25 Doctors Who Recommend Turmeric Benefits
Growing numbers of doctors — who place great importance on evidence-based medicine — are embracing turmeric and its famous compound curcumin as an effective all-natural remedy for their patients.
Research shows that despite longstanding resistance, alternative medicine is gaining ground in doctors’ offices. A study by Harvard Medical School found that one in 30 Americans — as many as six million people — used an alternative therapy after a doctor recommended it. More than a third of adults say they have used some form of alternative remedies and therapies.
A recent report in the journal Health Services Research found that doctors and nurses are increasingly likely to try alternative or complementary medicines themselves.
And it’s not just naturopathic doctors and chiropractors any more. Holistic practitioners are being joined by cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, endocrinologists, gynecologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, dermatologists, general practitioners and M.D.s of all persuasions.
While many of the thousands of studies on turmeric and curcumin health benefits are conducted in test tubes and animals, there is a fast-growing body of human clinical evidence pointing to many benefits of turmeric and curcumin.
To appreciate the widening respect for turmeric and curcumin as a versatile and effective healing remedy, we looked at over two dozen doctors who recommend turmeric benefits to support:
- Eating Well, Staying Healthy and Avoiding Pharmaceuticals
- Heart Health
- Brain Health
- Joint Health
- Low-Level Inflammation and Pain
- Gut and Digestive Health
- Thyroid Health
- Youthful Skin and Graceful Aging
- Wound Care and First Aid
You’ll be amazed at the diversity of these recommendations, all supported by scientific evidence. They may have you running to your spice cabinet to boost your health.
Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Bio: Dr. Deepak Chopra is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He is the founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Dr. Chopra is also a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The World Post and Huffington Post ranked Dr. Chopra as #17 influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine.
Recommendations: In the Chopra Center Herbal Handbook, Deepak Chopra, M.D., and David Simon, M.D., draw on the forty most important herbs of Ayurveda to create a practical reference book that shows how to strengthen immunity, rejuvenate the body, boost energy, and detoxify the system. Not in opposition to, but in conjunction with impressive advances in the medical sciences, he sees growing numbers of people seeking gentle botanical methods for treating illnesses. Dr. Chopra attributes this “herbal renaissance” to our thriving information age and the resulting self-empowered “patients” who aren’t nearly so patient with the medical establishment as they once were.
“Turmeric is a pharmacy unto itself,” says Dr. Chopra. “People around the world are increasingly working with their own bodies to restore balance. They’re using medicinals found in nature to avoid the side effects of antibiotics and turning to traditions that have passed the test of time.” For a look at turmeric’s many uses in the Chopra Center Herbal Handbook, click here.
Also, for a simple recipe for curry masala served at the Chopra Center which includes a mix of ghee, turmeric and other spices click here.
Andrew Weil, M.D.
Bio: Dr. Weil is a recognized expert on medicinal plants, alternative medicine and the reform of medical education. With a Harvard education, he has spent years practicing natural and preventive medicine. Dr. Weil is the Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. The Center is now training doctors and nurse practitioners all around the world. It is the leading effort in developing a comprehensive curriculum in integrative medicine.
Recommendations: In Dr. Weil’s article “3 Reasons To Eat Turmeric”, he draws upon the work of famed ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd. As leader of the USDA Cancer Screening Laboratory (1977-1982), Duke led scientific research and collaboration between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Cancer Institute, screening thousands of plants for anti-cancer activities.
Dr. Weil discusses Dr. Duke’s findings on turmeric and curcumin in this article. With over 24 anti-inflammatory compounds, turmeric IS a super-star of healing plants and well-loved by both Dr. Weil and Dr. Duke. To learn more about Dr. Weil’s “3 Reasons To Eat Turmeric,” click here.
Carolyn Anderson, M.D.
Bio: Dr. Carolyn Anderson is an ophthalmic surgeon, entrepreneur, and speaker. She is a columnist, Huffington Post blogger and co-author of the best-selling book, Pushing To The Front. Carolyn hosts boot camps called Impowerage in which she offers participants essential information to aging well. As a doctor who works with the aging population, she has seen first-hand how healthy living plays in aging well.
