12 Turmeric Benefits: Superior to Medications?

12 turmeric benefits - Dr. Axe
Turmeric (Curcuma longa), the main spice in the Indian dish curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease. It has so many healing properties that currently there are over 10,000 peer-reviewed articles published proving turmeric benefits, especially one of its renowned healing compounds, curcumin.

This puts turmeric on top of the list as one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all of science. The next most popular studied herbs include garlic, cinnamon, ginseng, ginger and milk thistle.

Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant, which grows in India and other Southeast Asian countries. The dried root of the Curcuma longa plant is ground into the distinctive yellow turmeric powder. There are several chemical compounds found in turmeric, known as curcuminoids. The active substance in turmeric is curcumin.

Of the 10,000+ studies referencing curcumin, the most interesting finding is that when turmeric is compared to conventional medicine, its benefits equal that of many pharmaceutical medications. In fact, a number of studies have even reported that using curcumin is more advantageous than certain prescription drugs.


Health Benefits of Turmeric

When examining the research, turmeric benefits go beyond that of these 12 kinds of conditions and treatments:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Antidepressants (Prozac)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Anticoagulants (Aspirin)
  • Pain killers
  • Diabetes drugs (Metformin)
  • Arthritis medications
  • Inflammatory bowel disease drugs
  • Cholesterol drugs (Lipitor)
  • Steroids
  • Skin Care
  • Obesity

Now let’s jump deeper into the research on turmeric benefits at potentially reversing specific diseases.


12 Turmeric Benefits That Trump Medications

Although the list is much longer, we’ve selected 12 conditions and their treatments where drugs pale in comparison to turmeric extracts, in potentially reversing disease. As you read this report, keep in mind that one of the most powerful advantages curcumin has over the traditional medical approach is the lack of side effects.

1. Anticoagulants/Antiplatelets

Medical intervention generally includes the following medications to slow and prevent blood clotting:

  • Aspirin
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Diclofenac
  • Enoxaparin (Lovenox)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others)
  • Naproxen
  • Warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

Unfortunately, for people with conditions that are treated by these drugs (i.e. deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), this approach may not always be the wisest decision. Ibuprofen overdose is one such common problem. In addition to common side effects like excessive bleeding and hemorrhage, the risks associated with anticoagulants abound and include everything from back pain to headaches to difficulty breathing. (1)

Turmeric, on the other hand, has relatively no known side effects unless taken in extremely excessive amounts.

Additionally, ever since several groundbreaking studies in the mid-1980s, the curcumin in turmeric has been suggested by researchers as actually being a better option for those with vascular thrombosis. (2)

2. Antidepressants

Although few studies have been conducted on humans, dozens of research trials have proven that turmeric is especially effective in correcting depression symptoms in laboratory animals.

To address this issue, the journal Phytotherapy Research published the results of an amazing, innovative study this past year.  The study took 60 volunteers diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD), such as manic depression (bipolar disorder), and split the group to determine how patients treated by curcumin fared against fluoxetine (Prozac) and a combination of the two. (3)

Not only was it discovered that all patients tolerated curcumin well, but they discovered curcumin was as effective as Prozac in managing depression.

According to the authors, “This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe therapy for treatment in patients with mild depression.”

3. Anti-inflammatories

Arguably, the most powerful aspect of curcumin is its ability to control inflammation. 

The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen are least effective, while curcumin is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. (4)

This news should have reached every household in the world after the study was conducted because inflammation puts people at risk for almost every disease process known to man.

Diseases today such as cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol and chronic pain can be the result of inflammation. 

The anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin have also been studied as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. At this point, evidence for turmeric’s effects on Alzheimer’s patients is inconclusive; it’s not certain that turmeric can prevent or treat the disease. However, perhaps further research might result in the development of future treatments. (5)

As you will see below in several other articles related to chronic illness, keep this in the back of your mind: Turmeric’s key to disease reversal may be its ability to keep inflammation at bay. 

4. Skin Condition Treatments

The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric have proven effective in treating skin conditions. Turmeric benefits for skin include speeding up wound healing; calming the pores to decrease acne and acne scarring; and controlling psoriasis flares. (6) Try my Turmeric Face Mask for Glowing Skin.

Turmeric can stain the skin and it may cause an allergic reaction. Do a patch test by applying a dime-size amount to your forearm. Then wait 24–48 hours to check for any reaction before applying turmeric to your face.

5. Arthritis management 

Because curcumin is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing characteristics, a study was conducted on 45 rheumatoid arthritis patients to compare the benefits of curcumin in turmeric to the arthritis drug Diclofenac sodium, which put people at risk of developing leaky gut and heart disease.

