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1.How does turmeric spice compare to turmeric (curcumin) in supplements? I sprinkle it on my foods and wonder if that's equivalent to taking a supplement.
2.What are the effects of curcumin on the liver?
3.I take 1000 mg of a high-absorption curcumin extract. It seems to be working, but would it be safe to take a larger dose?
4.What are the side effects of curcumin and turmeric?
5.How does regular black pepper compare with black pepper extract used in supplements? Will sprinkling it on food with turmeric help increase the bioavailability of curcumin compounds from turmeric?
6.I recently read that turmeric is only effective if it is combined with black pepper. Is this true?
7.How should curcumin dose be adjusted if using formulations with enhanced bioavailability such as Meriva, BCM-95, CurcuWin, Theracurmin, Bioperine, and C3?
8.What is the best way to take curcumin? Is it better to take it all at once or in divided doses?
9.Are there drug interactions with curcumin or turmeric?
10.I use a brand of curcumin and the most recent bottle contained capsules a few shades lighter than what I am accustomed to taking. Is this color change an issue to be concerned about?
11.Can taking curcumin cause dry eye?
12.I read that turmeric may be a GI irritant. I have GI problems and wonder if I should avoid turmeric and curcumin?
13.There are many reports of lead contamination in turmeric spice. How can I make sure I'm not getting lead in my turmeric supplement or spice?
14.Do turmeric and curcumin supplements contain significant amounts of oxalates? Can this increase my risk of kidney stones?
15.Can turmeric or curcumin with black pepper extract cause constipation? I had this problem when taking a curcumin formula with piperine, but it resolved when I switched to a curcumin supplement without this added ingredient.
16.Is it safe to take curcumin or turmeric supplements for a long period of time?
17.Is it true that taking turmeric/curcumin with food can reduce iron absorption from food?
18.I heard that Theracurmin, a form of curcumin, was shown to help with memory, but it's expensive. Does Theracurmin really improve memory and is it worth it?
19.Is it safe to take Bioperine (which contains piperine from black pepper)?
20.What is phytosomal curcumin? Does it have better absorption than other curcumin formulations?
21.Can curcumin help prevent or improve symptoms of Alzheimer's disease?
22.Does turmeric/curcumin help for osteoarthritis in dogs and cats? Is it safe?
23.Does taking curcumin and boswellia together increase their individual anti-inflammatory effects?
24.I take ubiquinol to replenish CoQ10 depleted by my statin. I also take curcumin (from turmeric). Since they both manage free radicals, do I need to take the curcumin?
25.I've heard that curcumin is a MAO inhibitor. Is this true, and does that mean it is not safe to take if you eat amine-rich foods like cheese and dark chocolate?
26.Is Theracurmin better absorbed than other curcumin formulas - and can it really help lower my blood pressure?
27.Which dietary supplements and health foods contain high levels of lead?
28.What supplements should I stop taking before surgery?
29.Do any supplements help with gum disease or periodontitis?  (in Comments)
30.Have you evaluated a multivitamin by Vita Logic called Daily Extra?
31.After taking a curcumin supplement, I started getting chronic diarrhea which went away when I stopped taking it. Can curcumin supplements cause diarrhea?
32.Are there supplements I should avoid when taking apixaban (Eliquis) or similar blood thinner drugs?
33.Which supplements should be taken with food?
34.Are there any supplements I should avoid when taking aspirin or ibuprofen?  (in Comments)
35.Do any supplements help for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
36.I was surprised when my doctor told me to stop taking supplements because my kidney function was low. But after stopping the supplements, my kidney function returned to normal. Can taking a lot of supplements really damage the kidneys?
37.I take warfarin (Coumadin), an anticoagulant drug. Are there supplements I should avoid, or be taking, due to this drug?
38.I've heard that grapefruit juice can interact with medications because it inhibits an enzyme that breaks down drugs in the body. Do any supplements interact the same way with drugs?
39.I've heard that soaking dried beans for 24 hours reduces the phytate level, allowing for greater access to nutrients. Is this true?
40.Is Rhodiola rosea effective for depression and does it have other uses? Will be testing these supplements?
41.Which supplements can help with indigestion and/or heartburn?
