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Turmeric’s Amazing Effect on Psoriasis
Today I want to talk about the benefits of eating turmeric for psoriasis, and especially, of taking a supplement known as curcumin.
Many of you curry-eating flakers out there might know that it’s used by the bucket-load in Indian cuisine. It has a warm yellow colour, an earthy, peppery taste, and it stains absolutely everything a nice ten-day old urine colour. So don’t get any on your pants.
Turmeric’s use in Asia goes back at least 2,500 years – and it’s not just contained to the cooking pot. In fact, this amazing spice was highly valued in traditional healing practices, especially when it came to skin conditions. Which is where psoriasis comes in.
It’s all about “curcumin”
So why is turmeric so good for our flaky skin?
Science has no proven that it contains certain compounds that are fantastic for fighting chronic inflammation, such as psoriasis.
The most important compound of them all – for us flakers – is “curcumin”. It reduces histamine levels (which are responsible for inflammation), blocks a molecule called NF-kB, which “turns on” the inflammation response in cells, and a does a whole range of other good things.
Curcumin has even been found to treat Alzheimer’s, prevent cancer, destroy bacteria, boost brain function and protect the liver from toxin damage – which also helps to reduce psoriasis as the liver is essential for cleaning the blood and getting rid of impurities.
The scientific evidence
There are several studies out there supporting the claim that curcumin is great for psoriasis:
In this study, patients with at least 6% psoriasis coverage were given three 500 mg pills of curcumin three times a day. At the end of four months, two patients saw excellent improvements of over 80%. The researchers did note that there’s a problem with it not being readily absorbed by the body. I’ll show you how to get around that later!
In another clinical trial, this time conducted by the University of California, curcumin was put up against calcipotriol, which many of you might know as the branded cream Dovonex. Patients in this study either used an alcoholic gel with 1% curcumin, or the Dovonex. The ones who used curcumin did far better: five had more than a 90% improvement after 2–6 weeks of treatment, and the remaining five patients showed a 50–85% improvement after 3–8 weeks.
But there is a catch
Before you run off to your local shop to get some, there are two little catches.
Firstly, only 3% of turmeric powder, by weight, is curcumin. So for you to get the full benefits I’ve mentioned above, you would have to gobble hundreds of grams of turmeric powder every day. You’d you’d have to add it to your Weetabix and froth it up in your latte, and that’s before lunch!
There is a workaround for this, which I’ll mention later.
Secondly, curcumin is not absorbed very well by the body. This is why you have to ingest it with black pepper, as it contains a compound called “piperine” which increased the body’s absorption of curcumin by a whopping 2000%!
You can drink it
There are several ways of using turmeric for psoriasis. I’ll go over the… rather unpleasant ones first.
First of all, you can consume it. It’s simple, just mix it in a glass and drink it, trying not to gag. It’s super inexpensive and should set you back only $1 or $2 dollars for a nice bag.
All you have to do is mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder with a bit of juice and a teaspoon of black pepper. The last part is essential as otherwise it will be broken down before having any noticeable effect.
I won’t lie; it’s not like a nice cold cup of OJ in the morning. The pepper gets stuck between your teeth and it feels like you’ve just washed down a cup of curry.
But it does the job. I took it this way for ages as it was the cheapest method available, and I was extremely happy with the results.
Remember, you can also add a pinch to your favourite marinade or sauté it with onions to increase your daily intake. Get creative.
Or you can rub it in
Secondly, you can rub it onto your psoriasis patches.
This is also simple, but highly, highly dangerous to your wardrobe. Or anything that stains for that matter. Just mix the powder with a bit of water, or Vaseline, and whack it on.
At this point I have to emphasise that turmeric is a pain in the ass to remove! It’s like having the Midas touch, but only in colour. Your skin, your shirt, your iPhone, your dishes, your dog, your girlfriend… everything you touch will turn yellow. The first time I tried it, it took three days for it to come off. My hands were so yellow it looked like I had jaundice.
To get around this, buy powder with any extra dyes removed, such as Starwest Botanicals Organic Turmeric. Starwest turmeric is still yellow but they do not add additional dyes to make it look even yellower, like some other brands.
However, the effect was simply amazing, particularly after a few runs. It really soothes psoriasis when it’s inflamed!
Or simply take a capsule!
The most convenient solution that I’ve found, is taking turmeric pill capsules. Just the amount of time they save me from splashing around in the kitchen with turmeric makes them worthwhile.
If you’re like me and are not in love with the taste of turmeric, then this route may be for you too. The brand I’ve started ordering regularly is called Dr. Danielle’s Organic Curcumin.
It’s comes in a bottle of 120 capsules, each one containing 500 mg. At two a day it lasts me for two months, which is pretty affordable when its only $24. 95
As a bonus, it’s already pre-mixed with a compound called “bioperine”, which is basically a branded form of piperine, so you don’t have to swallow any black pepper when you take it!
For me, turmeric, and curcumin by extension, is a staple in the psoriasis-fighting cupboard. I’ve been using it regularly for over two years now and cannot recommend it highly enough!
I partly bought this brand because it had great reviews from other flakers on Amazon. For example:
Julie Casbar says: “I used this product because I have psoriasis and nothing pharmaceutical was working or was too expensive. I found that this tumeric worked excellently for inflamation! My skin cleared within 6 weeks between diet and using the tumeric.”
Chad Phillippi says: “I suffer from extreme psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, along with some IBS, just because God has a sense of humor, I suppose. I’ve been using this product for a few weeks now and have really noticed a change in my body for the better! My joints, fingers, ankles, and toes don’t seem to ache as often as they did prior to the product. Also, my stomach issues have gotten a lot better!”
Let me know if you end up trying it!