Articles , Blog September 19, 2019 78 Comments Turmeric or Curcumin: Plants vs. Pills Related posts: Who Shouldn’t Eat Soy? Evidence-Based Nutrition Why is Nutrition so Commercialized? How Not to Die from Diabetes TAGS benefits of turmeric, breast cancer, cancer, colon cancer, Colorectal Cancer, curcumin, dr greger, dr gregor, dr michael greger, herbs, how not to die, inflammation, is turmeric good for you, is turmeric healthy, leukemia, medications, michael greger, multiple myeloma, nutrition facts, nutritionfacts.org, pancreatic cancer, reductionism, spices, Supplements, turmeric, womens health Daniel Yohans Post navigation Is Azure up? Outages, resilience, and Azure Service Health alertsHow to Build Muscle AND Lose Fat At The Same Time (MY SIMPLE STRATEGY!!) 78 thoughts on “Turmeric or Curcumin: Plants vs. Pills” Vegan Gardener says: June 24, 2016 at 11:51 am Because you can patent the parts but not the whole(food)? Reply Doug bananaboy says: June 24, 2016 at 11:55 am Whole for the win Reply turbo_doggo says: June 24, 2016 at 11:56 am Why ignore all of the positive studies on curcumin? For example, Meriva curcumin at 2 grams a day helped patients with arthritis improve mobility. And there are numerous studies highlighting benefits of curcumin on Pubmed. The whole spice may be better than straight curcumin, but an extract certainly has benefits. Reply Unicorn Yourself says: June 24, 2016 at 11:57 am Almost all of the South Indian recipes contain turmeric. I used to skip adding it to my recipes because I thought it did not add any value to the dish other than Colour. Boy, was i wrong! Ever since I read about the benefits of turmeric I specifically Ensure it is added to every South Indian dish I make. Reply Amanda Austin says: June 24, 2016 at 11:59 am absolutely. i successfully used dried turmeric and a little black pepper to drastically reduce symptoms of my interstitial cystitis (an inflammatory disorder). 1/4 tsp is not delicious in a glass of water, so i bought some turmeric supplements with black pepper extract. turned out they contained turmeric reduced to mostly curcuminoids. a few days later i reverted to taking the whole powdered spices in water again, because that was far more effective. maybe i will buy some empty capsules and make my own pills! Reply slowmopoke says: June 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm TURMERIC IS THE RIDICULOUSLY HIGH IN OXALATES; MODERATE AMOUNTS WILL GIVE YOU KIDNEY STONES!!!!~ Reply Robb's Homemade Life says: June 24, 2016 at 12:09 pm I read turmeric can aggravate heart arrythmia for people who have A Fib the same way caffeine can, would like to know if this is true.. Reply CrazyPolishVEGAN says: June 24, 2016 at 12:17 pm My favourite dish : brown rice with red lentils and turmeric 🙂 Reply tdreamgmail says: June 24, 2016 at 12:22 pm Tumeric has powerful effects. I tried it and suffered unpleasant side effects. I will not be taking any more tumeric. Here's a list of possible issues you could run into. Special Precautions & Warnings (from webmd)Pregnancy and breast-feeding Gallbladder problems: Turmeric can make gallbladder problems worse. Do not use turmeric if you have gallstones or a bile duct obstruction. Bleeding problems: Taking turmeric might slow blood clotting. This might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding disorders. Diabetes: Curcumin, a chemical in turmeric, might decrease blood sugar in people with diabetes. Use with caution in people with diabetes as it might make blood sugar too low. A stomach disorder called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Hormone-sensitive condition such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin, which might act like the hormone estrogen. In theory, turmeric might make hormone-sensitive conditions worse. However, some research shows that turmeric reduces the effects of estrogen in some hormone-sensitive cancer cells. Therefore, turmeric might have beneficial effects on hormone-sensitive conditions. Until more is known, use cautiously if you have a condition that might be made worse by exposure to hormones. Infertility: Turmeric might lower testosterone levels and decrease sperm movement when taken by mouth by men. This might reduce fertility. Turmeric should be used cautiously by people trying to have a baby. Iron deficiency: Taking high amounts of turmeric might prevent the absorption of iron. Turmeric should