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Striking with the Root: Turmeric Curcumin and Ulcerative Colitis

“Striking with the Root: Turmeric
Curcumin and Ulcerative Colitis” Despite evidence going back 40 years that
the turmeric spice component, curcumin, possessed significant
anti-inflammatory activity, it wasn’t until 2005 that it was first
tested on inflammatory bowel disease. Why did it take so long? Well, who’s
going to fund such a study? Big curry? But lack of corporate backing doesn’t stop
individual doctors from giving it a try, which is what these
New York physicians did. They decided to ask the next five
patients that walked through the door with ulcerative colitis to
start curcumin supplements. Ulcerative colitis is a debilitating,
chronic, relapsing-remitting— meaning it comes and goes— inflammatory bowel disease
that afflicts millions. As with most diseases, we have
a bunch of drugs to treat people, but sometimes they can add
to disease complications, most commonly nausea, vomiting,
headaches, rash, fever, and inflammation of the liver,
pancreas, and kidneys, as well as potentially wiping out
our immune system, and infertility. And most ulcerative colitis patients
need to be on drugs every day for the rest of their lives, so we really need something safe
to keep the disease under control. So, how’d they’d do
on the spice extract? Overall, all five subjects improved
by the end of the study, and four out of five were able
to decrease or eliminate their meds. They had more formed stools,
less frequent bowel movements, and less abdominal
pain and cramping. One even reported decreased
muscle soreness that they normally felt
after their exercise routine. But this was what’s called
an open label study, meaning that the patients knew
that they were taking something, and so some of the improvement may
have just been the placebo effect. In 2013 another small open-label pilot
study found encouraging results in a pediatric population, but what was needed was a larger scale,
double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. And here we go! They took a bunch of people
with quiescent ulcerative colitis and gave them either
turmeric curcumin along with their typical anti-inflammatory
drugs, or a placebo and their drugs. In the placebo group, 8 relapsed, out of 39,
meaning their disease flared back up. In the curcumin group?
Only 2, out of 43, significantly fewer. And relapse or not, clinically,
the placebo group got worse, and the curcumin
group got better. And endoscopically, objectively
visualizing the inside of their colons, the same thing: a trend
towards worse or better. Five percent relapse rate
in the curcumin group, 20% relapse rate in the just
conventional care group. It was such a dramatic difference
that the researchers wondered if it was just some kind of fluke. Even though patients were
randomized to each group, maybe through some
chance coincidence the curcumin group just ended
up being much healthier, and so maybe it was
some freak occurrence rather than curcumin that
accounted for the results. So what they did was they extended
the study another six months, but put everyone on placebo. So they stopped the curcumin to see
if they’d then start relapsing too, and that’s exactly what happened. All of a sudden, they became just
as bad as the sugar pill group. Conclusion: Curcumin seems to be
a promising and safe medication— no side effects at all reported— for maintaining remission in patients
with quiescent ulcerative colitis. So, “Curry for the cure?” asked
an accompanying editorial in the journal of the Crohn’s
and Colitis Foundation of America. Can curcumin be added
to our list of options with respect to maintaining
remission in ulcerative colitis? What is noteworthy,
as I mentioned, is the fact that not only did
the authors demonstrate a statistically significant decrease
in relapse at six months, but a statistically significant improvement
in the endoscopic index as well. Equally telling is the fact that
upon withdrawal of curcumin the relapse rate quickly paralleled that
of patients treated initially with placebo, implying that curcumin was, in fact,
exerting some important biologic effect. That’s the same thing a Cochrane
review concluded in 2013: it may be a safe and
effective adjunct therapy. Cochrane reviews take all the best
studies meeting strict quality criteria and compile all the best
science together— normally a gargantuan undertaking, but not in this case, as there is
really just that one good study.

38 thoughts on “Striking with the Root: Turmeric Curcumin and Ulcerative Colitis

  1. Just a reminder – Turmeric (curcumin) is supposed to be absorbed better by the body when it is:
    – heated for a while (should be added to the mean while it's cooking);
    – taken with black pepper;
    – taken with peppers.

  2. Just soaked my feet in some turmeric, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lavender oil and tea tree oil. Trying to get those feet/nail health gainz, they've been taken over by BIG FUNGUS and BIG NEGLECT for so long! 🙁

  3. PLEASE ASWER THIS: i don't like turmeric nor ginger in my food, so i usually put a small spoon of turmeric and ginger powder in a small cup of water and drink it straight! It tastes bad, but i need those health benefits. is there any problem with eating them raw?

  4. Would this be a good curcumin supplement? It claims 185x better bioavailability. http://www.amazon.com/Curcumin-185x-40-Solgar-Softgel/dp/B00ZJS5D3C

  5. I agree Dr Greger. I've taken it the last 2 years since watching your first videos on Turmeric. The root really does taste pretty bad raw. But I'll cut me off a piece, and dip it into some organic honey with pepper. I know you said pepper will make it more absorbable. It's probably the most potent healing food for the human body on earth.

  6. And the concluding statement is good evidence for why most doctors don't know about this: What's the point of continuing research on something that can't be patented for massive profits?[sigh] Thanks for posting.

  7. I'd like to know who shouldn't use curcumin/turmeric? I've heard that people that have suffered gall bladder attacks should not? What are your thoughts? I had reoccurring attacks for about 2 years went wfpb (still had a few) then also went wfpb and low fat/no oil and haven't had one since Oct.

  8. Has anybody out there gotten help from turmeric & black pepper for acid reflux pls?

    This doc is a real blessing ….and we need many more on this happy trail of natural answers which tie a noose for big pharma, just by pointing to natures best helps; thnx doctor! You keep it going, we need you!!!

  9. maybe the next study would have to have journaling the show the patients frame of mind if there under any anxiety and maybe the person things that is what's causing it fight or flight

  10. Thanks"


  11. this is a spice used in Indian cooking for 1000s of years. about 1/3 teaspoon is used either with cooking or added to milk and taken nighttime. it is in powder form ie the turmeric rhizome is dried and then powdered

  12. Funding—Big curry? LOL
    I use turmeric each day—-From putting in my tooth powder to cooking—
    Is great!!

  13. yesterday i put a tea spoon of turmeric in a glass, added some pepper, cinnamon and linseed oil, then filled it up with water and drank it. not the best tasting thing but it certainly added some more goodness to the meal i've had right before…

  14. Excellent
    Make sure its ORGANIC easy to grow as well as dehydrate~~ then you can blend in into Powder and use Gel Caps Make your OWN

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