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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 [1]. 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 [2].

Whats 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
[3]!

The Alternative
So what is one to do when faced with a chronic illness and having to rely on an endless list of
prescription drugs? Theres 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? Its 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 [4].

Prevent Heart Disease


One of the major factors involved in heart disease is known as endothelial dysfunction,
which disables the blood vessels 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 [4].

Anti-Cancer
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 [4]!

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 bodys own antioxidant enzymes, making it twice as effective against free
radicals [4].

Lower Risk of Brain Disorders


Many common brain disorders like Alzheimers 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 Alzheimers patients [4].

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 youre 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 thats 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!

Depression

Medication to swap out: Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Sarafem, Rapiflux (all contain
fluoxetine), Tofranil, Tofranil PM (Imipramine) [5].

Some side effects of these medications are joint or muscle pain, anxiety, mood changes,
restlessness, and inflammation of the skin [6].

How to swap it with turmeric [7]:

Diabetes

Medication to swap out: Glucophage, glucophage XR, glumetza, fortamet (metformin)


[5]

Some side effects of these medications are painful urination, muscle pain, difficulty
breathing, chest pain, and depression [8].

How to swap it with turmeric [9]:

Inflammation (Arthritis, Joint Pain)

Medication to swap out: Advil, Motrin, Motrin IB (Ibuprofen), Ecotrin, Bayer Aspirin,
Aspir 81 (aspirin), Clinoril (sulindac), Aleve, Naprosyn, Anaprox (Naproxen), Indocin,
Tivorbex, Inocin SR, Indocin IV (Indomethacin), Voltaren, Cataflam, Cambia, Zorvolex
(diclofenac), Decadron, Decadron Phosphate, Dexamethasone Intensol, Dexasone
(dexamethasone), celebrex (celecoxib) [5]

Some side effects of these medications are dyspepsia, renal failure, cardiovascular
disease, hypersensitivity, and seizures [10].

How to swap it with turmeric [5]:

Cholesterol

Medication to swap out: Lipitor (atorvastatin)[5]

Some side effects of these medications are weakened immune system, kidney failure, and
inflammation [3].

How to swap it with turmeric [5]:

Peptic Ulcer, Gastritis

Medication prescribed*: Prilosec (omeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole), Aciphex


(rabeprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), and Protonix (pantoprazole) [11].

Some side effects of these medications are bloody urine, joint pain, unusual bleeding or
bruising, and stomach pain [11].

How to swap, or support, with turmeric [12]:

IBD

Medication prescribed*: Azasan (azathioprine), Purixan (mercaptopurine),


corticosteroids, and Humira (adalimumab) [13].

Some side effects of these medications are body aches, stomach pain, difficulty breathing,
dehydration, bleeding gums, and chest pain [13].

How to swap, or support, with turmeric [14]:

Alzheimers

Medication prescribed*: There is currently no cure for Alzheimers, but medications used
for memory loss are Aricept, Exelon, and Razadyne (cholinesterase inhibitors) [15]

Some side effects of these medications are nervousness, weight loss, vomiting, changes in
vision, and joint pain [15].

How to swap, or support, with turmeric [16]:

For the dosages listed above, be sure to take a liquid form that has liposomal technology such as
Purathrive, or if you are taking a capsule then make sure it is bound to a fat for optimal
absorption. When taking Purathrive, keep it in your purse or at your desk, and simply take it on
its own, mix a few drops in water or your favorite smoothie!
*While clinical research was conducted to test the efficacy of curcumin at the dosage listed for
this issue, unlike the other examples given in this article, curcumin was not directly compared
against medication in these studies.