42.Which supplements can help lower or control my blood sugar?
43.Can cocoa and chocolate cause kidney stones?
44.I've heard it's best to take fat-soluble supplements, like CoQ10, curcumin, and vitamin D, with fats or oils to increase absorption. Would taking them with a fish oil capsule be enough?
45.What is Protandim and does it really work?
46.With herbal supplements, what is the difference between root powder and root extract? Does it matter?
47.I do moderate exercise for about an hour a few times a week. Which supplements might help me?
48.To lower my cholesterol, I am taking a phytosterol supplement. Will taking other supplements, like red yeast rice or fish oil, help lower my cholesterol even further?
49.Do any supplements really help with brain function, like memory and cognition?
50.Do magnesium creams, sprays and oils help with muscle pain and cramps? How about supplements?
51.Are supplements which claim increased absorption or improved bioavailability telling the truth? Is it worth paying more for these? Are there concerns?
52.Which supplements are best for seasonal allergies?
53.Do any supplements help for ulcerative colitis?
54.I take a number of supplements and I think they are making my acid reflux worse. Which supplements could be causing my stomach irritation, and what can I do about it?
55.What are the health benefits of tart cherry juice?  (in Comments)
56.Which supplements can cause diarrhea?
57.Do any supplements help with nerve pain, like sciatica or diabetic neuropathy?
58.What are the best supplements for depression and anxiety?
59.Which supplements help for osteoarthritis of the hip?
60.Which supplements help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer?
61.Which supplements help to improve energy and decrease fatigue?
62.Is it true that some vitamins or supplements can cause cancer?
63.Which supplements are helpful to have when traveling? Any tips on how to best store supplements on trips?
64.Which supplements can help lower cholesterol and keep my heart healthy? Are there any to avoid?
65.Which supplements can help to lower blood pressure?
66.Which supplements can help with arthritis?
67.How much should I expect to pay for supplements? Are higher-priced supplements any better than low-priced brands?
68.Can drinking coffee can prevent gallstones? Can supplements help?
69.Can I take cholesterol-lowering statin medication with green tea?
70.What is serrapeptase and does it work?

Clinical Updates Found:
2019 Liver Toxicity With Turmeric/Curcumin (10/30/2019)
 Lead in Turmeric (09/24/2019)
 Curcumin and Crohn's Disease (09/03/2019)
 Turmeric for Knee Pain (08/20/2019)
 Fresh vs. Powdered Turmeric (07/31/2019)
 Liver Toxicity With Turmeric (07/13/2019)
 Turmeric (Curcumin) and Fatty Liver Disease (06/08/2019)
 Liver Injury With Turmeric (06/08/2019)
 Curcumin for Asthma? (04/20/2019)
 Curcumin Interactions (03/30/2019)
 Curcumin Caution: May Lower Iron (03/27/2019)
2018 Curcumin for Muscle Soreness (12/22/2018)
 Curcumin for Weight? (11/04/2018)
 Curcumin Effect on Liver (09/18/2018)
 Curcumin for Blood Sugar Control (09/14/2018)
 Curcumin Helps Ulcerative Colitis (08/25/2018)
 Which Curcumin Formulation Is Best? (08/08/2018)
 Cooking With Turmeric (07/04/2018)
 Curcumin for Polyps? (06/09/2018)
 Curcumin for Cognition? (04/06/2018)
 Curcumin for Depression (01/16/2018)
 Curcumin for Knee Osteoarthritis (01/09/2018)
 Does Curcumin Lower Cholesterol? (01/02/2018)
2017 Curcumin for Muscle Soreness (11/28/2017)
 Curcumin for Memory (11/10/2017)
 Curcumin Drug Interaction (11/09/2017)
 Turmeric (Curcumin) and Cholesterol (10/14/2017)
 Turmeric for Arthritis? (09/06/2017)
 Curcumin for Cancer? (08/23/2017)
 Curcumin for Ulcerative Colitis? (06/02/2017)
 Curcumin and Muscle Soreness (05/09/2017)
 Curcumin for Muscle Soreness? (04/04/2017)
 Caution: Turmeric Drug Interaction (02/04/2017)
 Questioning Curcumin (01/24/2017)
2016 Taking Curcumin With an NSAID? (11/07/2016)
 Curcumin for Allergy (11/02/2016)
 Curcumin for Depression & Anxiety (10/04/2016)