Recommendations: In her article “East Indian Cuisine Could Save Your Life,” Dr. Anderson gives readers an excellent perspective to healthy eating. As she was researching the literature on cancer prevention and treatment there was one statistic that struck her as really interesting: East Indians are much less likely to develop cancer.
“In fact the numbers are staggering,” she says. “Indians have one fifth as many breast cancers as North Americans of the same age, one eighth as many lung cancers, one ninth as many colon cancers and one fiftieth our rate of prostate cancer. And given the fact that Indians are probably exposed to even more carcinogens in their environment than we are in the West this is even more staggering. What could cause such a difference in cancer rates?”
Dr. Anderson is a strong proponent of making dietary changes to lower your risk of cancer. To learn more about Dr. Anderson’s view that “East Indian Cuisine Could Save Your Life,” click here.
Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac
Bio: Chris Kresser is a globally recognized leader in ancestral health and Paleo nutrition. He is also a leader in functional and integrative medicine. Dr. Kresser is the creator of ChrisKresser.com, one of the top 25 natural health sites in the world and author of the New York Times bestseller, Your Personal Paleo Code. As an influential figure in health, Chris’s work is often cited in The Atlantic, NPR, and on Dr. Oz and Fox & Friends.
Recommendations: While modern Indian cuisine is not always healthy due to high levels of grains, an increase in added sugars, and a transition away from traditional fats towards industrialized fats and oils, there is still much to be appreciated in Indian food. Chris’s favorite components are ghee (clarified butter), fermented grains and beans, and of course, spices.
Chris calls out spices’ ability to protect against DNA damage and increase your body’s production of detoxifying enzymes. He also notes that spices can reduce lipid oxidation, so using spices in cooking is a great way to protect delicate fats and cholesterol. To learn more about Chris’s “Health Lessons from International Cuisines: India,” click here
Josh Axe, D.C.
Bio: Josh Axe is a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist. His passion is to help people get healthy by using food as medicine. In 2008, he started Exodus Health Center, one of the largest medicine clinics in the world.
Recommendations: With “Food IS Medicine” as his driving vision, Dr. Axe is an out-spoken advocate of using natural plant medicines in place of pharmaceuticals where possible. In his article “10 Turmeric Benefits: Superior to Medication,” Dr. Axe notes there are 10,000+ studies referencing curcumin, the powerful extract of turmeric. He discusses animal and human clinical studies showing that medicinal benefits of curcumin may be of value for 12 conditions and to support brain, joint, heart, skin and digestive health.
If you want to learn how to stay healthy and reduce use of pharmaceuticals, click here to read Dr. Axe’s “10 Turmeric Benefits.”
Trupti Gokani, M.D.
Bio: Dr. Trupti Gokani is an award-winning, board-certified neurologist. She is best known for her integrative approach to treating headache pain. Her wisdom has allowed her to establish a thriving private practice in Chicago’s North Shore. Dr. Gokani’s work has been published in such esteemed journals as the American Journal of Pain Management.
Recommendations: Dr. Gokani, as a guest expert on the Dr. Oz show, provided viewers with a recipe for turmeric tonic. “It’s like drinking liquid sunshine,” says she. Starring turmeric as the main ingredient, paired with lemon, ginger and honey, the result is a delicious herbal remedy. With antiviral, immune-boosting properties, this concoction will keep you energized throughout the day. What happens when you drink Dr. Gokani’s turmeric tonic for 21 days? To watch the video and find out, click on the image below.
Stephen Sinatra, M.D.
Bio: Dr. Stephen Sinatra is a respected cardiologist whose integrative approach to treating cardiovascular disease has revitalized patients with even the most advanced forms of illness. Dr. Sinatra has more than 35 years in clinical practice, research, and study. He also founded the New England Heart Center. Today Dr. Sinatra is an active author, speaker who strongly advocates that taking steps to reduce inflammation—including eliminating dietary sugar—is the best way to protect yourself from heart disease.