The study split these volunteers into three groups: curcumin treatment alone, Diclofenac sodium alone, and a combination of the two. The results of the trial were eye-opening:

The curcumin group showed the highest percentage of improvement in overall [Disease Activity Score] scores and these scores were significantly better than the patients in the diclofenac sodium group. More importantly, curcumin treatment was found to be safe and did not relate with any adverse events. Our study provides the first evidence for the safety and superiority of curcumin treatment in patients with active RA, and highlights the need for future large-scale trials to validate these findings in patients with RA and other arthritic conditions.

Published by Phytotherapy Research in 2012, the results of this study have encouraged more human research to evaluate the amazing effects curcumin-rich plants like turmeric have on people suffering from various different types of arthritis. (7)

6. Cancer treatment 

Of all the various topics scientists have tackled in regards to curcumin and disease reversal, cancer (of various types) is one of the most thoroughly researched topics. In the words of global authorities like Cancer Research UK: (8)

A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells. 

Bottom line: Turmeric works incredibly well to help naturally treat cancer and is especially effective at treating breast cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer.

12 turmeric benefits - Dr. Axe
7. Diabetes management 

For lowering blood sugar and reversing insulin resistance, there’s arguably no better natural treatment than adding turmeric into your diet.

In 2009, Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications published a study out of Auburn University that explored how supplementing with turmeric can help reverse diabetes. (9)

The study discovered that curcumin in turmeric is literally 400 times more potent than Metformin (a common diabetes drug) in activating AMPK which improves insulin sensitivity which can help reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

In addition to correcting the causes of diabetes, curcumin has also been proven to help reverse many of the issues related to insulin resistance and hyperglycemia.

Take, for instance, diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy. One of the most common complications of diabetes is damaged blood vessels, which cause blindness.

A study found that supplementing with curcumin can delay this horrible complication of diabetes because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. (10)

8. Obesity

A study published in the journal Biofactors showed that curcumin can help promote weight loss. (11) The researchers found that the anti-inflammatory properties in curcumin were effective at suppressing the inflammatory processes of obesity, therefore helping to reduce obesity and its “adverse health effects.”

9. Gastrointestinal treatments

Oftentimes, people with digestive and stomach complaints become intolerant to medical interventions because the stomach flora is already compromised and drugs can literally tear up the mucosal lining.

An in-depth analysis of all the studies evaluating curcumin’s ability to manage inflammatory bowel disease (IBS, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis) found that many patients were able to stop taking their prescribed corticosteroids because their condition improved so dramatically by taking curcumin! (12)

For many patients with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) corticosteroids reduce their pain symptoms, but damage the intestinal lining over time actually making the condition worse. (13)

However, supplementing with curcumin did not have these side effects and, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, actually helped heal the gut and supported the growth of good bacteria (probiotics).

10. Cholesterol regulators 

One of the reasons heart disease is such a problem in the U.S. is that people are developing pre-diabetes (high blood sugar) at an alarming rate.

In turn, diabetics and non-diabetics alike are suffering from a common complication called oxidative stress, which damages the inside of blood vessels. Because of this damage to the arteries, cholesterol begins to build up to patch up the damaged areas, which leads to high levels of LDL cholesterol. 

Traditionally, statin drugs (like Lipitor) are widely known to harm the kidneys and liver and cause a number of deadly side effects.  They do bring cholesterol down, but they never address the actual cause, which is oxidative stress that is caused by high blood sugar levels and inflammation.

Thankfully, medical doctors are becoming more and more aware of the dangerous side effects of statin-drugs and prescribing natural alternatives like curcumin and fish oil instead.

A study done by Drugs in R & D found that curcumin was equal to, or more effective than, diabetes medications at reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the treatment of high cholesterol. (14)

Studies like these are leading pharmaceutical companies to try to design a synthetic form of curcumin that, unfortunately, will not work as well as the real thing.

11. Painkillers 

One of the more widely accepted properties of curcumin in scientific communities is its ability to manage pain.

Just this past year the European Journal of Pharmacology published research that discovered curcumin naturally activates the opioid system in diabetic rats. Typically manipulated by drugs, this natural process serves as the body’s inherent pain-relieving response. (15)

Not being limited to diabetic pain conditions, an interesting study also published late last year gives us a clue as to the wide array of pain conditions that can be treated by curcumin.

Take, for instance, severe burns. Typically, burn victims are treated with dangerous opioids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. However, because of its anti-inflammatory benefits, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research suggests that, curcumin should be used to treat burns instead of these conventional medications. (16)

The trend should be becoming clear at this point. Therapeutic use of turmeric and other curcumin-rich plants are displacing conventional medical treatments and proving it’s a legitimate natural painkiller.

