Doctor's Note

What role might turmeric play in preventing Alzheimer’s in the first place? See my previous video Preventing Alzheimer's with Turmeric.

I’ve previously addressed the thorny issue of patenting natural plant remedies in my video: Plants as Intellectual Property – Patently Wrong?

The whole-greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts theme is one that comes up over and over:

What else might the cheap, easily available spice turmeric do? It may help fight arthritis (Turmeric Curcumin and Rheumatoid Arthritis and Turmeric Curcumin and Osteoarthritis) and cancer:

But it’s not for everyone: Who Shouldn’t Consume Curcumin or Turmeric?

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  • Jason

    I like curry but not everyday. Currently I put about a 1/4 a tsp in my morning smoothing. If anyone has other suggestions about how to get turmeric into my daily diet I would love to here it.

    • brad

      hi jason,

      dr greger has another video that shows that if you consume black pepper with the turmeric, it will boost it’s bioavailabilty by a lot ! here’s the video http://nutritionfacts.org/video/boosting-the-bioavailability-of-curcumin/

    • Toxins

      Try sprinkling it on veggies while cooking. Here is a good recipe for that
      http://happyherbivore.com/recipe/chana-palak-masala/

      • slider1

        Looks like a great recipe. I’ll try it this weekend. Maybe instead of reinventing the wheel, I’ll just scan through my recipe books!

    • RJ

      I stir turmeric and a little black pepper into a glass of tomato juice. It’s actually pretty tasty that way.

      • Darryl

        What a great idea. As a poor student, curry powder in tomato soup was a staple, but this sounds good for a now sober Bloody Mary fan.

    • Nicole

      Turmeric goes good with potatoes. So even if I’m not making an expressly Indian dish, I’ll add it turmeric to potato dishes or anything “eggy” (like when I make tofu “egg” salad, or if I make a chickpea salad in the style of “chicken” salad). It’s also a dye, so you can use it to impart a gold color to foods, like if you’re making a dessert and you want different colors (beets and blueberries are also great for this).

    • Aileen

      Try adding it to a pot of mayonnaise and have it on sandwiches instead of butter or a dollop with a poached egg or make egg mayonnaise with it in.

      • Plantstrongdoc M.D.

        There are so many downsides to eggs, that it probably is better not to get turmeric at all, if you have to eat eggs to get the turmeric.

        • I thought Aileen was joking!

        • tmac

          and what are the downsides? do those same downsides apply to raw eggs or just raw yokes?

        • Ann

          Eggs (pastured from local sources who also feed them organically) are VERY healthy. Check out the benefits of eggs. We eat a lot of them these days (after having avoided them for years) and my husband’s cholesterol has not gone up. I also consume many of them raw in smoothies or eggnog.

          I would not eat any from the stores, especially raw. The chicks are raised in deplorable conditions,
          never let out of the cages to see the light of day, and filled with
          antibiotics/growth hormones. What they eat goes into our bodies if we
          eat it.

          When I use Turmeric (often) I make sure to add some pepper with it to increase the potency.

          • Thea

            Ann: As the videos on this site show, there is no scientific reason to believe that eggs of any type are healthy. Quite the opposite. The evidence shows that you increase your risk of serious diseases the more you eat eggs – regardless of how the mothers are raised or whether the eggs are cooked or not. And note that cholesterol is just the tip of the ice burg when it comes to health risk. See below for a compelling list of problems with just the egg whites!

            But before I get to that, I thought I would touch on one more point: To your credit, you seem concerned about the welfare of chicks. So, you might want to consider that for almost every female chick raised in a loving environment (which is not likely to be something you would buy in a store anywhere), there was a male chick who was slaughtered – usually in a horrific manner. When you eat eggs of any type, you are part of that practice.

            Now for important information about the risks of eating egg whites:
            Since egg whites do not have egg yolks, the cholesterol issue is not in play. But egg whites are just as bad for you. Dr. Barnard talks about the problems that animal protein presents for kidney health. Other experts talk about the (strong in my opinion) link between animal protein and cancer. The question scientists then want to answer is: Is there a causal link? If so, what is the mechanism by which animal protein might cause cancer?