Recommendations: In his article “How Often Can You Take Aspirin?,” Dr. Sinatra explains the dangers of using aspirin. Contrary to popular belief, an aspirin a day isn’t a safe way to prevent heart attacks nor strokes. In fact it can cause overt bruising as well as gastrointestinal bleeding. And unfortunately, close to 20,000 deaths per year are attributed to aspirin usage. Dr. Sinatra recommends fish oils, garlic, ginger, and turmeric as effective natural blood thinners to support your health without the risk of intestinal bleeding. To learn more about Dr. Sinatra’s views on “How Often Can You Take Aspirin,” click here.
As a proponent of diet-based interventions to support healthy blood pressure levels, Dr. Sinatra recommends 4 healthy spices: ginger, turmeric, garlic and cayenne pepper. To learn great tips for cooking and recommended amounts of spices to eat, click here to read Dr. Sinatra’s article “Reduce Blood Pressure with Heart-Healthy Seasonings.”
Mark Hyman, M.D.
Bio: Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician, and a ten-time #1 New York Times bestselling author. He is also a speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He aims to tackle the root causes of chronic disease by transforming healthcare. Dr. Hyman has participated in the 2009 White House Forum on Prevention and Wellness.
Recommendations: As a guest at the Dr. Oz show, Dr. Hyman revealed a 5 ingredient recipe for a brain-boosting phytonutrient drink — just: green tea, ginger, turmeric, lemon juice and herbs! He advises to support your brain health by drinking this phytonutrient cocktail first thing in the morning. Swap out your morning coffee with this quick and easy recipe that can be stored in bulk in the fridge. For Dr. Hyman’s Phytonutrient Cocktail recipe, click here.
For a top shelf cocktail, to make it with either the world’s first clinical-strength instant turmeric tea or organic turmeric powder.
Patrick Alban, D.C. and Deane Alban
Bios: Dr. Patrick Alban and Deane Alban are the minds behind Be Brain Fit. The website provides information about maintaining and improving mental health. The husband and wife duo have over 40 years of combined experience in health and wellness. Deane is a health information researcher, author, teacher and content manager of Be Brain Fit. Pat is a retired chiropractor who, through the website, has returned to his biggest passion — wellness.
Recommendations: In the article “The Impressive Brain Benefits of Curcumin Supplement,” Deane and Dr. Alban discusses these and other benefits curcumin affords your brain as you age:
- A potent antioxidant, curcumin crosses the blood-brain barrier to protect brain cells from free radical damage.
- It can improve memory and concentration by increasing blood flow to the brain.
- One study found that taking curcumin supplements improved blood flow as well as physical exercise did!
- Impressively, another study found that one dose of curcumin significantly improved attention and working memory in healthy seniors within an hour.
- Curcumin increases the level of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that stimulates the creation of new brain cells.
- Additionally, it can increase neuroplasticity — your brain’s ability to change and grow throughout your lifetime.
The Albans recommend taking both a concentrated curcumin supplement AND adding more turmeric to your diet.
To learn more from Deane and Dr. Alban’s article “The Impressive Brain Benefits of Curcumin Supplement,” click here.
Kelly Brogan, M.D.
Bio: Kelly Brogan is a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist. She is the author of the NY Times Bestselling book, A Mind of Your Own. Dr. Brogan completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center. On top of that, she has a B.S. from MIT in Systems Neuroscience. She is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine. Dr. Brogan specializes in root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms as well.
Recommendations: “Don’t you love when modern science confirms ancient wisdom?,” asks Dr. Brogan. She discusses cutting-edge research in her article “Science Suggests that Turmeric Benefits Depression.”
She highlights a January 2017 meta-analysis that compiled findings of over 100 human and animal studies focusing on psychiatric conditions.
Research shows that curcumin influences many factors involved in anxiety and depression. Curcumin can help balance serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, and noradrenaline. Further, curcumin may benefit brain chemicals, and it can enhance the production of glutathione, an essential antioxidant for brain health.
