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  1. Tumeric and other supplements

    Hi everyone, I ran across this article this morning and thought it was important short reading. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/magazine/he-was-on-blood-thinners-and-supplements-could-he-still-have-had-a-stroke.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmagazine&action=click&contentCollection=magazine&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=39&pgtype=sectionfront Basically it is ONE (and only one) cautionary tale of unconfirmed harm by supplements. We all love the idea of 'natural' remedies, and I actively seek out information on trace elements. I am a firm believer in Tumeric, we have a curried dish at least once a week with black pepper to activate the curcumin within the tumeric. I resist taking supplements, because trace elements are just that: traces of essential elements. Pills give you a lot, and very quickly. The story points out that most curcumin pills have between 1,000 to 2,000 mgs of curcumin, whereas 1 tsp of tumeric only has 50mg of curcumin within it. I will continue to serve curry often, but thought the article was a good example of a little may be very good for you, but immoderation can be a crap shoot. Supplements are not regulated, so you never really know what the effects of massive doses might be. About 3 years ago one study was done on the effects of rosemary (rosemary for remembrance) among elderly. They found that 1 tsp of rosemary a week seemed to make people mentally sharper, but eating more than 3 TBsp a day actually hurt mental acuity. Besides, it tasted bad at that level. So that was a warning to me; if it tastes bad, it's probably bad for you. I can't imagine eating a curry made with 200 tsp of tumeric. Yuk.