Taking Turmeric – Why and How

What are the benefits

The active ingredient of this kitchen spice is curcumin. Turmeric may be more effective than curcumin(the extract). Curcumin has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, pro-apoptotic, chemo preventive, chemotherapeutic, anti-proliferative, wound healing, anti-parasitic, anti-malarial and anti-bacterial activity. Although inexpensive, apparently well tolerated and potentially active, curcumin has not been approved for the treatment of any human disease. According to PubMed articles the following benefits exists for CFS patients:

  • Normalizes Choline levels
  • Benefits IBS
  • Bioactivity is increased by adding 1% black pepper
  • Increases fibrinolytic activity
  • Inhibits platelet aggregation, increases coagulation time
  • Inhibits EBV, antiviral
  • Inhibits H. pylori
  • Inhibits inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS)
  • Neuroprotective
  • Reduces high level of fibrinogen
  • Reduces IL6, IL8, TNF
  • Antifungal activity
  • Inhibits biofilm formation

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How to take it?

The best (and cheapest) way is to make your own “00” capsules from organic turmeric powder (often $11 for 1 lb), i.e.

Starwest Botanicals Organic Turmeric Root Powder – 1 lbs by Starwest Botanicals

To this, add 1% black pepper (about 1/8 of an oz).

Dosage: 500 mg of turmeric four times daily is deemed safe by NIH. “To maximize its absorption, it is recommended that patients accompany curcumin[turmeric] with fatty foods or ideally used simultaneously with fish oil supplement.”[site]  If you are taking other anticoagulants, you may wish to take a lower dosage or stop the other anticoagulants.