Curcumin can help heal damage caused by heavy metal toxins. Research also suggests that curcumin benefits hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis functioning (important to mediate the effects of stress), and protects against oxidative damage. Interestingly, curcumin may also help with leptin resistance and intestinal permeability (aka “leaky gut”). Notably, curcumin appears to enhance your microbiome, a critical player in the gut/brain axis.
To read Dr. Brogan’s article, click here.
In another article titled “So Long Coffee, Hello Turmeric Latte,” Dr. Brogan provides a recipe for a turmeric latte with cinnamon and honey. For her Turmeric Latte recipe, click here.
For the best latte ever, make it with either the world’s first clinical-strength instant turmeric tea or organic turmeric powder.
Ann Kulze, M.D.
Bio: Dr. Ann Kulze is a speaker, author, physician, and passionate wellness expert. She devotes her time to empowering people to live their healthiest life. Dr. Kulze has a degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She earned her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Ann worked as a family physician for 14 years and established the wellness education firm, Just Wellness, LLC in 2002.
Recommendations: In her article “Turmeric for Brain Power,” Dr. Ann recommends that you “spice up your brainpower with turmeric!” She discusses a new clinical trial that found that consuming even a modest dose of this highly anti-inflammatory spice improved “working memory.”
In this placebo-controlled trial, researchers fed one group of elderly subjects recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes a breakfast that contained one gram of turmeric (the spice, not curcumin) with an otherwise nutritionally bland breakfast of white bread. The control group the same breakfast, but without the added turmeric. All study subjects had their working memory tested before breakfast and for a few hours thereafter.
The subjects who ate breakfast with added turmeric had measurable and significant improvements in their working memory in the hours after consuming breakfast. To read more about Dr. Ann’s view on “Turmeric for Brain Power,” click here.
Drew Ramsey, M.D.
Bio: Dr. Drew Ramsey is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. An assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and author of The Happiness Diet, he is one of psychiatry’s leading proponents for using dietary change to improve mental health. Dr. Ramsey is also in active clinical practice in New York City. His work focuses on the clinical treatment of depression and anxiety. Using the latest research and an array of delicious food, he aims to help people live their happiest, healthiest lives.
Recommendations: “This golden spice is powerful medicine,” says Dr. Ramsey. He praises turmeric for its brain health benefits in the article “Eat More Curry for a Brain Boost?” He cites research with animals showing that the active chemical in turmeric, curcumin, can enhance the birth of new brain cells, a process called neurogenesis. The discovery that your brain can produce new cells has huge implications for your mental health. The production of these new neurons (brain cells) in the hippocampus and other brain areas is essential for optimal learning, memory and mood. Research shows that curcumin helps fight depression by boosting dopamine and serotonin levels. And as a potent antioxidant, it protects the brain by lowering inflammation. To learn more about Dr. Ramsey’s “Eat More Curry for a Brain Boost?” click here.
David Perlmutter, M.D.
Bio: David Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist. He is a leader in the field of nutritional influences in neurological disorders. Dr. Perlmutter is a successful author as well. His bestsellers include Grain Brain, Grain Brain Cookbook, and BrainMaker. As a neurologist, Dr. Perlmutter has won countless awards for his groundbreaking contributions. He won the 2002 Linus Pauling Award for his pioneering work in innovative approaches to neurological disorders.
Recommendations: In his article “Grain Brain and the Seven Super Supplements,” Dr. Perlmutter asserts that a brain-healthy diet has properties that extend far beyond just decreasing your daily carb load. To truly provide your body with brain-boosting nutrients and vitamins, he recommends a regular regimen of seven supplements: DHA, resveratrol, turmeric, probiotics, coconut oil, alpha lipoic acid and vitamin D. All three of these supplements are key contributors to brain health and stimulate blood flow to the brain. He notes that among these, turmeric alone offers protection to the mitochondria and strengthens glucose metabolism. To read Dr. Perlmutter’s “Grain Brain and the Seven Super Supplements,” click here.
Scott Haig, M.D.