            If memory serves, Dr Campbell in The China Study mentions several ways in which we think that animal protein causes and promotes cancer. Here on NutritionFacts, you can get a great education on how animal protein is linked to the body’s over-production of a growth hormone called IGF-1. IGF-1 helps cancer to grow. To watch the series about IGF-1, click on the link below and then keep clicking the “next video” link on the button to the right until you get through the bodybuilding video. Then you will have seen the entire series.
            http://nutritionfacts.org/video/igf-1-as-one-stop-cancer-shop/

            And Darryl recently reminded me about the methionine issue. Egg whites have *the* highest concentration of methionine of any food:
            http://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-000084000000000000000.html?categories=1,18,9,0,13,14,5,4,42,16,17,15,6,3,2,11,7,19,21,12,10,8,22
            Dr. Greger did a nice video showing the link between methionine and cancer. So, there are two clear pathways linking animal proteins, especially egg whites, to cancer.
            http://nutritionfacts.org/video/starving-cancer-with-methionine-restriction/

            Darryl also pointed out that, “…high methionine diets increase coronary risk in humans. In its associations with cardiovascular disease and other disorders, homocysteine may be functioning partly as a marker for the major culprit, excess methionine.”
            http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0939475305001092

            And while I can’t find it right now, I believe that Toxins has pointed out two other health issues with egg whites.

            With all of the information we have about the harmful effects of animal protein in general and egg white in particular, I think it’s best to stay away from egg white. Why not get your protein from safe sources? Sources which are known to have lots of positive health effects and will naturally give you a balanced amount of protein? (ie: whole plant foods) Make sense?

          • Ann

            Thea,

            I found this site quite by accident but didn’t realize
            it’s apparently a vegetarian site or I would not have signed up and
            posted. I realized when seeing your response that we are in total
            disagreement and feel certain neither one of us is going to change the
            others’ mind.

            I would like to say that I’d posted quickly, as I
            was involved in something and didn’t have much time, so was reading
            hurriedly and happened to notice the post about eggs. Naturally, since I
            know they are a healthy food, I wanted to express my opinion. I knew I
            didn’t have enough time to explain WHY eggs are full of excellent
            nutrition, especially the yolk, but after leaving the computer, realized
            I had forgotten to mention that raw whites shouldn’t be consumed as the
            avidin, a glycoprotein, bonds with the biotin which can prevent biotin
            from being absorbed, causing a biotin deficiency if a lot of egg whites
            are eaten raw. I consume the yolks raw and use the whites in cooked
            things. Also, when cooking eggs, they should be cooked only lightly to
            prevent the cholesterol from becoming oxidized, which can increase
            inflammation, which can cause many health problems.

            After
            several years of being nearly vegetarians because we couldn’t find good
            sources of pastured meats, eggs, etc. I realized my husband and myself
            both were not looking as young as we always have – skin not as taut and
            had lost some of the pink color, eyes not as bright, along with other
            issues. After finding a couple local markets where several farmers
            offer their organic meats, veggies, raw milk, wild caught salmon, etc.
            and we started eating whole food again, our skin became young and
            elastic again, and we both had our youth back. We also eat LOTS of
            veggies, avocados, healthy fats, etc., and we both get many compliments
            when out about our skin being so youthful and unwrinkled. We’re both
            seniors so enjoy the compliments, and feel wonderful with lots of
            exercise, no prescriptions, or chronic illness. I’ve been involved in
            nutrition for over 35 yrs. and after having made a few mistakes along
            the way, know we’re been on the right track for the past few years as
            we’re both healthy and strong. I have the same energy levels I did when
            in my 20s – 30s. I’m more concerned about all the toxic chemicals
            surrounding us that are responsible for several diseases, than about our
            food choices, as we have a very clean diet.

            By the way, about
            The China Study: I totally disagree, as you simply cannot lump all
            people together as one, saying the same diet is the best one for all.
            We are all different with different needs. I’ve known a lot of
            vegetarians who have chronic health issues, due to consuming sugars,
            grains, and lots of processed foods. They are also overweight since
            they aren’t eating whole foods. I have also known a couple who follow a
            fairly strict vegetarian diet with healthy, fresh foods and make
            certain to get enough B12 and other vitamins. I would not insist
            everyone eat as I do, nor do I believe anyone should insist I must stick
            to a vegetarian diet in order to remain healthy. And another extremely
            healthy item to consume is beef or chicken broth which is full of
            healing gelatin. You might want to check it. I’ve heard of several
            vegetarians who gave it up in order to correct imbalances and heal some
            issue they’d had, through the use of the broth.

