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Curamin or CuraMed – Understanding the Difference


It’s no surprise that Curamin and CuraMed are two of our best selling supplements – our customers love them.

If you read our post on Curamin Benefits, you’ll see there’s not enough we can say about the benefits of the BCM-95® curcumin found in Curamin and Curamed.

There’s just one problem – we find our customers get confused about which one they should take.

If you’re new to either of these products, it might help you understand why so many people take curcumin. Curcumin is an amazing compound of the spice turmeric.

BCM-95® curcumin is not your average curcumin. The downside to most curcumin products is they aren’t absorbed in the bloodstream very well. BCM-95® is a scientifically researched and developed, highly absorbable form of curcumin. Studies show blood levels following ingestion of BCM-95 are up to 10 times higher than other curcumin products. When you’re in pain, that matters!

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My favorite resource for curcumin information and scientific validation is the book Curcumin: The 21st Century Cure, by Jan McBarron, MD, ND. She’s a medical and naturopathic doctor, and co-host of the #1 health talk show in the nation, Duke & the Doctor. The book documents how BCM-95® curcumin may be helpful for people with a wide variety of health issues – some of them quite serious.

BCM-95® curcumin is the key ingredient in both Curamin and CuraMed. There’s plenty of solid scientific data surrounding this ingredient’s potential. You can read a about of a few of the studies surrounding BCM-95® on PubMed.

Unique Proprietary Blends

In nature, many things work better in synergy. This is why each product has a unique proprietary blend. Understanding this will help you make an informed decision about which product to choose.

Curamin is made with curcumin and boswellia.  Studies cited in, show boswellia stands on its own, but when combined with curcumin, you have a natural, pain-fighting dynamic duo.

CuraMed is made with curcumin, phospholipids and turmeric essential oil. Phospholipids are a type of fat (lipids) and your cell walls are made up of lipids. They repair and maintain your cells and allow nutrients to enter your cells.

Along with the turmeric essential oil, the phospholipids deliver more beneficial curcumin throughout your entire body. Essentially, these are ingredients that make it easier for your body to absorb and use curcumin. Absorption is critical to getting the results you need.

When to Take Curamin

The easiest way I remember from my Europharma training is, when you think Curamin – think PAIN! If you are hurting, you can try Curamin.

Here are a few examples of when to reach for the Curamin:

  1. Achy muscles from exercise or overuse
  2. Occasional tough headaches
  3. Temporary joint pain and stiffness
  4. Sprains and strains
  5. Backache or shoulder pain

If you’re experiencing occasional joint stiffness or you spent too much time at the gym or the garden, Curamin could bring you some relief.

When to Take CuraMed

My tip for knowing when to take CuraMed is to think protection and maintenance of overall good health. Unlike Curamin, which you’d use when you have temporary discomfort, CuraMed can become a regular part of your supplementation plan. People tend to take it as part of a daily routine.

I take CuraMed every day. Because of family history, I’m at higher risk for certain conditions, and I believe this is a supplement that can help me maintain my health.

Some people may find it useful for things like boosting mood on a daily basis, keeping digestive distress at bay, providing ongoing support for cardiovascular health and even helping a healthy mind stay sharp as you age.

The big difference between Curamin and CuraMed is that Curamin is intended for occasional relief while CuraMed may be better-suited as a dietary supplement you take regularly.

If you’re still unsure about which one is right for you, talk to a healthcare practitioner you trust.

How Do You Know if You Have a Problem with Inflammation?

Inflammation is a natural bodily response to things like overuse, injury and infection. In fact, it’s actually an immune system response.

But it’s no secret that, when left unchecked, inflammation is also at the root of many different health concerns. That includes everything from minor aches and pains to much more serious problems.

When you have sore muscles from working out, you can feel that temporary pain and inflammation. But there’s also something called “silent inflammation” or “hidden inflammation.” It could be happening to your body and you don’t even realize it. That’s what often leads to chronic health conditions.

An online medical glossary defines silent inflammation as…

“…insidious inflammation that remains below the threshold of perceived pain, while reeking havoc in one’s body for years. The latest research has linked silent inflammation to the causes of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, type-II diabetes, autoimmune diseases and Alzheimer’s disease.”

So how do you know if inflammation is behind your troubles?

Finding out is actually easier than you think. Here are three tests/procedures that will show evidence of inflammation:

1)      Thermogram (aka– Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging). You can learn more from our friends at Radiant Health Imaging, but it is the “ultimate in early detection.” This non-invasive procedure detects inflammation within the body. It can also monitor subtle physiological changes that accompany breast pathology such as fibrocystic disease, hormonal imbalances, lymphatic congestion, vascular disease, and cancer.

