Turmeric supplementation, How was it?

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James l
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   Posted 3/14/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Turmeric is supposed to work in your system to maintain a health inflammation response in body.
Anyone has experience in taking this?
JAMES - 19 Years old. 2nd year in college.
5'11. Pre-med student
Was bodybuilding for middle weight class at 175lb with 6%bf. then BOOM. UC kicked in for the first time in my life
Diagnosed with UC in Feb 2008. Lost 25lb in three weeks. Bloody hell diarrhea
Flare up in june 2008. took more antibiotics. Harder flare
Took prednisone for two months then 6mp. But I decided to get off on both.

10/08Started drinking hard liquors and once drank 15 shots in an hour.
Next day flare up.
11/08 Started anti-yeast regimen. I crapped out so much yeast. confirmed candida in stool studies.

On: No med but zinc, cod liver oil, coral calcium, probiotics, threelac, alpha lipoic acid, chlorella, sea salt, garlic, aloe vera

in semi remission, E-mail me if you have any questions about how I achieved my remission.


betsaronie
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   Posted 3/14/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I've tried both tumeric tinctures, which are disgusting, and curcumin supplements. Curcumin is the active agent in turmeric that decreases inflammation. about a year ago, I read about a curcumin study they did in japan with patients taking tradition western meds vs. patients taking tradition western meds plus 1000mg of curcumin a day. Inflammation decreased about 40% on average in the group that added curcumin to their regimen. i can't remember how long the study was but i think it was a few months

Me personally i take 1000mg of curcumin every day as well as taking other anti-inflammatory herbs like boswellia. I can't take the traditional meds because of allergies so its my only way to treat my UC. I tried the tinctures, but i ended up throwing up after drinking it and its just too expensive. ($40 for a bottle containing only a weeks dose! whereas curcumin is was cheap especially from places like swanson vitamins) There is a specific amount of curcuminoids ratio that's helpful, but i can't recall what it was :(
I also do NOT avoid spicy foods that contain tumeric, namely indian food. I eat indian food all the time and since including it in my diet, i have noticed i feel better almost immediately after eating. I know some people will say, what? spicy food good for UC? but it seems to help me and if nothing else certainly doesn't bother me.
diagnosed with UC Dec 2006 at 22
diagnosed with IBS at 15
5mg prednisone
weekly accupuncture, probiotics, l-glutamine, and a combo of digestive enzymes. Staying gluten and dairy free as much as possible to avoid hard to digest proteins.
allergic or intolerant to all 5ASAs, sulfa and 6-mp


butterfly105
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   Posted 3/14/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi James,
Could you let me know on how you achieved remission..
Do you just eat garlic raw?
It also says you take aloe vera..do you take the tablet of a liquid form?

thanks!

subdued
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   Posted 3/14/2009 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes. I started eating mild curry which contains turmeric almost every day when I had my last flare. It, along with other things, helped reduce the inflammation and put me in remission.

Of course, now that I'm in remission, I'm not eating curry every day.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: pro-inflammatory foods, HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


James l
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   Posted 3/14/2009 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I did anti-yeast/candida diet and took supplements like oxygen peroxide/threelac and coral calcium to bring up pH. I had flu like symptoms for a couple of weeks and one day most of the yeast in my digestive tract went away after weeks of diarrhea. This took me three months and at one point my bleeding worsened.
Then I started getting better. My appetite went back up and stool started forming while on no meds.

No, I bought garlic pill supplement from gnc and aloe vera juice from gnc too.

Just letting you know. Two other people cured their UC after anti-yeast therapy that's why I started it. No one will believe that they are related but two people who cured themselves and are in remission for years and I believe that our UC started due to the presence of yeast in the colon and yeast in fact dig themselves down to the walls of the colon. I believe that my inflammation started because THERE WAS SOMETHING which was yeast.
JAMES - 19 Years old. 2nd year in college.
5'11. Pre-med student
Was bodybuilding for middle weight class at 175lb with 6%bf. then BOOM. UC kicked in for the first time in my life
Diagnosed with UC in Feb 2008. Lost 25lb in three weeks. Bloody hell diarrhea
Flare up in june 2008. took more antibiotics. Harder flare
Took prednisone for two months then 6mp. But I decided to get off on both.

10/08Started drinking hard liquors and once drank 15 shots in an hour.
Next day flare up.
11/08 Started anti-yeast regimen. I crapped out so much yeast. confirmed candida in stool studies.