            And one more
            thing: the small, conscientious farmers raise and kill the animals
            humanly. The animals are free to roam stress-free and are handled
            properly at the end, without pain or stress.

            Sorry this is so
            long. However, the folks here who read this should take a few minutes
            to check out some of the healthy blogs written by many of the younger
            generation. They have cured their own diseases, healed their children
            from things such as psoriasis, asthma, ADHD, and many other types of
            skin and health problems through a good balanced diet with lots of meat,
            (including bacon – gasp!) eggs, and raw milk. There are also a few
            alternative doctors who offer wonderful advice who were once traditional
            and realized they were wrong.

          • Toxins

            I think you have it backwards Ann, this is not a vegetarian site, the evidence simply shows that a plant based diet is healthier for a number of reasons, thus that is what is shared. The studies are not eloquently written blog posts about the latest fad diet, they are simply collections of data we can use to make judgements about our health and what proper nutrition should be to maintain and maximize it. There is no good evidence to suggest eggs are healthy. It raises cholesterol and is inflammatory in addition to its ability to increase IGF-1 hormone which increases the risk of cancer. This is agreed upon by researchers in the field. This is by no means a complete list of the issues. Your call for people to check out blogs written by the younger generation is another path in which health misinformation spreads.

            I think before you make the judgement call that a diet centered around plants is unhealthy, I encourage you to explore this website further, and you will see it truly is an evidence based approach, not an appeal to emotion or bad habits. No one here is claiming that a vegetarian diet is healthy, after all, what constitutes a vegetarian diet is what really makes it healthy. There are many extremely unhealthy vegetarians out there.

    • Guest

      add a spoonful of turmeric to rice or other grains when you cook them, along with pepper and perhaps various vegetables such as onion, garlic, broccoli or tomato. And you probably won’t notice a half teaspoon of turmeric and a dash of pepper in your smoothie.

    • suepy

      Try mixing up a tasty, unforgettable drink with 1 cup V8 juice (I like Trader Joe’s Low Sodium Garden Patch or Knudsen’s Very Veggie), 1 tsp turmeric, a sprinkle of black pepper, 1/2 tsp dulse flakes (provides 115 mcg of iodine), and 1-2 tbsp nutritional yeast. For extra flavor, add some lemon juice or Tabasco or whatever you like. Get creative!

    • Blanster

      I’m going to start making turmeric capsules (to go with my amla capsules). I use “The Capsule Machine” and I can make 24 vegan capsules at a time. It took me about 30 minutes to make 72 amla capsules. Then I just take two a day with my breakfast. So you don’t have to taste it or put it in food.

    • Terri

      I make a coffee drink every morning that has regular coffee in it to which I add about 1/4 tsp. turmeric, 1/4 tsp. Ceylon cinnamon, and a scant tsp. coconut oil, along with a splash of almond milk. It may sound weird, but is actually pretty good!

    • Vani

      Here is a easy recipe with chickpeas – Heat some oil (I’d use coconut oil). Add a tsp of cumin seeds. Make a puree of Ginger, garlic, green chillies and a large tomato. Add this puree after adding cumin seeds. Cook the tomato mix for about 5 minutes. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder. Mix and add a can of chickpeas, salt and some water. Cook for 10 minutes. Add garam masala powder and chopeed cilantro and turn off the heat. Mix well and serve with rice or any flat bread.

    • Naia McCoy

      oh my gosh, you can put it into everything. Try coconut oil on her oatmeal and in smoothies. I put turmeric it in chili, spaghetti, scrambled eggs and sometimes even in my coffee…lol. I am addicted! It is the best anti inflammatory spice I can think of. Great for arthritis. I saw improvement with my Mother when I gave her this and coconut oil.

