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    An Indian Spice (Curcumin/Turmeric) That Packs A Protective Punch
    Elaine Magee, MPH, RD posted:
    An Indian Spice That Packs A Protective Punch
    Curcumin, which gives the spice turmeric its bright yellow color, seems to delay the liver damage that eventually causes cirrhosis, suggests preliminary experimental research in the journal Gut.
    This isn't so far fetched considering that earlier research suggested Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and that it has been used for hundreds of years in Indian medicine to treat a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders.
    Two progressive inflammatory conditions of the liver (primary sclerosing cholangitis and primary biliary cirrhosis) cause the liver's plumbing system of bile ducts to become inflamed, scarred, and blocked, according to the study researchers, which leads to extensive tissue damage and irreversible and ultimately fatal liver cirrhosis.
    The research team found that mice with chronic liver inflammation that had curcumin added to their diet, benefited from significantly reduced bile duct blockage and liver cell damage compared to mice fed a normal diet. The research team believes it did this by interfering with several chemical signaling pathways involved in the inflammatory process.
    Here's the good news?most curry powders sold in supermarkets and used in restaurants contain some curcumin or turmeric.
    Trauner M, et al "Curcumin improves sclerosing cholangitis in Mdr2 -/- mice by inhibition of cholangiocyte inflammatory response and portal myofibroblast proliferation" Gut 2010; 59: 521-30

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    cveach responded:
    Can this be taken as a supplement? If so where can it be purchased? What is the recommended amount?
    Tessakibe replied to cveach's response:
    Yes, it can. I have been using it for some time because I have hemochromatosis, a condition where high iron levels attack the liver, causing cirrhosis and cancer.

    I buy mine through Swanson Vitamins, they have an online site,, and you can also have catalogs sent to you, if you prefer to order that way.
    Deled responded:
    Sadly, there is little evidence to suggest that curcumin in the powdered form found in supermarkets is very bioavailable so probably not absorbed in our intestinal tract
    buttercupsgrandma responded:
    I take Termeric /Curcumin capsules 2 times a day with food for my inflammation of my knees, neck and upper back from shoulder to shoulder, shoulder joints, legs and feet/ankles and I am sooo glad I found out about this, it took a bit for me to notice the results, but it works for me. I take Omega 3 also and it helped alot but I needed something else to help after awhile, and the 2 together work well for me as it helps keep the pain down that I have with the inflammation.
    buttercupsgrandma replied to cveach's response:
    I get it through Puritans Pride Phone # is 1-800-645-1030 or if you want to order on line: . They also have Buy 1 get 1 free and Buy 2 get 3 free. They have that buy1/buy 2 going on now til June 30th. Catalog # 833A.

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