On: No med but zinc, cod liver oil, coral calcium, probiotics, threelac, alpha lipoic acid, chlorella, sea salt, licorice root, aloe vera juice, VSL#ds(started 3/10/09)

Started eating dairy and all kinds of cheese again(beginning of March and I'm fine)
in 95% remission, E-mail me if you have any questions about how I achieved my remission.


James l
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   Posted 3/14/2009 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, betsaronie and subdued. I think I will start taking Turmeric or curcumin soon whichever is cheaper at GNC.

I have been following the ayurvedic diet for a month for my body type and it's terrific . I found the right body type for myself and I'm vata-pitta mixed. Vata conquers my body during winter/spring and pitta in summer/early autumn.
Whatever can put me in remission while I'm maintaining my ideal GPA is the way to go for me. Of course, hitting the weights moderately is very important for me.

So far, no bloating and my digestion actually improved from VSL#3 in three days. Surprisingly, I stopped taking my digestive enzymes now.
JAMES - 19 Years old. 2nd year in college.
5'11. Pre-med student
Was bodybuilding for middle weight class at 175lb with 6%bf. then BOOM. UC kicked in for the first time in my life
Diagnosed with UC in Feb 2008. Lost 25lb in three weeks. Bloody hell diarrhea
Flare up in june 2008. took more antibiotics. Harder flare
Took prednisone for two months then 6mp. But I decided to get off on both.

10/08Started drinking hard liquors and once drank 15 shots in an hour.
Next day flare up.
11/08 Started anti-yeast regimen. I crapped out so much yeast. confirmed candida in stool studies.

On: No med but zinc, cod liver oil, coral calcium, probiotics, threelac, alpha lipoic acid, chlorella, sea salt, licorice root, aloe vera juice, VSL#ds(started 3/10/09)

Started eating dairy and all kinds of cheese again(beginning of March and I'm fine)
in 95% remission, E-mail me if you have any questions about how I achieved my remission.


AKB
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   Posted 3/14/2009 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
i eat two teaspoons of turmeric a day-- AM and PM. I based this on the study mentioned above. It is like eating dirt, but my UC has, touch-wood, been MUCH milder ever since I started this.

Here's the problem with taking pills-- turmeric is poorly absorbed, and often has to be taken with piperine (pepper) to 'stun' the cells into letting it be absorbed. Piperine tormented me whenever I took it in this combination. You can overcome the poor absorption by putting a lot more turmeric in your body. if you buy pills, you will quickly go bankrupt-- they charge an INSANE markup for turmeric in a pill, when you can buy in powdered form in any middle eastern market for filthy cheap.

I think it's the single most important thing I'm doing for my UC. So yes, I would try it if I were you.
Dx:

Left-sided UC, Jun 2005. Flex-sig only... clear for first 20cms, then inflamed through next 30cms.

Therapies:

Pharmaceutical: Lialda 2/day, Rowasa/hydrocort as needed
Probiotics: Primadophilus Bifidus
Naturals: Caprylic Acid, Vit ABCDE, Zinc, Turmeric, Bromelain, Fish Oil, Flax Oil


yuckygut
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   Posted 3/15/2009 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I had taken curcumin tablets in the past but with minimal to no effect, which made sense after I had found out that they are not absorbed but pass straight thru you.  I then found  a drink containing what the manufacturer called super activated curcumin, that is absorbed into the colon and your system more.  I was actually looking into surgery, had my appointment already made when I started drinking Haldi.  Within a couple weeks I was able to come down and then off my prednisone, no surgery, and I remain in remission drinking a few bottles a week.  I used to spend money on teas and sodas, but have given them up for Haldi.(that helps even out my expense) 
     Interestingly enough, I also suffered from GERD, and now am off protonix.  A recent study out of wisconsin I think talked about curcumin protecting esophogeal epithelial cells.  It kindav makes sense now.  I dont make it to whole foods a lot any more, so I get them online at Haldi4health.com.
     I am a big believer in turmeric over the long term, I just cannot tolerate it or curry.  They say it is good to prevent alzhiemers disease, I guess they eat it by the bunches in India right from when they are small.   
 
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yuckygut
 
diagnosed 1998
 
now off prednisone and colazal
 
drink 1 Haldi daily

James l
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   Posted 3/15/2009 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, yuckygut. I think I will give a try with the sample pack first since it's only 2.50 including shipping.
How was your UC at first when you were diagnosed? Universal? did you bleed a lot? how much weight did you lose?
JAMES - 19 Years old. 2nd year in college.
5'11. Pre-med student
Was bodybuilding for middle weight class at 175lb with 6%bf. then BOOM. UC kicked in for the first time in my life
Diagnosed with UC in Feb 2008. Lost 25lb in three weeks. Bloody hell diarrhea
Flare up in june 2008. took more antibiotics. Harder flare
Took prednisone for two months then 6mp. But I decided to get off on both.

