Episode 3: Turmeric: The Medicinal Wonder Spice


This episode of The Herbal Equivalent podcast is a review of the research on turmeric and curcumin supplementation and how it may potentially benefit human health. This yellow spice is considered to be the powdered gold of herbal medicine, but how much does the research back up the claims? Be sure to check out the companion blog post here.

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Time Stamps

0:00 - 5:38 Introduction of turmeric and curcumin as the topic and our upfront thoughts on it along with brief descriptions of turmeric.

5:39 - 10:10 History of use, culinary use, and how Eastern and Western medicine are finally starting to converge on the research. We also discuss the difference between rat and human studies on this subject.

10:11 - 15:45 Review of the research on turmeric for joint pain and inflammation in various areas of the body.

15:46 - 19:47 Turmeric and its effects on cancer and as an adjunct therapy to standard cancer treatment. We also discuss how the research on this is limited by poor bioavailability and poor research methods.

19:48 - 23:47 Potential benefits of curcumin supplementation on heart health and how it differs between populations. Review of the effects on nitric oxide and blood vessel dilation.

23:48 - 28:22 Cognitive performance enhancement with turmeric and its role in neurodegenerative diseases.

28:23 - 30:56 How supplementation may provide adjunct and standalone benefits for depression and the mechanisms for these benefits.

30:57 - 34:10 Discussion of the potential digestive benefits based on bile acid release, digestive tract stimulation, and possible mechanisms for reduction of leaky gut type symptoms.

34:11 - 36:08 Solving the issue of low absorption of curcumin and how to take it for various applications.

36:09 - 39:11 Dosing of turmeric and curcumin and how absorption enhancers impact dose protocols.

39:12 - 42:28 Side effects and toxicity profile and avoiding these while getting the benefits.

42:29 - 45:46 Our client experiences and our personal experiences with turmeric supplementation. 

45:47 - 47:18 Guidance for future research on curcumin.

47:19 - 48:45 Introduction of the next topic and outro.