Turmeric supplement dose dosage powder information and side effects, benefit for cancer and anti-inflammatory
November 25 2016

Turmeric is an herb (Curcuma longa), native to South India and Indonesia. Its tuberous rhizomes have been used from antiquity as a condiment, as a textile dye, and medically as an aromatic stimulant. The powder is a common ingredient in Indian food and yellow mustard.

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Q. What is the difference between curcumin and turmeric powder? I always thought they were the same. I have curcumin roots which I have just planted in my garden, how can I use these roots?
A. Turmeric is an herb. Curcumin is a substance found in the plant turmeric. There are many other substances within turmeric besides curcumin.

Arthritis and osteoarthritis
Turmeric, may, in some ways, work similarly to Cox-2 inhibitors, drugs that reduce the Cox-2 enzyme that causes the pain and swelling of arthritis.

Cancer prevention
Curcumin, the substance that gives the spice turmeric powder its yellow color may help fight cancer. Researchers have found in the lab that the active ingredient in turmeric, called curcumin can enhance the cancer-fighting power of treatment with TRAIL, a naturally occurring molecule that helps kill cancer cells. TRAIL stands for tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand. In an experiment with human prostate cancer cells in a laboratory dish, the combination treatment killed off two to three times more cells than either treatment alone.

For dogs, cats pets
Q. I am currently taking my two labrador retrievers (both males, age 10) for cancer treatments at Gulf Coast Oncology in Houston, Texas. The black lab is currently in remission for three months after a protocol of chemo drugs for Stage V Lymphoma. The yellow lab just received his second of five chemo treatments for a Hemangiosarcoma splenic tumor. My oncologist recently discussed the popularity of turmeric by a researcher at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. I bought a jar yesterday and began sprinkling approximately a teaspoon on their wet food each meal. Since they love the food I’ve been feeding them (a wet food by Hill’s Prescription Diet with the consistency of a pate), they didn’t even notice the new turmeric addition. Do you have any comment on whether I am doing anything significantly beneficial for them, or just wasting my time with this turmeric spice?
A. It is impossible for us to know what effect the turmeric supplement is having on the post cancer stage in your dogs. We can’t think of any reason turmeric would be harmful, and perhaps it could be beneficial but this is just an educated guess.

Q. I was browsing the internet in hopes of finding a way to control leukemia. My grandfather who is 84 yrs old is diabetic and we just found out he has leukemia. I researched and came across the plant turmeric and the extract curcumin. Now I did read and also on Dr. Ray Sahelian’s website it refers to these exact findings. My question to you is simply will these supplements aid in helping my grandfather?
A. We wish your grandfather the best outcome but it is not possible to predict the response in any one individual regarding the influence of turmeric or curcumin in the treatment of any condition, including leukemia.

Lung health
Ayurvedic doctors have used turmeric to treat respiratory problems. In animal studies it has been found to reduce the damage to lungs from irritants, pollutants and infectious agents in the air such as cigarette smoke, exhaust, dust and viruses. Could this potentially lower risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome, asthma, laryngitis, bronchitis and other lungs diseases  due to reduction of inflammation and mucus in the airways?

Multiple myeloma
Use of turmeric powder extract may help suppress multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, early lab research shows–suggesting yet another health benefit from this long-heralded substance. Adding curcumin to human cells with the blood cancer multiple myeloma, Dr. Bharat B. Aggarwal of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and his colleagues found, stopped the cells from replicating. And the cells that were left died. Although the study did not test the benefits¬† in patients, previous research has shown the substance may fight other types of cancers.

Prostate gland, BPH
I have read that tumeric is helpful for the prostate. Is this accurate and does the prostate product contain tumeric? Also does the product thin the blood?
It may thin the blood slightly. Turmeric may be beneficial to the prostate gland but there are other herbs that are more focused on prostate health and those are included in Prostate Power Rx.

Side effects of turmeric herb, adverse reactions
As of 2016, no major side effect of turmeric herb have been reported in the medical literature except perhaps a theoretical increase in the risk of kidney stones.

Q. I was wondering about the safety of the powder from the turmeric capsules. Is it safe to put on skin?
A. We have not tested to see how turmeric powder acts on the skin. It is most likely okay, but there may be certain people who could have an allergic reaction to turmeric herb, curcumin, or almost any herb or herbal extract.

Kidney stones
I am an 11 year breast cancer survivor and I have been taking a total of 2,400 mg of turmeric in divided doses daily to augment my cancer therapy. Am I at risk of developing kidney stones?

High oxalate intake resulting from consuming supplemental doses of cinnamon and turmeric may increase risk of hyperoxaluria, a significant risk factor for urolithiasis. Eleven healthy subjects, aged 21-38 y, participated in an 8-wk, randomly assigned, crossover study that involved the ingestion of supplemental doses of cinnamon and turmeric for 4-wk periods that provided 55 mg oxalate/d. Oxalate load tests, which entailed the ingestion of a 63-mg dose of oxalate from the test spices, were performed after each 4-wk experimental period and at the study onset with water only (control treatment). Compared with the cinnamon and control treatments, turmeric ingestion led to a significantly higher urinary oxalate excretion during the oxalate load tests. There were no significant changes in fasting plasma glucose or lipids in conjunction with the 4-wk periods of either cinnamon or turmeric supplementation. The percentage of oxalate that was water soluble differed markedly between cinnamon (6%) and turmeric (91%), which appeared to be the primary cause of the greater urinary oxalate excretion/oxalate absorption from turmeric. The consumption of supplemental doses of turmeric, but not cinnamon, can significantly increase urinary oxalate levels, thereby increasing risk of kidney stone formation in susceptible individuals. Am J Clin Nutrition. 2008. Effect of cinnamon and turmeric on urinary oxalate excretion, plasma lipids, and plasma glucose in healthy subjects.

Gall bladder
I read that turmeric could be harmful to those with gall bladder disease and my husband said he’d heard it could be harmful to the liver.
Turmeric has been used for centuries in certain parts of the world, such as India, on a daily basis with no harm. As long as it is not used in excess, there should not be a problem. We have not seen any research that indicates the use of turmeric in reasonable amounts is harmful.

Turmeric powder
I would like to know if you have any idea where I can buy pure turmeric powder for facial use. I have acne scar and I was told to use turmeric powder mix with milk on face every day for 15 minutes and wash off. They did say turmeric root is also ok but I would not know how to turn it into a mask. I live in Tucson Arizona, where can I find turmeric?
Your local health food store should carry turmeric powder, or a store that sells foods and spices from India.