Herbs on Tuesday: Turmeric for CKD and Other Inflammatory Disorder

Updated 3/16/2021 I thought it was time to start sharing my newly learned knowledge of Herbs and Essential Oils.  Essential Oils are way more potent than Herbs, and great care should be used when using them.  There are not a lot of viable studies as to the long term effects of Herbs on the body.  Curcumin and Turmeric have been used in Ancient Medicines and cuisine for thousands of years.  Below will be 3 articles for you to read more on Turmeric and what studies may show.  If you want to learn more, the 3 best sources I use are Medline, Pubmed, and Cochrane.

Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric, and both are potent anti-inflammatory herbs.  Because CKD and many other diseases are either caused or perpetuated by inflammation Turmeric may be helpful to add to one’s diet.  It is the enzymes in the spice that offer anti-inflammation properties.  Studies have shown that Turmeric has a lot of promise in treating Inflammatory diseases such as CKD, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and possibly many more.  Because inflammation causes pain the options could be endless.

However, there are some risks to Turmeric that must not be overlooked.  Women who are pregnant, studies have shown, Turmeric may have negative effects in the womb.  Most herbs do not get studied on small children either, so data is hard to find on risks or benefits to children.  Turmeric is a high oxalate food.  So, if you have CKD, or are prone to kidney stones, or have Gout, Turmeric may pose more risk than benefit.  Your doctor or Dietitian could help you monitor blood work if you decided you wanted to try Turmeric capsules, extract or other higher doses of Turmeric.  Studies show that unless you are pouring the Turmeric onto your food, just cooking with it should cause no harm.  But, it is always better to be aware and Mindful of what one is eating.  Always discuss any Herbs, natural remedies, or over the counter medications with your doctor.  Just because something is natural does not mean it is good for you.  It may interact with other medications you are taking.  If you would like to learn more about Herbs, and Essential Oils and how they may be used as a more natural alternative use the contact form to message me for a free meet and greet.  Never just stop taking prescriptions and use Herbs instead.  This practice can be very dangerous.  One also needs to learn where to buy Herbs that are Organic and properly tested for safety and purity.

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