Bio: Dr Scott Haig has been practicing orthopedic surgery for over 25 years in the Westchester and Fairfield county area just north of New York City. He attended Yale College, Yale University School of Medicine, and completed surgical training at Harvard and Columbia University In addition to his private practice, Dr. Haig taught at Columbia University for twenty years. He has written and published two leading surgical textbooks.
Recommendations: A ground-breaking, wonderfully candid, must-read article published in Time Magazine asks the question: “Can Turmeric Relieve Pain? One Doctor’s Opinion.” Dr. Haig, the author and an orthopedic surgeon admits: “Alternative-medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons are miles apart on what eating plants can actually fix.”
In other words, you don’t often see an orthopedic surgeon recommending an herbal remedy for their patient’s pain.
Yet when he saw the benefits of turmeric in a patient of his who took capsules of the stuff daily, ultimately Dr. Haig decided that he had to try turmeric himself. The story is anecdotal and rightly labeled “one doctor’s opinion.”
He reports that his patient took “four in the morning, four more at night. That’s eight big mustard-yellow capsules every day. They contain nothing but turmeric, a spice,” says Dr. Haig. When he saw this 73 year old patient bounce back from surgery, Dr. Haig starting to take it himself.
He characterizes turmeric-takers as “fairly logical, not too rigorous scientifically. Devotees of the magic spice are a bit like those of the holy herb — a cozy klatch of believers with a strong ‘us vs. them’ perception of the world.”
Yet this skeptical orthopedic surgeon has opened the eyes of millions to the possibilities of this golden spice. To read his full story “Can Turmeric Relieve Pain? One Doctor’s Opinion,” click here.
Minerva Santos, M.D.
Bio: Dr. Minerva Santos is a board certified internist practicing in the Yorktown Heights area for over 20 years. Her belief in traditional and Integrative Medicine (IM) allows her to view her patients as partners, to consider all things in their life that affect their wellbeing. She also offers lectures on wellness and stress reduction to corporations.
Recommendations: In an interview with the New York Times titled “The Doctor’s Remedy: Turmeric for Joint Pain,” Dr. Santos reports that she recommends curcumin frequently to patients complaining of sore and achy joints, and uses it herself to relieve pain in her joints from sports and exercise.
“I use a lot of turmeric in my practice,” she said. “It’s an amazing spice. Usually what I do is I make sure nothing else is going on, that it’s just plain old inflammation from wear and tear.” To read more of Dr. Santos’s interview, click here.
Dr. Santos also recommends cooking with turmeric and ginger in her article “Healthy Diet for Women with Breast Cancer.” To learn more about her dietary suggestions, click here.
Michael Greger, M.D.
Bio: Michael Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and professional speaker. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health. All proceeds from his speaking engagements and the sale of his books and DVDs go to his nonprofit NutritionFacts.org. This is the first science-based website to provide free daily information on the latest discoveries in nutrition.
Recommendations: In Dr. Greger’s video, Which Spices Fight Inflammation?, he discusses an innovative study human clinical study to look at the bioavailability of whole spices and herbs for reducing inflammation and protecting DNA. While spice extracts show amazing antioxidant activities in test tube studies, the researchers wanted to know how they work when actually eaten in practical quantities that people might consume on a regular basis.
The study tested 10 groups of people eating ten different spices and herbs for seven days. Researchers measured physiological changes in the blood of people eating the various spices to determine whether they absorbed compounds from spices and herbs, and would these absorbed compounds 1) protect spice eaters’ white blood cells from an oxidative or inflammatory injury and 2) protect the strands of spice eaters’ DNA from breaking when their DNA was attacked by free radicals.
They found that after seven continuous days of eating the spices and herbs, clove, ginger, rosemary and turmeric significantly stifled inflammatory markers (TNF-a, IL-1a, and IL-6) in the blood of spice eaters. In fact, as little as 300 mg of turmeric, taken daily for a week, improved blood markers for inflammation.
Ginger and rosemary protected DNA from breaks by 25%. When turmeric was heat treated (similar to cooking or making a hot beverage), it protected DNA by a remarkable 50%!
