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Jube2 Thu 01-Oct-20 11:30:11

Reading an awful lot about turmeric recently and the benefits from it .
Wondering if members have used turmeric successfully for treating serious conditions ?

MayBee70 Thu 01-Oct-20 11:33:56

It thins the blood so you have to be careful if you’re on certain medications. I do take it myself in the form of golden paste.

Jube2 Thu 01-Oct-20 11:42:19

I hadn’t realised it thinned the blood but did read testimonies of it lowering BP . as an anti inflammatory rheumatic or arthritic conditions
Also as a preventative of tumours forming .
From reading on google it’s really a miracle spice ..but is it all true ?

merlotgran Thu 01-Oct-20 11:51:24

I often add it to soups and casseroles.

I also make a lethal brew of turmeric and black pepper vodka every summer which is then our go to remedy for bad colds, coughs and sore throats throughout the winter. There's always a bottle lurking in the back of a cupboard.

A measure before bedtime helps to get a good night's sleep!! grin

OceanMama Thu 01-Oct-20 11:56:17

I have taken turmeric capsules and I don't think they have helped me with any of my conditions. I know it has good repute as doing so and one of my friends said she has had good results with turmeric. I still do take it though as it seems to have a good reputation for all kinds of things.

Jube2 Thu 01-Oct-20 12:05:27

I came across this testimony recently .
Very expensive supplement so it must be a much higher grade turmeric than the supplements available in the UK
sabinsa.com/media-coverage/1013-india-made-turmeric-extract-gives-uk-cancer-patient-new-lease-of-life

MayBee70 Thu 01-Oct-20 12:12:06

I don’t think capsules work as well as the turmeric needs pepper, heat and fat to work I assume that, like VitD3 it’s fat soluble.

anav12 Fri 09-Oct-20 06:32:10

Benefits :

Pain relief
Improving liver function
Digestion
Possibly reducing the risk of cancer

Including turmeric in the diet

Adding turmeric into spice mixtures such as curry or barbecue rub
Making a homemade dressing using part oil, part vinegar, and seasonings including turmeric
Changing up your go-to marinades by adding turmeric.

grandMattie Fri 09-Oct-20 06:35:13

DH swears by it for his arthritic knees.

PamelaJ1 Fri 09-Oct-20 11:41:03

I take it as I do think it helps with ‘ageing pains’, if there is such a thing.
I mix my concoction myself full fat yogurt and black pepper included.
IMO taking pills and capsules isn’t as effective but lots of people seem to think they are. There is lot of information out there to google.

Bathsheba Fri 09-Oct-20 12:03:34

Please check first whether it interferes with any medication you take regularly, such as:

"Sulfasalazine. This medication is sometimes prescribed to people who have rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric may increase the drug’s effects and side effects.

Blood thinners. People who are on blood-thinning medication, such as warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), and aspirin are typically advised against taking a curcumin or turmeric supplement, because the supplements can enhance the drugs’ blood-thinning effects, perhaps to dangerous levels.

Antacids. Turmeric may increase the production of stomach acid when taken with antacids such as Omeprazole (Prilosec), famotidine (Pepcid), and ranitidine (Zantac).2

Diabetes medications. Turmeric can strengthen the effects of medications used to control type 2 diabetes, which in turn can increase the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)."

Source: www.arthritis-health.com/treatment/diet-and-nutrition/do-curcumin-supplements-have-drawbacks

biba70 Fri 09-Oct-20 12:39:05

It is also being studied all over the world for its preventative and also curative effect, on Alzheimers - because of its strong anti-inflammatory effect.

These serious studies are being combated and even prevented, by Big Pharma companies- who want to develop drugs they can sell for big bucks. As of course, natural remedies get in the way. We take a turmeric extract, from Holland and Barret- not cheap but we always buy on Penny Sale (so second one 1 penny) - and also 1 turmeric with pepper gelule (epper seems to help with absorbtion).

The only supplement my medically trained OH has ever agreed to take- as it also has an effect on prostate and PSA.

