(2022) Review: Spring Valley Turmeric & Curcumin With Ginger – Does It Work?

(2019) Review: Spring Valley Turmeric & Curcumin With Ginger- Does It Work?

It's time to review Spring Valley Turmeric & Curcumin with Ginger – because it's a pretty affordable turmeric product.

But price is its only good point:

  • pretty weak formula
  • low dosages overall
  • poor absorption

So is Spring Valley's product worth the money?

It might be cheap – but is it worth $13 despite all of its problems?

I analyzed the supplement in detail, so here's the truth behind.

Note: This review is based on my own opinion + research on Spring Valley's product.

Review Summary

Full Name: Turmeric Curcumin With Ginger Powder by Spring Valley

Product Type: Inflammatory Pain Supplement (Joint Pain)

It's actually a turmeric product – so it works for general health as well.

Best Actual Price: Around $13 per bottle

Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon 

Designed For: Inflammatory pain.

For this reason – it's meant to decrease pain caused by inflammation in :

  • auto-immune forms of arthritis (RA or PsA)
  • fibromyalgia
  • swollen joints

Also – turmeric has additional benefits for heart health, immunity and wellness.

My Rating: 4 out of 10

Recommended?: Certainly not – it's far from a quality supplement:

  • low dosages for most ingredients
  • no absorption boosters (which are necessary for turmeric)
  • doesn't get absorbed properly 

It does seem a cheap supplement – but it's not even worth $13 (if you ask me).

I personally recommend a cheap turmeric supplement with a much better quality.

 

What I Liked About It

  • You only need to take 1 pill per day
  • Pills are quite easy to swallow
  • Reputable company behind
  • Many authentic reviews available online
  • You can find it in several retailers

 

What I Didn't Like About It

  • Ingredients have under average dosages
  • Not fully absorbed by the human body (because it has no BioPerine)
  • Doesn't work too well for inflammation (only in minor problems)
  • Several complaints about side effects
  • Its actual value is much cheaper than $13
  • Low quality overall

 

 


Spring Valley's Turmeric In A Nutshell


I would describe Spring Valley's product in one word – CHEAP:

  1. When it comes to price
  2. When it comes to quality/effect

To be honest – it's one of the weakest turmeric products I reviewed:

  • serious absorption problems 
  • low ingredient dosages

It might be effective for general health or minor pain relief.

But for a chronic pain/inflammation – I doubt it would help too much.

Still – some people prefer it because of its really low price.

All I can tell is that if you prefer to spend $13 and get almost no relief – it's a good choice for you.

Otherwise – with about $10 more you can get a much better alternative.

So I strongly do not recommend Spring Valley's turmeric, if you want my honest verdict.

 

 

 


#1 – What It Is & Claims


First of all – I want to give you some general info about this supplement.

What is promises to do, who is the producer behind, etc.

1. Claims

Unlike other turmeric products – this one doesn't make big promises.

Actually, it doesn't even claim to be the best turmeric supplement (which is totally fair, since it's far from that).

However, it does emphasize something – its natural ingredients:

  • no artificial compounds
  • free of gluten, milk and other potentially dangerous allergens 

Other than that – its claims are quite general:

  1. Supports healthy immunity and inflammatory response. [1]
  2. Promotes cardiovascular health.
  3. Helpful for skin health and general wellness.

Basically – these are all known benefits of turmeric.

But due to its absorption problems, I'm not sure if Spring Valley's product can really keep these promises.

2. Company Behind

As you can tell from the name – this supplement's producer is Spring Valley.

In terms of reputation, it's a really good brand:

  • focused on supplements with natural compounds
  • over 10 different products behind
  • trustworthy company

However – most of its other products are also cheap (just like its turmeric supplement).

That's not necessarily a bad thing.

But in some cases, it means the ingredients aren't the highest quality (as it's the case here).

Still – Spring Valley has a really good reputation in terms of producer.

 

 


#2 – Formula (3 out of 10)


This is the #1 problem of this supplement, if you ask me.