This study shows that active ingredients in the spice turmeric are well-absorbed and have considerable biological benefits. To see Dr. Gregor’s video “Which Spices Fight Inflammation?”, click on the image below.
Laura Nurse, N.D.
Bio: Dr. Laura Nurse is a certified naturopathic doctor and entrepreneur with a passion for helping people get healthy using the power of diet and natural medicines. As a result, she returned to her home of Newfoundland to focus on helping people leverage the power of diet and natural medicines to feel great. Dr. Nurse is a member of both national and provincial associations of Naturopathic Doctors, and treats patients in clinical practice in St. John’s, NL.
Recommendations: Dr. Nurse talks about the dangers of overusing acetaminophen in her article “Turmeric: A Natural Alternative To Acetaminophen.” She asserts that acetaminophen is safe if taken at the recommended doses, but only as a temporary pain reliever. When taken too much, or in conjunction with alcohol, it can cause serious liver damage – to the point of requiring a liver transplant.
“If you are taking it on a regular (weekly or daily) basis, please speak to your medical or naturopathic doctor, as it was not meant for use that frequently,” says Dr. Nurse.
She prefers turmeric as a safer gentler alternative, and discusses research around curcumin’s anti-inflammatory actions, liver protection and repair capabilities following acetaminophen damage. To read more about why Dr. Nurse advises curcumin for minor pain relief, click here.
Michael Fenster, M.D.
Bio: Michael Fenster, aka Dr. Mike, is a Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist and a chef. He combines his culinary talents with cutting-edge medical expertise and insight to forge an approach to food and health that is beyond mere nutrition and more substantive than simple food porn. The result is his uniquely integrative Grassroots Gourmet™ approach to food and health: truly delicious food that fosters well-being through promoting metabolic health.
Recommendations: In his article “Turmeric and Curcumin: A Primer,” Dr. Mike writes about the deep history of turmeric and its early beginnings as a natural medicine in India. Taking a broad approach to curcumin’s many benefits, he first discusses how chronic low-level inflammation is a major component of many disabilities and diseases reaching epidemic proportions in Western countries.
In addition to being potent antioxidants, turmeric and curcumin are effective in treating low-level inflammation via different biological pathways. Dr. Mike mentions three of these: 1) prostaglandins, which are involved in chemical reactions that result in pain, fever, and inflammation; 2) COX-2, an enzymatic pathway involved in inflammation; and 3) the transcription factor NF-kappa-Beta (NFKB), which is a protein involved in turning on genes involved in the immune response and the development of inflammation. To read Dr. Mike’s “Turmeric and Curcumin: A Primer,” click here
Dr. Mike also shares a recipe for South African Slow Cooked Pork Stew with turmeric, spices and gelatin. For the recipe, click here.
Frank Lipman, M.D.
Bio: A pioneer in functional and integrative medicine, Dr. Frank Lipman is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness center in New York City. Dr. Lipman is the author of many New York Times-bestselling books, including 10 Reason You Feel Old and Get Fat. He has helped thousands of people recover their zest for life.
Recommendations: In his article “6 Health Boosting Reasons to Love Turmeric,” Dr. Lipman raves about turmeric as the “Superman of Spices.” He stresses on its positive impact on inflammation, and in turn, benefits for the brain, aging and the heart. A sprinkle of turmeric helps you with your daily nutrients intake of zinc, iron and more. Dr. Lipman also writes that turmeric is a powerful mood booster that helps produce brain growth hormones. To read Dr. Lipman’s “6 Health Boosting Reasons to Love Turmeric,” click here
Dr. Lipman includes an interesting recipe for turmeric milk that includes tahini, a paste made of sesame seeds. For his recipe, click here.
For the most potent turmeric milk, make it with either the world’s first clinical-strength instant turmeric tea or organic turmeric powder.
Edward F. Group III,
Bio: Dr. Edward F. Group III is renowned for his research on the root cause of disease. His main mission is to teach and promote philosophies that produce good health, a clean environment and positive thinking. Founder of the Global Healing Center, he centers his philosophy around the understanding that the root cause of disease stems from accumulation of toxins in the body and is exacerbated by daily exposure to a toxic living environment. Dr. Group is also a best-selling author and is featured in films and major publications.