12. Steroids 

Lastly, we’ll take a look at how turmeric benefits the many conditions normally treated by corticosteroids, such as:

  • Psoriasis
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Chronic pain                                                                                                                                                                                  

In a 1999 breakthrough clinical study, it was found that curcumin has the ability to cure chronic inflammation of the eye. (17) Typically this condition was only treated with steroids, but today it’s common for medical doctors who practice functional medicine to prescribe curcumin instead.

What cannot be overstated, however, is that although statistically “comparable” to steroids in managing and reversing chronic disease, “The lack of side effects with curcumin is its greatest advantage compared with corticosteroids,” as stated by the authors in the above study out of K.G. Medical College.

To give you a sense of the amount of suffering alleviated by curcumin, the following is a sample of steroid side effects listed by the UK’s National Health Services (NHS): (18)

  • Acne
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Cataracts
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Diabetes onset
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Increased appetite (oftentimes leading to increased weight)
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney and thyroid issues
  • Mood disturbances (including aggression, irritability, and rapid mood swings mimicking bipolar disorder)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Risk of infection
  • Stunted growth in children
  • Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
  • Thinning skin (leading to easy bruising)

Ultimately, when taking into account the large amount of deadly complications these drugs put your body at risk for, it is easy to see how taking therapeutic curcumin is superior to most medicines.

If you have any of the diseases above, you will want to consider this natural approach first. For those of you who aren’t sick, taking turmeric will serve you well as a preventative measure. (19)


Turmeric Side Effects

What are the side effects of turmeric? Some people have reported allergic reactions to turmeric, especially after skin exposure. Typically this is experienced as a mild, itchy rash. In addition, high doses of turmeric have been observed to cause:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased risk of bleeding
  • Increased liver function tests
  • Hyperactive gallbladder contractions
  • Hypotension (lowered blood pressure)
  • Uterine contractions in pregnant women
  • Increased menstrual flow

People taking certain medications should also be careful when using turmeric in their food or supplementing with it. Turmeric may interfere with anti-coagulants like aspirin, clopidogrel and warfarin. It also can affect medications such as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. As with any herb or supplement, use as directed.

If you’re in the position where you must be on prescription medications, don’t discount the need to include ample amounts of fresh, organic turmeric in your diets because it will help reduce the adverse affects of the medicine.

A study that was published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology describes how combining curcumin with prednisolone (a steroid) effectively reduces the side effects of this dangerous medication. (20)


Turmeric Recipes

You may be wondering how to use turmeric. One of my favorite recipes to incorporate turmeric benefits in your diet is turmeric tea “liquid gold.”

Also, consuming turmeric eggs for breakfast and curried carrot soup is an excellent way to get more turmeric in your diet.

Amazingly, anti-arthritic activity and a marked reduction in steroid toxicity was seen when supplementing with curcumin.

At the end of the day, the research speaks for itself and we cannot think of one reason why EVERYONE shouldn’t be taking some form of turmeric every day.

Whether as a supplement or a spice to flavor your food, you will certainly be satisfied with turmeric benefits for your body!


Turmeric Supplements 

So, how do you take turmeric? Along with adding turmeric into your diet, you may also consider taking it or curcumin in supplement form. I personally recommend consuming a CO2 extracted form of turmeric.

Also, according to a study, published in Planta Medica, taking turmeric in combination with black pepper, which contains piperine, improves turmeric absorbability throughout the entire body. They added 20mg of piperine to 2,000mg turmeric, and it increased the bioavailability of turmeric 154 percent! (21)

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  1. Abby Mosher says:

    What is the best way to incorporate turmeric into my diet? Pills, drinks, in food? Is there one way that is best and a certain brand? So much to choose from.

  2. Mike says:

    What are your thoughts on adding black pepper or olive oil to turmeric so as to increase the uptake of the curcumin? You have a great site full of fascinating and useful information, the article on tooth decay was very interesting. Can’t wait to read more. Thanks.

  3. Melissa says:

    Hi,

    Thank you for all of the information you provided. I do have a question about turmeric though. I went to buy some at the health food store and at the grocery store and both bottles said that people with gallstones should avoid taking it. I’m just wondering if you know why. I look forward to your response.
    Melissa

    • Turmeric supports bile flow and a large increase in bile flow could cause an already formed stone to become lodged in the duct. However, this is a very rare occurrence. Also, turmeric has been shown to help reduce the formation of gall stones.

  4. Tammy says:

    You mentioned on a nother page on your website your mother used supplments in working with cancer. Could you suggest a brand of Turmeric would be good to take in capsules with the black pepper in working to help heal stage 3 melanoma skin cancer?

