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Curcumin supplement thoughts

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 15, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Anyone here take Curcumin supplements and can answer the following questions?

  • Why?
  • Have you noticed benefits?
  • What dose, how often, and with what?
  • What brand do you like?
  • Anything else I should know?

I'm considering taking some to stablize HPA axis and to prevent cancer. I don't take any other supplements other than D3 and K2.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Good to know - thanks. I eat plenty of black pepper already. Do you think that's enough?

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on April 22, 2013
at 06:41 PM

Not sure if you will see this, but why would you not take it daily? Thanks.

Bdc6244bdbd664d2168a8e326018ffbe

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on March 19, 2012
at 08:45 PM

Any acne has totally disappeared, and it's totally un-dry. It says MCG.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

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on March 19, 2012
at 06:39 PM

That's what many people who take K-2 say. In which way has your skin improved? From dry to moist? Gotten rid of any psoriases? Also, which form of K-2 do you take and how much dose: Mk4 or Mk7?

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on March 19, 2012
at 06:29 PM

I believe the claim regarding turmeric has to do with the comparative Alzheimer rates in India and the U.S. In India, supposedly, very few elderly people suffer from Alzheimer's. I'm going by memory here but that's supposedly because of the turmeric in curry. I don't know of the preponderance of ApoE4 genes in India, but if turmeric can prevent Alzheimer's even with ApoE4 status, then, well, hey, let's go spray some yellow stuff in all our dishes.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on March 15, 2012
at 09:26 PM

I decided to write about it now, but I will be updating it in June too: http://eugenia.queru.com/2012/03/15/naturally-battling-a-fibroid/

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on March 15, 2012
at 07:48 PM

I haven't looked into the literature to see whether this is really a question of digestion or not ... if it is, you'd need to take them together.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on March 15, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Yes, I will definitely write about it on my blog around June (it's when I will be seeing the doctor again)! Especially if all this works! :D

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on March 15, 2012
at 06:24 PM

I take the Vitacost house brand. You can get it alone or with the bioperine already added. The Vitacost house brand seems way more fresh than the ones I got in the drugstore locally.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on March 15, 2012
at 06:18 PM

Ah, I see. High dose curcumin+piperin would probably be a good idea then.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on March 15, 2012
at 06:10 PM

Discovered blog from your link and subscribed. Had already seen some recipes through chowstalker. Hopefully a note will appear there in a few months :)

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on March 15, 2012
at 06:04 PM

I've got a few positive auto-antibody tests. I haven't repeated them since going Paleo but did after ~6mo of gluten free. Paraneoplastic is a possible source. Could be a benign or slow growing tumor or one which is undetectable (not that I can convince any doctor to try but a simple chest x-ray to eliminate thymoma, which causes SS-B, would be nice).

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on March 15, 2012
at 06:00 PM

Wow - I would love to find out what the results are. Will you post it on a blog or something?

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7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on March 15, 2012
at 05:55 PM

: Anything else I should know?

If you take turmeric or curcumin, take it with black pepper. The piperine in pepper apparently helps with bioavailability.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on March 15, 2012
at 07:48 PM

I haven't looked into the literature to see whether this is really a question of digestion or not ... if it is, you'd need to take them together.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Good to know - thanks. I eat plenty of black pepper already. Do you think that's enough?

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 15, 2012
at 05:14 PM

I've taken varying amounts of curcumin (most of the major brands), usually daily, for a year or two. Unfortunately, I haven't "felt" any benefits. Of course, you can't feel cancer-protection benefits :)

That being said, curcumin has a greater proportion of positive results than almost any other natural compound. I stopped taking the supplement recently and am just sticking to curry powder.

I personally would not take it as a daily supplement though for prevention purposes, only really for treatment purposes. Prevention seems so nice and simple when it involves eating well, being chill, moving around, and having good friends. This is a case of "optimal" vs "natural" though--and I tend towards the precautionary principle in such matters.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on March 15, 2012
at 06:18 PM

Ah, I see. High dose curcumin+piperin would probably be a good idea then.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on March 15, 2012
at 06:04 PM

I've got a few positive auto-antibody tests. I haven't repeated them since going Paleo but did after ~6mo of gluten free. Paraneoplastic is a possible source. Could be a benign or slow growing tumor or one which is undetectable (not that I can convince any doctor to try but a simple chest x-ray to eliminate thymoma, which causes SS-B, would be nice).

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on April 22, 2013
at 06:41 PM

Not sure if you will see this, but why would you not take it daily? Thanks.

