34 Medications You Can Replace With Turmeric
This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is advisable to seek the advice of your primary healthcare practitioner to discuss any interactions or contraindications with turmeric if you are currently taking any medication. In particular, if you are on blood thinners, diabetes medication or proton pump inhibitors, and are either pregnant or scheduled for surgery.
It is estimated that by 2020, chronic disease will be responsible for 75% of all deaths in the world. Not only is it costing us our lives, but the U.S. is also reported to have spent approximately $2 trillion on public and private health care, the majority of which is spent on the chronic disease burden alone.
What’s Being Done
Unfortunately, the healthcare system responds to the disease burden by relying heavily on prescription medications that come with a list of dangerous side-effects, such as weakening the immune system, a whole host of neurological problems and even increasing thoughts of suicide!
So what is one to do when faced with a chronic illness and having to rely on an endless list of prescription drugs? There’s diet, lifestyle changes, and then turmeric!
There have been multiple studies done recently that prove turmeric is as effective as prescription medication — 34 to be exact — but without the side effects! What is it about this spice that makes it so powerful? It’s the same characteristic that gives turmeric its distinctive yellow tint, the active component known as curcumin.
The Healing Powers of Turmeric
Here are just some of the amazing benefits of this miraculous spice:
• Relieve Painful Joints and Inflammation
Chronic inflammation is at the root of every single chronic disease there is. Fortunately, studies have found that curcumin actually targets inflammation on a molecular level, helping to treat and reduce chronic inflammation.
• Prevent Heart Disease
One of the major factors involved in heart disease is known as endothelial dysfunction, which disables the blood vessel’s ability to properly regulate blood pressure, blood clotting, and other factors. Studies have shown that curcumin intake leads to improvements in endothelial function, preventing heart disease.
This deadly disease is caused by healthy cells becoming mutated and growing uncontrollably. Curcumin can reduce the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, and actually kill cancerous cells!
• Prevent Premature Aging
Free radicals can cause oxidative damage in our bodies, which can lead to premature aging. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that can fight these free radicals, and also energize the body’s own antioxidant enzymes, making it twice as effective against free radicals.
• Lower Risk of Brain Disorders
Many common brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and depression have been linked to a decrease of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a hormone that promotes healthy brain growth. Luckily, curcumin can increase the levels of BDNF, effectively delaying brain degeneration and is also effective against Amyloid plaques, which can build up in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients.
The Best Way To Take Turmeric
So then is it as simple as sprinkling some turmeric into your meals? Not quite. While a teaspoon of ground turmeric powder provides approximately 45 mg of curcumin, all research conducted on the therapeutic use of turmeric uses doses higher than 100 mg, all the way up to 3000 mg per day. Unless you want chug back tablespoons upon tablespoons of turmeric, the easiest way to achieve clinical results is by using it in its non-food form!
Here are the 3 ways to achieve optimal potency and absorption of curcumin:
• Take it in the form of a supplement. You can get dosages between 200-300 mg in capsule form, or if you’re not a fan of pills, you can get the same dosage from a few drops of Purathrive Liposomal Turmeric.
• Take it in liquid form, if possible. While capsules are convenient, unfortunately, the absorption depends on the strength of your stomach acid to break down the glycerine or gelatin capsule that’s surrounding the turmeric powder. If you use liquid, turmeric can go directly into your bloodstream without the need for digestion.
• Take it in liposomal form. Turmeric is fat-soluble, which means it needs to be taken with a good fat for optimal absorption. Most liquid supplements on the market are not bound to a fat, which means you would probably have to chase it down with a teaspoon of ghee or coconut oil afterward!
Luckily, there are a few companies on the market such as Purathrive that offer liposomal technology, where the turmeric is encapsulated by an essential fatty acid (called a liposome), delivering it directly into our cells! As a bonus, Purathrive also contains fulvic acid which not only contains over 77 macro and trace minerals, but also optimizes nutrient absorption further.
The Exact Dosages You Can Use
Research has been done comparing curcumin to the exact medications listed below. And guess what? Results showed curcumin was either comparable or better!
• Medication to swap out: Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Sarafem, Rapiflux (all contain fluoxetine), Tofranil, Tofranil PM (Imipramine).
• Some side effects of these medications are joint or muscle pain, anxiety, mood changes, restlessness, and inflammation of the skin.
• How to swap it with turmeric:
• Medication to swap out: Glucophage, glucophage XR, glumetza, fortamet (metformin)
• Some side effects of these medications are painful urination, muscle pain, difficulty breathing, chest pain, and depression.
• How to swap it with turmeric:
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