  5. Elida Novinger says:

    Can a heart patient use turmeric?

  6. Josie says:

    I’ve got some arthritis pain, mostly in my knees and some tmj issues that I am seeing a chiro for. I have been putting a mixture of mostly turmeric, but also ginger and black pepper, into a gelcap every day, getting approx 1/4 teaspoon into each capsule. I’m in my mid-50’s, female, and relatively healthy. Is one capsule a sufficient daily amount? Thank you!

  7. Roxanne Brooks says:

    Will this help get rid of my kidney stone? I currently have one and I am sure it is stuck…

  8. Donna Hochradel says:

    I have chronic back pain and fibromyalgia. I was put on CuraMed over a year ago. I have been able to reduce the amount of prescription medication I was taking. I also have kidney issues due to 50 years of high BP and medications. My kidney function has increased 10% since I started taking CuraMed. I have found I can get it cheaper on-line than at our local health food store. I love your page with wonderful recipes and excellent advice.,thank you!

  9. susie says:

    I have turmeric liquid/oil. I am wanting to put it in a capsule. Can you tell me how much I should put in and if I should be mixing it with a different oil? How many capsules should I take?
    Thanks,
    Susie

  10. Trish says:

    Every morning I have a heaped tsp of Turmeric 1/2 tsp ginger 1/2 cinnamon a dash of cayenne pepper with black pepper in a small amount of raw dairy . Has helped arthritis in my knee and hip and general well being has improved. I am really pleased with the benefits.

  11. Julie Jarrett says:

    How much Curcumin/Turmeric would you recommend as a start when taking Methotrexate and Prednisone for RA? If I stop taking these meds I am crippled with pain, but want to get off them even thought they make life bearable. Appreciate any advice though I realise it is a double edged sword for you.

  12. Ericka says:

    Is it ok to take turmeric if I’ve had my gallbladder removed?

  13. kristen says:

    My husband was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, dermatomyositis with interstial lung disease. The lung disease appears to be gone for now. They have tried treating him with 4 different immunosupressant drugs but he has had an allergic reaction to each one. He started on 60mg prednisone 5 months ago & is down to 12.5mg. He feels great & really doesnt want to try anymore immunosuppresant drugs. I was wondering what the daily dosage of tumeric should be. I am liking the antiinflammtory benefits of this & the use of eliminating side effects of steroids since he has been on so much. Thank you!!

  14. Concerned Momma says:

    Any thoughts on using this to make a cream to treat lichen sclerosis on a 7 year old? Currently treated by a steroid cream.

  15. Svilengatyn elena says:

    i believe in natural remedies

  16. jpoore73 says:

    I have been taking a Turmeric supplement at 3,000mg per day (1,500mg in the am and 1,500mg before dinner) for the last two months. In this time span I have been able to stop taking Bystolic for high blood pressure (HBP) (which made me feel exhausted all day, every day) and Metformin. This stuff is amazing and I have never felt better in the last two decades.

    My only negative that I can say about this supplement is that I wish I would have found it sooner. However, at 41 years old, I am living with more energy and no diabetic nerve pain. So, I guess I could say better late than never. Love it and highly recommend to my diabetic friends and those with HBP.

  17. [email protected] says:

    I take cinnamon and metformin as well as glibride for my diabetes. I would be interested to see what Turmeric does.

  18. Sonia says:

    I actually use Tumeric for Fibromyalgia and MDD.
    I recently stopped taking psychotropic medications that had been helping with both symptom areas. I had been on it for several years and knew I could not continue taking it as it had side effects that limited my daily functioning. When I made the decision to stop taking the drug, I began taking the Tumeric in therapeutic amounts (3,500 mg per day). It took several weeks for the drug to leave my system completely, but I have been successful in remaining off the drugs for more than 4 months.
    Continued research into the area of food for medicine is necessary for people like me. I hope others will do their research and empower themselves to live their best lives possible by simply replacing drugs with food.

  19. Kim says:

    I was wondering if tumeric has any affect on LDL particle size. I have high (2500) particle size and my doc wants to put me on a low dose of Crestor, but I have an adverse reaction to statin type drugs – severe muscle pain and weakness. Thanks!

  20. Dianna says:

    How does this affect nursing mothers? Does your recommended dosage still stand? Or should it be adjusted?

