Turmeric/Curcumin Dosage

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Lynn4221
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   Posted 6/13/2010 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a supplement that is as follows:
 
Turmeric (curcuma longa) (root)  450mg
Turmeric Extract (curcuma longa) (root) 50mg
 
The bottle says to take one capsule daily.
 
My questions are--
 
---For UC should I be taking more than 1 capsule daily
 
--- What are the dosages of Turmeric that other people are taking per day
 
Thanks
L
UC dx in 2008
4g Mesalamine nightly
Healthy Trinity x4/daily
Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega x2/daily
Curcumin Plus
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Durango Kid
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   Posted 6/13/2010 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lynn,

I have been adding turmeric powder to rice for quite some time now and have noticed that it helped with inflamation. I just started a new job where I can rarely cook and eat the rice as before so I bought some turmeric tablets as a dietary supplement. The product I purchased is by Natures Way. It is 450mg turmeric extract and 50mg turmeric root, just the opposite of your supplement. Any way, I started taking one in the morning and one in the evening. Within about three days I had a remarkable turn around in my symptoms. I've been flaring for almost a year and this week my bleeding and urgency are almost totally gone. Coincidence? Maybe. Who knows, but I'll continue taking it. The recommended dosage on the bottle says one tablet three times per day. The two per day I'm taking really seems to be helping.

John
U.C. (Proctosigmoiditis) DX 2004 after quiting smoking
Semi-Remission (GI seems satisfied, not me)????
CURRENT MEDS: UC=Asacol 400mg 3x3 daily; Finally Off the evil Pred; Azathioprine 100mg (Discontinued due to elevated liver enzymes); Hydrocortisone enema as needed; Imodium as needed; Probiotic 12 billion cfu; Psillium husk/seed powder; Turmeric; Fish oil; Multi-vitamin
Hypertension=Cozzar      Cholesterol=Welchol; Zetia


Lynn4221
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   Posted 6/14/2010 5:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi John--
Just to ask, why aren't you taking it three times per day?
Can you OD on the stuff?
Thanks!
L
UC dx in 2008
4g Mesalamine nightly
Healthy Trinity x4/daily
Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega x2/daily
Curcumin Plus
Following Ageless Nutrition Colorectal Recovery Program x 4 months


songlady
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   Posted 6/14/2010 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Lynn, what I generally do with supplements is to start gradually, at half the recommended dose per day or less, to make sure it sits OK, and then increase to the recommended. You might consider that kind of strategy?
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Age 54. Diagnosed UP 1983, UC 1986
Prednisone almost 2 years, 86-88
Asacol - 16 pills/day, Rowasa 2x/week
Metamucil - 2 doses/day since '86
VSL#3DS, Multivitamin, Calcium and D
homemade yogurt each day
hip replacement 4/5/10
Son, 16, dx pancolitis 2007


ElephantPipe
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   Posted 6/14/2010 6:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I take like four or five a day, but I also began with the reccomended dosage =)
20yr old female diagnosed with UC in 2005 at age 15
Flaring (and away from home)
125mg Azathioprine 1xday
450mg Boswellia 1xday
Arthritis
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Raynaud's Syndrome


Levi
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   Posted 6/14/2010 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I've read that taking too much can cause ulcers!



I take 800mg/day.

AZYooper
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   Posted 6/14/2010 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/turmeric-000277.htm

http://3rdparty.naturalstandard.com/frameset.asp

http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/69401.cfm
Diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis as my 50th birthday present Dec 2009
4.8 grams Asacol HD plus 1000mg canasa daily for 8 weeks

Now on 1.6 gr Asacol HD daily,fish oil, homemade yogurt(VSL#3/Mountain high cultures), pscillium husk,glucosamine sulfate,turmeric and Mutaflor(e. coli nissle).

Will begin fazing in boswellia,s. boulardii, and bromelain for both UC and/or back/joint inflammation soon.


Arc
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   Posted 6/14/2010 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Turmeric seems kind of scary due to the fact that on the bottle it says to not take it if you have ulcers. I wonder if this only applies to certain kinds of ulcers? I most definitely do not want more ulcers. The recently posted links had something about it making stomach ulcers worse.
Diagnosed in November of 2006 with UC (ileitis) though I had symptoms ,which were misdiagnosed as IBS and hemorrhoids, nearly 6 months before I finally went to a GI. Also have a bad arthritic right leg that hurts in my hip joint....at least I think it is arthritis though it could be directly tied to IBD.
 Colonoscopy in November of 2006 and took part in a Prednisone and Asacol taper program.
 No serious flare ups just moderate ones for nearly 3 years. It was nice....
 May 2009 experienced first serious flare up and now on prednisone 30mg daily and waiting for my next colonoscopy....yay.