Recommendations: Dr. Group discusses a number of turmeric’s therapeutic values which make it a natural choice for supporting gut and digestive health. In his article “Can Turmeric Support Gut Health?” he notes these and other benefits:
- Turmeric helps with digestion by regulating gastric acid, bile, and digestive hormones.
- Curcumin supports digestion by relaxing the smooth muscles of the digestive tract and gently pushing digested food through the intestines.
- It discourages gas and bloating.
- A healthy, well-balanced colon is essential to gut health, digestive tract comfort, and the growth of beneficial bacteria. Curcumin facilitates balance between the microbiota and the immune response in the colon.
- Curcumin encourages the colonic crypts—glands on the inner surface of the colon—to regenerate and heal. This can be especially beneficial when leaky gut or hostile organism overgrowth are present.
He shows that curcumin can eradicate harmful organisms from the body as well. To learn more about Dr. Group’s views on “Can Turmeric Support Gut Health?,” click here.
Dr. Group also recommends turmeric to support the health of your thyroid gland, which is is essential to having good energy, mood, weight and well-being. Your thyroid regulates metabolism and keeps hormonal health in check. Unfortunately, Dr. Group points out that “everything from plastics to pesticides are disturbing the thyroid’s delicate balance, contributing to the current rise of thyroid disorders.
Turmeric, according to a recent study, may be one of the most efficient defenses we can use. While researchers are unsure as to the cause of the correlation, Dr. Group theorizes that it could be related to turmeric’s antioxidant, nutritive, and soothing qualities. Turmeric may soothe irritation in blood vessels, skin, and the brain, and researchers believe this—along with its antioxidant potential—is what supports thyroid health.
The thyroid, when it’s irritated by endocrine disrupters of any kind, needs to be soothed before it is repaired, says Dr. Group. Turmeric may do just that. To learn more about Dr. Group’s views on Turmeric Benefits for Thyroid Health, click here.
Dr. Group also loves turmeric for its benefits for maintaining youthful skin, recommending both using it as a topical face mask and taking it internally. He notes that turmeric is loaded with antioxidants, which are are essential for protecting the integrity of the skin by preventing free radicals from destroying its texture and elasticity. Antioxidants also protect the skin from ultraviolet light, one of the key contributors to the visible signs of aging.
But turmeric’s anti-aging power is not just about the antioxidants – far from it. Research shows that turmeric inhibits a key enzyme (elastase) that reduces the ability of elastin from forming. Elastin, along with collagen, is a protein needed for making the skin smooth and pliable, and also helps it to retain its original position when pinched. In vitro cellular studies show that turmeric may inhibit elastase by up to 65%.
To make Dr. Group’s turmeric facial mask, simply mix together 1 teaspoon turmeric powder with 1 teaspoon raw honey and ½ teaspoon coconut oil. Apply to the skin for 10 to 20 minutes and wash off with a soft natural soap.
To learn more about Dr. Group’s views on Turmeric Benefits for Skin Health, click here.
Nicholas Perricone, M.D.
Bio: A board-certified research and clinical dermatologist, Dr. Nicholas Perricone is the author of the New York Time’s Best Sellers, The Wrinkle Cure, The Perricone Prescription, and The Perricone Promise. He makes it his mission to unlock the secrets to healthy aging. It continues to inspire him to introduce technologies that will forever change the face of skincare.
Recommendations: In his groundbreaking book Forever Young, Dr. Perricone talks about an exciting new science: nutrigenomics. Nutrigenomics is a branch of epigenetics, the interaction of genes with the environment, which leads to heritable changes in the way DNA is expressed in your body.
Dr. Perricone explores how the food you eat affects the ongoing and ever-changing expression of your genes, and thus affect every system in your body. He hows how many foods and spices can beneficially alter your genetic blueprint for total face and body rejuvenation.
The science of nutrigenomics helps explain the seemingly endless benefits that turmeric has to offer the body. By inhibiting a protein called NFKB, turmeric activates genes that turn off a cascade of inflammatory processes in your body.