  21. Sugar Branch says:

    I make my own turmeric extracted with 100 proof vodka. I take 1-3 droppers full, 1-3x daily. I have had 3 major knee surgeries, leaving me with bone against bone for the past 30 years. After being subjected to every known miracle cure that was injected into me, It was only getting worse and my poor disfigured knee could no longer function. After the 3rd surgery, I was told that I probably would not walk again, unassisted ( I was using a cane ) until I had a full knee replacement. I was not up for this at all!!! I started doing homework and found turmeric. It has changed my life around. I started with the pill form and I am not good with taking pills so I started to make Golden Milk and found that I really enjoyed it that way. I later discovered Turmeric extract that was bottled. This stuff worked quick when I needed immediate pain relief but soon became very expensive. I found Turmeric rhizome’s at a local grocery store and after a little research, began making my own. I put it in my morning cup of coffee that has some raw milk in it. I have found that the milk mixed with it absolutely changes how palatable that it is for me to take. If I need a quick shot of it for swelling or pain, I just put a couple dropper fulls and mix it with just a little bit of milk, goes right down and seems to be way more gentle on the system. I can expect pain relief and reduced swelling within 20 minutes, normally quicker. I am back to full time horse training and managing my 130 acre farm and living life pretty much, back to normal. I must admit, I cannot run for much of a distance but as long as I pace myself, I can go all day long and work hard without much of an issue.

  22. anna says:

    The best is to get the fresh root of tumeric and juice it then mix with coconut water or water and a dash of lime juice or juice it in with your vegie juice.It is a great antiparasitical also.
    Pregnant women should avoid strong doses.
    If you have the fresh root and get a burn or cut make a paste with it and apply like they do here in Bali.Traditionally they drink the fresh juice with water,honey and an egg yolk.

  23. Sudha Chawla says:

    I have arthritis , cancer. I’m taking Applesider vinegar early morning that has controlled my high per acidity. I started taking 1 tsp turmeric powder in I cup of warm almond milk at bed time. Pl let me know how & where can I buy turmeric med? I’ll r
    eally appreciate your help & support . Thanks a lot Dr. Axe

  24. chelsea says:

    It’s unfortunate that i can not consume turmeric at all. I have been allergic to it since I was a child and even a little bit will cause an allergic reaction. My lips will puff up, my tongue will swell and my throat will turn red with what looks like pimples. I can be very painful Is there anything else you can recommend?

  25. Norm Rancourt says:

    My wife has a brain tumor that has settled there after having HER-2 stage 4 cancer. She is clean from the neck down. She has been taking Moringa Oleifera for 6 months now. The brain tumor was gamma knife radiated 4 years ago. Then surgically removed almost 3 years ago. Then radiated 1.5 years ago. Now it is back and cannot be radiated or surgically removed. She is on a pill form of chemo. 5 days on and 21 off. She is in her first cycle and then they will check about condition via MRI. She has started with Frankensense Essential Oil by rubbing on scalp and inhaling twice daily. Should she be trying something along with the regimen she is on?

  26. Rick says:

    I made the Turmeric Tea yesterday. I substituted coconut oil for the ghee, since I didn’t have any on hand. It was yummy … very sweet.

    Now I just need a need a recipe to remove turmeric from clothing, since I spilled some on my shirt on the way to work this morning. Yikes!

  27. Katie Effertz, DC says:

    Dr. Axe,
    Have you ever of Protandim? I hate to ask you on this forum, but couldn’t find contact information. We’ve successfully implemented Protandim in our wellness clinic and thought you would want to know more about it. It allows the body to reduce oxidative stress by 40% within 30 days all founded on medical journal articles that can be found on PubMed.gov. Have seen great things thus far as a result of adding this to basic foundational nutrients that we also recommend which are similar to the supplements you recommend like omega’s, probiotics, greens, etc.
    You have my email so if you’d like to learn more just send me a private email and I can provide you with the requested information.

    Be well.
    Dr. Katie

  28. Vicki Been says:

    Can turmeric Curcumin be taken at 500 mg. a day along with Bystolic which I take for my Blood pressure and allergy medicines such as Claritan singulair and Flonaise nose spray? I have arthritis and I do not like to take pain pills. I cannot take aspirin or anything like aspirin. I need some relief from this joint and muscle pain that I have daily

  29. Angie says:

    Dear Dr. Axe,

    I was wondering your opinion on incorporating turmeric in your diet if you are dealing with excessive menstrual bleeding and anemia?

    Thank you :)

  30. Shahida says:

    My 13 years old daughter has been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and doctor prescribed her steroids .she is very upset and moody .she gained her weight and losing her hairs.
    Can you advice her with food and supplements .
    Many thanks in advance

  31. Amy says:

    My son (13) is recovering from leukemia and a stem cell transplant. I finally convinced the hospital to allow me to prepare homemade formula for him because he continues to receive most of his food via g-tube. One of the ingredients, that I include in every single feed, is turmeric root. Also, ginger root, garlic, carrots, leafy greens, coconut oil, flax oil, and homemade, organic chicken stock (other things too). His platelets are still low, so I hope I’m doing the right thing with the turmeric. The nutritionist is just giddy over how well it’s going. The nurse practitioner said “whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.” If you have any advice for me, I’d love to hear!

