the product correctly. As with any supplement, it’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor first to make sure turmeric is the right choice for you.

Turmeric side effects

Some possible side effects of taking too much turmeric include allergic reactions, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Avoid turmeric if you:

  • Have diabetes
  • Have an iron deficiency
  • Have gallbladder disease
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding

Grove Tip

Can dogs have turmeric?

Yes! In general, dogs can have turmeric in small quantities to help reduce inflammation. Turmeric supplements for dogs, like Finn’s Hip & Joint Supplement, are great to support overall mobility for your doggo. Check out our guide to learn more about how joint supplements can help older pets.

What is golden milk?

Golden milk, or turmeric milk, is a drink made by combining antioxidant-rich turmeric with cow’s milk or plant’s milk. It’s often mixed with other super spices like cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper for an extra boost in nutrients and flavor.

How to make golden milk


  • 3 cups milk of choice
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric or 2 inches of fresh turmeric, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger or 1 inch fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 pinch ground pepper
  • Sweetener to taste


  1. Add milk, spices, coconut oil, and sweetener to a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk to combine, then heat until the liquid is hot but not boiling. Stir frequently.
  3. Pour into two cups, and enjoy!

Spice things up with golden milk powders

If you want the benefits of golden milk without the work, try a golden milk powder. Ora Organic’s Golden Milk Powder and Gaia Herb’s Golden Milk are both loaded with plant-powered extras — plus, they’re super easy to mix into your daily cuppa for on-the-go golden goodness.

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