Durango Kid
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   Posted 6/14/2010 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Lynn4221 said...
Hi John--
Just to ask, why aren't you taking it three times per day?
Can you OD on the stuff?
Thanks!
L

I guess the main reason is that I want to see how my body reacts at the lower dose.  I also read that it's not reccomended if you have any kind of liver disease or are on any medications that tax your liver.  I'm on enough meds that I need to be carefull.  I'm still eating the rice with curry and turmeric when I can.  It seems that the rice helps to soothe also. 
 
John
U.C. (Proctosigmoiditis) DX 2004 after quiting smoking
Semi-Remission (GI seems satisfied, not me)????
CURRENT MEDS: UC=Asacol 400mg 3x3 daily; Finally Off the evil Pred; Azathioprine 100mg (Discontinued due to elevated liver enzymes); Hydrocortisone enema as needed; Imodium as needed; Probiotic 12 billion cfu; Psillium husk/seed powder; Turmeric; Fish oil; Multi-vitamin
Hypertension=Cozzar      Cholesterol=Welchol; Zetia


deltaforce
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   Posted 6/16/2010 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Just as a warning.

There is only peer reviewed scientific article talks about use of Curcumin in IBD but the results are not conclusive. I talked to my doctor about use of Curcumin and he refused as its hepatotoxic in higher dosage. His recommendation is to avoid it.

Its your call if you are planning to take without your doctor's consultation.
Male, Flared for about a year before colonoscopy and official diagnosis of of IBD on 23rd March 2007, at the age of 30 years.
Currently taking -
Colazid 2250mg 3X a day,
Azathioprine 100mg 2X a day,
Salazopyrine Suppository 500mg, one every night (Stopped since 2nd June 2010)
Mesalamine 1gm enema 2X a day (since 2nd June 2010)
Next appointment on 21st June 2010. May start with Remicade, due to migraine headache. Possible culprit for migraine is Azathioprine. Migraine is affecting quality of life way more than IBD.


Zippy123
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   Posted 6/16/2010 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Id be more worried about the drugs they give you doing damage than to your liver and kidneys than I would tumeric hurting anything. It also depends on if it is just tumeric or tumeric extract as to how much you take. I have a bottle of just plain tumeric and it says 1.44 grams per serving = 1440mg a day I think, but is is just plain tumeric, not extract.

I have taken NOW Boswellin, which has 100mg of curcumin, 150mg of tumeric root powder, and 250mg of boswellia, at 2 pills 3 times a day. Which is like double dosage, and didn't have any problems except I thought maybe my poop had some orange like residue on it. I took that for a few months, then backed down after things seem to get better.

All you can do is experiment yourself and see, but I know usually non drug cures tend to need higher doses or longer period of time to be effective usually, and everyone reacts differently, allergies etc.

subdued
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   Posted 6/16/2010 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I add turmeric to my foods. Considering that Indians have been consuming turmeric for probably some hundreds if not thousands of years, I don't worry about it. I will take turmeric supplements when I'm flaring--about two a day.
Colitis is in remission. No longer get IBS.
 
Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No crystalline fructose, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, vitamins & supplements, Lexapro (for stress).


subdued
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   Posted 5/11/2011 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't take much, probably about one pill's worth a day. I add the turmeric powder to my foods.

If I'm flaring, I might take about two pill's worth a day.

missk
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   Posted 5/11/2011 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 
   i sprikle it on almost all my food...u can find it real cheap at an indian store or chinese store....i got a whole bag full for $3.75. its good on chicken, rice, veggies....the capsules i tried too...didnt seem towork for me...but maybe i wasnt taking enough....
missk
mild/moderate ulcerative colitis
diagnosed 1992
currently on no meds.....
turmeric...this works!
no dairy!


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Michelejc
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   Posted 5/11/2011 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I take 400 mg of tumeric a day
52, female - diagnosed with ulcerated proctitis/mild colitis
Canasa -two times a day
Lialda - once a day
Centrum - multi vitamin
Zocor - 40 mg
Acidophilus
Boniva - once a month
Calcium with Vitamin D
Glucosamine
Magnesium
Herbs -
Valerian - when needed for sleep
Horsetail, Stinging Nettle, RedYeastRice, St. John's Wort, Turmeric

Lu2011
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   Posted 5/11/2011 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I take 3 tumeric suppliements a day, 450mg each (95%)

THB
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   Posted 9/26/2011 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Turmeric has a very poor absorption rate when taken in pill format (standalone). Turmeric is best absorbed with food, and/or with black pepper or bromelain. The black pepper route can inscrease absorption upwards of 2000%. I believe it's something like 1:10 ratio of black pepper:turmeric. I will mix the two together in a cup first, then spread on my dinner. If/when I take the pill format (at work) I take during my meal, but also take Bromelain (pills) with it to help with absorption.

