In 2018 we started selling curcumin, a natural remedy derived from turmeric, and it has proved very popular. This article explains how curcumin supplements can benefit chiropractic patients, and how we chose the brand we sell.
Why take curcumin?
Curcumin is a natural supplement which has been scientifically shown to reduce inflammation. It is the main active ingredient in turmeric, a spice which is widely used in Indian cooking. Its health benefits have been known for centuries in the east, where it is also used as a medicine. To read about the evidence based health benefits of turmeric, click here.
What’s the connection with chiropractic?
Inflamed joints underlie many of the conditions which we treat. We especially recommend curcumin supplements for those of our patients who suffer from arthritis or other long term painful conditions. If you have an auto-immune condition, curcumin may ease your symptoms.
Is taking curcumin enough?
Curcumin is a powerful natural remedy, but it will work best if combined with lifestyle changes.
Why do I need to reduce inflammation?
Inflammation has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and depression. Inflammation in mid-life is a risk factor for dementia (read more here) which has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales. Sufferers of autoimmune diseases suffer from inflammation, because their own immune system is attacking their body. Calming inflammation can therefore relieve the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, MS, Lupus, Ulcerative Colitis and other autoimmune conditions.
What else can I do to reduce inflammation?
Dietary changes can have a powerful affect on your inflammatory levels. There are plenty of books out there on the topic, or try the Arthritis Foundation website. Switching cooking oils can help, because your balance of omega 3 oils is a crucial factor. To find out about the changing ratio of Omega 3 to 6 in western diets, read my article on fish oil.
Stress affects the body's natural ability to regulate inflammation. We recommend The Stress Solution by Dr Rangan Chatterjee which provides a wide range of very usable tips to help you withstand the stressors in your life.
Why choose this brand?
As with all our supplements, bio-availability guided our choice. We look for supplements which provide good bio-availability for the price. The brand we stock is Cell-Active Curcumin Plus-
Cheaper products are available but of the brands we looked at this one provides the biggest bang for your buck. Furthermore, buying in bulk allows us to negotiate a better price and we pass some of those savings on to you.
Our price: £25. Manufacturer's price: £31.90.
There are so many turmeric brands out there, it is a confusing market. We are grateful to the writer of this very well researched web page which investigates the science behind all the claims. Their research helped us to choose a brand which contains the active ingredient of Longvida® Optimised Curcumin which is 285x better absorbed than plain turmeric.
Do any other supplements combat inflammation?
Of the supplements we sell in the clinic, all 4 have been shown to have some anti-inflammatory properties. Click to read about vitamin D, probiotics and fish oil. Research so far indicates that curcumin is especially powerful in this regard, so if your priority is reducing inflammation and you don’t want to take all these supplements, pick curcumin first and fish oil second.
Is it worth eating turmeric too?
Turmeric has extra benefits beyond those found in its active ingredient, curcumin. It also adds a warm colour and a subtle flavor to many recipes, so it is definitely worth eating it as well as taking the supplement. Many of the healthy recipes on our website feature turmeric. Fresh turmeric (which looks like ginger) is hard to come by in the UK, but turmeric powder is widely available. Try our recipe for Turkey Koftas with Herb and Broad Bean Salad, or Chicken Curry with hidden Cabbage.
Does taking turmeric carry any risks?
- High doses of turmeric can act as a blood thinner and cause stomach upset.
- Avoid turmeric/curcumin if you take blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin), are about to have surgery, are pregnant or have gallbladder disease.
- Patients taking anticancer or immunosuppressant agents should use curcumin with caution.
- Curcumin should not be taken by individuals with obstruction of the bile duct, cholangitis, liver disease, gallstones and any other biliary disease
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