Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Slow Metabolism- Eat Turmeric! Lower Cholesterol, Inflammation, Pain of arthritis, Aleve alternative

Why am I studying Turmeric?
It all started with osteoarthritis pain in knee. After a few weeks living on Aleve, I just wanted an alternative to painkillers. After much research, I've been eating Turmeric twice a day and found it extremely helpful to reduce pain & inflammation,

In 2-3 hours of using, pain is controllable & I am more mobile

After researching some, I found that Turmeric, apart from being anti-tumour, increases Bile flow, increases metabolism.
Fat is the primary stimulus for bile acid production. On a low-fat diet much less bile acid is produced, which means less fat is metabolized, and hence a slower metabolism!
Adding turmeric increases bile secretion and helps metabolize existing fats

Supposed to reduce bad cholesterol , LDL
The preliminary research on turmeric so far appears to be very favorable. It appears that turmeric mainly affects LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) and triglyceride levels.
Turmeric’s anti-coagulant properties may also prevent the build up of platelets along the walls of injured blood vessels. Platelets, while essential for preventing excess bleeding and blood loss, can also accidentally block the arteries by forming blood clots at the site of damaged blood vessels.

http://www.vrp.com/articles.aspx?page=LIST&ProdID=1917&zType=2 is a link which explains how LDL is reduced using turmeric.
Also supposed to reduce triglyceride levels, but not do much on HDL- it does imporve the ratio!

Lowers the blood sugar and increases glucose metabolism- will post in intervals- today fasting sugar was 152
(As of now, with better diet, and exercise regime, higher metabolism, and daily intake of turmeric, I have no issues with diabetes. edited July 2014)

purifies blood, nourishes skin and gives it a healthy natural glow and radiance - My skin does look a little more "glowy" than usual

Competing with NSAIDs -I give it a big thumbsup!
Preliminary studies on the healing properties of turmeric have shown that one of its components, known as curcuminoids, is a protein blocker. By interfering with a protein called Nuclear Factor kappa-B (NF-KB), the curcuminoids are able to reduce the inflammation caused by the protein’s activity.
While further studies are required to better understand the exact nature of turmeric’s role in blocking NF-KB and decreasing swelling, initial results show great promise. While turmeric is unlikely to cure arthritis, it may contribute to the relief of patient symptoms, as well as helping researchers discover new treatments for the disease.

Potential Side Effects

People with gallbladder stones should not take turmeric unless under a physician care. Avoided for people with bileduct obstruction, ulcers

Contact dermatitis & pruritis have been mentioned when used topically.

Can cause gastrointestinal irritation, especially in high doses or after prolonged use


  1. Great post...I linked from Rice Candy. I'm really interested in natural remedies...I tend to have recurring bouts with arthritis and am unable to take any medication for more than a day or two without developing a sensitivity...Nice to know there are natural alternatives to add to the rotation schedule.

  2. Thanks! Please comment if it made a difference. Or about anything that did, so I can try out :)
    Will have more posts on arthritis soon.

  3. Wow... I did not know any of this. Thanks for the information.

    Good post.

  4. Is it ok to take turmeric if I don't have a gallbladder?


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