I have some joint pains. It would seem as soon as I take turmeric there is a dramatic improvement that lasts for days. I use powdered turmeric, add fresh black pepper and mix it with juice or water. I have read that mixing it with olive oil increases the potency. Initially, I used fresh turmeric and grated it; but this was very messy, as the colour is so strong. I have seen capsules advertised but I assume these are not as cost effective. I am interested to hear from others who have had similar experiences or if you have tried it and it has not helped.