Why Curcumin is Poorly Absorbed

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

Curcumin has amazing benefits. But, it’s poorly absorbed in the body. Learn why and how to increase absorption.


0:00 What is curcumin?

0:10 Curcumin benefits

1:07 Why doesn’t curcumin absorb well?

1:18 How to increase the absorption of curcumin

2:10 Share your success story!

Let’s talk about curcumin. Curcumin is the main polyphenol or phytonutrient in the spice turmeric.

Benefits of curcumin:

• It has powerful antioxidant properties

• It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory

• It can be effective for exercise-induced inflammation

• It may help with muscle soreness

• It may help with exercise recovery

• It may help with arthritis

• It may help with anxiety

• It has been shown to be effective for metabolic syndrome

• It may be effective for degenerative eye conditions

The only problem is that curcumin doesn’t absorb well in the body. It’s fat-soluble, which means unless you take it in a certain way, you probably won’t absorb much of it.

How to increase the absorption of curcumin:

1. Take it with piperine (black pepper)

2. Take it with fat

3. Heat it slightly

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