Unfortunately, there are many cases like this where certain supplements are dependent on others for absorption, ie. Calcium is best absorbed with Vitamin D.
Diagnosed with UC March 2010

Mezavant in the AM

Probiotics, Turmeric w/ Bromelain (for better absorption) and/or Turmeric powder w/ black pepper (for absorption), Boswellia, Bee Propolis, Virgin Salmon Oil, Calcium w/ Vitamin D, Vitamin C/B/B-12, Ashwagandha

Lean diet (I've always been a gym freak), no sugars, no coffee (I just shed a tear; giving up coffee was a tough one)

Alba29
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   Posted 9/26/2011 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI put me on 3 grams/day and Marc is right. I take Doctor's Best 1000 mg 3 times/day. It has black pepper. Lecithin and fat also help with absorption.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21649456

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20629184

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19519446
modified SCD with no sulfites and lots of resistant starch.
Sulfa EC 4 pills/day, canasa
Multi, VSL3, Florastor, Vitamin D, Turmeric, Boswellia, EC lecithin, lactoferrin, propolis with royal jelly, ginkgo biloba and melatonin.

AZYooper
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   Posted 9/27/2011 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I take 900 mg of extract twice a day. That is the stuff labeled 95% curcumin.


To get enough of plain tumeric, you have to swallow a TON. It is not really possible if you ask me. If I remember right, plain tumeric contains 5% curcumin which means you need to take/eat 34+ grams a day to get what I do with two pills of extract.

These sites are helpful,

www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/turmeric-000277.htm

www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/11570.cfm

Dr. Weil recommends a pill that contains 2 grams of curcumin a day

www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03123/Ulcerative-Colitis-Inflammatory-Bowel-Disease.html

AZYooper
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   Posted 9/27/2011 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
The ulcers issue is because it is a blood thinner like asprin but it is much milder. Almost all the supplements for UC carry this warning. I think even Fish oil does.

I take all of these types of supplements with food.

I do take the pill that has pepperine(black pepper)
Diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis as my 50th birthday present Dec 2009
4.8 grams Asacol HD plus 1000mg canasa daily for 8 weeks. Went to 1.6 gr Asacol for 8 months. Tried sulfasalzine for a month got adverse reactions

On 3 g/day generic Colazal now,fish oil, homemade yogurt(VSL#3), pscillium husk,glucosamine sulfate,curcumin,ginger,milk thistle, boswellia.

Mary A.
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   Posted 2/11/2012 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I was taking 4000mg of Curcumin a day for the last month or so. No adverse effects except yellowish stools.
It didn't seem to be making that much of a difference? Hard to say.
I still had to go on hydrocortisone enemas, along with my 4 tabs of Lialda every day.
So, now I just take 2000mg a day for a maintenance dose.
When the bottle runs out, I will see if NOT being on it makes any difference.
I also have terrible joint pain/tissue pain and was taking it to see if that went away or lessened.
Again, hard to say because I got glutened twice in the last month as well.
Its always something........
Go to PubMed. org and search Curcumin and IBD. I think the links are noted above.

Madpotter
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   Posted 2/13/2012 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctor actually told me to take curcumin rather than fish oil as an anti-inflammatory. He is a professor at Baylor College of Medicine and he said studies have shown it to be more effective than fish oil pertaining to inflammation in the colon. At least this is what I understood him to say.
38 year old female, diagnosed proctitis January 2011, symptoms started October 2010 (16 months without remission)
Asthma, low platelet count
Asacol - 4800 mg/day; Canasa - 2000 mg/day; VSL #3 - two capsules in the morning; Allergra in the morning, Zyrtec at night; Zantac twice per day; Multivitamin, Calcium supplement, Lexapro for stress management (just lost my Mom to colon cancer)

JayGuitar
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   Posted 3/9/2012 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone have any turmeric advice?
I am taking it with some black pepper in the creamy turmeric tea.
J
1200-1600mg. Magnesium; 4g Vit. C --
2 to 4 Nordic Naturals
2 B-Balance 100 caps.
1 to 2 Healthy Trinity
2000 IU Vit. D-3
Canasa supp. morning and night
Bellicon Rebounder 30-40 min/day

NiRo
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   Posted 3/9/2012 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting study on 2G of curcumin taken per day:

http://www.empowher.com/inflammatory-bowel-disease/content/inflammatory-bowel-disease-alternatives-plus-conventional-drugs-m?page=0,0

I've been taking it for the last 2-3 months and I think it has helped me.
Dx with Mild/Moderate Pancolitis (July 2009)
Dx with Mild (10cm) Left Sided Colitis (October 2011)
Apriso 4x a day
Colozal 6x a day
Canasa 1x a day
Rowasa 2x a week

Angelsway
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   Posted 7/30/2012 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Most the literature and test studies say that you can take up to 12 grams a day. I would not recommend this much. 3 grams is more than enough to lower inflammation and not cause any problems. You can take this much on a consistence basis without side effects. Go on the web and check out the benefits of turmeric curcumin. There is no end to the benefits and it is a life saver for me.
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