  32. sandy flerra says:

    Do you think this would help with my COPD?

  33. Linda a. Sosenko says:

    I was wondering, Dr. Axe, if turmeric would be helpful for a Hyperactive Thyroid. I didn’t see this medical problem listed ( unless I missed it, for which I’m sorry ).
    Thank you for your response.

  34. Linda A. Sosenko says:

    Hi Dr, Axe,

    I have Diabetes Type 2. I am ordered Janumet and Glipizide for blood sugar control and Lyrica, Cymbalta and Vit. B12. Would Turmeric interfere with any of these medications ?

    Also, I am very overweight, 100 pounds over what I should be. Does Turmeric help with weight loss ?
    Again, I thank you very much for your help and I’m very glad to have found you.

  35. Steve says:

    You may want to adjust that spell checker unless you meant to add “pipeline” to the mix.

  36. Sandy says:

    Dr. Axe, I have read in a couple places that turmeric must be heated in order to get any benefits from it. Is this true ??

    • No, if it’s not heated most of the benefits will effect the colon but using herbs that open the blood vessels like black pepper and its active ingredient can dramatically increase absorption which is why they are both found in my cell detox supplement

  37. Elena Dimitrov says:

    Dr Axe, I have Hepatites C. Will Turmeric help me ?

  38. Natasha says:

    Can pregnant women take a tumeric supplement as a blood thinner? If so how much would you recommend?

  39. Melanie says:

    Can I take my turmeric seasoning spice and put it into my own capsules for consumption? I have ulcerated colitis and IBS and I’m not quite used to the flavor of the spice in my food.

  1. Abby Mosher says:

    What is the best way to incorporate turmeric into my diet? Pills, drinks, in food? Is there one way that is best and a certain brand? So much to choose from.

  2. Mike says:

    What are your thoughts on adding black pepper or olive oil to turmeric so as to increase the uptake of the curcumin? You have a great site full of fascinating and useful information, the article on tooth decay was very interesting. Can’t wait to read more. Thanks.

  3. Melissa says:

    Hi,

    Thank you for all of the information you provided. I do have a question about turmeric though. I went to buy some at the health food store and at the grocery store and both bottles said that people with gallstones should avoid taking it. I’m just wondering if you know why. I look forward to your response.
    Melissa

    • Turmeric supports bile flow and a large increase in bile flow could cause an already formed stone to become lodged in the duct. However, this is a very rare occurrence. Also, turmeric has been shown to help reduce the formation of gall stones.

  4. Tammy says:

    You mentioned on a nother page on your website your mother used supplments in working with cancer. Could you suggest a brand of Turmeric would be good to take in capsules with the black pepper in working to help heal stage 3 melanoma skin cancer?

  5. Elida Novinger says:

    Can a heart patient use turmeric?

  6. Josie says:

    I’ve got some arthritis pain, mostly in my knees and some tmj issues that I am seeing a chiro for. I have been putting a mixture of mostly turmeric, but also ginger and black pepper, into a gelcap every day, getting approx 1/4 teaspoon into each capsule. I’m in my mid-50’s, female, and relatively healthy. Is one capsule a sufficient daily amount? Thank you!

  7. Roxanne Brooks says:

    Will this help get rid of my kidney stone? I currently have one and I am sure it is stuck…

  8. Donna Hochradel says:

    I have chronic back pain and fibromyalgia. I was put on CuraMed over a year ago. I have been able to reduce the amount of prescription medication I was taking. I also have kidney issues due to 50 years of high BP and medications. My kidney function has increased 10% since I started taking CuraMed. I have found I can get it cheaper on-line than at our local health food store. I love your page with wonderful recipes and excellent advice.,thank you!

  9. susie says:

    I have turmeric liquid/oil. I am wanting to put it in a capsule. Can you tell me how much I should put in and if I should be mixing it with a different oil? How many capsules should I take?
    Thanks,
    Susie

  10. Trish says:

    Every morning I have a heaped tsp of Turmeric 1/2 tsp ginger 1/2 cinnamon a dash of cayenne pepper with black pepper in a small amount of raw dairy . Has helped arthritis in my knee and hip and general well being has improved. I am really pleased with the benefits.

  11. Julie Jarrett says:

    How much Curcumin/Turmeric would you recommend as a start when taking Methotrexate and Prednisone for RA? If I stop taking these meds I am crippled with pain, but want to get off them even thought they make life bearable. Appreciate any advice though I realise it is a double edged sword for you.

