Turmeric and Curcumin, What’s the Difference?

by Karen Hughes on May 27, 2020

What Is Turmeric?

Seen here, turmeric is an aromatic plant in the ginger family that has been used for centuries in the traditional health practices of China, India, and Sri Lanka and is grown throughout Southeast Asia.

It is the spice that gives curry seasoning it’s color and flavor and the root is used in yellow dyes.

Turmeric is rich in antioxidants. Three forms of Turmeric each have varying degrees of the constituents known as curcuminoids and turmerones that give Turmeric its popularity.

Curcuminoids are active compounds found in turmeric extract, while Turmerones are found in the essential oil.

Human clinical research has shown that oral consumption of curcumin helps support the body’s internal antioxidant system. Other clinical research shows evidence that ingesting curcumin can help soothe overworked muscles and help keep joints flexible and resilient.


The botanical form is the raw plant or plant parts, such as the root, stems, or leaves. The percentage of curcuminoids and turmerones in the botanical form is relatively small in comparison to the other components. You might have cooked with the root before.

CO2 Extract

The second form is a CO2 extract of Turmeric. CO2 extraction is a process in which much more of the curcuminoids end up in the final product; however, the turmerone content is not much higher than in the botanical.

Even though curcuminoids are higher in the CO2 extract, your body can’t absorb them without extra help. That help comes in the form of Black Pepper. If you are taking a Curcumin Supplement, check the ingredient list. You will most likely see it there. (HINT: If you don’t you aren’t doing yourself any good!)

Turmeric Essential Oil

Turmeric Essential oil is composed mostly of turmerones. This is because curcuminoid molecules are larger and can’t make it through the distillation process. This yields a very small amount of curcuminoids and a very high turmerone content.

You Need Both

For maximum benefit, it is useful to consume forms of turmeric with the highest levels of curcuminoids and turmerones in their most bioavailable forms.

Using the botanical is great in recipes, but don’t consider it as the end to your supplementation.

If you use the CO2 extract, you still don’t get enough turmerones and you’ll have to find a way to improve absorption of curcuminoids into the body. If you use the essential oil, you won’t get any curcuminoids, but you’ll gain access to a relatively high amount of turmerones. With all these different options it can be difficult to find one place for your turmeric products.

Where to Find Both

With doTERRA’s Life Long Vitality Supplements, you are getting it in your  Alpha CRS®Cellular Vitality Complex . It is also contained in Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex®

These two products were formulated with proprietary standardized CO2 extracts of curcumin, the most important curcuminoid, as well as other components in order to increase the bioavailability of the curcuminoids sevenfold.

Why Turmeric Essential Oil?

doTERRA developed Turmeric essential oil to give you significantly higher in turmerone content. Why?

Turmerones are readily absorbed into the bloodstream so the benefits can be received immediately without the need of other components (black pepper). Using BOTH you get the benefits of the highest amounts of curcuminoids and turmerones respectively.

Get BOTH In a Capsule

The best of both worlds can be found in this unique Dual Chamber Capsule! You get both the dietary supplement AND the benefits of Turmeric Essential Oil together in one readily available capsule.

The outer layer of the Turmeric Dual Chamber Capsule contains Turmeric root essential oil, standardized for 70 percent turmerones.

The inner chamber contains turmeric extract with a 95 percent concentration of curcuminoids. These capsules provide the most beneficial components of turmeric in a convenient oral delivery system that simultaneously improves bioavailability.

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