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Do you use turmeric as a nutritional supplement for health reasons?

Asked by Jeruba (48711points) February 8th, 2019

It’s been recommended to me to take turmeric capsules as an aid against inflammation such as arthritis and back pain.

If you’ve used it, has it worked for you?

And what brand do you purchase?

I’m invariably skeptical about such advice, but at the same time I do know that various herbs are the source of pharmacological products that I may take without significant resistance. So it’s worth looking into.

Please share your experience with this supplement if you’ve used it, particularly with respect to any adverse effects. Thank you.

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LuckyGuy's avatar

Yes! I am starting to get arthritis a bit and was told tumeric helps.

I, too, am a skeptic But, I have been trying it for about 4 months. I refuse to buy the overpriced capsules. Instead, I buy powdered turmeric at the Asian food market and sprinkle ½ to 1 gram on buttered toast while I have my morning coffee. i read somewhere that is it absorbed better when in the presence of fat and pepper.
I keep an accurate lab scale in my kitchen so I can weigh out the amount precisely.

I can’t say anything about the efficacy. My fingers are still a little stiff in the morning.. Maybe they would be worse if I didn’t take it. Who knows?.

I also read that Omega-3 is supposed to help so I am trying Salmon oil 1000 mg.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I just checked. A level ¼ tsp of powdered turmeric weighs ~0.75 grams
(0.77) That is a good place to start.

JLeslie's avatar

I haven’t tried it, but I do encourage you to read up on negative side effects and dosage before popping pills. Like anything, there is a such thing as too much. I thought I was developing arthritis possibly in my hips and elbows, but it went away after many months. I read a little here and there about it while I was experience the stiffness and pain, and remember some warnings, but I don’t remember the specifics.

snowberry's avatar

The body gets its cues from whether to create inflammation or reduce inflammation based on the food we eat. For example, sugar and coffee are highly inflammatory, and broccoli and fish oil high in omega 3’s reduce inflammation. For more information:

Growing conditions (which can include everything from soil composition to weather) can greatly affect the nutrients found in any plant during a particular growing cycle. That’s why I always try to get standardized supplements whenever possible.

I use Super Bio-Curcumin, by LifeExtension. The anti-inflammatory properties of Turmeric are standardized, so you know exactly what you will get in each dose. It is very effective.

Before I found this product, I was taking massive amounts of Tumeric, hoping to reduce the inflammation in my body. It didn’t help that much compared to this product.

raum's avatar

Some research.

Consume with black pepper and fat. Raising its temperature by cooking also increases solubility. Just don’t take if you’re using blood thinners or aspirin.

On the anecdotal side, my sister was scheduled for surgery to have a fibroid removed. Doctor recommended tumeric. By preop, the fibroid had reduced in size so dramatically they cancelled the surgery.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I take a version with black pepper also. I’m not sure if it works as well as claimed but this with cod liver oil seems to keep my joints happy.

rojo's avatar

I have been using for several years now. Like @LuckyGuy I just use as a spice with my foods (have not tried it with buttered toast however. I will give it a shot). If we are cooking I just throw a little in there. No set amount, I try to keep it a small amount with each dish so as not to overly affect the taste of the food most of the time, not that it tastes bad, just that when you grow up expecting a certain dish to taste a certain way, that is the way it should taste (or is that just me). Other foods, like chili, I can add as much as I want because the other spices and peppers overwhelm it. It does seem to help. I have reduced my anti-inflammation pills to as needed as opposed to twice daily. And, by including it in food I don’t have to worry about maintaining a daily pill regime.
I have not noticed any side effects to this.
I also try to have salmon once a week.

Ahhh, @LuckyGuy remember when we were younger and waking up a little stiff in the morning was a good thing. But, different times, different parts. Such is life…

Jeruba's avatar

Pardon the question, but do turmeric users tend to give off an aroma of turmeric the way habitual garlic users emanate essence of garlic?

rojo's avatar

I haven’t noticed it on me or my wife but then again, the way I use it mixed with other foods and spices…

Jeruba's avatar

@raum, why not take turmeric if you’re using blood thinners or aspirin? What happens?

Zaku's avatar

I know of someone who discovered turmeric effects (reducing chronic symptoms – maybe arthritis) from eating food with it… I’ll ask for more details if I remember next time we’re talking.

raum's avatar

Besides anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin also has anti-coagulant properties. It will magnify the blood-thinning effect beyond what your dosage should be.

Also, yes to your other question. I stopped taking tumeric because I could smell it in my pores.

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