Curcumin ~ What brand

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TerryC
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Curcumin ~ What brand

Postby TerryC » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:27 am

Hi All,

There are so many curcumins out there. What brand should I start using?

Thanks!!
4/17 Diagnosed CRC Stage IV with met. to liver 30+ tumors
4/17 - 3/18 Folfox-Avastin 23 rounds, every other week
4/17 -2/18 CEA 123 to 446 down to 5 for many months climbing slowly beginning in December to 57 ~ 2/18
3/18 Folfiri-Avastin
3/18 - 6/18 CEA dropped to 12 started climbing to now, 42.7

zephyr
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Re: Curcumin ~ What brand

Postby zephyr » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:30 am

TerryC wrote:There are so many curcumins out there. What brand should I start using?


I don't have an answer about brands but before you start taking it, you should take a look at the turmeric/curcumin Do Not Take If section on the MSK About Herbs website. Among other things, it could throw off the readings on a CT w/ contract scan.

https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/turmeric
Nov-2009 Early stage CRC found during routine colonoscopy
2010, 2011, 2014 Follow up colonoscopies, all clear
Jun-2016 CRC found during routine follow up colonoscopy, surgery, Stage 4, KRAS, inoperable lung mets
Aug-2016-May-2018 Folfox, 5FU & Avastin, 5FU, Folfiri & Cyramza
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cckc57
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Re: Curcumin ~ What brand

Postby cckc57 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:35 pm

Yes, I strongly support the above. It's important to look into supplements and talk to your doctor before taking anything.

Eating turmeric spice can add flavor, but it's hard for our body to absorb and we excrete is quickly. You would really need to eat a ton of turmeric everyday to get benefits from turmeric powder. At the least, standardized curcumin with black pepper extract (piperine) added to it is a good choice because black pepper can enhance absorption. From there, you can get even better absorption from hydro-soluble turmeric formulations, such as those containing gamma-cyclodextrin (a carbohydrate that attaches to the curcumin particles and helps get them into the blood stream).

mpbser
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Re: Curcumin ~ What brand

Postby mpbser » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:30 pm

My husband and I take Root2 (the 2 is superscript, so Root "squared") Turmeric Extract Curcumin Complex with Bioperine 1,160mg (one capsule even though 2/day is recommended). I used a generic brand for years but when I learned how important it was to select for bioavailability, I switched to this new brand a few months ago. When I had bloodwork in early June for my late June doctor's appointment, my inflammation levels were the lowest I have ever seen. I get my blood tested biannually and have had the same tests since 2012 (used to be quarterly when originally diagnosed with arteriosclerosis but switched to every six months around 2014). My lifestyle certainly wasn't the factor for the low inflammation and I credit the new brand of turmeric as well as addition of vitamin D to my regime about 8 months ago. Those are the only two major changes that I can think of for such a dramatic difference in my test results.
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5/17 - Lap left hemi
Adenocarcinoma
5 x 4 x 1 cm
low grade
T3 N2b M1a
Stage IV A
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CEA: 1.4, 2.1, 1.5, 1.9, 1.9, 2.1, 2.1, 2.4, 1.7, 2.0
MSS/MSI-L
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Immunohistochemsistry: Normal MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, and PMS2
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TerryC
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Re: Curcumin ~ What brand

Postby TerryC » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:36 pm

Good replies all. Thanks. Will look into the MSK write up now.

All the best!!

~terry
4/17 Diagnosed CRC Stage IV with met. to liver 30+ tumors
4/17 - 3/18 Folfox-Avastin 23 rounds, every other week
4/17 -2/18 CEA 123 to 446 down to 5 for many months climbing slowly beginning in December to 57 ~ 2/18
3/18 Folfiri-Avastin
3/18 - 6/18 CEA dropped to 12 started climbing to now, 42.7

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Re: Curcumin ~ What brand

Postby ocstacy » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:40 am

There are so many curcumins out there. What brand should I start using?


Make sure it has black pepper and ginger. I get mine off of amazon and i take it daily $20
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