Jane
...feeling hopeful Jane @jane2445

Diet

Have any of you had much luck with turmeric? I’ve been taking a high strength supplement for a couple of months with no effect.

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Theo
Theo @theovnk

Been taking it for a while now, no effect.


James
James @ferns

Check the packaging, see if it also contains black pepper. On its own the body really struggles to process turmeric, but taking it along with a little freshly ground black pepper massively ramps up the absorption rate.


Sarah
Sarah @sarahuk

Welcome to Flaym, Jane! For quite a few months at the start of some mega diet changes I made and drank golden milk every day. Now I have it every once in a while, and use turmeric in cooking a lot. I know that since I made my diet more antiinflammatory my skin is much happier, but I am in the process of finding out which elements of my diet change have made the difference.


Jane
Jane @jane2445

Thanks Sarah....Sorting out what works and what doesn’t seems to be a bit of a lottery...some of these supplements can be expencive which you don’t mind if they work. I think the drug companies must be making a mint out of our ‘psoriasis club’.
Thanks James for the info on Black pepper ...I read in my supplement mag that black pepper and turmeric may work but silly me I opted for the super strength turmeric thinking it would be stronger..silly me...sometimes it’s not the strength but the combination that seems to work.


Michelle
Michelle @mishlyn

Hi Jane, I use a golden milk as well and cook with it occasionally. I think the combination of diet, sun, supplements & lemon are all contributing to my skin being so great at the moment. I wish I could pinpoint what is making the biggest change, but I think it is the combo. I wonder if you could just add the black pepper to the turmeric you purchased? Thank should work. perhaps? Welcome to Flaym!


Jane
Jane @jane2445

Michelle...I thought that too but I have no idea what quantity of pepper or type of pepper I’d add. Anyway I’m starting with the gluten free diet now so fingers crossed it makes a difference. Both my son and grandson have wheat and dairy intolerances so it’s hardly surprising I registered positive for intolerance to gluten when I was tested last week.


James
James @ferns

I've done a little research on this and found the following. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin. When you ingest it, you liver tries to get rid of it asap. The active ingredient in black pepper is piperine, it stops the liver dumping all that goodness. It can increase absorption by up to 2000% (yes, 2000%, that's not a typo). To have the best effect, curcumin and piperine capsules are the way to go although more expensive. They have the added benefit of not having to work out ratios, which is 500 mg curcumin to 5 to 10 mg of piperine. There maybe be a different for turmeric and black pepper however. I'll update when I know more.


Ava
Ava @ava1

Jane, I take advanced Turmeric Curcumin Complex, 1500 mg per serving that includes black pepper extract. It knocks pain from fibromyalgia/ arthritis/frozen shoulder right out of the ballpark every time. I rely on it totally, having foregone OTC and prescription drugs three years ago. Somehow I never think to take it when my psoriasis flares, but it generally is flaring when my CFIDS does - inflammatory issues! All I know is that, every time I pop a couple of capsules, I notice that my psoriasis is calmed, as well. I ate many of the wrong foods and drank more than a thimbleful of wine last night for my sister's 65th. Two capsules this morning took care of the horrific shoulder pain and took the raw edge off psoriasis,too. I'm not fond of the taste of turmeric but am nevertheless going to make a concerted effort to incorporate it in my cooking from now on. One caveat: Note warnings about taking too much. On a high-pain day, I take 1 capsule, 1 at lunch, and 2 with dinner, as this eases pain through the night. Best wishes!


Jane
Jane @jane2445

I’m finding what James and Ava have to say on the subject an interesting read.
Strangely the supplement company don’t say how much piperine is in each tablet ..they call it Turmeric 10,000 with their trade name for Piperine.
Anyway I didn’t opt for this one originally because I didn’t know at the time about pepper and I thought I’d go for the dearer Opti Turmeric thinking it would be stronger.
Ava do you only take it when you need it or on a daily basis?
I don’t know whether or not to give this a miss when my packet ends and give the gluten free diet a chance.


James
James @ferns

Jane, for the record, I make myself a smoothie every morning (as opposed to a ready made too much sugar one). I us frozen fruit, just a good as fresh, a tablespoon of low fat Greek yoghurt for protein, a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger (I buy the jars of pre-grated but don't tell anyone) and for liquid, enough orange or pineapple juice to give me the consistency I like. I also add a teaspoon of turmeric and a quarter teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. The pepper taste is, by and large, hidden by the other flavours. I definately feel the benefit. On a point of interest, with the pepper, I do use my grinder each time. The active oil is released when you grind but that dissipates after a while.


Jane
Jane @jane2445

I’ll give that a go James


Ava
Ava @ava1

Jane, I've thus far taken turmeric only "as needed" but now see that I may need to supplement my diet with it every day for the rest of my, though certainly until I get control of my diet. It'll be a small price to pay if it causes all of inflammatory issues to subside! If I were you, I wouldn't stress out overmuch about your purchase. I'd just make the smoothie James suggests leaving out the powdered turmeric, grind in a bit of pepper, and down a dose of the turmeric capsules already purchased in between sips. You can always purchase other capsules that have piperine clearly labeled for use at meals that don't incorporate smoothies - or use powdered turmeric instead.

James, thanks so much for your smoothie recipe! I was wondering how I could incorporate powdered turmeric into my breakfasts, because I'm not big on the taste. As I'll be monitoring ph, I'll also have to carefully balance whatever fruits I use with high to moderately-alkaline veggies: grasses, cucumber, kale, kelp, spinach, avocado, beetroot, cabbage, and or celery. Oh, how I hope this ph-balancing works! For the past week, I have been wondering how I could easily incorporate veggies into my breakfast, but with ph balancing, I can go ahead and add those "forbidden" fruits which have been sitting in my freezer for the past six months to make delicious smoothies! 😊


James
James @ferns

Ava and Jane, check youtube, there are loads of videos on smoothie recipes, as well as videos on eating for psoriasis. You may find things you haven't come across and no one here has mentioned. My feeling is always, the best weapon against psoriasis is knowledge.


Ava
Ava @ava1

James, do you use regular culinary turmeric? Buy it in bulk?


James
James @ferns

Just been buying little pots from my supermarket but I would like to find something better. My problem is I live in a little country town in Scotland and there's not a huge choice. I'll need to go into Edinburgh but due to circumstances I just haven't had a chance.



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Psoriasis arrived from dear Mother Nature as a menopause surprise. Five years on I’m a young grandmother who has to live in leggings to cover her flaky legs. Now on a mission to get my diet right with the knowledge that ‘You are what you eat’



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