2)      C-reactive protein test done at your doctor’s office.  C-reactive protein is a protein found in the blood that indicates the presence of inflammation. It won’t tell you where the inflammation is in the body, but it will let you know that you have inflammation. Elevated levels of C-reactive protein can be an indicator for potential heart problems. If your doctor won’t order it for you and you want to know, you can get one through the Life Extension Foundation.

3)      Get a food sensitivity/allergy test. If you have allergies, you have inflammation. Many times people are sensitive to foods and they don’t even know it or don’t recognize the symptoms. Depending on the test you need, you may not need a doctor’s prescription to get tested for allergies. Millions of people have undiagnosed gluten intolerance, Celiac disease or other autoimmune diseases and this is a recipe for disaster.

4)      Red light therapy can be used to decrease inflammation and improve joint and muscoskeletah health.

If you have IBS, colitis, or any other abdominal issues, you will undoubtedly have inflammation. This is nothing to mess around with. Remember the explanation of silent inflammation above?

Finally, it might surprise you to learn that depression is another sign of hidden inflammation. This article from Dr. Mercola explains “some research has demonstrated that depression is frequently associated with gastrointestinal inflammations and autoimmune diseases, as well as with other ailments in which chronic low-grade inflammation is a significant contributing factor.”

More About Curcumin Products and the Terry Naturally Brand

We’ve written quite a bit about this topic on our blog. Below you’ll find links to other related posts and articles:

Natural Healthy Concepts carries all the sizes and varieties of the Curamin and CuraMed products. In case you’re wondering, you can take Curamin and CuraMed at the same time. But it’s always smart to discuss the supplements you take with a healthcare professional.

Now that we’ve cleared up the confusion of which one to take and when…are you ready to give it a try?


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31 Responses to Curamin or CuraMed – Understanding the Difference

  1. Billie Sue Lazaro April 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    I have interstitial cystitis so it’s very very painful but some say its related to a autoimmune disease and bladder leaks in toxions and is inflamed , so I don’t know which to take curamin or curamed , thank you , respectfully Billie Sue Lazaro

    • Mary Bloomer April 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

      So sorry to hear of the pain you are experiencing, Billie Sue. We cannot recommend any products for specific health conditions and since the science isn’t conclusive about your health concern being an autoimmune disorder. Curamin has been very helpful for many people with pain, so you would have to decide if you want to give it a try. Depending on what their needs are, people do take both at the same time. You should always consult your doctor before you try anything new, especially if you are on any medications. We wish you well and hope you can get some relief. Here’s some more information on your condition that may be of help:

  2. mel hamlyn April 30, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    I have cold feet up to my needs , for about 3hrs or more ,then they get really hot, i have all kinds test done xrays katscans you name it . Itried curamed 750 seems to help for a while, but i get diariea after i take them.which would be better curamin or curamedto used.

    • Mary Bloomer April 30, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

      Hi Mel, sorry I’m not able to help you with your cold hands & feet. Maybe Terry Lemerond of Terry Naturally could help you, regarding the Curamin vs Curamed question. Since you’re having some intestinal issues, I can’t help with that. You may submit your question to him through the link below. In the meantime, I hope you get some answers to your health concern. Take care, Mel!

  3. Jane June 19, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    Hi – would curamin BC95 be safe to take during chemo treatment? Its for joint and shoulder pain but patient is undergoing chemo so not sure it would be warranted at this time . . .thoughts?


    • Jo Ann June 28, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

      Anyone on chemotherapy, must always discuss any vitamins, herbs or change in diet with their oncologist. Do not change anything unless you discuss it with your oncologist first and get their approval! I am post chemotherapy and 2 operations, and I am looking to maintain a cancer free body. Good luck in your fight and keep a positive attitude.

      • Mary Bloomer June 30, 2014 at 8:34 am #

        Jo Ann, thanks for commenting. You are right – especially when chemotherapy is involved, patients should always talk to their doctors before making any changes. There are nutrients that can interfere with medications. It sounds like you are doing a great job regaining your health. I wish you continued good health and a long and happy life!

