Friday, October 30, 2015

Turmeric benefits for Lupus

I would like to start off by saying that this is NOT a sponsored post.  Temple Turmeric did not give me these drinks or pay me to say anything in this post. A sweet friend of mine recently recommended that I try Temple Turmeric drinks.  She told me that they have anti-inflammatory capabilities.  I am always skeptical when people suggest a drink or a supplement to help with Lupus.   I also worry about drug interactions.  A few weeks after her and I spoke, I saw the drink in the supermarket and decided to ask my doctor about it.  She gave me the clear to try it, so I did.  I can't say these drinks taste fabulous.  The first sip is actually really difficult, it's a little spicy...but by the last sip I was craving more!  The ingredients are simple, what's listed on the front is what's in the drink.

I did some reading about Turmeric and it's benefits for Lupus.  I was concerned that it might boost the immune system, which we all know is NOT what we want.  What I read says that curcumin, which is thing in the turmeric that's important (don't you love my accurate description ;)) says that it actually regulates the immune system versus boosting it.  Here's what I read:

A new study has demonstrated a powerful regulatory mechanism by which curcumin returns the malfunctioning immune system of lupus to normal. The study likely has widespread implications for many autoimmune problems which share the common mechanism of immune system inefficiency causing health problems.
Lupus is a problem wherein the immune system attacks red blood cells when their nucleus is exposed during recycling processes in the spleen. This causes red blood cells to stick together with immune components, forming a sticky mess that behaves like Velcro floating around in the circulation. This sticky complex clogs and damages the kidneys, one of the major side effects of lupus.
The animal study showed that curcumin calmed down excessive immune activity and promoted better kidney health (protein levels inappropriately leaking into the urine, reflected of kidney damage, declined). It reduced the number of sticky complexes and prevented inflammation in the kidneys. Of specific interest is that the researchers were able to prove that curcumin was exerting its benefits by restoring the healthy function of T regulatory cells. In others words, curcumin was commanding the immune system to behave in a normal manner.
Since T regulatory cells are misbehaving as a common feature of most autoimmune problems, this finding likely has significant implications for a variety of health problems. Western medicine relies on strategies to poison immune cells in the hopes of calming down excess activity. A far superior strategy is to try to return the immune system to normal function. This study supports the idea that curcumin could be used as nutritional support to help promote immune system efficiency. 
Obviously I am not a doctor or a medical professional, I'm just a lupus patient trying to find ways to stay as healthy as possible.  So please talk to your doctor before you try anything new, even just a drink like this.  
I'm going to give Temple Turmeric drinks a try, and have one a day to see if it helps at all.  The reason I'm trying the drinks over the pills is because by drinking it with the other symphonic adaptogens like pepper and ginger help your body absorb the benefits of curcumin/turmeric even better.  
Have you tried turmeric for Lupus?  If so, do you think it's helped?

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