Who Shouldn’t Consume Curcumin or Turmeric?
Just because something is natural and plant-based doesn't mean it's necessarily safe. Those who are pregnant, have gallstones, or are susceptible to kidney stones may want to moderate their turmeric consumption.
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This is the last installment of a 6-part video series on the power of spices in general and turmeric in particular. I started out discussing the role spices play in squelching inflammation and free radicals in Which Spices Fight Inflammation? ( ) and Spicing Up DNA Protection ( ). Then out of the lab into the clinic with attempts to test the ability of turmeric extracts to treat joint inflammation with Turmeric Curcumin and Rheumatoid Arthritis ( ) and Turmeric Curcumin and Osteoarthritis ( ). My last video, Boosting the Bioavailability of Curcumin ( ), discussed ways to improve the absorption of these anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds.
I wish there was more science on wheatgrass. I just had that one unhelpful anecdote in my video How Much Broccoli Is Too Much? ( ) There is good science on flax though. See:
• Flax Seeds For Breast Pain ( )
• Breast Cancer Survival and Lignan Intake ( )
• Flax and Fecal Flora ( )
• Prostate vs. Plants ( )
• A Better Breakfast ( )
• Flaxseeds vs. Chia Seeds ( )
More on gallbladder health can be found in my video Cholesterol Gallstones ( ). And those who are susceptible to kidney stones should try to alkalinize their urine by eating lots of dark green leafy vegetables (but then shouldn't we all :). See Testing Your Diet with Pee & Purple Cabbage ( ).
Based on this new science on turmeric (lots more to come!), I now try to include it in my family's daily diet.
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