    • Mary Bloomer June 30, 2014 at 8:31 am #

      Hi Jane, It’s a good question. Jo Ann is correct – you should always talk to your oncologist before you make any changes. They should know what you are doing to avoid any interference or interactions between the drugs and the supplements. There is however, much research in nutrition that shows that some supplements can make chemotherapy even more effective and aid in reducing the amount of chemotherapy needed. This depends on a variety of factors, however. Many oncologists aren’t aware of some of the research in this area.

      Below is a link to the Life Extension Foundation and some of the studies they have done regarding the use of specific nutrients during chemotherapy (including curcumin) which might help answer some of your questions. I also linked to Terry Lemerond’s site, Terry Talks Nutrition for his information on curcumin and chemotherapy – you can ask him questions on his site. Whoever is battling cancer in your life, we wish them all the best, Jane. I have 3 siblings who are cancer survivors and it’s hard to see people hurt. All the best,

  4. Mollmac July 19, 2014 at 3:22 am #


    My father is 86 years old and is extremly immobile and stiff due to arthritis. He can barely walk anymore. He has always said that he experiences stiffness not pain which is why he was not offered any joint replacement sugery. However he is now complaining of more discomfort and has started taking paracetmol as he cannot take anti-inflammatories due to having hiatus hernia. To complicate matters even more he has prostate cancer and was told in April that his life expectancy was approximately 6-12 months. He had radiotherapy in January for bladder cancer and prostate cancer. The baldder seems to have been treated but his PSA levels continued to rise at an alarming rate. He is being treated by steroids for the cancer and a hormone injection.

    Despite all this he is not troubled by the cancer and is in remarkably good spirits. His mobility is now more of a problem and I am afraid that very soon he will not be able to walk which will take away his independence. Do you think curamin can help with this arthritis. I know he ulimately needs replacement of a hip and a knee but I doubt that he would be offered surgery now based on his diagnosis and I just want to find something to keep him mobile for as long as possible.

    Any help much appreciated.

    • Mary Bloomer July 22, 2014 at 7:06 am #

      Mollmac, It appears your father has many significant health issues. We’re sorry you are both going through all this. It is so hard on family care-givers to see their loved ones go through health problems like this.

      Countless people have found relief from pain with Curamin. But given your father’s serious health issues, you must talk with his doctor first, before he takes anything new to avoid any complications or drug interactions. We cannot recommend or advise any product for specific health issues. We hope your father will get some relief soon.

      Please take care of yourself, too!


  5. Sarah July 20, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    Is it safe to take during pregnancy?

    • Mary Bloomer July 22, 2014 at 6:47 am #

      Hi Sarah, you should always check with your doctor before taking anything new while pregnant.

      While we know women who take curcumin while pregnant, we cannot advie or recommend products because we aren’t doctors. You could check with the manufacturer Terry Naturally at to see what they would advise.

      All the best with your pregnancy!


  6. Lisa September 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    Can curamed cause acne? I have been giving it to my 16 year old for his wrist pain. It is getting better, but his face has broken out alot. He is taking trace minerals too. But neither seem like they should create acne. Thank you

    • Mary Bloomer September 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

      Good question, Lisa, and not so easy to answer – it could be yes or no! Has your son has been on the Curamed for some time? If so, since curcumin can help pull out toxins from the lymph nodes and fat in the body, it’s possible your son could be experiencing some detoxing which can cause the skin to break out. Curamed is also good for digestive health and if there is some repair work going on in your son’s digestive track that could also contribute to some detoxing effects like skin breakouts. Everyone’s chemical make-up is different, so it is possible that he might be sensitive to the Curamed. The only way you’d know for sure is to discontinue for awhile and see what happens and then start it up again. Sorry I can’t be more specific, but I hope this helps! Thanks for posting the question.

  7. TINA September 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    Does CURAMED thin your blood? I know that it does not damage your kidneys or liver like ibuprophen or tylenol…thanks so much

  8. TIna Dukes September 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    Does Curamed cause liver or kidney damage as can Ibuprophen? I have been taking Curamed..but is Curamin better for pain in your opinion and does it cause stomach upset.

