Thank you Crux, for your ideas and well-wishes! I took curcumin on and off for the last 2 years, in hopes that it might help the inflammation of my tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis. It just felt that I wasn't doing too great on it, but I couldn't point to anything specific. I think it upset my tummy a little. Then I think that I read something last week where, for one of my genetic mutations, it might not be a good thing to take. I didn't note more information about that down. For the past year, I've had one cup of green tea a day (and 3 cups of black tea), because I'd read about the benefits of green tea. However, the other day I read that green tea might also not be good for my mutations. I stopped drinking the green kind two days ago, until I can research more about it. I am compound heterozygous for MTHFR and I think based on symptoms that I've got a problem with folates. So I might want to avoid things that limit folate absorption. I had been taking some zinc daily for a long time - I think generally it was 15 mg, and now I've upped it to 22 mg of zinc picolinate. My aim for the moment is to replicate a decent, moderate-dose multi-vitamin/mineral so I can add on the "real" B12 and B9 of a methylation protocol, and see how I do. However, I will keep zinc in mind as another factor that might be worth dramatically amping up, later on. There was a time, several years ago, when I read that 50 mg of zinc a day had helped some women with painful/heavy periods, and I tried it for a few months at that level of intake, but it didn't help my periods, or seem to help in any other way. But that was then, this is now!