Curcumin Triple Burn is a turmeric-based product made by Primal Force, a nutritional supplement company owned by Dr. Al Sears who is an anti-aging physician based in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.
And in this Triple Burn review article I will share my evaluation of Curcumin Triple Burn with you, and we’ll be taking a detailed look at a number of its key features along the way.
Bottom line: Is Primal Force Curcumin Triple Burn worth it? Probably not, since there are better turmeric curcumin supplements on the market than this one, some for less money.
How to find an effective turmeric supplement
Case in point: I spent 18 months researching curcumin’s healing properties in published clinical trials at the U.S. Library of Medicine. I also product-tested a dozen turmeric supplements over that time, & analyzed the ingredients of 20-30 more.
After all that, my wife (the clinical research expert in the family) & I both agreed that:
- most turmeric/curcumin supplements on the market don’t do a (noticeable) thing;
- the brand we both experienced tangible benefit from was CurcuminMD Plus.
So we’ve been buying that for a year & a half now. I share that experience in an in-depth review of it in this article if you’re interested in it: A Detailed Review of CurcuminMD Plus By A Longtime Customer.
Primal Force Curcumin review topics
- Supplement Facts
- Dosage strength vs. research
- Monthly cost
- Company profile
- Certifications & manufacturing quality
- Triple Burn reviews
Science resources included
As is my custom here on heydayDo, I will provide links to all of the relevant sports science & medical resources, clinical studies, and nutritional data used in this article.
Curcumin Triple Burn Review
A note about Primal Force Triple Burn
Before we get crackin’, I wanted to pass this along…
I notice that several people go to Amazon to look for & presumably buy Curcumin Triple Burn, but just know that it’s not available for purchase there.
In fact, no Primal Force supplements are sold on Amazon.
I can’t say I did an exhaustive internet search — but I did poke around a bit — and it appears to me that the only place you can get Curcumin Triple Burn or other Primal Force products is on the Primal Force website, PrimalForce.net.
Like most of my product reviews here on heydayDo, the topic flow of the article will probably be in the order of the outline I listed above.
Ok, let’s get a handle on what’s in Curcumin Triple Burn, starting with a peek at the Supplement Facts label that’s on the bottle.
So we see that the 60-count bottle — which is the only size it comes in — will last a month if we stick to the two capsules per day serving size that’s listed on the label.
Primal Force’s ingredients
Curcumin Triple Burn’s formula is built with five herbs, three in raw powder form and two in extracts that have been dried.
All of those ingredients are natural herbs that are commonly promoted as offering numerous health benefits; scientific research supports some claims, other not so much.
I’ll go over these in detail in a sec, but wanted to cover the less important Other Ingredients first.
The capsule the ingredients come in is made of gelatin, which means this is not a vegan product in case you were interested.
The gelatin used to make “Gel caps” like these come from bovine (beef) or porcine (pork) byproducts — usually collagen from the hides & bones. (1)
A lot of supplements have active ingredients in them that actually take up very little weight or space, for example the ingredients used in Primal Force’s Triple Burn.
As a result, manufacturers use fillers so that the teeny bits of active ingredients can be packaged in an easy-to-use capsule or tablet. (2)
Rice flour is the filler of choice here in Curcumin Triple Burn.
But at least it’s a natural filler, as opposed to some lab-concocted synthetic chemical.
Speaking of synthetic chemicals, this might sound like one but it’s actually made up of two very common natural ingredients found on Earth: magnesium & stearic acid.
(You might also have seen stearic acid listed in the “Other Ingredients” sections of Supplement Facts labels before, as it’s pretty common.)
Magnesium stearate — like its close cousin stearic acid — is used as a lubricant during the manufacturing & filling of the supplement capsules. (4)
Without it, the main ingredients might clump together instead of being distributed uniformly in their batch…or they might stick to the machinery.
What’s not in Primal Force Curcumin
We can see in the fine print that Primal Force is letting us know that Curcumin Triple Burn does not have any:
- artificial colors
- artificial flavors
Alrighty then, onto the main ingredients in Triple Burn.
If we decide to add Curcumin Triple Burn to our diet, these are the things that are supposed to deliver the “healthier and better lifestyle” that supplement makers promise.
Turmeric root powder
Dose: 1000 mg
An orange-yellow powdered spice that has been around for hundreds of years, turmeric comes from the Curcuma Longa plant, which is in the ginger family. (5)
In the left part of the picture above you can see its rhizomes, which are the underground stems that get harvested, dried, & ground up into the brightly colored powder we know.
Inside the turmeric is curcumin, a type of polyphenol, meaning it’s a micronutrient that contains bioactive properties that can deliver us some nice health benefits.
