Why are so many people talking about using turmeric for lupus?
If you look all across the web, from message boards to articles, one of the top conversations around lupus you will find is people looking for natural remedies for lupus and one of the top remedies you will come across is turmeric. While it can be tempting to try holistic remedies, it is always important to do your research and talk with your doctor first.
What is turmeric?
Turmeric or tumeric (Curcuma longa) is a plant of the ginger family that is native to southern Asia. If you have ever had Indian, Pakistan, or Irani food, it is likely that you have tried something with turmeric powder. Most of the research around the health benefits of revolve around curcumin, a compound which constitutes 3.14% (on average) of powdered turmeric.
What do lupus warriors say about turmeric for lupus?
Just like many other things with lupus, some people claim that turmeric has helped with inflammation while others haven’t seen a real benefit.
What does the research say about turmeric for lupus?
According to this study of studies, Curcumin (a compound found in turmeric) has been demonstrated to be safe in six human trials and has demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity. Research specific to turmeric for lupus has been done on patients with lupus nephritis. This study of 24 people, concluded that “short-term turmeric supplementation can decrease proteinuria, hematuria, and systolic blood pressure in patients suffering from relapsing or refractory lupus nephritis.”
Overall, while there is some evidence that turmeric can help with lupus symptoms, the research is far from conclusive.
How can I try turmeric?
It is important to talk to your doctor before trying anything for lupus. If you and your doctor agree to try turmeric you have a couple different options. One way is by taking a pill, which you can purchase online or at your local pharmacy. Another popular way is to add turmeric to your tea or coffee.
Simple ginger-turmeric tea:
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp. fresh turmeric root, grated (1/3 tsp. if using dried)
1 tsp. fresh ginger root, grated (1/3 tsp. if using dried)
Honey to taste
Fresh lemon wedge
You can also add a little bit of turmeric, cinnamon & ginger to your coffee with creamer for a chai-like taste.