Compared to most turmeric products on the market – its formula is pretty weak:

  • low dosages for most compounds
  • poor absorption (lacks BioPerine)

In other words, it's not strong enough to decrease inflammation properly.

Now – Spring Valley's product contains 3 ingredients.

Let's analyze each one separately.

1. Turmeric Powder

Basically – this is the minced turmeric root. It's the main ingredient in most turmeric supplements.

So far so good.

However – Spring Valley's product contains a pretty low quantity:

  • Good dosage: 1000-1500 mg
  • Spring Valley's dosage: 500 mg

So compared to other supplements – it only contains about half (500 mg vs 1000-1500 mg).

But that's not its only problem.

In fact – absorption is the #1 issue of this supplement:

  1. Turmeric is very poorly absorbed by the human body normally. [2]
  2. For this reason, most brands use a substance called BioPerine.
  3. This is the extract of black pepper.
  4. This compound increases the absorption of turmeric (by up to 2000%). [3]

Spring Valley's product doesn't contain any mg of BioPerine.

However – it also doesn't contain any other absorption booster.

So out of its 500 mg of turmeric/pill – your body will probably absorb less than 250 mg.

This tells a lot about this product's efficiency.

2. Turmeric Extract

This is actually the extract from the previous ingredient:

  • more concentrated than the powder
  • much stronger effect
  • better anti-inflammatory proprieties [4]

As in most turmeric products – the extract is standardized to 95% curcuminoides.

In terms of dosages – this ingredient doesn't look excellent either:

  • Good dosage: 75-150 mg
  • Spring Valley's dosage: 50 mg

So besides its lower dosages – it's also affected by the absorption issues I mentioned above.

Out of those 50 mg, your body will get less than half.

3. Ginger Extract

Honestly – this compound isn't very common in turmeric supplements.

That's because its effect isn't as strong (compared to turmeric/curcumin):

  • natural anti-inflammatory
  • can decrease chronic pain 

Besides, at 50 mg per pill – I doubt its additional effect would matter a lot.


Conclusion

For a turmeric supplement – Spring Valley's product has a really weak formula:

  • basic compounds
  • very poor absorption rate
  • low quantities in most ingredients

So in terms of ingredients – I would never recommend this supplement.

It may be really cheap, but it also has a cheap quality.

That's why I don't recommend spending your $12 on a product like this.

 

 


#3 – How To Use It (10 out of 10)


Here I want to give you some details about this product's pills and schedule.

And surprisingly – it looks really good at this chapter.

1. The Pills

Spring Valley's supplement usually have decent pills (in terms of size).

And their turmeric products makes no exception.

Overall – the pills look quite good:

  • vegetarian capsules
  • average dimensions
  • quite easy to swallow with water

Basically – they look like most turmeric pills (transparent capsules with orange powder inside).

2. The Schedule

This supplement's #1 advantage is the number of pills required daily.

According to its label – you only need 1 per day.

Since most turmeric supplements require 2-3, this is clearly a good point for Spring Valley.

 

 


#4 – Results (6 out of 10)


In order to analyze this supplement's efficiency – I will look at its customer reviews.

They are a great way to see how this product actually works.

Note: I only analyzed authentic reviews from Amazon (in order to avoid fake/promotional reviews).

1. Positive Opinions

To my surprise – Spring Valley's product has enough satisfied customers.

Considering its weak formula, I would have expected far more complaints.

Still – there are enough reviews on both sides.

Regarding the positive reviews, here's what most users praise it for:

  1. Improved their general health.
  2. Cheaper than most turmeric supplements.
  3. Replaced daily vitamins successfully.
  4. Helpful for circulation.

Basically – most of the positive reviews I found were related to its general health benefits.

However, the weird part is that they were extremely simple and without any details.

When it comes to inflammation/pain, there weren't as many positive thoughts.

I did find some, to be honest.

But most were from people with (probably) minor inflammatory problems.

