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BBC news article: Could turmeric really boost your health?

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by AndyPR, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. AndyPR

    AndyPR RIP PR :'(

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37408293

     
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    Curcumin - found in Turmeric is a powerful anti- inflammatory. Unfortunately for me I have MCAS reactions to amounts large enough to have good effects.
     
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    What's MCAS, please?
     
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    @flybro, MCAS stands for mast cell activation syndrome. Mast cells release too much histamine. I have this problem and take monteleukast, generic Claritin and ranitidine daily w occas. diphenhydramine. I don't use a mast cell stabilizer..yet. The antihistamines lessen my flu like symptoms but not a cure for me/cfs. Good PR threads on mcas.
     
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    I think we need to be careful in deciding this is due to curcumin. Turmeric has a lot more in it than curcumin, and it may be other factors, or combinations of factors, that result in apparent improvement. Does anyone know the dose used? It is probably low, with no appreciable quantity of curcumin.
     
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    I think there has been a lot of research into curcumin- fairly certain it's considered the active ingredient of turmeric. For cancer people take very high doses.
     
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    Turmeric has many curcuminoids incl curcumin. I've only seen research studies for curcumin. Not sure why it's the only one researched. I suspect the other curcuminoids are also important so use an organic( hope it really is) turmeric cooking powder from amazon. It's very cheap. I make a curry(very heavy on the turmeric) and use it all week w chicken, eggs, cooked veggies and for dipping raw veggies. I happen to love curry.

    The main concern I have w turmeric is the persistently high levels of lead contamination, a problem all supplements derived from plant roots potentially have.

    I have been using turmeric in this way for the past two months and seem to tolerate it in spite of my histamine concerns( my mcas symptoms are in moderate range). I lay off the turmeric if dealing w much PEM. And yes I tend to have better weeks when I use it daily. So much of this is subjective but I believe we do understand our body's responses pretty well after a few years of living w me/cfs.
     

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