Making Turmeric Curcumin for anti- inflammation is easy and inexpensive. You can put together your own capsules in an hour saving yourself over $20 per bottle.

My husband suffers from a frozen shoulder that he won as a bonus prize for taking Crestor, a medicine his doctor said was imperative for his borderline cholesterol. Turns out one of the side affects is muscle degeneration that progressed into him not being able to raise his arm above his shoulder. Although it’s really good fun to jest at him and his inability to move his arm or put on his own shirt, it gets to be a sore spot when I have to do all the lifting.


One product recommended to us was Trumeric Curcumin 100mg for its anti-inflamatory affects. He has been taking it for over a month and with stretching exercises we have seen noticeable improvement.

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Today, to save money, I’ll make new pills. We have empty gel capsules made from beef gelatin and water, turmeric and black pepper. I’m ready for my fingers to turn yellow!

Curcumin is the polyphenol (active agent from the plant) of the turmeric plant.


Dr. Andrew Weil says, “Curcumin, which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is the most active constituent of turmeric.”


  • Turmeric extract worked as well as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee in a study published in the August 2009 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
  • Laboratory studies suggest that curcumin acts as a weak phytoestrogen and seems to have cancer protective effects.
  • Lab studies have also shown that curcumin induces programmed death of colon cancer cells, and clinical trials are investigating the use of curcumin in treatment of colon cancer.
  • Curcumin suppresses micro-inflammation in the GI tract associated with inflammatory bowel disease.


Turmeric and curcumin along with black pepper work together amplifying absorption. According to Livestrong.com, “The recommended dose of this extract is 400 to 600 mg taken three to four times daily, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.”

Gel capsules (like this affiliate product) can be ordered online in different sizes, mine are 700-900 mg. I pick up my turmeric (like this affiliate product) from the local health food store and black pepper comes from Costco. When filling the capsules split the capsules open and fill the larger end with as much turmeric as can fit into the capsule. Then fill the smaller end with a little bit of black pepper. The amount of turmeric to black pepper is not an exact science from what I understand as long as you have enough black pepper in the small capsule end to fit the two capsule parts together it works.


Curcumin and black pepper is used for inflammation more and more by people with auto immune diseases including those with Lyme, inflamed intestinal issues or leaky gut, multiple sclerosis and more.

To fill capsules break open a gel cap, scoop turmeric into the large end. Pack the turmeric with your finger and refill a few times to get as much turmeric into the capsule as possible. My turmeric comes from the store in a bag so I scoop the capsule towards the plastic bag and push my finger from the outside of the bag into the capsule to compact the turmeric. Then rescoop, repack three times. Fill the small capsule end with black pepper, just a bit, and fit the two ends of the capsule together. Done!

Cost of product with shipping and handling: $29.50. 

Cost of product making it yourself: $3.00


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