New Research - Turmeric as Effective as Pharmaceuticals

New Research - Turmeric as Effective as Pharmaceuticals
Dr. Mea Hurne Saturday, Jan 26th, 2019 Image credit: cgdsro

Turmeric as Effective as Pharmaceuticals

Turmeric, and specifically its main active component curcumen, is a super anti-inflammatory. A recent article reviewing many studies concluded that turmeric, when taken as a supplement, is as effective as 14 pharmaceutical drugs! These include Lipitor/Atorvastatin(cholesterol medication), Corticosteroids (steroid medications), Prozac/Fluoxetine & Imipramine (antidepressants), Anti-inflammatory Drugs: aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib, and tamoxifen, Oxaliplatin (chemotherapy drug) and Metformin (diabetes drug).[1] Many of these are chronic conditions due to the inflammation we allow ourselves through our lifestyle.

Now, nothing is a cure-all. And something so effective will have potential risks and side effects. While there are no known drug interactions, there are instances when it should not be used. Young children, pregnant women, those with liver disease, taking diabetic medication or blood thinners, have gallstones or bile duct dysfunction, or preparing for surgery should avoid taking turmeric or discuss dosage with their care provider before beginning. Some experience stomach discomfort when taking turmeric and should take the supplement with food.[2]

According to Dr. Weil, “adults can take 400 to 600 mg of turmeric extract three times per day or as directed on the product label.” And points out that while the dried spice is great for your health it is not as efficient as the supplement form.[2:1]

When looking for a supplement, the higher the content of curcumen, the better and it containing some form of pepperine makes it most available to the body.[3]

Ask about turmeric!

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