3) What brand?
4) What dose?
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I take heaping spoonfuls of turmeric, I believe it has been helping with my recovery and my joints durability, less awful joint pain and inflammation after hard workouts. I just take a big heaping teaspoonful and chase it down with water or tea.
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Turmeric has many active components, with curcumin being the most active. I take the Thorne Meriva phytosome version and also cook with turmeric. Dr. Weil recommends taking turmeric and curcumin with black pepper for better absorption. I briefly looked at supplements and some of the non phytosome versions generally include black pepper or piperine.
Once in a while I drink turmeric milk, but always mean to do it more. It is an Ayurvedic remedy. You could use milk of your choice.
Health Benefits of Turmeric Milk
Recipe of Hot Turmeric Milk
Hot turmeric milk can be easily prepared at home.
Note: Hot turmeric milk is generally considered to be safe; however it can cause nausea and stomach upset in some individuals.
FROM DR. WEIL:
In addition to its use as a culinary spice, turmeric has been used traditionally in India as a disinfectant and treatment for laryngitis, bronchitis, and diabetes. Turmeric is derived from the rhizomes (underground stems) of the plant Curcuma longa, a member of the ginger family. It is responsible for the yellow color of Indian curry and American mustard. Curcumin, which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is the most active constituent of turmeric.
Population studies have shown that elderly villagers in India appear to have the lowest rate of Alzheimer's disease in the world, and researchers have speculated that the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin may be partly responsible. (Alzheimer's begins as an inflammatory process in the brain, and Indians eat turmeric with almost every meal). So far, however, I've seen no evidence of benefit from curcumin supplementation in Alzheimer's patients.
Other studies of turmeric and curcumin have shown the following benefits:
I frequently recommend turmeric supplements, and I believe whole turmeric is more effective than isolated curcumin for inflammatory disorders, including arthritis, tendonitis, and autoimmune conditions. Take 400 to 600 milligrams of turmeric extracts (available in tablets or capsules) three times per day or as directed on the product label. Look for products standardized for 95% curcuminoids. Neither curcumin nor turmeric taken orally is well absorbed unless taken with black pepper or piperine, a constituent of black pepper responsible for its pungency. When shopping for supplements, make sure that the one you choose contains black pepper extract or piperine. (If you're cooking with turmeric, be sure to add some black pepper to the food.). Be patient when taking turmeric supplements: the full benefits may not be apparent for eight weeks.
Don't use turmeric if you have gallstones or bile duct dysfunction. Pregnant women shouldn't use it without their doctors' approval. In rare cases, extended use can cause stomach upset or heartburn. (Note that piperine can slow the elimination of some prescription drugs including phenytoin [Dilantin], propranolol [Inderal], and theophylline. Some evidence also suggests that curcumin can interfere with a chemotherapy agent used to treat breast cancer, so if you're being treated for this disease, be sure to discuss the advisability of taking curcumin with your physician.
Thanks for the black pepper tip, I'll add some of that.
That's why I had the question JRE...
Is this a good brand?
I used turmeric in my eggs every morning but it's probably only a half a tsp or so......
I just got some Solgar Curcumin extract after hearing that very podcast and the benefits of taking it to aid in the absorption of glutathione. I'm not sure if it needs to be ingested at the exact same time though.
Edited to add Turmeric Juice recipe.
That's why I had the question JRE...Is this a good brand?http://www.amazon.com/Nutrigold-Turmeric-Curcumin-Gold-BioPerine/dp/B0055713UO/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1415025024&sr=8-10&keywords=curcumin+supplements I used turmeric in my eggs every morning but it's probably only a half a tsp or so......
I've usually gone with this because I've bought supplements from Doctor's Best and never had an issue with them:
But the Nutrigold product looks to be just as good (just $1 more expensive).
You should be good with 1/2 tsp a day if you're consuming some black pepper with that. You don't need to supplement, but the supplements will result in greater absorption.
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I've heard a lot of good things about the Thorne Fx Curcumin which purportedly has increased absorption because it is bound to phytosomes.
While I haven't personally tried it yet, Ben Greenfield seems to really like the stuff!
Here's a pretty comprehensive article on Curcumin by Thorne Fx... though keep in mind they have a product that they're selling.
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I've been investigating the various formulations of curcumin. Given how poorly it is absorbed, various approaches have been taken to improve this from either reducing particle size to using lipids.
From what I understand, you are essentially looking at taking either plain old turmeric, curcumin extracted from turmeric, BCM 95 curcumin, Meriva curcumin, Longvida curcumin or Theracurmin.
Of those, only Longvida curcumin has been proven to pass the blood-brain barrier and help combat Alzheimer's. That being the case, this is the formulation I would go for.
Dr Trutt has done a fair amount of research into curcumin and its effects. Here are some links.
(please note that one of Dr Trutt's comments after this second article disputes the claims of theracurmin's amazing absorption and recommends Longvida curcumin instead).
There are various brands that use Longvida curcumin. See here for links: http://longvida.com/buy/
Having previously used Meriva, BCM95 and Theracurmin at different times, I have switched to using Longvida curcumin, and due to cost (and capsule size) am taking Now Foods CurcuBrain.
I don't supplement with them I just eat them within my diet...... Makes a great spice and a few bits of the root is good as well.....
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adding NOW brand curcumin to my supplements is one of the changes i made over the past month to see if i could improve my lipid profile. it did improve vastly but i changed a lot of things so it's hard to say if curcumin contributed at all.
I've used this brand/product off and on for a few years and really like it. Phenocane. Think it was Ben Greenfield who originally tipped me off to this product....before he started pushing the ThorneFx products (which are really good too).
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