  9. Francie January 4, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

    Hi Have read that the most important ingredient in Curcumin is
    1. Curcumin
    2. Demethoxycurcumin
    3. Bisdemethoxcurcumin
    Also that there should be at least 75 percent of the 3 ingredients.
    Requirement dosage 1,000mg. per day
    and extract of piperine and noticed in one of your articles, you do not recommend piperine???
    Am interested in the very best product of curcumin as it is expensive.
    Thank you very much. Blessings Francie

  10. Joseph Fiorito January 25, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    Hi, I have the same question as Francine Jan.4th entry,,,,as to which there is (no reply)…Piperine not recommended or not needed??? which? It is very expensive and would like to know that I am getting the most for my $… Thank You

  11. shari February 17, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    I am a 120 lb female with IBD, how many CuraMed should I take, how many can I take a day–please explain

    • Theresa Groskopp, CN February 18, 2015 at 9:32 am #

      Hi Shari,
      The recommended use on the bottle is 1 to 2 softgels per day- it is the same for the 750 Mg strength as well as the 375 Mg strength. Curcumin may be retained in the body 8 to 12 hours. As with many supplements, certainly it is possible to take more. If you have a naturopath or healthcare practitioner, you might consult with them regarding a higher dosage.

      We have clients who have also had good results with the daily use of aloe juice. You might check that out as well. Best of health to you!

  12. frank February 18, 2015 at 6:31 am #

    Can i take curamed for prevention and curamin for relief from shoulder and bursitis pain at the same time?

    • Theresa Groskopp, CN February 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

      Hi Frank,
      I would personally, though watch your dosage. You might consider just focusing on curamin for support with pain and once that is relieved, consider adding in the curamed.

      • frank February 19, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

        Thanks for your quick reply. Should I stop the curamin once the pain stops or should half the dosage on one of them?

  13. kathi April 3, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    I have a friend who has a form of legionnaires disease. Would curamin help. She gets short of breath
    very easily.

  14. Ray Espinosa April 15, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    I have OA on both knees (diagnosed 6 years ago) and a candidate for knee replacement which I have been avoiding and hopefully never get if I can help it. So my issue is with both inflammation with pain, and joint stiffness if sitting too long, bending my knees too long…no matter what. I started taking CURAMED (375mg, 120 capsule bottle) about 2 /12 months ago and it did not reduce knee inflammation/pain, stiffness at all. Should I have taken CURAMED instead? Or both? I am in concert with everyone that say that they’re expensive. Also, my wife is a Bariatric patient (had gastro bypass
    5 years ago) and wondering if any of them will be safe for her to take…she is going to contact Kaiser Pharmacy and doctor for advise. Thank You, Ray

  15. Angela July 7, 2015 at 8:53 am #

    Can I take them both and will the curamed help with my arthritics knee? I have allergies also is the reason I ask if I can take both?

    • Mary Bloomer July 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

      Hi Angela, you should always consult with your healthcare practitioner before trying something new, especially if you’re on a prescription medication and have allergies. We cannot recommend any products for specific conditions because we aren’t medical doctors. There are many people who do take both Curamin and Curamed at the same time. You could ask Terry Lemerond at He can address the specifics of your question. I can personally attest to the wonderful benefits of Curamin and CuraMed. All the best to you, thanks for taking the time to comment.

  16. Linda July 27, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    Hello… I’ve been using Turmeric/Curcumin for some time now. I do have IBS, but I have been taking the supplement for health benefits or as a preventative due to heart disease and diabetes that run in my family.
    I have recently purchased CuraMed and have been taking this.
    In my research I have read that Neither curcumin nor turmeric taken orally is well absorbed unless taken with black pepper or piperine.
    Reading the ingredients I have noticed that CuraMed does not contain this ingredient.
    I was just wondering if I should buy Piperine to take with CuraMed?

    • Mary Bloomer July 29, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

      Hi Linda, this is a good question and I will defer to the experts at Terry Naturally/Europharma. I will email you a chart entitled “Which is the Best Curcumin Product to Buy?”- it explains that piperine may increase absorption temporarily, but there are some safety concerns. I think you’ll find the entire chart very helpful. You are wise to be proactive about your health!

      Thanks again for contacting us with your question.

  17. Cheryl December 6, 2015 at 9:27 am #

    I have been using CuraMed for a few months now daily for pain – I have arthritis, tendinitis, & frozen shoulder. My naturopath recommended curcumin to me, but I found I was having to take 6-8 of her brand, but also wanted something I could buy at the store (more convenient). I was confused over the Curamin vs CuraMed and chose the CuraMed because I thought it was just a higher concentration and probably more effective for my pain. But after reading this article, I’m questioning if the Curamin would be better for me? I do suffer from depression as well and was surprised to learn CuraMed helped with that. My depression has been better lately, so maybe it’s helping. Should I keep taking the CuraMed and maybe add in the Curamin? I would love to get off of Aleve altogether. Is it ok to take both? And is the Curamin really better for pain or is the CuraMed just as effective. Are these meant to be taken daily or just when needed?