What is Curcumin?

Curcumin is a substance derived from the spice Tumeric and is responsible for giving curry its yellow color and delicious flavor.  This spice is from the Curcma Longa plant which is native to Indonesia and South India.    Curcumin was first used as a spice and then was found to have fabulous medicinal qualities.

Has Curcumin been proven to help anything?

YES!  In many studies, Curcumin has been proven to fight cancer and inflammation.  Curcumin possesses anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and anti-microbial properties.  WOW!!!  This herb contains important phytonutrients as well as natural COX 2 inhibition.

Are there any other medical benefits?

YES!  Studies show many other benefits as well.  Curcumin improves cholesterol by lowering LDL and raising HDL.  It also preserves kidney function, protects against Alzheimer’s disease, improves indigestion, fights Chron;s disease, and decreases liver inflammation.

Are there medical benefits specific to Autism?

YES!  In autism, Curcumin has been shown to reduce gas and bloating, while aiding in the absorption of protein and the ability to digest fats.  Curcumin maintains and improves GI flora and supports liver function and the body’s natural Detox system.  Many Biomedical MDs use curcumin to reduce gut inflammation and thereby, healing the “leaky gut” phenomenon  (this is why our kids respond to special restrictive diets).  I have seen Curcumin heal several children’s inflamed GI tract enough to allow resumption of a regular organic diet. Once the tight junctions in your child’s gut heal, your child can eat gluten and casein again without the terrible side effects (because the excitotoxins will not be leaking anymore)!!!

Many Biomedical MDs report that Curcumin helps with kids that are suffering from bloating, gas, reflux, diarrhea OR constipation.

If you think you would like to try Curcumin, then do this simple test on your child…give motrin once daily for 1 week and if your child seems improved, then Curcumin will likely work for him/her!  Motrin and Curcumin are both anti-inflammatory and work by COX 2 inhibition.

What is the safety record?

FDA trials prove that Curcumin is very safe.  Humans were given up to 10g of curcumin daily and the FDA found no evidence of toxicity.  Some cases of contact dermatitis and mild stomache upset have been reported.  A rare case of liver toxicity has been reported in someone with liver disease who was taking high doses for a long period of time.  .

How do I get Curcumin?

You can get Curmcumin just about anywhere.  It is available in healthfood stores and widely on the internet.  I would caution everyone to get Curcumin from a reputable source as it is an herb and could have any number of toxins sprayed on the leaves…etc.  I recommend Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy because they constantly test for purity and they offer Enhansa–the most potent curcumin available.  Some insurances are covering Curcumin if you have a prescription.


…pregnant, gallstones, liver disease, or are a heavy drinker.

Drug interactions:  None.

Caution: Please stop taking Curcumin at least 7 days before surgery and it may thin the blood.

I hope this helps everyone understand Curcumin.  I am very excited about this herb and am using it more and more.  My own son, Sam, is taking it now and is doing great!

Questions are welcome!

Your Dr. Girlfriend:)

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