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 29 18
Inflammation 21 21
Multiple sclerosis 16 11
General health 12 10
Parkinson's disease 9 1
Inflammation in joints 6 2

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  • Major
  • 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
3
None
60

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Curcumin

Side effect Patients
Acid reflux 3
Abnormal urine smell 1
Gastrointestinal problems 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Curcumin

Dosage Patients
1 capsule(s) daily 8
500 mg daily 7
1,000 mg daily 5
2 capsule(s) daily 2
200 mg daily 2
1,500 mg daily 2
500 mg three times daily 2
1,000 mg twice daily 2
1 cap(s) daily 1
1 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Curcumin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 16
Other 10
Expense 6
Personal research 2
Side effects too severe 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
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Duration

Currently taking Curcumin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Curcumin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 40
Usually 18
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 54
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 12
< $25 21
Not specified 29
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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 shoulders)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain in hips)
  • 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 hips)
  • 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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