This explains why they were satisfied, since their issue was quite small.

2. Negative Opinions

I found quite a few complaints on this supplement.

And as I somehow expected – most were related to its effect:

  1. Many people say they couldn't see any improvement.
  2. Others claim it doesn't work for chronic joint pain.
  3. Some say it does help the pain, but only slightly.

However – Spring Valley's product also has many complaints about side effects.

To be honest, that was quite surprising to me.

Considering its very low dosages – I didn't expect it to cause any side reactions.


Conclusion

Spring Valley's supplement has enough positive opinions for its poor quality.

However – it also has enough complaints (especially in terms of effect).

For this reason, I would definitely not recommend it.

If you want a product that actually works – add less than $15 more and go my for #1 alternative.

It's a much better supplement in all chapters.

 

 

 


#5 – Side Effects (6 out of 10)


As I said – Spring Valley's supplement has several complaints at this chapter.

Overall, the most common problem is stomach pain:

  1. Some users complain it's a lot worse than in other turmeric products.
  2. Others say it lasts around 24-36 hours.
  3. A few others also complain about diarrhea.

Now – this is a common side effect of turmeric in general.

And there's one simple way to solve it:

Make sure you take the supplement after eating (on a full stomach).

  1. Most people experiencing stomach cramps take the product before eating.
  2. In many cases – the product's label recommends so.
  3. That's why I strongly advice you to take it after food either way.

As for the diarrhea, taking the product after eating won't solve anything.

It mostly depends on your body and the product's exact composition.

 

 


#6 – Price (7 out of 10)


At first sight – Spring Valley's product might seem of one of the cheapest turmeric supplements.

But in terms of quality/price, it's far from that.

1. The Exact Price

Amazon is the main retailer selling Spring Valley's products:

  1. Their turmeric supplement costs $12.88 per bottle.
  2. Shipping is free (on Amazon).
  3. You can get a better price if you buy 2 bottles at once.
  4. A double pack costs $21.49 (plus free shipping).

Now – $13 per bottle sounds like an awesome price.

Most turmeric supplements cost around $20-$25, so $13 is almost half.

However – those $20-$25 products are quality turmeric supplements.

As for Spring Valley's product, it's definitely far from that.

For this reason – I think this product is not worth $13 (considering its poor quality).

I can't say it's expensive, but it's certainly not worth even this small price.

2. Competitors' Price

I will only compare Spring Valley's product with my #1 recommended turmeric supplement.

I'm talking about a product called Turmeric Plus:

  1. SV costs $13 per bottle normally.
  2. However, it has low dosages and a poor absorption.
  3. TP costs $24 per bottle normally.
  4. In terms of formula, it has great dosages and an absorption enhancer.
  5. Both products come with discounts if you buy larger quantities.
  6. In this way, SV costs as little as about $11 per bottle.
  7. TP only costs around $16 per bottle in this case.

Basically – Turmeric Plus makes a much better choice, if you ask me.

It's true that it's a few dollars pricier – but its quality is probably 10x better.

It's not the only quality alternative I know to Spring Valley's product.

But most of the others cost way above $30 – so they're a lot pricier.

On the other hand, Turmeric Plus has a decent price and a high quality.

That's why it's my #1 alternative to Spring Valley's supplement.


Conclusion

Spring Valley's product sound really affordable at first.

But in reality – it's quite pricey for the quality it has.

For this reason, it's surely not a supplement I would ever recommend.

If you want a quality product for a decent price, I suggest my alternative from above.

 

 


#7 – Availability (8 out of 10)


Considering it's an inexpensive product – this supplement is quite easy to find:

  1. Amazon is the main seller of the company.
  2. Also available on Walmart and Ebay.
  3. You can also find it in online/local drugstores.

As for its official website – there doesn't seem to be one.

I couldn't even find an official website of the company, but there is probably one.

But mostly likely – they don't sell the products there (it's only for general info).

For this reason, my top pick would be Amazon.

