Try this supplement for you arthritic pain and stomach problems.
The herb is safe to use so there are no dangers or major concerns for most people.
Start with 500 mg once or twice daily and increase to four times daily as needed.
No one can say for certain if it would help with health conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease or other health conditions.
Initial animal studies showed encouraging results.
As well, population analysis comparing the amount of turmeric used by people living in different regions show great promise as a natural herb that just might help with many health problems.
Population with high turmeric intake seem to have lower incidence of cancer and other health problems.
It is worth trying for several months to see if it benefits conditions like arthritis since you can tell if it works.
In addition, including turmeric in your diet or taking it as a supplement for long-term may provide you with health benefits that last far into the future.
|See Health Benefits of Turmeric for a detailed discussion for each of the points listed below.|
|Stomach Upset (Dyspepsia)|
|Osteoarthritis (OA) / Arthritis|
|Diabetes (Type 2 Diabetes)|
|Cancer (breast, colon and skin)|
|High Blood Pressure|
|Hardening of the Arteries (Atherosclerosis)|
|Alzheimer's disease / Dementia / Memory Loss|
|Cystic Fibrosis (CF)|
|Eye Disorder / Inflammation (uveitis)|
|Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)|
|Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)|
Tonic (Protection of the Liver)
|Acne (pimples) / Infections
and Worms of the Intestine
|See Turmeric Dosage Recommendations for specific dosages for some of the above mentioned health conditions.|
There is a long history of using turmeric in Asian, Indian and Chinese medicine.
Turmeric is a plant related to ginger.
The above ground and underground roots (known as rhizomes) are used in food preparation, as a spice and for medicinal purposes.
Recent research studies found out that the active ingredient of this supplement, curcumin, is able to make cells more resistant to infection.
Often, people simply refer to curcumin when discussing this herb as it is the key active ingredient.
Turmeric contains curcuminoids such as curcumin which is a bright yellow pigment. Research studies done in tissue cultures and in animals show that curcumin has the following health benefits:
There are a few high-quality research studies done in human subjects. The positive results from these small studies suggest that turmeric possesses many benefits for treating some common health problems.
These encouraging results will prompt more experts to carry out research to uncover the health benefits of taking turmeric.
This supplement has very few side effects. The most commonly reported side effects are stomach upset, nausea and diarrhea.
When applied on the skin, this supplement may cause skin irritation.
Safe - Turmeric is safe to use in appropriate amounts both as a supplement and in food sources. It has a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) rating in the USA.
Pregnancy and Lactation - It is believed that turmeric may cause stimulation to the uterus when taken in amounts greater than found in food sources. It is unknown whether using this supplement is safe to take while breast feeding.
Warfarin / Blood Thinners / Bleeding Disorder - caution
There are some reports that taking turmeric along with blood thinning medications such as Plavix, Aspirin or Coumadin (warfarin) might increase the risk of bleeding.
Let your doctor know when you are using this herbal remedy and have blood work done before and after taking this herb to see if it affects PT or INR levels.
Stomach Ulcers / Stomach Upset - caution
As this herb might worsen existing stomach problems, avoid using high doses as it may cause stomach irritation.
Gallstones / Bile Duct Obstruction or Blockage - avoid if possible
This herb is known to cause the gallbladder to contract, it may aggravate gallbladder problems.
Discuss this with your doctor first before starting this herb as a supplement.
This supplement comes as a powder, capsules, tincture, tea and standardized extracts. The report Suggested Turmeric Dosage to Use discusses this in greater details.
For treating stomach upset, the typical suggested turmeric dosage is 500 mg once to four times daily.
If you are taking the powdered root, the typical amount is 1,000 to 3,000 mg daily (taken in divided doses).
Most standardized turmeric extract have 90 to 95% curcumin in it.
For a tincture formulation, take 0.5 to 1.5 mL up to three times daily or as recommended by the manufacturer.
Should I take turmeric (or curcumin)?
Turmeric has a very long history of use in both Indian and traditional Chinese medicine.
The food industry uses it to give foods such as butter, cheese and mustard their bright yellow colour.
It is shown to be very safe to use with minimal side effects.
See Recommended Curcumin Dosage to get an idea of a suitable dose to use for various health conditions.
Ongoing research are uncovering the many mechanism by which this herb exerts its effects in promoting health and in treating a variety of health problems.
There is growing evidence that it may be helpful in treating certain types of cancer. This benefit alone, for some people, would be a good enough reason to take.
Give it a try. Include it in your dishes or take the capsules. Your body might just thank you for it in the years to come!
See Curcumin Benefits for access to a list of articles that relates to specific uses of this versatile spice.