be used with caution in people with iron deficiency. Surgery: Turmeric might slow blood clotting. It might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using turmeric at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery. So don't just start taking Tumeric willy nilly like I did after watching one of Dr Greger's videos. Due diligence is required and Dr. Greger doesn't give all the facts. Reply los1wochos says: June 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm I'd love a vid about berberine Reply Lichtblick says: June 24, 2016 at 12:42 pm Plants win Reply Shelby Hall says: June 24, 2016 at 12:50 pm Can you do a video on maca and relation to women's menstrual health Reply GoustiFruit φ says: June 24, 2016 at 1:32 pm Money money money… Reply Amir Amran says: June 24, 2016 at 2:20 pm Does that indicates that a turmeric powder is more powerful then a curcumin supp as well? Not just a whole turmeric? Reply crazywaffleking says: June 24, 2016 at 2:29 pm This sucks because I can't stand the taste of turmeric Reply Astral Purpose says: June 24, 2016 at 3:05 pm Turmeric…I put that shit on everything. Reply crash6871 says: June 24, 2016 at 3:13 pm they sell turmeric pills too Reply furyofbongos says: June 24, 2016 at 3:18 pm It's "AN" active ingredient… 🙂 Reply Jean C says: June 24, 2016 at 5:15 pm Probably just another way to make money Reply Mary's Test Kitchen says: June 24, 2016 at 5:15 pm turmeric, turmeric the magical root. the more you eat the more you…feel superior to non-turmeric eaters 😉 ha Reply Jamil Fayyad says: June 24, 2016 at 5:20 pm I usually add about a 2 teaspoons of tumeric to my veggie shake every morning with a pinch of black pepper. Is this an adequate amount?? Reply John Lord says: June 24, 2016 at 6:31 pm I take mine, full organic, and this is what is natural, and not man made manipulated …. Reply Etienne-Emile Antikatastaseis says: June 24, 2016 at 6:57 pm I expected this video to be showing that Turmeric is much better than Curcumin, but it should have been mentioned that the only study we have about their benefits for Ulcerative Colitis is with Curcumin, not Turmeric. Dr. Greger just did a video on this. I think it would have been a good idea to mention it at the end. Reply Meat Free Athlete says: June 24, 2016 at 7:57 pm Great video! I just posted a video of a juicing recipe that I put turmeric in for it's natural, anti-inflammatory benefits 🙂 Reply The Mental Health Herbalist says: June 24, 2016 at 8:26 pm LoVe Turmeric Reply TheKittyTrix says: June 24, 2016 at 8:36 pm Whole not part, that's why the exist as whole in nature. I use numeric everyday now thanks to Dr Greger's book How Not To Die. It's a brilliant read. Reply Joseph1NJ says: June 24, 2016 at 8:49 pm Am I unique in that I hit the like button as soon as the video starts? Even if I completely disagree with the video, the good doc gives so much valuable information, I want to support his work as much as possible. Reply lovesgibson says: June 24, 2016 at 9:33 pm I always thought they were pronounced "too-mare-ic" and "cur-q-min" Reply Connor Cho says: June 24, 2016 at 9:49 pm Can you do an analysis of creatine? Please 🙂 Reply Genni says: June 24, 2016 at 10:04 pm I love your videos Reply James says: June 24, 2016 at 11:01 pm The other day, I was like you don't improve the quality of a food by processing it, besides maybe curcumin in turmeric…. Reply King Of Kings says: June 24, 2016 at 11:11 pm whenever I eat turmeric, I end up smelling like shit lol. Anyway to stop this? Reply rnnnmt says: June 24, 2016 at 11:41 pm But isn't it only 10% absorbed so need black pepper etc too?? What about whole-tumeric pills??? Reply BreakCards says: June 25, 2016 at 12:11 am Hello! Can you give us the link for articles? Reply Tallie Allen says: June 25, 2016 at 6:10 am So…….Supplement or eat whole food???I would think the supplement could be more concentrated as the water would be removed. You would have to eat much more of the whole food to have the same effect, right?But you tell me…please. This video left me confused. Reply NGC6144 says: June 25, 2016 at 9:16 am I understand the whole foods argument but in the case of tumeric I might prefer a suppliment; The taste is awful. p.s. Curry sucks. Reply stsgabe says: June 25, 2016 at 9:18 pm isn't turmeric very poorly absorbed? from what I have gathered you have to boil it for 20 mins then drink it Reply Chimon says: June 26, 2016 at 12:45 am "Let food be our medicine" A wise man once said Reply Abi Dev says: June 26, 2016 at 3:27 am Wow that is a nice study! Info .. Always whole plant food wins 🌞 Reply Richard Helger says: June 26, 2016 at 4:58 am even in salad xD Reply Jeff Lebowski says: June 26, 2016 at 4:54 pm Turmeric is definitely an acquired taste, I didn't grew up with it because my Mom didn't use it in her cooking. I use it on broccoli or cauliflower(along with salt and butter), I also add it to tomato juice along with black pepper, you can't taste it in the juice. Reply Calvin Burr says: June 26, 2016 at 8:14 pm I make a spice bomb every day…flaxseed, fenugreek seeds, and cardamon seeds go into a bullet blender…I blast it into a powder, then I add ground cayenne, turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper. Then I chop up fresh garlic and ginger, and put it all into a cup, and add enough water to make a slurry and gulp it down…add more water, swish it around and gulp…repeat until its gone, then I drink another cup of water on top of that. It's like shooting up with the cayenne in there..I'm a hopeless addict…help me. Reply End Wildlife Services'Needless Killing Of Wildlife says: June 26, 2016 at 9:25 pm Just google' turmeric health benefits', you will see various crank companies disguised as health info sites marketing "tincture' curcumen, making grandiose claims that THAT is the only pure, effective source of turmeric………..sad when a helpful herb like that falls into the hands of profit minded types. Reply cockboy12 says: June 27, 2016 at 3:21 pm I eat whole Turmeric root everyday in my smoothies. Put a large index finger sized chunk in. Great stuff. Reply Akuma says: June 28, 2016 at 9:19 am Whole foods are always gonna be better than supplements. Reply Francisco Guadarrama says: June 29, 2016 at 5:08 pm Whole turmeric is amazing. It would be interesting to compare this to a curcumin enhanced turmeric wouldn´t it? Reply bulbadox says: July 1, 2016 at 12:19 pm Turmeric is part of the regular diet in India. Reply peacerebelgirl says: July 4, 2016 at 8:32 pm isolating constituents of a plant makes it a heckuva lot more lucrative than using it in it's whole form, especially considering how inexpensive a month's worth of daily turmeric is. trying to outdo nature is as futile as it is dangerous and arrogant. Reply fayeevpt says: August 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm Is there a difference between the dried powder and the whole root? Reply Smart Cat Collar Project says: October 14, 2016 at 12:23 pm Also nice in a cup of warm milk, bit of pepper and… honey ! dip your croissant, and voilà ! Reply yourbeamofsunshine says: October 18, 2016 at 11:08 pm I juice it. Reply myplainwrapperbaby says: October 29, 2016 at 5:20 am how would you recommend taking it for osteoarthritis? Reply thulomanchay says: November 26, 2016 at 12:53 am Half a teaspoon of tumeric powder, with pepper or corriander powder or cumin seeds/powder or cinnamon, or other spices in your cooking or shakes, is sufficient. Taking a little daily does good (missing a day or two is great), more does not mean better. Reply Esfandyar Mulligan says: December 14, 2016 at 8:57 pm Very enlightening. The pharmacists that get off on making extracts are too clever for their own good–or our own good. Reply arnis rascal says: December 24, 2016 at 10:55 am Awesome supplement, increase of muscle power and overall endurance, I got my capsules from this shop: http://ali.pub/6vakz Reply Nicholas Simpson says: January 16, 2017 at 2:55 pm Thoughts on this? The Essential Medicinal Chemistry of Curcuminhttp://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1021/acs.jmedchem.6b00975 Reply adnan tariq says: January 21, 2017 at 10:44 pm Thank you sir Reply Michael Partridge says: April 8, 2017 at 4:18 pm The conclusion speaks the the mentality of the medical and pharmaceutical industry. Absurd and clouded thought. Thank you for this information Dr. Greger. Reply Leigh Frayn says: June 9, 2017 at 1:15 pm What is the concenses on having a colonoscopy? When should we or should we ever ? 