Though I don't recommend buying this product – if you really want to do it, choose Amazon:

  • safest of all retailers
  • free shipping included
  • lowest price overall

 

 


#8 – SV's Product In 3 Conclusions


Here's how I would sum up my opinion on this supplement (in 3 ideas).

1. Low Dosages

This problem is available for most of its ingredients:

  • only 500 mg of turmeric powder (average is 1000-1500 mg)
  • 50 mg of turmeric extract (average is 75-150 mg)

It's only the Ginger extract that has a decent dose.

But its effect is not very relevant (turmeric is much stronger than ginger).

For this reason – I'm quite disappointed with this product's formula.

2. Poor Absorption Issues

If you ask me – that's the #1 problem of SV's product:

  • turmeric gets absorbed very badly alone
  • that's why it needs absorption enhancers (like BioPerine)
  • most supplements use that ingredient
  • Spring Valley's product doesn't

For this reason – out of its low dosages, less than 50% will get absorbed by your body.

You can imagine the low intensity of its effect.

That's a main reason why I don't recommend this supplement.

3. Not Worth The Money

This product might seem super affordable (at $13 per bottle).

However – its real value is a lot lower.

That's why I consider it's not even worth $13, judging after its formula.

If you want to get a quality product – add about $10 and get one that works for real.

 

 


#9 – My Video Review


 

 

 


My Verdict – Worth Or Not?


Short answer: Definitely not.

It's not a scam, but it's far from a quality product either:

  1. Pretty weak formula with very low dosages.
  2. Poor absorption in the human body.
  3. Not very effective for inflammatory pain (unless it's a very minor one).
  4. Its actual value isn't even worth $13,

Basically – the product itself is very cheap and affordable.

But it's also cheap in terms of quality.

That's why it's a product I could never recommend.

Science talks very clearly about the poor absorption of turmeric.

And despite knowing this – the company doesn't do anything to improve this product's absorption (add BioPerine to its formula).

For this reason, I strongly advise you not to go for this supplement.

There are so many better alternatives on the market.

So what do I recommend instead? A $24 supplement with a much higher quality:

  1. Cheapest product with such a strong formula.
  2. High dosages in all ingredients.
  3. Improved absorption (contains BioPerine).
  4. Very effective against inflammatory pain.

Now – there are many other quality products on the market.

But most are also much pricier (over $35), so this remains the best choice in terms of price/quality.

best turmeric

References:

1 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/-pmc/articles/PMC5664031/

2 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/-pmc/articles/PMC3918523/

3 – https://www.bioperine.com/-index.php/researchhighlight

4 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/-pmc/articles/PMC3535097/

 

Written by 

Oltea Roman is a registered pharmacist with a long experience in the health field. She graduated from University of Medicine and Pharmacy and has studies in Cosmetology, Dermatology, Toxicology and several others. She has a 2 years experience as a retail pharmacist. You can connect with her via Linkedin or email.

6 thoughts on “(2022) Review: Spring Valley Turmeric & Curcumin With Ginger – Does It Work?

  1. Hey Olly, thank you very much for the review. I have been considering this product for a while because it’s really inexpensive and I found many good opinions on it. 

    I was recently diagnosed with RA and am feeling fine for now, just starting some treatment my doc prescribed. He also recommended turmeric and told me about Smarter Curcumin, but I cannot afford that. While searching for a good replacement product, I found this curcumin from Spring Valley and wanted to buy it immediately. I had no idea about the absorption issue so thank God I found your review. I also found some others that said the same about this product, that it lacks bioperine so it’s not absorbed properly.

    I am surely going to look into the alternative you recommend, I love that it’s much cheaper than Smarter Curcumin. Any other tips you have for someone who’s starting battling with RA? I really don’t want to let this condition get me down. Thank you for your valuable resources here on your blog!

    1. Hi Sascha, thanks for your kind words about my website. I’m glad to be of use.

      I’m really sorry to hear about your RA diagnosis, it’s surely a tough condition but fortunately there are lots of potent treatments and remedies nowadays. So this condition becomes easier to keep under control with every year.

