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by margaret3 on Sat Feb 19, 2011 04:44 PM
Am very excited to read about Turmeric this morning - we have bought some, and are ready to go, but I'm reading differences in the amount to give.
How much of this a day should we give my dad? And once or twice daily? At the moment he can still eat so we will likely put this on his food...
Thank you!!!! You guys are great!!! x
Pamela (Posting as my mum !)
by mapesuma on Sat Feb 19, 2011 07:23 PM
I am taking turmeric to help prevent any recurrence of my oesophageal cancer.
I have spoken by email to Prof Sullivan in Cork and he recommended using turmeric as a normal food additive for this purpose. I am having one curry a week with about a deaertspoonful in and on other days I am putting it on the table with the salt and pepper and sprinkling it over my food.
I believe that much greater quantities are used for people with an active cancer. I think that most people in this situation are using an extracted curcumin preparation, but if I were taking that I would certainly take some whole turmeric as well as I believe that nature balances its medications for maximum impact and least side effects and to just extract one substance is not so effective.
However much you decide to take, make sure you take it with some fat/oil as it disolves and is absorbed much better in fat than water. also use some black pepper at the same time as it contains a substance ( I can't remember it's name, begins with a 'p') which enhances absorbtion.
M D Anderson has done lots of work and clinical trials.
Best of luck,
by margaret3 on Sat Feb 19, 2011 08:24 PM
Thanks for your reply - do you buy curcumin in the same way as Turmeric then? And how much of that should he have? He has had about one teaspoon of Turmeric in total today which I believe is about the amount of 2 capsules worth as I read on here earlier today. So if he has that, how do we then do the curcumin also? Do we just mix it all together & put in his food?
Just to point out, my dad hasn't yet started chemo - we are waiting for the hospital to decide what to do at the minute but I assume he can continue taking all this along side the chemo when he starts?
Thanks for your help!
PS. Is one teaspoon enough??
by mapesuma on Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:18 PM
I can't really answer your questions. His situation is different to mine and I do not know what would be appropriate for him.
I think you can buy curcumin in health food shops.
I have read that you shouldn't mix taking turmeric with chemo - some oncologists do not like it. I have also read that turmeric aids chemo and reduces side effects. I do not know what the truth is.
If you work your way back through the postings on this board you will find lots of info and lots of links to outside info and research. Also if you put 'M D Anderson curcumin' into Google lots of good things come up. margaret's healthblog is very good.
Hope you manage to find enough infor to help,
by oconnj on Tue Feb 22, 2011 03:00 AM
Pam, just to add we have had lengthy dicussions regards turmeric with various upper gi specialists and several oncologists so much so , the senior consultant at wishaw general was in the process of writing to the 'literature' with regard its results and was recommending adding this to treatment.
also I said two capsules to be taken as this was the quantity recommended on the label from the health shop I originally bought my turmeric from, my advice is to remember turmeric has toxins which could damage the liver, this is why I said build it up over a period of time, but without doubt it has properties which attack and kill cancer cells, I hope this answers your questions. James.
by Windymoose50 on Tue Feb 22, 2011 03:18 AM
Please write to mmsurvivor, she has a lot of knowledge on curcumin, it is a capsule you take by mouth and can be purchased at your health food stores. Hope this helps Gayle
by MAReid on Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:34 AM
We're also based in the UK - My dad has stage III. He is taking Doctors Best Curcumin C3 Complex - this is extracted from Tumeric. It also has Piperine (found in black pepper) in it wich aids bioavailability of Curcumin which is known to be poor in humans. I agree with Sue and would recommend that he takes Tumeric powder in his food also. I'm not sure about doses either.
One point to note is that there is some debate over whether it should be taken with SOME types of Chemotherapy. Specifically those chemo drugs that kill cancer cells by inflicting free-radical damage - the concerns are that hte antioxidant properties of curcumin could protect the cancer cells. But then other papers suggest the opposite that curcumin works in synergy with Chemo.... there's further info on this at the post below. My dad has stopped taking curcumin while he is on Chemo.
There's quite a number of previous posts on this - also Sue has provided links to some really useful information.
by eastwest on Tue Feb 22, 2011 05:03 PM
Pam Dont know how much is right amount to use.
I read a newspaper that has a Dr Gott article daily. He mixes natural remedies with other health info. Last week said mix 2 teaspoons of mustard in half glass of water and it gets rid of indigestion almost instantly. Well one of the ingredients in mustard is tumeric. Irene
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