 Curcumin for Arthritis (09/20/2016)
 Curcumin and Cognition (04/23/2016)
 Curcumin for Muscle Soreness? (03/22/2016)
2015 Curcumin May Reduce Muscle Pain After Exercise (08/12/2015)
  Impressive Results with Curcumin in Colitis (03/03/2015)
2014 Turmeric for Memory (11/22/2014)
 Curcumin for Cognition and Fatigue (10/18/2014)
 Curcumin for Major Depression (07/27/2014)
 Curcumin Reduces Soreness After Exercise (07/05/2014)
 Curcumin for Knee Osteoarthritis (06/03/2014)
 New Curcumin Increases Bioavailability (02/28/2014)
2013 Curcumin May Help in Rheumatoid Arthritis (06/09/2013)
2012 Curcumin May Help Prevent Diabetes (08/26/2012)
 Curcumin and Cancer (02/19/2012)

Recalls and Warnings Found:
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1.Seller of Liposomal Curcumin, Vitamin C & Melatonin Warned for Manufacturing Violations (08/20/2019)
2.Seller of Curcumin, Garcinia, Glucosamine and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations (09/19/2018)
3.FDA Reports Prevalence of Salmonella In Retail Spices (02/17/2018)
4.Seller of Meal Replacement, Protein Drinks, Cranberry and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations (12/23/2017)
5.Seller of Supplements for Pain and Allergies Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims (12/20/2017)
6.Organic Tarragon Spice Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk (10/17/2017)
7.Children's Ayurvedic Medicine Formula Contains High Levels of Lead (08/05/2017)
8.FDA Warns Seller of Probiotic and Omega-3 Supplements for Manufacturing Violations (06/07/2017)
9.Seller of Vision, Cholesterol, Prostate Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims (06/06/2017)
10.Woman Dies After Receiving Turmeric Infusion (04/08/2017)
11.Maker of Prelief, Urinozinc Prostate Health Formula Warned for Manufacturing Violations (04/01/2017)
12.Radio "Infomercials" for Cognitive and Joint Health Supplements Deceived Consumers, Says FTC (02/25/2017)
13.Life Extension Warned for Drug Claims (02/14/2017)
14.Seller of "Cancer Kits," Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims (01/21/2017)
15.Seller of Heart, Senior and Teen Supplements Warned For Drug Claims (01/17/2017)
16.Seller of Protein and Workout Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Label Errors (01/07/2017)
17.Seller of 5-HTP, Chromium, Curcumin and More Warned for Drug Claims (12/21/2016)
18.Bentonite Clay Promoted for "Detoxification" Contaminated With Lead (11/29/2016)
19.Seller of Mineral, Joint Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims (11/29/2016)
20.Chinese Herbal Supplement With Lead Contamination Recalled (11/08/2016)
21.Seller of Liquid Aloe & Mineral Supplement Warned for Manufacturing Violations (10/25/2016)
22.Seller of Cell Power and Super Silica Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Misbranding (10/08/2016)
23.Turmeric Spice Recalled Due to Elevated Lead Levels (10/04/2016)
24.Seller of B Vitamins, Omega-3s and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims (09/27/2016)
25.Seller of Aloe, Prostate and Joint Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations (09/14/2016)
26.Seller on Noni Juice Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims (09/06/2016)
27.Recall of Dangerous Chinese Herbal Supplement Expanded (08/31/2016)
28.Seller of Joint Supplement Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims (08/31/2016)
29.Seller of Aloe Liquid and Capsules Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims (08/23/2016)
30.Chinese Herbal Supplement Recalled Due to Lead Contamination (08/16/2016)
31.Turmeric Spice Recall Expanded to Include More Brands (08/08/2016)
32.More Turmeric Spice Recalled (08/05/2016)
33.Seller of Whey Protein Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims (08/02/2016)
34.Ground Turmeric Spice Recalled Due to Lead Contamination (07/29/2016)
35.Maker of "Super Food" Warned for Manufacturing Violations (07/23/2016)
36.Seller of Joint Health, Omega-3 Supplements & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims (05/24/2016)
