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To: BearWash
Also, for new readers, curcumin is the active ingredient from turmeric. Turmeric used as spice has far too little to be useful. It should be in a concentrated form (about 95% standardized). And curcumin in any form has to be supplemented by an absorption facilitator (i.e. piperine), or it is not absorbed effectively. The usual cautions about piperine over-facilitating absorption of prescription medications applies and should be observed

Actually, regular turmeric has enough curcuminoids to be effective for easing symptoms of RA, in doses of approximately 1/4 teaspoon twice a day. I know much larger or more concentrated amounts are safe (except for people with gall stones, who should not take turmeric at all). I imagine effective doses vary. I wouldn't hesitate to use the 95% curcumin (which I haven't found except online, just not available in my rural area) in case of a bad case of flu, just emphasizing that smaller doses can be effective as well.

2,166 posted on 11/27/2005 9:16:50 PM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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Again, the turmeric is effective for ME. Others may want or need curcumin 95%.


2,167 posted on 11/27/2005 9:19:11 PM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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just emphasizing that smaller doses can be effective as well.

But for cytokine suppression? I know there is one guy on TB2K who uses a less concentrated dose with good results for RA as well.

2,168 posted on 11/27/2005 9:19:54 PM PST by steve86 (@)
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