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A 36-year-old member asked:

is it true that tumeric root powder is very healthy and can be used like medicine?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No: No.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Tumeric: Turmeric contains cucuminoids like curcumin. This has anti-inflammatory & antioxidant effects. It is reported to ^ Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor which might help w brain functioning & v risk of some brain conditions such as Alzheimer's. It may help w treatment of arthritis & is reported to have anti-carcinogenic effects.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Is eating tumeric in excess bad?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
What excess?: Can't answer it without knowing how much. It is not poisonous but too much will give you a stomach ache and cramping with diarrhea.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Where can I buy curcumin capsules from india?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Organic India brand: If you are specifically looking for curcumin that was grown in india i recommend organic india turmeric formula, a reliable brand- see http://organicindiausa.Com/turmeric-formula/ but my favorite form of curcumin is meriva, a patented extract that is 23-29 times better absorbed! i don't know where it's grown but it is good. See http://www.Phytosomes.Info/public/meriva.Asp.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Long term effects of curcumin?

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Dr. Rick Kirschner
Dr. Rick Kirschner answered
General Practice 40 years experience
Years of use: Turmeric has been used traditionally for a very long time as a food coloring and spice, and for a number of disorders, it us used medicinally and preventatively in some cultures. Long term: possible indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, may cause liver problems, might cause ulcers if you take too much. It can also increase bleeding, so don't use before surgery. It may interact with a number of meds.
A 29-year-old member asked:

I have been advised to take curcumin. What is it and where do I get it?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Turmeric: Curcumin is present in "turmeric" a spice commonly used in asian-indian cooking. You can get it an indian grocery store. However, you may use to flavor your foods, but should not expect it cure or prevent any diseases.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is curcumin absorbed when you eat tumeric?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Yes!: Turmeric is a cornerstone of traditional chinese and ayurvedic health practices. Turmeric contains plant-based antioxidants that help fight cell-damaging free radicals called curcuminoids.Claims of enhancing brain health have not been proven, but many prominent nutritionists agree that antioxxidants are beneficial, so there may be some validity as one of several nutritional support.

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