  • Jason

    I like curry, but not everyday. Currently I put about a 1/4 a tsp in my morning smoothy. If anyone has other suggestions about how to get turmeric into my daily diet I would love to here it.

    • Stewart

      Jason, that 1/4 tsp might be adequate for preventative purposes but I usually try to get more as well. I use it on anything that is savory, especially beans.

      • slider1

        I put “more” into my rice but once it’s distributed throughout the rice am I really getting more? I think not. I eat some of the rice (and some of the turmeric.) Most is still in the pot. Any hint of a heavy dose and it tastes soapy to me. I guess the key is to add it to several dishes in small amounts.

    • guest

      Jason: I’m an immigrant from southeast Asia and eat a lot of turmeric. In small amounts, turmeric has no flavor. In large amounts it’s bitter. I add it to almost everything I cook, in small amounts: 1/4 teaspoon to the pot of rice, 1/4 teaspoon to every pasta dish, 1/4 teaspoon to every curry, and, as you do, 1/4 teaspoon to every shake and smoothie. Since the bioavailability of cur cumin is low, it’s better to consume small amounts frequently, anyway.

      • largelytrue

        This. Small amounts of turmeric are a happy addition to pretty much anything with a free liquid component, including things where the liquid is absorbed. My gut feeling is that it may be better to try to boost availability with black pepper, which complements the flavor of the spice pretty well anyway. Oxalates are a concern with turmeric as with cassia, although I’m unsure about the exact extent of the risk.

    • Jane

      I put it on my morning muesli (1/4 – 1/2 tsp.) along with a tsp. of cinnamon and a pinch of cloves and a twist of black pepper. Add some fruit and a tablespoon of ground flax, walnuts, pecans and a cup of almond milk. The combination works well with oatmeal, too. Enjoy!

  • mike

    I buy it fresh, put 1/2 pc. in my morning smoothie–from what i figure it works out to about
    1200 mgs. fresh turmeric.

  • mike

    Video will not open–anyone else ?

  • Jeff Craig

    Will taking the capsules say 500mg be the same? 1/4tsp is aprox. how many mg.

  • Plantstrongdoc M.D.

    Never been impressed by the drugs we have against Alzheimer, so this is interesting – I know: Only three patients – but it tell us where to look – nature…..

    • Merio

      Even the two neurologists that gave me some lessons about neurological disease were not satisfied at all with nowadays therapeutical options.

      But they’re view is tied to drugs so probably looking in the plant kingdom to find the solution is strange to them.

      • Plantstrongdoc M.D.

        I am a neurologist :-)

        • Merio

          I think it’s one of the best part of Medical fields, even if if I had decided to study Medicine in the past instead of Biotech, probably i will end up taking the specialization in nephrology (like Doc House xD), or surgery.

          One of my two professors spent some years of training at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland working in the glutamate research and in fact he wrote a little book on the subject with another neurologist, you could read it here:

          http://books.google.it/books?id=hDbvxnYwTBMC&pg=PP7&dq=Carlo+ferrarese&hl=it&sa=X&ei=8gknVNP6KoPB7ga55IHYAw&ved=0CD4Q6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q&f=false

          While the other professor made some contribution for the importance of epigenetics in neurologic disease; you coul read some of the papers suggested for my course:

          http://neurolucio.wordpress.com/didattica/

          • Plantstrongdoc M.D.

            Merio,
            Thanks, interesting.

          • Merio

            You’re welcome.

        • Tanya

          I am a Geriatric NP – in Canada – that deal specifically with geriatric syndromes. Unfortunately these typically involve Alzheimer’s, Lewy body dementia, Parkinson’s and the slew of the other neurodegenerative diseases. We have had 2 recent CJD cases which were shocking to say the least. The side effects of our cholinesterase inhibitors are often too much for the frail to tolerate. The evidence is poor at best for the use of these in anything thought to be moderate to severe Dementia and remains poor in even MCI. I am fascinated by this research. I have had my own personal gain with a plant based diet (almost complete remission of life long psoriasis and I was about a month away from starting methotrexate). Need I mention I am 35. The power of food:)

        • Rick

          Dear Dr. Plantstrong: THANK YOU for contributing so much valuable, science- and evidence-based information to all of us! Your clinical insights from your neurology practice are priceless.
          Rick

  • JCarol

    Curry & turmeric are reputed to cause unpleasant body odors. Has anyone seen studies or reliable info one way or the other? I can only find vastly differing opinions and anecdotes on the web.

