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Re: Turmeric - Amounts

Posted by Larry Hoover on November 27, 2002, at 20:09:36

In reply to Re: Turmeric - Amounts Larry Hoover, posted by IsoM on November 27, 2002, at 19:35:47

> Larry, correct me if I'm wrong.
> 1 tsp. turmeric = about 3 g.
> Is that correct?
>
> If turmeric does have such anti-inflammatory properties, then wouldn't many East Indian people, or anyone else, who eats a fair amount of turmeric every day in foods have far fewer complaints with arthritis?
>
> I love turmeric & use it liberally when I make curries (far more than called for) but never have checked to see if my shoulders hurt less when I use it. Something for me to take note of.
>

I think your conversion is about right.

I believe that cooked turmeric loses its potency. I've never noticed anything from curry, but a heaping teaspoon stirred into a glass of water works better than any NSAID I've ever used. Some people swear that it can stave off a migraine, if taken at the first hint of onset.

The active principle is curcumin, which is a potent COX-2 inhibitor.

Turmeric acts to stimulate bile secretion, and I believe that occurs even when it's cooked into food.

 

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