10/08Started drinking hard liquors and once drank 15 shots in an hour.
Next day flare up.
11/08 Started anti-yeast regimen. I crapped out so much yeast. confirmed candida in stool studies.

On: No med but zinc, cod liver oil, coral calcium, probiotics, threelac, alpha lipoic acid, chlorella, sea salt, licorice root, aloe vera juice, VSL#ds(started 3/10/09)

Started eating dairy and all kinds of cheese again(beginning of March and I'm fine)
in 95% remission, E-mail me if you have any questions about how I achieved my remission.


mtgman
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   Posted 3/15/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
i just got some tumeric capsules from dr. mercola's website. they were very inexpensive but seem to be pretty potent. i have not taken them yet but am going to start today. i've been reading a lot of good things about tumeric.

James l
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 3/15/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
mtgman, can you post anything that you experience after taking tumeric capsules?
JAMES - 19 Years old. 2nd year in college.
5'11. Pre-med student
Was bodybuilding for middle weight class at 175lb with 6%bf. then BOOM. UC kicked in for the first time in my life
Diagnosed with UC in Feb 2008. Lost 25lb in three weeks. Bloody hell diarrhea
Flare up in june 2008. took more antibiotics. Harder flare
Took prednisone for two months then 6mp. But I decided to get off on both.

10/08Started drinking hard liquors and once drank 15 shots in an hour.
Next day flare up.
11/08 Started anti-yeast regimen. I crapped out so much yeast. confirmed candida in stool studies.

On: No med but zinc, cod liver oil, coral calcium, probiotics, threelac, alpha lipoic acid, chlorella, sea salt, licorice root, aloe vera juice, VSL#ds(started 3/10/09)

Started eating dairy and all kinds of cheese again(beginning of March and I'm fine)
in 95% remission, E-mail me if you have any questions about how I achieved my remission.


LondonRed
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   Posted 3/15/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Then medical advice on Tumeric is that nothing is proven, and that you should take it as part of food and not take it as a supplement. I eat a lot of curry so I guess I will get it anyway... and I am an IBD patient who has inflammation which is under reasonable control God willing.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Patchy Colitis. Also suffer from Peptic Ulcers could be related to Asacol. Current Medication: 500mg Asacol Suppositories, 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day.


yuckygut
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Total Posts : 214
   Posted 3/19/2009 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
James, all I did was bleed for a long time, the only thing that ever helped me was the prednisone, (even though the side effects were miserable),and gaining weight was always a problem and even now in remission I have been slow to regain weight, but I have slowly gained over the past year. I am not into weights, etc. but I do enjoy running medium distances.
Do you think the hard liquor had anything to do with the yeast in your stool??

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yuckygut

diagnosed 1998

now off prednisone and colazal

drink 1 Haldi daily

James l
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 95
   Posted 3/19/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
definitely. plus I took antacids before drinking so that probably made it easier for yeast to grow.
JAMES - 19 Years old. 2nd year in college.
5'11. Pre-med student
Was bodybuilding for middle weight class at 175lb with 6%bf. then BOOM. UC kicked in for the first time in my life
Diagnosed with UC in Feb 2008. Lost 25lb in three weeks. Bloody hell diarrhea
Flare up in june 2008. took more antibiotics. Harder flare
Took prednisone for two months then 6mp. But I decided to get off on both.

10/08Started drinking hard liquors and once drank 15 shots in an hour.
Next day flare up.
11/08 Started anti-yeast regimen. I crapped out so much yeast. confirmed candida in stool studies.

On: No med but zinc, cod liver oil, coral calcium, probiotics, threelac, alpha lipoic acid, chlorella, sea salt, licorice root, aloe vera juice, VSL#ds(started 3/10/09)

Started eating dairy and all kinds of cheese again(beginning of March and I'm fine)
in 95% remission, E-mail me if you have any questions about how I achieved my remission.


Old Hat
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   Posted 3/19/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
What about alu parathas? The mashed potato filling has lots of turmeric in it + they are yummy. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

subdued
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   Posted 3/19/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
It is a known fact that turmeric contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.

Medical doctors study ailments, what medicines to prescribe for those ailments, when to perform surgery, and how to do surgery. I doubt many doctors know anything about the medical properties of foods and food ingredients. It's not part of their curriculum for getting a medical degree.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: pro-inflammatory foods, HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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