Today A Balanced Belly’s reader panel has turned to the world of turmeric. We asked IBD sufferer Bexie to check out Better You’s turmeric transdermal spray-to see if it might help the high inflammation levels she is currently experiencing with active Crohn’s disease.
What is it?
For those who are interested in or seeking a supplement with anti-inflammatory properties, then the BetterYou’s brand now does an oral mouth spray that includes turmeric. Turmeric has had a lot of hype over the last couple of years with many recipes popping up online (you can read ‘Turmeric Protein Smoothie’ here). But the common question I see online is how best to take turmeric. Is it better to use fresh turmeric or powder? Are capsules best or do we just add it to our dishes when cooking? Also, what strength is best? And do you take this with black pepper to increase its efficiency or not?
What I Liked About It
The award-winning BetterYou oral turmeric spray seems to be a product that addresses many of these questions and is the first of its kind on the market. The absorption process is well thought out as the product claims that the formula is prepared in a way that keeps the cucurmin active and readily absorbed straight into the body and bypasses the digestive system, whilst research shows that taking turmeric in tablet form shows that around 1% is absorbed through the digestive system. Bypassing the digestive system also means you do not have to consider taking the oral spray with black pepper or other supplements to increase absorbency.
The recommended safe daily dose of turmeric and adult should take is between 1200-1800mg per day. This is definitely a positive for the brand as it claims that each spray will give you the equivalent of 1300mg of turmeric root, therefore you will only need to take this once a day. I found the taste of the product quite palatable – fruity yet mild in flavour that did not linger. I am not good at taking large tablets or capsules and preparing fresh turmeric is also a messy job which stains everything! Therefore taking this spray every morning was a pleasant and enjoyable experience – no mess, no gagging and no staining of the teeth.
I felt the price of the product was quite reasonable as it ranges from £15-17. Although the product is quite small, you do get a lot for your money and I definitely got 30 days use, and each spray does give you a generous dose.
What I Didn’t Like About It
I was disappointed that they used xylitol as I try not to use sweeteners in my diet due to my gastrointestinal issues. Xylitol can cause temporary gastrointestinal side effects, such as bloating, flatulence, and diarrhoea, however, the amount used per day had no adverse effect on me. It may be useful for others to be aware of if they do use sweeteners or try to avoid them. I would have liked to have seen a product that used a more natural sweetener and maybe this would not have made the product so sweet-tasting.
I also found that this product did not seem to help my inflammation issue caused by my autoimmune condition. By coincidence, I had my blood taken to monitor my illness and my CRP levels (that measure inflammation markers in your blood) were quite high, as normal levels are generally between 1-5 and mine were at 68. It should be noted that having an illness that causes inflammation is an additional complicating factor that is difficult to manage even through medical intervention.
In my opinion, those who may have inflammation caused by something else may see completely different results that are more positive. Also, at the time of my blood tests, I had only taken the product for 11 days, which is not long enough to have seen a realistic effect. Therefore it may be that anyone who considers trialling this product does take into account that taking this product for longer than 30 days could produce a more positive effect in the long-term with my medication to maintain lower inflammation levels.
Where can you buy it?
This post contains affiliate links. Our tester was sent the item in exchange for her honest thoughts.