What is Curcumin?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: BioCurcumin Life Extension Super Bio-Curcumin Meriva SR Show all

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See also: Curcumin-piperine Life Extension Advanced Bio-Curcumin with Ginger and Turmerones Puritan's Pride Turmeric Curcumin

Curcumin is the principal curcuminoid of the popular Indian spice turmeric, which is a member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). The other two curcuminoids are desmethoxycurcumin and bis-desmethoxycurcumin. Turmeric has been used historically as a component of Indian Ayurvedic medicine.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 36 25
Inflammation 22 23
Multiple sclerosis 16 11
General health 11 13
Parkinson's disease 9 1

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 1
Mild 5
None 65

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Curcumin

Side effect Patients
Acid reflux 3
Abnormal urine smell 1
Diarrhea 1
Heartburn 1
Stomach pain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Curcumin

Dosage Patients
1,000 mg daily 9
1 capsule(s) daily 8
500 mg daily 4
500 mg twice daily 4
1,500 mg daily 4
500 mg three times daily 3
1,000 mg twice daily 2
1 dose daily 1
1 mg daily 1
1 capsule(s) twice daily 1

See all 27 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Curcumin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 17
Other 11
Expense 6
Personal research 2
Side effects too severe 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
See all 32 patients who've stopped taking Curcumin

Duration

Currently taking Curcumin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Curcumin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 44
Usually 20
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 60
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 14
< $25 22
Not specified 32
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6 patient evaluations for Curcumin

May 23, 2017 (Started Jun 02, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for inflammation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 23, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for peripheral neuropathy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 9 g Daily
Advice & Tips: When I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, I quickly found out that no one knows what causes it nor how to treat it. Some research showed some nerve regrowth in mice with a curcumin/sesame oil mixture. I checked with my neurologist and he couldn't say yes or no, so I've been taking it since. Has it helped? I don't know. My numbness doesn't seem to have progressed but maybe it wouldn't have anyway. Can't tell if there's been any regrowth either. But the HOPE is still there :)
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Jul 08, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for flatulence)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain in upper back)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain in shoulder(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain in hip(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for nausea)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for hip bursitis)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for abdominal cramps)
  • Side effects
    Mild (acid reflux)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 21, 2013 (Started Jul 08, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in hip(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for hip bursitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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