GreenMedInfo.com published a report on May 24, 2013 entitled “Turmeric’s Cardiovascular Benefits Found To Be As Powerful As Exercise”. The full report can be viewed at http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/turmerics-cardiovascular-benefits-found-be-powerful-exercise-a
The headline is very misleading versus the actual conclusions reached in the study. The article then goes on to say
“…it should be clearly noted that exercise shouldn’t, and can’t, be replaced with a supplement. Nor can exercise necessarily supplant the critical role that turmeric can play in human health and disease.”
One major American dream is to be able to do whatever we want to do with our bodies and then find a pill to fix us when we have a problem. There are no magic pills that allow people to ignore doing exercise, eat and drink whatever they want, and then suffer no consequences.
An important component of turmeric is a yellow substance called curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
One of the problems with supplements is that too many people take them without supervision or clear guidance on their interaction with pharmaceutical medications or dosages. Turmeric is one of the few supplements to have extensive documented studies. Generally, there are limited studies on the effective dosages or side effects of supplements.
There is a lack of studies on supplements because pharmaceutical companies spend their money on showing that their products are safe, or “safe enough” to pass the FDA barriers to approval for sale. If you listen to the middle of most drug commercials on TV, you won’t be taking many of the drugs being offered.
The recommended amount of turmeric varies with the condition being treated. http://www.wisegeek.org/how-do-i-determine-the-appropriate-turmeric-dosage.htm suggests that 50 to 100 mg of turmeric a day is adequate. An advertisement that accompanies the article offers 575 mg capsules of turmeric. One of the formal studies used 150 mg of turmeric a day.
Caveat emptor, let the buyer beware, applies like never before when it comes to both pharmaceutical drugs and health supplements. Much of the information about supplements is coming from the companies that sell the supplements. That being said, there is still a lot of good advice on how to use turmeric.
Ayurvedic medicine has a history of over 2,000 years of using turmeric as one of its holy spices for improving health. Dr. Vaidya Mishra has an extensive background in Ayurvedic medicine that begins with the ancient Indian sutras.
He suggests in his video that other herbs need to be added to balance the effects of the turmeric. He also sells high grade turmeric.
Dr. Mishra has many videos on using supplements for healing. The attached video, How to use turmeric, explains some of the issues on how to successfully use turmeric to improve your health.
The bottom line on turmeric is that it has been proven to have powerful health benefits. It should be used carefully. This same statement applies to many of the supplements. They do work, and they do have potential side effects. Avoid the common American trait that more is better in whatever you do.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The purpose of this article is to inform the reader such that health can be maintained.