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Posted on 05-19-2016
By Dr. Lisa Goodman, DC, CCSP
Recent research indicates that Turmeric is as effective as Ibuprofen for reducing pain and inflammation. However, just as dosing is important with ibuprofen, it is with Turmeric. The study presented this weekend highlights a dose of 1,500mg per day (in doses of 500 3x per day). Here is the tricky thing, most supplements containing Turmeric may boast 50mg. That is a large difference! This highlights the importance of understanding dosing (under and over) with nutritional supplements. It is so easy for supplement companies and brands to throw a little bit of a good herb in there, but in far less than therapeutic doses. It is also important to note that with Turmeric there are types that are patented and more bioavailable (ie. better absorbed, more effective) including Meriva, Biomor, Longvida, Thercurmin and BCM 95. Also important to consider are side effects. Just with therapeutic doses of medications, if you take a therapeutic dose of herbs/supplements you can count on some side effects as well. With Turmeric you are looking at stomach pain, loose stools and over a long period of time ulcers. There could also be interactions with some drugs, so be sure the run them by your medical doctor and check this handy link: http://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/turmeric.html
In two recent studies Turmeric was found to be more effective than Ibuprofen for post surgical pain and swelling and delayed muscle soreness, both were dosed between 1,500-5,000 mg per day.
How Does Turmeric Work?
Turmeric inhibits a protein and enzyme in the body that promote inflammation. It also can squash nitric oxide and free radicals. It also decreases platelet aggregation, decreases neutrophils and binds with toxic heavy metals.
What is Turmeric Good for?
Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Postsurgical Inflammation, High Cholesterol,
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMs), pain.
Be sure to consult with your treating physician prior to taking a high dose of herbs and other nutritional supplements.
- Kuptniratsaikul V, Dajpratham P, Taechaarpornkul W. et al. Efficacy and safety of Curcuma domestica extracts compared with ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a multicenter study. Clin Interv Aging. 2014 Mar 20;9:451-8.doi: 10.2147/CIA.S58535. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 24672232; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3964021.
- Nicol LM, Rowlands DS, Fazakerly R, Kellett J. Curcumin supplementation likely attenuates delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Eur J Appl Physiol. 2015 Mar 21.[Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25795285.
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