37.The Republic of Tea Recalls Turmeric/Ginger Teas Due to Salmonella Risk (05/02/2016)
38.Maker of Calcium and Vitamin C Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations (03/08/2016)
39.Seller of Turmeric, Milk Thistle and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims (02/06/2016)
40.Non-Decolorized Aloe, Goldenseal Root Added to Prop 65 List of Cancer-Causing Chemicals (12/08/2015)
41.High Levels of Mercury and Lead Found in Ayurvedic Herbal Supplements (09/18/2015)
42.Soylent Meal Replacement Powder Reported to Contain Lead and Cadmium (08/19/2015)
43.Seller of Herbal Extracts Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims (11/28/2014)
44.Chinese Flu Product Poses Lead Poisoning Risk (09/27/2014)
45.McCormick Ground Oregano Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk (08/16/2014)
46.Turmeric Spice Powder Recalled Due To High Lead Levels (10/17/2013)
47.Maker of Cardio, Arthritis, Cleanse Supplements and More Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims (05/17/2013)
48.Maker of Concentration, Pain, Immune, Cholesterol Supplements Warned For Drug Claims (05/10/2013)
49.Seller of Immune, Cholesterol, Liver and Blood Sugar Products Warned For Drug Claims (04/26/2013)
50.Antioxidant Protandim Supplement Recalled Due To Risk of Metal Fragments (12/07/2012)
51.Manufacturer of Prostate, Inflammation and Cholesterol Supplements Warned For Drug Claims (11/02/2012)
52.Maker of Concussion Recovery Supplement Warned For Making Drug Claims (09/10/2012)
53.Maker of Omega-3, Bone and Brain and Supplements Warned For Drug Claims (09/10/2012)

News Releases Found:
2019 Best Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements and Spices Identified by ConsumerLab (09/27/2019)
 CBD and Collagen Rise in Popularity, as Probiotics and Coconut Oil Dip in Latest ConsumerLab Survey of Supplement Users (02/24/2019)
2018 Magnesium, Curcumin, and Apple Cider Vinegar Rise in Popularity, While Probiotics Dip and Calcium Continues to Decline in Latest Survey of Supplement Users (02/24/2018)
2017 Reveals Best and Worst Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements & Spices -- 31% Fail Tests of Quality (04/04/2017)
 Vitamin D Supplements Maintain Top Spot in Popularity, as Probiotics Surpass Multivitamins to #4 Behind Fish Oil and CoQ10 in Latest Survey (02/24/2017)
2016 Vitamin D Supplements Jump to Top Spot in Popularity, Surpassing Fish Oil, as Probiotics Rise to #5 Spot Behind CoQ10 and Multivitamins in Survey (02/24/2016)
 Cinnamon Spices and Supplements Found to Vary Widely in Levels of Potentially Helpful and Harmful Compounds Reports (01/05/2016)
2013 What's Really in Turmeric Supplements and Spices? You May Not Want to Know -- 33% of Turmeric/Curcumin Supplements Fail's Review; Filth Found in Spices (12/16/2013)
2011 Some turmeric and curcumin supplements fail quality review -- finds 20% of turmeric supplements selected for review deliver less than 15% of promised compounds (02/16/2011)
2008 Consumers warned of lead in some turmeric supplements — Highest lead level ever reported by; Lack of active compound also a problem (02/06/2008) finds most potassium supplements meet quality standards, but one with only 18% of ingredient — Results for 12 potassium supplements in new review (01/08/2008)
2007 finds improvement in quality of omega-3 and -6 supplements — Results for 22 products made from evening primrose, flaxseed, borage and black currant oils (12/10/2007) finds some "red wine" supplements deliver less resveratrol than expected; Wide range in dose and price (11/13/2007)
 Recently tested magnesium supplements free of lead, but one product missing most of its ingredient according to — First Major Product Review of Potential "Life-Extending" Ingredient (10/30/2007) finds generic antidepressant behaves differently from original drug. May explain complaints by patients. — Generic drug equality questioned (10/12/2007)


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