  12. Ericka says:

    Is it ok to take turmeric if I’ve had my gallbladder removed?

  13. kristen says:

    My husband was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, dermatomyositis with interstial lung disease. The lung disease appears to be gone for now. They have tried treating him with 4 different immunosupressant drugs but he has had an allergic reaction to each one. He started on 60mg prednisone 5 months ago & is down to 12.5mg. He feels great & really doesnt want to try anymore immunosuppresant drugs. I was wondering what the daily dosage of tumeric should be. I am liking the antiinflammtory benefits of this & the use of eliminating side effects of steroids since he has been on so much. Thank you!!

  14. Concerned Momma says:

    Any thoughts on using this to make a cream to treat lichen sclerosis on a 7 year old? Currently treated by a steroid cream.

  15. Svilengatyn elena says:

    i believe in natural remedies

  16. jpoore73 says:

    I have been taking a Turmeric supplement at 3,000mg per day (1,500mg in the am and 1,500mg before dinner) for the last two months. In this time span I have been able to stop taking Bystolic for high blood pressure (HBP) (which made me feel exhausted all day, every day) and Metformin. This stuff is amazing and I have never felt better in the last two decades.

    My only negative that I can say about this supplement is that I wish I would have found it sooner. However, at 41 years old, I am living with more energy and no diabetic nerve pain. So, I guess I could say better late than never. Love it and highly recommend to my diabetic friends and those with HBP.

  17. [email protected] says:

    I take cinnamon and metformin as well as glibride for my diabetes. I would be interested to see what Turmeric does.

  18. Sonia says:

    I actually use Tumeric for Fibromyalgia and MDD.
    I recently stopped taking psychotropic medications that had been helping with both symptom areas. I had been on it for several years and knew I could not continue taking it as it had side effects that limited my daily functioning. When I made the decision to stop taking the drug, I began taking the Tumeric in therapeutic amounts (3,500 mg per day). It took several weeks for the drug to leave my system completely, but I have been successful in remaining off the drugs for more than 4 months.
    Continued research into the area of food for medicine is necessary for people like me. I hope others will do their research and empower themselves to live their best lives possible by simply replacing drugs with food.

  19. Kim says:

    I was wondering if tumeric has any affect on LDL particle size. I have high (2500) particle size and my doc wants to put me on a low dose of Crestor, but I have an adverse reaction to statin type drugs – severe muscle pain and weakness. Thanks!

  20. Dianna says:

    How does this affect nursing mothers? Does your recommended dosage still stand? Or should it be adjusted?

  21. Sugar Branch says:

    I make my own turmeric extracted with 100 proof vodka. I take 1-3 droppers full, 1-3x daily. I have had 3 major knee surgeries, leaving me with bone against bone for the past 30 years. After being subjected to every known miracle cure that was injected into me, It was only getting worse and my poor disfigured knee could no longer function. After the 3rd surgery, I was told that I probably would not walk again, unassisted ( I was using a cane ) until I had a full knee replacement. I was not up for this at all!!! I started doing homework and found turmeric. It has changed my life around. I started with the pill form and I am not good with taking pills so I started to make Golden Milk and found that I really enjoyed it that way. I later discovered Turmeric extract that was bottled. This stuff worked quick when I needed immediate pain relief but soon became very expensive. I found Turmeric rhizome’s at a local grocery store and after a little research, began making my own. I put it in my morning cup of coffee that has some raw milk in it. I have found that the milk mixed with it absolutely changes how palatable that it is for me to take. If I need a quick shot of it for swelling or pain, I just put a couple dropper fulls and mix it with just a little bit of milk, goes right down and seems to be way more gentle on the system. I can expect pain relief and reduced swelling within 20 minutes, normally quicker. I am back to full time horse training and managing my 130 acre farm and living life pretty much, back to normal. I must admit, I cannot run for much of a distance but as long as I pace myself, I can go all day long and work hard without much of an issue.

  22. anna says:

    The best is to get the fresh root of tumeric and juice it then mix with coconut water or water and a dash of lime juice or juice it in with your vegie juice.It is a great antiparasitical also.
    Pregnant women should avoid strong doses.
    If you have the fresh root and get a burn or cut make a paste with it and apply like they do here in Bali.Traditionally they drink the fresh juice with water,honey and an egg yolk.

  23. Sudha Chawla says:

    I have arthritis , cancer. I’m taking Applesider vinegar early morning that has controlled my high per acidity. I started taking 1 tsp turmeric powder in I cup of warm almond milk at bed time. Pl let me know how & where can I buy turmeric med? I’ll r
    eally appreciate your help & support . Thanks a lot Dr. Axe

  24. chelsea says:

    It’s unfortunate that i can not consume turmeric at all. I have been allergic to it since I was a child and even a little bit will cause an allergic reaction. My lips will puff up, my tongue will swell and my throat will turn red with what looks like pimples. I can be very painful Is there anything else you can recommend?