  • Anita Turner

    oh wow..I’ll add it to my smoothie every day.

  • Anyone else having problems using the Search function on this new site design? Clicking “Done” and “Return” gets me no response.

    PS. What about oxalates in turmeric. Dr. G had a video on that, but as you can see, I can’t find it.

  • Kim E

    Is it probable that turmeric would be beneficial to patients with dementia from other causes? Specifically Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease?

  • brec

    And as coincidence would have it, just today I encounter “Promising drug candidate for Alzheimer’s found in turmeric compound” at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283109.php

    The underlying study is “Aromatic-turmerone induces neural stem cell proliferation in vitro and in vivo” published today; abstract at http://stemcellres.com/content/5/4/100/abstract

  • Mindaugas Raulinaitis

    What about using turmeric for Parkinson’s? Anybody had read anything? My father suffers from it and conventional drugs do not work anymore :(

  • guest

    What about the high salicylate content in turmeric? Is this a problem for some people? It seems to be
    for me and others, but not sure what the science has proven. Dr. G, have you looked at the research
    and data on salicylates, not just with turmeric (which is sky high) but in other foods as well?

  • Merio

    We need more case studies like these.

  • Here is our “famous” Kevin and Gayle recipe(we are NEW to cooking) for spiced coffee: Equal parts Turmeric, Cardamom, Cloves!, Ginger, 2 parts Cinnamon, and1/8- 1/16 or so (we are unclear how much does the trick) part Pepper. Yum Yum! one tsp or so in coffee or soy latte pop in microwave, and use frother to mix if you don’t want a last gulp of spices. We started with just a bit of spice and now love the TSP.

  • Aurora1

    Is there anything to be concerned about for those on Heparin drugs? Or any other likely pharmaceutical interference?

  • bob

    EXAMPLE of a tumeric supplement that would cost ~$1.50 a month at the same dose as in the study.

    http://www.swansonvitamins.com/swanson-premium-turmeric-720-mg-240-caps?otherSize=SW940

    My mother at 90 is showing some of these symptoms.

  • Jason

    Does Dr. Greger have any videos on mineral deficiency? I’m hearing a lot about mineral deficiency and how our health is affected by the lack of minerals in our food because the soil is depleted. I really don’t want to be taken advantage of by any of the snake oil salesmen out there. So if anyone knows of any legit sources please share.

    • largelytrue

      Well, do you know of any legit sources on the side of the soil-depletion-is-the-main-problem argument? It’s okay to just be skeptical until the people with a very particular theory about poor nutrition can substantiate their claims about effect size.

      Maybe you should look at this article (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/) on Scientific American’s site and read some of the comments for context on the quality of it. I know that SA can sometimes be criticized for a fluffy and unrigorous take on scientific topics, but this article was produced through partnership with a different site, which, by the looks of the article, has nothing of even SA’s credibility.

  • C. French

    I take 2 turmeric capsules (600mg each) a day. I no longer have arthritis pain in my hand when I try to open a jar. I no longer have arthritis pain in my knees when i go up and down stairs..

  • Art Auerbach

    After reading about turmeric’s ability to balance the body and mind I tried it to help with depression and low energy. I put a whole tblspn in a hot tea toddy with black pepper, fenugreek powder, half tsp coconut oil, black seed, honey and curry.. Wow! Was up all night writing and thinking and in a great mood. Minimum dose of 1 tsp turmeric.

    • Sandy

      I put 1/4 tsp in an eight oz glas of hot soy milk with a dash of pepper, cinnamon and some stevia—yummyl!

      • Nubian Queen

        I also began drinking turmeric in soy and almond milk (cold or warm) before bed, 1 tsp. turmeric in a 12-16 oz mug.

        Also, I have read that we should not cook with turmeric because high temperatures destroy some of its health benefits. So I began adding it to cooked foods after the food is done, but still in the pot, before serving. Course, we can always sprinkle it over the food on our plate, but lots of people resist doing that because of the taste. I have no problem with it, however.

