The Dark Side of Curcumin (Turmeric)

Curcumin is the active ingredient found in turmeric which has been said to have many beneficial properties; including a significant anti-inflammatory response. Unfortunately, it is not bioavailable (meaning you cannot absorb it into your system orally) and most of the claimed benefits have only been demonstrated in a test tube. Please read "The Dark Side of Curcumin" which was first published in the "International Journal of Cancer" and then in "Scientific American" :

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Very interesting, especially the caution about adding piperine.


Interesting. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.


Thanks for the research you post. Very helpful!


I take curcumin once daily. I have strong faith in this in that it helps with inflammation. I have an auto-immune thyroid condition that results in nodules being present on my thyroid. Before taking the curcumin, my endicrinologist would say "we have to biopsy these sush and such nodules because they grew!" Ever since starting the curcumin, now she tells me that the nodules are shrinking and we just leave them alone. Not saying it is a miracle spice, but for me I attribute some health benefits to the curcumin. If one overdoes anything, then you won't get the desired benefits. Everything in moderation. Also, it is better to take it with a "fat" like coconut oil and the Pepperdine. It is even more beneficial if you heat it - just mix it into a sauce with black pepper. It was an interesting article. TY.


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