By promoting another protein called NRF2, turmeric activates genes that turn on a cascade of protective processes and antioxidant enzyme production in your body to help keep you young and vital.
In addition to adding turmeric to your diet and taking curcumin-rich supplements, Dr. Perricone also recommends applying turmeric on the skin to increase radiance and decrease pore size. To see all of the mentions of turmeric in Dr. Perricone’s book Forever Young, click here.
Sara Gottfried, M.D.
Bio: A yoga instructor and a Harvard-trained MD with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Sara Gottfried creates online programs aiming to help women feel confident and balanced from their cells to their souls. Dr. Gottfried is also the author of two New York Times bestselling books, The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet.
Recommendations: Based on her new book Younger, Dr. Gottfried’s seven week program “The Younger Protocol” draws upon the science of epigenetics for looking younger and feeling healthier, revitalized and rejuvenated. She focuses on the warning signs of aging and inflammation (“inflammaging”), and strategies you can use to reduce them by modulating the genes of aging.
Packed with anti-inflammatory and thyroid-supporting nutrients, she recommends drinking turmeric latte as part of her Younger Protocol. This latte helps shed away extra pounds and helps stop the accumulation of estrogen and dysfunctional cells. The rich coconut and cashews will leave you feeling full and satisfied. For Dr. Gottfried’s turmeric latte recipe, click here.
Turmeric Benefits for Cold and Flu
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.
Bio: Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, aka Dr. Taz, is a Best-Selling Author and board-certified physician specializing in integrative and emergency medicine, pediatrics and prevention. The author of “What Doctors Eat” and “The 21-Day Belly Fix,” Dr. Taz is passionate about the profound connection and synergy between women and children’s health. She is relentless in helping moms and moms-to-be understand how to care for themselves and their children. Her centers focus on helping patients understand his or her core health issues.
Recommendations: Appearing as an expert on The Doctors, Dr. Taz gave some great advice on preparing beauty and health remedies. One health remedy she showcases is Golden Milk – a drink aimed to power you through a cold and the flu. It is a blend of cloves, turmeric, ginger and honey. All four of these ingredients contain anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. For Dr. Taz’s Golden Milk recipe and health and beauty remedies click here.
Al Sears, M.D.
Bio: Dr. Al Sears is America’s #1 anti-aging doctor. He’s made it his life’s work to giving his patients the latest breakthroughs in natural cures to diseases once thought to be “incurable.” Dr. Sears helps patients avoid accelerated aging caused by modern toxins and pollutants. As a sought after doctor, Dr. Sears has appeared in over 50 national radio programs including CNN and ESPN.
Recommendations: In his article “Curcumin: The Natural Alternative To Antibiotic Ointment,” Dr. Sears asserts that curcumin’s effects surpass well beyond popular antibiotic creams like Neosporin. He cites research that shows:
- Its antibiotic action kills bacteria to prevent infection. A recent study found that curcumin killed 100% of MRSA within 2 hours. E.Coli was wiped out by 80%.2 A South Korean study found that curcumin not only killed bacteria on the skin, it also created a barrier that prevented further infection from entering a wound.
- It relieves inflammation. While inflammation is the first step toward healing, too much delays healing and results in scarring. Curcumin reduces inflammation by blocking two inflammatory enzymes (COX-2 and LOX).
- It relieves pain. “Put away your pain reliever,” he says. Curcumin works without dangerous side effects.
- It helps form new skin cells to close the wound. In one study, wounds treated with curcumin closed completely within 11 days. Untreated wounds took over twice as long (23 days) to close.
For more information on Dr. Sears’s “Curcumin: The Natural Alternative To Antibiotic Ointment,” click here.
As a final note, there is a caveat to the regular use of turmeric and curcumin. Because the active compound in turmeric can sometimes slow blood clotting, avoid taking it one to two weeks before any scheduled surgery, and do not mix with blood thinners like warfarin and Plavix. It may also worsen gallbladder problems, so avoid it if you have gallstones. Check with your doctor before combining it with medications.