    • Nubian Queen

      Got to try this! Thanks…

  • Tsandi Crew

    The amount the curcumin is increased by black pepper seems unwieldy.. that’s a lot of curcumin! What’s in the black pepper that does that, and why are we not eating more black pepper?

  • wonder

    Do products labelled “Turmeric” in grocery stores roughly the same content or are there many different kinds (strands of the plant, ways of producing, etcetera)?

  • Rita

    I recently read an article about a small UCLA study claiming to reverse memory loss in Alzheimer patients. One of the key ingredients to the success was a change in diet. Is anyone familiar with this study and know what the patients were required to eat? I would love to learn it was plant-based. Here is the article:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2779327/Memory-loss-reversed-Alzheimer-s-patients-time-scientists-say.html

    Thank you!

  • cpgraettinger

    I was so excited to see this article. As the caregiver for my 84 year old dad who has moderate to severe dementia, I am always looking for ways to help alleviate his agitation and anxiety. I checked with his doctor first, who said “it probably won’t hurt”, then started him on 600 mg of turmeric daily. I also started taking the same, to check for side effects that he might experience but might have trouble communicating. None so far after 1 week. His mood has been better, but that may just be an anomaly, since it’s only been one week.

    I purchased turmeric only, no added black pepper. I didn’t see any mention of added black pepper in the study. And since the researchers concluded that curcumin was not the ingredient that made the difference in the three case studies, why increase it’s bioavailability with added pepper? Did I miss something?

    • Thea

      cpgraettinger: I don’t have an answer to your question. But I wanted to say that your father is really lucky to have you. How cool that you take the same stuff yourself.

      One idea for you: I know some people are buying their own Capsule Machine devices and filling empty gel caps with their own turmeric. It saves money and then if you want to create your own blends, you can do so. Just an idea if you decide to continue the turmeric long term.

      Good luck to you both.

  • Loma

    I would like to request help for Intracranial Hypertension /Psuedotumor Cerebri. I have this as to many women and the treatment for it is not that fun. Worse is a lot of medical professionals in Ohio discount it as hysteria and a weight loss issue. I wonder if the olden days of women being diagnosed with hysteria are still with us. With this disorder come menstrual disfunction, chronic pain and migraines, weight gain, depression and a much higher rate of suicide, and in my case damage to the inner ear(perilymphatic fistula related to pressure disregulation inside the inner ear related to being born with Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome). I am very low on energy to tolerate nasty doctors who expect me to just suck it up or go see a psychiatrist. And searching here is difficult at this time. I am going to try turmeric making my own capsules which is affordable. But I am a little confused because I thought some of the properties were fat soluble as well. I would love a recipe so that I could just take a spoon every morning and it has the pepper, turmeric, fat and water soluble etc all in there. Or a smoothie. Or something. I just do not have the capacity to figure it out myself right now. I need advice for chronic pain. Thank you for the sweet cherries as that is a life saver sometimes. I have taken the max dose of advil and two cups of cherries before and that was a tremendous relief on a really bad bad day. I personally have very few pain management options because I am that one person who seems to have all the side affects listed on the pill bottles as well as rebound migraines for repeated pain medicines. Anything at this point is better than nothing. Chronic pain, migraine, and headache is very hard to live with. Thank you for your help.

    Here is a link to my high res ct if you are curious. I have no problem with this being shared as SCDS affects 2% of the population according to John’s Hopkins but less then 10,000 of us are diagnosed in the whole world the last time we were all counted. If this is forwarded please protect my privacy. My damage is not typical and i may be the outlier for this disorder having bilateral damage with both openings to the inner ear being 4mm by 5mm. This is not genetic, study done by Gerard Gianoli concluded scds was a congenital birth defect. I do not know if it is within the scope of your website to talk about this disorder. But if you do you have the potential of helping millions get out of psychiatric services and to a qualified surgeon instead. http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/loma9824/media/holes%20in%20head/ct0002.jpg.html?sort=6&o=3 And yes, I take boatload of calcium, magnesium, and D3.

