Hi all, I had recently posted 3 food list for RA. In the herb section, I had included turmeric. Let me first inform that I NEVER MEANT TURMERIC TO BE USED AS A SUPPLEMENT , ONLY FOR USE IN COOKING. This is because we in India use turmeric regularly in our cooking. Also though I had read about turmeric supplements some time back, I did not remember it when writing the lists.
The above site talks of turmeric for RA in rats. Of course more research is necessary.
5 gms of turmeric powder containing 4% curcumin , actually turns out to 0.2 gms of curcumin . And when we add turmeric while cooking the quantity will be 1 or 2 gms .of turmeric powder, not curcumin . So the quantity of curcumin through food, will be very less.
Also, turmeric lowers BP, lowers cholesterol. is good for thyroid, diabetes asthma, auto immune disorders ( except ITP). So people should be wary only if they take 5 gms of curcumin . And no one uses 5 gms of turmeric while cooking, unless it is to feed a large number of people.
According to the book “Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy”, which was written by well-known herbalist Kerry Bone, there are no contraindications for turmeric other than allergic reaction, which is rare. With regards to interactions, because it has antiplatelet activity, Kerry Bone recommends that high doses should not be given to patients taking antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs. In his book he also mentions how no adverse effects are expected at the recommended dosage during pregnancy and lactation.