Elrel Fri 09-Oct-20 12:52:36

I use powdered turmeric with cinnamon sprinkled on cereal, fruit, and yoghurt, also in porridge. I am at a loss, however, when it comes to dealing with fresh turmeric from my veg box. Ideas welcome!

biba70 Sat 10-Oct-20 10:44:21

Bathsheba ''Diabetes medications. Turmeric can strengthen the effects of medications used to control type 2 diabetes, which in turn can increase the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)."

I don't get this warning at all. Surely, if taking turmeric makes diabetese medication more effective, be it Metformin or Insulin - then the answer is not to stop the turmeric- but reduce the diabetes medication. And that is a great thing.

So if starting to use turmeric as a diabetic, you should just keep an eye on the effect on blood-sugar, and then, with your GP or specialist, adjust medication. Not the other way round.

And that is the key here- if you take supplements, you must talk to your GP- as s/he needs to know- and also warn you about any possible interaction/s with your medication- and possible side-effects.

Take St John's Wort- found in medical studies to be as helpful as anti-depressants in many forms of depression. Your GP needs to know if you are taking it- and s/he will ensure that you know about avoiding strong sunlight and wear sunglasses, etc.

PamelaJ1 Sat 10-Oct-20 11:45:07

It is a shame biba that our health service can’t be more inclusive when it comes to treatments.
Our medics have a thorough training run along very strict guidelines. They can’t start to incorporate alternative medications because they aren’t included in the training and they might get sued. Therefore they are unable to give much help to those who want to help themselves except, as you said, to point out the contraindications.

Baggs Sat 10-Oct-20 12:47:14

If turmeric, in whatever form, had been trialled and tested as thoroughly as other medicines, doctors would be able to prescribe it. Since they don't (or can't) prescribe it you can be sure that it has not been rigorously tested and proved to be efficacious as a medicine.

It's a great taste enhancer, like many spices. I use it in powdered form in wok fried cabbage and quite a lot of soups (e.g. carrot, celery).

biba70 Sat 10-Oct-20 17:48:14

why do you think massive finance and means are not put forwards to test natural medicines like Turmeric (and many others) - as are Big Pharma drugs

biba70 Sat 10-Oct-20 17:55:57

Despite this, eg lack of funding as natural medicines are not massive money spinners for Big Pharma- there is a huge amount of research out there if you look.

Here is just one article, there are many others in the scientific/medical press

www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric#TOC_TITLE_HDR_3

roey1948 Tue 20-Oct-20 18:05:56

merlotgran

I often add it to soups and casseroles.

I also make a lethal brew of turmeric and black pepper vodka every summer which is then our go to remedy for bad colds, coughs and sore throats throughout the winter. There's always a bottle lurking in the back of a cupboard.

A measure before bedtime helps to get a good night's sleep!! grin

very interested in your turmeric & black pepper vodka, do you have a recipe?

roey1948 Tue 20-Oct-20 18:36:10

Does anyone know how to get turmeric stains out of clothes?

overthehill Tue 20-Oct-20 18:52:06

We take the capsules that have black pepper included. We've been taking for about a year as I read India has a low rate of dementia attributed to consuming tumeric. I do feel it has sharpened my senses, hard to explain, but a more heightened awareness.

merlotgran Tue 20-Oct-20 19:03:24

roey1948 I put six pieces of turmeric root and a tablespoon of black peppercorns in a large kilner jar and add a bottle of vodka. I give it a shake now and again until it goes a nice dark colour and leave it for a minimum of three months!

It will be very strong so if you like it a bit weaker you can add more vodka after a couple of months.

As a cold remedy I put a teaspoon of honey in a shot glass and add 3/4 teaspoons of turmeric and black pepper vodka. Stir and swig!

It warms the cockles and does wonders for a sore throat.

crazyH Tue 20-Oct-20 19:09:00

We use turmeric in most of our cooking......meat, fish, veg......I wouldn't call myself the healthiest senior citizen around.😂

GrannyLaine Tue 20-Oct-20 19:27:17

roey1948 re turmeric stains - hang outside in sunlight. It really works - I've rescued many curry stained tops this way.

BBbevan Tue 20-Oct-20 20:02:42

My optician recommended turmeric for early AMD. Absolutely no symptoms so don’t know if it is or might work