Turmeric and Crohn's???

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   Posted 10/4/2011 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
So when I went to my GI this last time I saw his PA for a minute and she suggested taking Turmeric (an herbal supplement). She said that there have been studies done showing it to really help patients with Crohn's Disease. I was just wondering if anyone has tried it and noticed any difference or if it is another dead end like most of the others I have tried lol. I'd appreciate any info... thanks!
Diagnosed w/ Crohn's Disease Sept. 2007
Current Meds: Humira since Dec 2010, Entocort on and off
Past Meds: Remicade, 6MP, Asacol, Pentasa

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   Posted 10/4/2011 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I have not tried it. When I ask my dr about supplements, she doesn't forbid them, but she prefers that I get any supplements through dietary sources (except she "prescribes" a daily multivitamin and, now that I have osteopenia, a calcium supplement.)

If I want a probiotic, she advises me to eat more yogurt.
If I was interested in fish oil, she advises me to eat more fish.

I have seen tumeric on various "top 10" good for Crohn's food lists. I'd also be interested in what others have to say.
Crohn's Disease for 22 years
Diagnosed in Feb 1989 at age 14

1 Resection: 4" at terminal ileum + 24" of jejunum - June 2011
Current meds: Humira (since March 2011)
Also take: monthly B12 injection, Calcium, Multivitamin

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   Posted 10/4/2011 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
As part of my overall diet I eat lots of tumeric. I add it to food and eat it most days. I am sorry, I can nto say that tumiric has helped me as when I added it I was in the middle of changing lots of stuff. But it has a great reputation, and no know down side, so I will keep taking it. Also, it tastes good in indian food, which I eat daily
SCD - Fanatical Compliance since Nov 2010 (Low Carb, Healthy Fats, No Processed Foods, Low Omega 6, Tumeric,...)
Buys all expsensive drugs from Canada
Pentasa (3 x 500), Vit D and B complex, fish oil and SCD vit. Amitriptyline for sleeping
Feeling good to great, almost every day!

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   Posted 10/4/2011 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't taken it as a supplement, but have recently tried to start adding it to more and more foods. I have read that Turmeric supplements aren't always absorbed well and there are a lot of factors to make sure you get the most of it, so I am trying to eat it with food so I have a better chance of getting the most of it.

One other plus is I recently read it is also good for liver function and liver health which with our meds and disease is good for us also.

I sprinkle it on things I can't taste it in because I don't like the taste. One way is in my applesauce because I put a lot of cinnamon in it and don't taste it. Or in chili or soup. Or sometimes sprinkled on meat.

It is supposed to be one of the spices that has a lot of health benefits. It is actually listed on this website as potential treatment for IBD. I use this site a lot to look up the nutrients and studied benefits in different fruits and veggies.

Diagnosed with Crohn's in 1998, father has UC we were both diagnosed at 20 yrs old. Diagnosis changed to UC Sept 2011

Meds ~ Proctofoam, 30 mg Prednisone, restarted Humira
Supps ~ Fish Oil, folic acid, magnesium, D3, K2, Vitamin C, B-complex, multi-mineral.

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   Posted 10/4/2011 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
i've been taking it for a while...i haven't noticed anything but with everything else i take who knows...but it can't hurt you at all- you can take a ton of it and not OD or cause any neg side effects. they swear by it in india so what the heck- i'll keep taking it.
37 year old male living in AZ. Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 20 mg prednisone. still taking Asacol. Done with Remicade- antibody level was over 8! Waiting for scope results to see about Humira or Cimzia.
In the middle of a bad flare now for 2 years...it's been one heck of a ride!

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   Posted 10/5/2011 4:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I've taken it for over a year along with boswellia and cat's claw. Besides being helpful for Crohn's it is one of the best supplements you can take for health in general from what I have seen.

I have seen discussions about whether or not large doses of turmeric or taking it for a long period of time can be hepaprotective and I've seen discussions where people say it is hepatoxic.
Diagnosed 10.2009 w/ proctosigmoiditis, probably pANCA+ Crohn's colitis
Symptoms since 10.2007
Pentasa, four grams/day
Rowasa enema, 3 grams every other night
VSL#3 DS four packet/day
Turmeric, digestive enzymes, boswellia, propolis, cat's claw, l-glutamine, fish oil, vitamin D, kefir, blueberries
Liver-Milk Thistle; Heart-Hawthorn, sometimes

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   Posted 10/7/2011 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been using it to. Not yet have diagnose, maybe will not have, but anyway. I just added to my regime of naturals a Black Cumin Oil. Anti inflammatory, immunomodulator - balances immune system and so on. Google. Maybe some one here will get help from this fine oil. It was described as medicine for many diseases, incl. inflammatory ones. Do Google.

It tastes good. Does not do hard to stomach. At least to me.


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