Absorption & other issues
However, our body does a very bad job at absorbing the beneficial compounds in curcumin; it tends to flush it out before it can get into our bloodstream and go to work. (6)
And it is very important to note that turmeric powder only contains around 3% curcumin, and that’s why curcumin extracts that are standardized to a concentration of 95% are much preferred over turmeric powder.
Unfortunately, Curcumin Triple Burn uses plain turmeric powder, and I will get into this issue more in the Dosage vs. Science Research section.
Ginger root extract
Dose: 100 mg
I think you can easily see from the picture above how closely the ginger and turmeric plants are related, just by their similar-looking rhizomes.
Ginger is another plant that has been used in food & medicine since ancient times and like turmeric, the health benefits are found in its rhizomes. (7)
On the Supplement Facts label, note that Curcumin Triple Burn is using a ginger extract versus plain powder, and this is done to concentrate the amount of beneficial compounds found in ginger — the most important one is (perhaps unsurprisingly) known as gingerol.
We see that the dose of the extract is 100 mg, but we do not know to what percent the concentration has been standardized to, whether, 5%, 10%, or whatever.
The common industry practice is such that when an extract is used, the supplement maker will show you the percent of concentration to which it was standardized, like so:
(1MD’s CurcuminMD Plus displaying its Boswellia extract @ 65% concentration, and Vitacost’s Root2 Curcumin showing us its 95% curcuminoid concentration.)
There is no additional nutritional information provided on the Primal Force website for Curcumin Triple Burn beyond what we get on the Supplement Facts label.
Also, there is no standard “standardization” percent with ginger extracts, and research reviews such as this one here have shown that the amount of gingerols in supplements varies quite a bit…so no educated guess option for us either.
It’s too bad we don’t know how potent the extract is, but we’ll look at the existing clinical results of ginger supplementation down in the Dosage vs. Science Research section anyway.
Dose: 100 mg
The third herbal ingredient in our Curcumin Triple Burn has a familiar name, and is indeed in the same family as the sweet basil leaves we’re used to sprinkling in pasta sauce or eating fresh with mozzarella & tomatoes in a Caprese salad.
This Holy basil plant (aka Ocimum sanctum or Ocimum tenuiflorum, or Tulsi in Ayurveda) is used in cooking, but is perhaps best known for its many health applications.
It is available in extract or powder form, with the extracts obviously packing a more potent dose in an effort to more closely match the doses used in effective clinical trials.
Galangal root powder
Dose: 100 mg
The Galangal plant is not in the ginger family, but it is related to it and shares several things in common with ginger & turmeric.
For one, the underground stems known as rhizomes are used in a similar way like those from the turmeric & ginger plant are: dried, ground up, and taken for healing purposes.
Their compounds are also considered polyphenols, those micronutrients that have bioactive and potentially antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to them. (8)
In fact, there’s enough of an overlap with the better-studied effects of turmeric & ginger that I kind of wonder why it’s included in Curcumin Triple Burn.
Also — the health-related uses I saw Galangal applied to in Eastern medicine practice focused on specific & acute health problems, not really like a daily life-boosting tonic that curcumin & ginger are well-suited for.
In the Dosage vs. Science Research section, I’ll share the reasons some medical experts give for their skeptical opinions on Galangal’s effectiveness.
Dose: 5 mg
Our last ingredient in Primal Force’s Curcumin Triple Burn is not included to provide any direct health benefit to us, but we definitely benefit in an indirect way thanks to its presence.
If you’re not familiar with it, BioPerine® is a patented extract form of piperine, which is the bioactive compound in black pepper.
(My photo above is of a Piper Nigrum, the black pepper tree.)
Piperine helps our bodies absorb curcumin
And it turns out that piperine is able to improve the absorption of other beneficial compounds, like the curcumin in turmeric. (9)
And if it’s not, then it’s certainly the brand most used by supplement companies looking to increase the value of their turmeric product in the eyes of savvy curcumin shoppers…like you ‘n me. 😉
BioPerine has a lot of research behind it proving its absorption-enhancing effects on nutrients besides curcumin, including beta-carotene, CoQ10, iron, resveratrol, selenium, & vitamin B6. (11)
No doubt, BioPerine is in Curcumin Triple Burn to enhance the aborption of the curcumin that’s in the turmeric powder.
Too bad there’s so little curcumin to begin with, but that’s another story we’ll talk about later.
But I bet BioPerine’s presence boosts the bioavailability of the active compounds found in the other herbal ingredients as well.
Curcumin Triple Burn monthly cost
Note: online prices change constantly these days, the numbers I’m quoting today may be different when you check them out…
As mentioned earlier, the Primal Force website looks like it’s the only spot where they sell their supplements, and here’s the link for Triple Burn:
It comes in one quantity, a 60-count bottle that lasts a month since the daily serving size is two capsules.