      I definitely don’t recommend Spring Valley’s product for RA. Even if it’s not the main treatment for your condition, it’s not strong enough to help too much. I could recommend it for minor problems in healthy people – but in RA, you surely need something much stronger.

      I’m actually quite familiar with Smarter Nutrition’s product. It’s actually one of my top recommended turmeric supplements, so your doctor suggested you a great product. But I totally agree that it’s very pricey – that’s one of the reasons why I don’t recommend it among my top suggestions.

      But as I said, there are enough alternatives that work just as well. Vita Balance’s Turmeric Curcumin Plus is just one of them (and the best in terms of quality/price). In case you need some other alternatives, here are my favorites.

      Regarding the tips that might help you – I strongly recommend combining your prescribed treatment with natural remedies. Turmeric is only one of them, there are some other potent ones. Besides, try to change your eating habits and consume as many natural foods as you can. Avoiding processed foods and sugars is also important, as sugar seems to worsen inflammatory arthritis. 

      Also – try to stay positive, because medicine has advanced a lot these days so keeping RA under control is totally possible. Since your condition seems to be in an early stage, it’s even better. 

      I wish you the best and please keep me updated with your journey. Anytime you have a question or you need an advice, just let me know!

  2. This is not the first turmeric supplement I tried. When I opened the bottle I started to question the smell, these pills have such a weird smell…It feels nothing like turmeric powder and nothing like other turmeric pills I used. It’s something stingy and no pleasant at all. I know it has some ginger inside but is it really supposed to have such a poignant smell? I’m afraid to use it now.

    1. Hi Carolyn, thanks for your feedback on Spring Valley’s product. 

      You’re right – it does have some ginger but this herb has a pretty similar smell with turmeric, so the pills shouldn’t smell very differently. From what I read in other reviews, the pills actually smell like regular turmeric powder. So if you ask me, there must be something wrong with the pills you have. 

      Did you purchase the bottle from a safe retailer (like Amazon)? I would suggest getting back to them and letting them know about this weird smell, they might refund you or replace the bottle you go. I also think it’s better not to take those pills for now. Do they also have a different color (anything other than orange) or it’s just the smell?

      Either way – I would not recommend Spring Valley’s product as a turmeric supplement (this doesn’t have anything to do with your complaints). As I mentioned in my review, it’s not strong enough in terms of absorption. That’s why it’s not the most helpful supplement. I don’t know your exact condition, but I advise you to go for a stronger product because there are enough options (some even for a similar price as Spring Valley’s product).

      I would love to hear what happens, in case you manage to contact the retailer that sold you this product.

  3. Hi. I checked out its Amazon comments and some users say it’s made in China. Do you know if that’s true or not? I couldn’t find it specified anywhere on the label. 

    And would you recommend this for an early stage of joint pain? I visited a doctor and he said I was fine, no arthritis or joint damage. It’s simply because of too much exercising, I work out a lot. I will surely take a break from it but this can’t be forever. What other products would you recommend? 

    1. Hi Audrey, I also found some reviews on Amazon stating that it’s made in China. But after checking the label, it’s not very clear to me where exactly it’s made. It’s written “product of China, India”. So is it made in both countries or in a city from India called China? I really can’t tell.

      As for your question, this supplement might work for your problem, since it’s a very minor one. But I would buy a better supplement for about the same money (a few extra dollars if you only buy one bottle). Now, if you already bought Spring Valley’s product, it’s totally fine, you can use it without any worries. But if you’re still thinking about what brand you should go for, I pretty much recommend Vita Balance when it comes to turmeric.

      Plus, in case you need more recommendations, here’s a list of the best turmeric supplements I know. Besides, ice packs can help if your joints are swollen, so that can decrease the pain really fast. Other than that, make sure you relax and you don’t exaggerate with exercising.

      I hope this helps!

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