Curcumin/turmeric as a complementary treatment for asthma

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How It Works

With all of the supplements on the market right now- it's so easy to get overwhelmed and bogged down with information and end up wasting money on something that lacks sound scientific evidence. I've recently been on a turmeric kick and was interesting in figuring out- mechanistically- how it actually works and wanted to share some of the wonderful medicinal properties.

 

First of all, It's a really fantastic anti-inflammatory and actually mimics the mechanism of aspirin by acting as an inhibitor (blocker) of an enzyme that promotes the inflammatory response- thus reducing inflammation. Unlike aspirin - there are many, many more clinical uses for curcumin (active compound in turmeric) and is actually beneficial for your body as a whole. The links below provide information on just how powerful turmeric is as 1) anti-inflammatory compound for asthma/ bronchial inflammation and 2) as an cellular "protector" and anti-carcinogenic (anti-cancer) compound

 

1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4190737/

2) http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/59/3/597.short

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Mara Landis
By Mara Landis
920 - Contributor
7 months ago

This is so interesting. Did curcumin help you heal asthma or a friend or relative? Curious how long it took and how much you had to take to heal. And thanks for sharing!

Kara Montgomery
By Kara Montgomery
45 - Community Member
7 months ago

Absolutely! Actually I was looking into ways for helping my professor's sons who struggles with chronic asthma- and has been really beneficial for him thus far! (It's only been a couple of weeks so no definitive proof yet :)) As for dosing, the publication above specified that they used 1000mg given in two divided doses. Children were excluded from the study and may need a lower dose, so talking with your doctor/doing further research for dosages would be my recommendation.

Jamie Ferrell
By Jamie Ferrell
555 - Contributor
7 months ago

Thank you, Kara! I used to make "golden milk" and really am inspired to get back to it :)

Kara Montgomery
By Kara Montgomery
45 - Community Member
7 months ago

Golden milk is delicious! If you're like me, and love coffee you should also try making "golden coffee" with turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, and ghee! It's amazing and doesn't give me the normal coffee jitters.

Heidi Sloane
By Heidi Sloane
705 - Contributor
7 months ago

Golden coffee sounds amazing. Can you share the recipe? (Maybe as it's own post?)

Kara Montgomery
By Kara Montgomery
45 - Community Member
7 months ago

of course!
I'll work on that this evening :)