Today I see three price tiers, and I’ll line them up by monthly cost:
A single bottle for $43 + $9 shipping = $52 /month;
Three bottles for $116 + $11 shipping = $127 ÷ 3 = $42 /month;
A “Subscribe & Save” deal that’s three bottles (shipped every three months) for $90 with free shipping = $30 /month.
Is $30 a month a good price?
Since Curcumin Triple Burn is a product with a unique recipe, there aren’t any pre-made formulas similar to it on the market that I can compare it to if we want to see if it’s a good deal or not.
Even so, I can still create a comparison for Curcumin Triple Burn by tracking down its ingredients separately, since all five of them are available individually.
Then I’ll do cost calculations using the same dosage as Primal Force does in their Curcumin Triple Burn.
Note that the doses are very small amounts of powder, so if you haven’t worked with milligram dosing using bulk ingredients, you’ll need a spoon & scale setup like mine:
Here are the products I chose:
I just used basic math to see how much each one of these — in the dosage supplied by Curcumin Triple Burn — would cost me if I bought the above-listed products and measured them out every day.
Look at the doses in Curcumin Triple Burn:
- Turmeric powder 1000 mg (1 gram)
- Ginger root extract 100 mg
- Holy basil powder 100 mg
- Galangal powder 100 mg
- Bioperine/piperine 5 mg
* There are 28 grams to an ounce, & of course 16 oz. to a lb., so rounding comes out to 450 grams in a lb.
* 100 mg is 1/10 of a gram.
Taking the organic turmeric powder I selected as an example:
Cost & weight: $7 for 1 lb.
$7 ÷ 450 = 2¢ per gram (the 1000 mg daily dose)
Bottom line on Curcumin Triple Burn cost:
I did the above exercise for all five ingredients, and adding them together I could recreate the Curcumin Triple Burn recipe at a cost of 8¢ a day.
Over a 30-day month that comes out to $2.40.
A month of Curcumin Triple Burn costs from $30 to $52.
$2.40 vs. $30-$52.
Curcumin Triple Burn dosage vs. research
In this section I will compare the doses used in Primal Force’s curcumin product with the doses used in human clinical trials that demonstrated some level of benefit.
For me this is a big deal, because in my non-scientific, non-medical, & somewhat jaded opinion — a supplement beating down cancer cells in a test tube or inflammation markers in a mouse isn’t the same as it reducing the amount of pain & stiffness in my knee while I’m doing sets of squats on leg day.
In other words, is there proof that the supplement works on a person like me?
And if there is evidence, then what was the dosage used when the supplemented delivered a particular health benefit to a live human being?
So I spend time in our U.S. National Library of Medicine database at PubMed, researching the existing published research on any health or fitness supplement that’s relevant to me…like turmeric curcumin f’rinstance.
There are facts, and then there’s Twitter & Instagram noise and supplement marketing hype from profiteering manufacturers.
Curcumin Triple Burn turmeric powder dose:
1000 mg, which equals approximately 30 mg of curcuminª.
Effective clinical doses of curcumin, not turmeric:
500 mg†† – 1500 mg**
ª – As a reminder, plain turmeric powder contains very little curcumin in it — just 3% or so — and it is the curcumin that can provide health benefits to us, not the turmeric powder itself.
** – Doses used for various health conditions range from 1000 mg – 1500 mg of curcumin in this Healthline list here. (13)
30 mg is a long way from clinically-effective doses of curcumin that go from 500 mg – 1500 mg.
Ginger root extract
Curcumin Triple Burn ginger extract dose:
100 mg, though the concentration % is not disclosed, nor is the amount of gingerols, the most beneficial of ginger’s various compounds.
Effective clinical doses of ginger extract:
Doses are all over the board but are generally higher than 100 mg — but again, with no info provided on the strength or purity of the ginger extract used in Curcumin Total Burn it’s tough to comment on.
Here are a couple medical experts weighing in on various clinical doses:
Holy Basil powder
Curcumin Triple Burn holy basil powder dose:
Effective clinical doses of holy basil powder:
“A safe long-term dose of holy basil (tulsi) has not been well established in medical research studies.” (14)
However, there’ve been some extensive reviews, each looking at multiple clinical studies, and below are some dosing numbers that have been successfully used.
I think the main takeaway to realize is that these studies used extract, which is considerably more powerful than dried leaves — and leaves are what you’re getting in Curcumin Triple Burn.
Studies noted on RxList.com: 300 mg – 1200 mg of extract per day, depending on the condition;
And Healthline lists holy basil extract doses in clinical studies ranging from 300 mg – 2000 mg per day.
100 mg of dried leaves is nowhere near as potent as Holy Basil’s minimum clinical dose of 300 mg of concentrated extract, but as a daily tonic for general well-being, who’s to say?