  25. Norm Rancourt says:

    My wife has a brain tumor that has settled there after having HER-2 stage 4 cancer. She is clean from the neck down. She has been taking Moringa Oleifera for 6 months now. The brain tumor was gamma knife radiated 4 years ago. Then surgically removed almost 3 years ago. Then radiated 1.5 years ago. Now it is back and cannot be radiated or surgically removed. She is on a pill form of chemo. 5 days on and 21 off. She is in her first cycle and then they will check about condition via MRI. She has started with Frankensense Essential Oil by rubbing on scalp and inhaling twice daily. Should she be trying something along with the regimen she is on?

  26. Rick says:

    I made the Turmeric Tea yesterday. I substituted coconut oil for the ghee, since I didn’t have any on hand. It was yummy … very sweet.

    Now I just need a need a recipe to remove turmeric from clothing, since I spilled some on my shirt on the way to work this morning. Yikes!

  27. Katie Effertz, DC says:

    Dr. Axe,
    Have you ever of Protandim? I hate to ask you on this forum, but couldn’t find contact information. We’ve successfully implemented Protandim in our wellness clinic and thought you would want to know more about it. It allows the body to reduce oxidative stress by 40% within 30 days all founded on medical journal articles that can be found on PubMed.gov. Have seen great things thus far as a result of adding this to basic foundational nutrients that we also recommend which are similar to the supplements you recommend like omega’s, probiotics, greens, etc.
    You have my email so if you’d like to learn more just send me a private email and I can provide you with the requested information.

    Be well.
    Dr. Katie

  28. Vicki Been says:

    Can turmeric Curcumin be taken at 500 mg. a day along with Bystolic which I take for my Blood pressure and allergy medicines such as Claritan singulair and Flonaise nose spray? I have arthritis and I do not like to take pain pills. I cannot take aspirin or anything like aspirin. I need some relief from this joint and muscle pain that I have daily

  29. Angie says:

    Dear Dr. Axe,

    I was wondering your opinion on incorporating turmeric in your diet if you are dealing with excessive menstrual bleeding and anemia?

    Thank you :)

  30. Shahida says:

    My 13 years old daughter has been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and doctor prescribed her steroids .she is very upset and moody .she gained her weight and losing her hairs.
    Can you advice her with food and supplements .
    Many thanks in advance

  31. Amy says:

    My son (13) is recovering from leukemia and a stem cell transplant. I finally convinced the hospital to allow me to prepare homemade formula for him because he continues to receive most of his food via g-tube. One of the ingredients, that I include in every single feed, is turmeric root. Also, ginger root, garlic, carrots, leafy greens, coconut oil, flax oil, and homemade, organic chicken stock (other things too). His platelets are still low, so I hope I’m doing the right thing with the turmeric. The nutritionist is just giddy over how well it’s going. The nurse practitioner said “whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.” If you have any advice for me, I’d love to hear!

  32. sandy flerra says:

    Do you think this would help with my COPD?

  33. Linda a. Sosenko says:

    I was wondering, Dr. Axe, if turmeric would be helpful for a Hyperactive Thyroid. I didn’t see this medical problem listed ( unless I missed it, for which I’m sorry ).
    Thank you for your response.

  34. Linda A. Sosenko says:

    Hi Dr, Axe,

    I have Diabetes Type 2. I am ordered Janumet and Glipizide for blood sugar control and Lyrica, Cymbalta and Vit. B12. Would Turmeric interfere with any of these medications ?

    Also, I am very overweight, 100 pounds over what I should be. Does Turmeric help with weight loss ?
    Again, I thank you very much for your help and I’m very glad to have found you.

  35. Steve says:

    You may want to adjust that spell checker unless you meant to add “pipeline” to the mix.

  36. Sandy says:

    Dr. Axe, I have read in a couple places that turmeric must be heated in order to get any benefits from it. Is this true ??

    • No, if it’s not heated most of the benefits will effect the colon but using herbs that open the blood vessels like black pepper and its active ingredient can dramatically increase absorption which is why they are both found in my cell detox supplement

  37. Elena Dimitrov says:

    Dr Axe, I have Hepatites C. Will Turmeric help me ?

  38. Natasha says:

    Can pregnant women take a tumeric supplement as a blood thinner? If so how much would you recommend?

  39. Melanie says:

    Can I take my turmeric seasoning spice and put it into my own capsules for consumption? I have ulcerated colitis and IBS and I’m not quite used to the flavor of the spice in my food.