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on March 15, 2012
at 05:41 PM

I take a curcumin complex (with a pepper extract which helps absorption of the curcumin) because of a benign tumor I have. I searched Pubmed and found out that for the kind of tumor I have, curcumin extract, green tea extract, vit D3 with vit C+Bioflavonoids, and a mix of pomegranate/grapeseed/transveratrol extracts all have the same effect: they eliminate the tumor after a while and remove inflammation. So I basically take all of these almost daily, I will know by June if I'm successful with this natural approach to completely eradicate the tumor, or if I'd need surgery. I also do a calorie-restricted Paleo-ketogenic diet on top of all of this, which is also known to starve tumors. So I can't pinpoint the effects of curcumin alone, but the regiment I follow already has eliminated the symptoms I had because of the tumor, within a single month. So I'm very hopeful about this.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on March 15, 2012
at 09:26 PM

I decided to write about it now, but I will be updating it in June too: http://eugenia.queru.com/2012/03/15/naturally-battling-a-fibroid/

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on March 15, 2012
at 06:10 PM

Discovered blog from your link and subscribed. Had already seen some recipes through chowstalker. Hopefully a note will appear there in a few months :)

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on March 15, 2012
at 06:00 PM

Wow - I would love to find out what the results are. Will you post it on a blog or something?

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on March 15, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Yes, I will definitely write about it on my blog around June (it's when I will be seeing the doctor again)! Especially if all this works! :D

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on March 15, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I took turmeric for about 6 months, and noticed no changes in my health. I was taking it to help with fat digestion/gallbladder health as well a digestive inflammation.

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9b47142b8ed1074a94b5654410740530

on March 15, 2012
at 04:45 PM

I take about 1/2 tsp of turmeric mixed in about 1/2 cup of water each morning. I'm using it for inflammation. My husband gave it to a number of people at work who have allergies. After turmeric, no sniffles or stuffiness. He gave it to a friend with MS. It's helped her energy level and her eyesight has improved. She's a believer.

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Bdc6244bdbd664d2168a8e326018ffbe

(431)

on March 19, 2012
at 09:14 AM

Well, I only started taking turmeric supplements about a week ago, at the same time I started taking a chelated multivitamin and vitamin K2, but my skin looks amazing. I've never had this dramatic a result from supplements before, although it could have been the K2 as well. And I do kind of feel like its helped my Hashimoto's symptoms a bit, although, again, its only been a week.

Oh right, and I take Biotest curcumin supplements, 5 a day.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on March 19, 2012
at 06:39 PM

That's what many people who take K-2 say. In which way has your skin improved? From dry to moist? Gotten rid of any psoriases? Also, which form of K-2 do you take and how much dose: Mk4 or Mk7?

Bdc6244bdbd664d2168a8e326018ffbe

(431)

on March 19, 2012
at 08:45 PM

Any acne has totally disappeared, and it's totally un-dry. It says MCG.

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35a06267ee681137a5c87a18626fe9d7

on March 19, 2012
at 03:42 AM

I have been taking turmeric capsules for over 4 years. I used to have knee pain and it helped me a lot. Then I read several research study results on turmeric which blew my mind. The reason it's good for health is its an anti-inflammatory, like Advil, however with no side effects. Medical science is finding out that inflammation is the cause of most diseases. In addition to the "itis" diseases (supossedly "itis" means inflammation in latin or greek), like arthritis, hepatitis, gingivitis, etc., researches are finding out that most cancers, Alzheimer's, and even heart disease is caused by inflammation. The other day even Rush Leimbaugh was talking about this subject, imagine that!

I used to buy turmeric capsules from WalMart and sprinkle black pepper on my food while taking them, but it's was a hassle. Now I buy them mixed from a website called Mighty Turmeric, which has a lot of interesting info on turmeric research. They have based their dosage on the turmeric eaten by the average person in India per day, which if I remember right, is two teaspoon a day. They have a table comparing the rates of different cancers between India and the USA, and IT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND! It's one third of what we have here in the US.

Considering how inexpensive these capsules are, I think it is worth taking it based on the research and no side effects. Also, I have introduced it to some of my family and friends and most have benefitted, especially with arthritis pain and allergy. One person even claims turmeric cured her daughter's acne.

Hope my two cents helps.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5147)

on March 19, 2012
at 06:29 PM

I believe the claim regarding turmeric has to do with the comparative Alzheimer rates in India and the U.S. In India, supposedly, very few elderly people suffer from Alzheimer's. I'm going by memory here but that's supposedly because of the turmeric in curry. I don't know of the preponderance of ApoE4 genes in India, but if turmeric can prevent Alzheimer's even with ApoE4 status, then, well, hey, let's go spray some yellow stuff in all our dishes.

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