54 female here. Reply Jose Gallardo says: July 5, 2017 at 10:44 am This is amazing, thanks for sharing. Not only the medicine, what about all the bunch of nonsense food and drinks in the market? We only need to eat the natural food to be healthier, stronger, happier, wealthier, … instead we are missing all Mother's Nature Gifts.God bless. Reply Psycho Naut says: July 10, 2017 at 4:38 pm Cooking vs using the whole root raw? Bioavailability of compounds? Is their a safe dose threshold? I am working out a plan to heal myself but I don't want to over do it. The big C has become a issue in my life. Reply Alexindeed says: September 11, 2017 at 1:47 pm I take 600 mg turmeric with black pepper supplement. How many teaspoons turmeric does that equal? Reply K B says: October 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm where the fucck is your sources Reply Daniel Borges says: October 21, 2017 at 6:57 pm The legend translated for Brazilian Portuguese has a lot of mistakes. Reply # mi says: December 11, 2017 at 2:58 pm can turmeric match omega 3?which is more potent? Reply Judy FIELDS DAVIS says: December 28, 2017 at 10:25 am Thank you so much Reply Lewis says: March 8, 2018 at 4:03 am Is it still essential to have turmeric with black pepper? Reply Hulagu Kahn says: July 5, 2018 at 2:57 am Freaking Hhealth Industry as corrupt as big pharma. Reply Celina K says: July 30, 2018 at 11:28 pm 0:36 300 components Reply BriannaNoob says: August 8, 2018 at 12:53 pm First, this video makes sense given that the active ingredient, curcumin, has not been found to be active at all. It has virtually no bioactivity and goes straight into the feces. A review of 120 studies found it totally ineffective. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curcumin#Research But the strategy of purifying any active compounds into a pill makes sense. Simply put, it is often impossible to eat enough of a food to effect any curative properties. That's especially true of spices like turmeric, which is not a main food. And a lot of people, like myself, hate it's taste. A pill is then not only easier to take, but it's also easier to control dosage and potency — crucial when using anything for pharmaceutical purposes. Reply BriannaNoob says: August 8, 2018 at 12:55 pm The strategy of purifying any active compounds into a pill makes sense. Simply put, it is often impossible to eat enough of a food to effect any curative properties. That's especially true of spices like turmeric, which is not a main food. And a lot of people, like myself, hate it's taste. A pill is then not only easier to take, but it's also easier to control dosage and potency — crucial when using anything for medicinal purposes. Reply viktor tikka says: September 27, 2018 at 1:27 pm this actually makes sense Reply Nathan Webb says: November 5, 2018 at 8:39 am Hey Dr think your viewers may enjoy this curry with superspices including Turmeric vid! https://youtu.be/LTqQi6Fh2ZU Reply Stephen Dickens says: November 9, 2018 at 5:51 pm You know if you ran across a shaman long ago perhaps in some deep tropical forest and you felt bad and ask what can you do. He might show you a root, you might think at first glance ah, chop it up, cook it, eat it as you wonder and ask. He might surprise you and say is that all you can do with it. Could you do something else beside destroying it. He might say how about using it over and over while keeping it alive. He might give you a glass of water or some other fluid and plop the root right down in the liquid, let it sit a little and say drink this. And when your done take the root out and save it for another later use. The secret of course to the benefits would be the root exudates that are released by the root into the fluid it is within. Of course this is all hypothetical and just what he might say 🙂 Reply Eric Selle says: December 19, 2018 at 7:07 pm I recognize that whole turmeric root is more beneficial than curcumin supplements, but the root is so messy. All my knives / countertops in my previous apartment were stained. My teeth were pretty badly stained too. Is there a pill form of turmeric (the whole root – not just the typical curcumin extract)? Reply frank brown says: August 10, 2019 at 7:04 pm as per his usual disengenuous self Gregor declines giving any dosages. Thus, if u eat a gallon of Tumeric/day along with ur 10 gallons of other miscellaneous leaves that u must eat to get the effects described, u will get a proper dose. Reply eren mori says: August 13, 2019 at 9:18 am wlLdcrafted-turmerlc-paste-l-saw-for-sale-ln-a-bottLe-at-my-LocaL-store-(natural-foods) Reply MOROCCO FOREVER says: August 18, 2019 at 10:24 pm ❤ Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.