Galangal root powder
Curcumin Triple Burn galangal root powder dose:
Effective clinical doses of galangal root powder:
My search through the PubMed medical library didn’t turn up any significant human clinical studies to pass along to you.
Healthline cautions that
“there’s currently scant research on the safety or potential side effects of larger doses, such as those found in supplements.” (15)
Similarly, RxList states that there’s
“insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness for infections, spasms, fever, inflammation, & other conditions.” (16)
And MedicineNet says
“At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for alpinia (Galangal). Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important.” (17)
Earlier in the article I kind of wondered why this is included in Curcumin Triple Burn, since galangal is semi-related to turmeric & ginger.
(No doubt there are differences that I’m not aware of.)
But the fact that I couldn’t find any solid research evidence to get me feeling solid about taking it gave me pause, as did the chorus of expert medical opinion I referenced above.
BioPerine® / piperine extract
Curcumin Triple Burn BioPerine® dose:
Effective clinical doses of piperine extract:
5 mg – 20 mg
Curcumin Triple Burn’s 5 mg dose of BioPerine® is the same as was used effectively in a number of clinical trials to increase the absorption of curcumin, as discussed in a meta-review article on several turmeric research studies I found, “Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health”.
The 20 mg dose you see there at the upper end of the range is not something we should follow with a supplement we’re taking every day.
20 mg has only been used in a few specific instances, one of which was a one-time lab test on humans & rats done by Sabinsa, the inventors of BioPerine®.
They used that dose to show that BioPerine® boosted bioavailability of curcumin by 2000% over plain curcumin. (18)
They’re also on record stating that the recommended dosage range for BioPerine® is from 5 mg – 13.32 mg per day, which I found in an article on their website called The Advantages of Curcuminoids + BioPerine® Combination.
Curcumin Triple Burn benefits
(according to the Triple Burn page on the Primal Force website)
“Thanks to its unique combination of ingredients, Curcumin Triple Burn can:
- Support smooth skin, sharp vision, and healthy, flexible joints;
- Generate extra energy by promoting a powerful heart and lungs;
- Enhance confidence by boosting brainpower;
- Support blood-pressure and blood-vessel health;
- Encourage healthy levels of blood sugar and triglycerides;
- Protect, support and even lengthen your telomeres.
- And much, much more.”
About Dr. Al Sears & Primal Force
Primal Force is the supplement company that makes Curcumin Triple Burn, and Dr. Al Sears is the owner & “face of the franchise”.
Here’s the contact info for Primal Force’s physical address:
Primal Force, Inc.
11905 Southern Blvd.
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
And Primal Force.net is the website address, and here is its Dun & Bradstreet business listing, showing Al Sears as the key principal:
That Florida address is also the location for a couple of other business entities Dr. Sears is affiliated with, and one of them is the Sears Anti-Aging Institute:
Here’s its website link: Sears Institute
The other business entity Dr. Sears is listed as owner is Wellness Research and Consulting Inc., and here are its D&B and Better Business Bureau pages:
Dr. Sears Biography
(From the About the Author section on an Amazon page of one of his books):
“Al Sears, M.D. is a board-certified medical doctor specializing in alternative and preventative medicine, anti-aging, and nutritional supplementation.
A graduate from the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine, Sears graduated with honors in internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and physical medicine.
His cutting-edge therapies and reputation for solving some of the most difficult-to-diagnose cases attract thousands of patients from around the world to his Health & Wellness Center in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.”
He has written several books I see for sale on Amazon, some in Kindle format and some in paperback & hardback, including:
You can check out all of his books on his Amazon author page here.
Primal Force Triple Burn guarantee
Some supplement companies market products at us that promise numerous health benefits will also show us 3rd-party quality certifications they’ve obtained.
Common third-party certifications are issued for cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practices) and by NSF International (National Sanitation Foundation) which let the consumer know their products are what they claim they are, and are made in facilities that meet or exceed public health standards for safety.
Not a peep from Primal Force anywhere on their website in this regard.
They do offer a money-back guarantee:
Triple Burn Reviews (or lack of)
Here’s the section where I’ll usually compare the product I’m reviewing to a couple of its competitors in terms of what actual buyers think of it.
But there’s no need for me to do that here with Curcumin Triple Burn, since there aren’t any buyer reviews or ratings posted on the Primal Force website.
And if you remember what I mentioned back at the beginning of the review, the only place online I saw Curcumin Triple Burn for sale was on the Primal Force website.
Related turmeric curcumin resources here on heydayDo
I’ve researched the main turmeric curcumin formulas used in clinical trials and many of the brands that use them.
Here are other the curcumin articles I’ve published:
I hope that this review article on Primal Force’s Curcumin Triple Burn is useful to you, and I wish you well on your fitness journey.