  • Ana

    Hi, does anyone knows if using it naturally has the same effect, where i live the root is really cheap, or i have to but the powder version. Im trying everything with a familiar with alzheimer, so any advice is more than welcome

  • Lars

    Is their a connection between prions and Alzheimer’s. What I am getting at is that
    Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease is passed on between cows and humans. Is it possible that cows can be infected with a prion that causes Alzheimer’s. This would partially account for the low incidence of Alzheimer’s in India since India is still primarily vegetarian.

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      Hi Lars, I am not certain. Dr. Greger does have a great post about Mad Cow Disease here and yes a very old article on the subject here. See if these help?

      Thanks,
      Joseph

  • Elizabeth Jonas Garcia

    I am very happy today to testify the goodness of God in my
    life. I want you all here to be grateful to Doctor Uwadia Amenifo for me; he is
    indeed a wonderful man. Just last month i read some testimonies from the
    internet by a man named “James Watt” he testified of how his cousin
    was cured of Creutzfeldt – Jakob disease by a herbal doctor. At first i doubted
    because i have been suffering from the said disease for over five years, and my
    doctor said there is no cure for it. But i was under medication as my life was
    dwindling by the day. But after i read his testimony, he included the contact
    details of the herbal doctor so i emailed the doctor and explained to him how i
    have suffered from Creutzfeldt – Jakob disease for over 5 years. But he assured
    me that he can cure me with his herbs and told me how he have cured so many of
    the said disease, well i accepted what he said to me, and followed all the
    procedures he gave me. after all, he
    prepared the herbs and sent it to me here in Australia i took it as prescribed
    just after three weeks, there was tremendous improvement in my state of health,
    and my doctor begin to wonder how greatly i am re covering. And just in the
    fourth week of taking the herbal mixture, i became totally healthy, and today i
    am perfectly OK, and free from Creutzfeldt – Jakob disease. So i contacted
    Doctor uwadia Amenifo and told him that I am ok now and he congratulated me,
    and asked me to help him tell the world about his herbs. Please i implore you
    all that have same or similar disease to have hope that a remedy have come. Please
    if you wish to contact Doctor Uwadia Amenifo, here is his contact details email
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    try to contact him if you have any health issues.

  • Therese

    I’m curious about various sources of ground turmeric used in the study. Would using the turmeric in the plastic bottle in the grocery suffice? Is that what was used in this study?

  • Charma1ne

    We make an eggless nog by using hemp milk, or whatever your choice may be, fresh turmeric (when I can find it), otherwise powedered, a grind of black pepper and all the spices eggnog use. I add honey or maple syrup as a sweetner of choice and whizz it all up in a blender (mine makes hot drinks)….or whizz and warm up on a hotplate. Another excellent recipe is golden vegetables soup. Cook your vegetable soup as you always do but add turmeric and a grind of black pepper. Don’t forget plenty of beans or lentils for a gloriously golden and delicious soup.

  • AlexMorrell

    I’ve discovered a few good ways to incorporate turmeric into my diet. I often make a tofu scramble for breakfast with onion, bell pepper, and garbanzo beans. To season, sprinkle with your desired amount of ground cumin, cayenne, sea salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, and a good amount of turmeric. Delicious. Also, I’ve thrown together a pretty nutritious coffee concoction: coffee, a bit of coconut oil, ceylon cinnamon, turmeric, and stevia to sweeten. Also delicious.

  • Richard Reed

    I add a full teaspoon of turmeric to my morning smoothie consisting of frozen (blueberries, strawberries, peach, mango, and pineapple) using flax seed milk as the fluid. You cannot even taste the turmeric.

    But I have a followup question. Why has a larger study of hundreds of Alzheimer’s patients not been done in view of these amazing results?

    • Thea

      Richard Reed: Good question! I don’t know the answer. But I have my opinions/guesses: a) as Dr. Greger explains, a pharmacy company can’t make money off of turmeric and b) the charities which claim to want to fight or cure Alzheimer’s have questionable motives or at least priorities.
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      What do you think?

  • JERRYOD

    my father has been showing signs of dementia – and his carotid artery is over 50% clogged – they only unclog it if it’s 90% clogged – and one doctor thinks he has Normal Pressure Hydrocephalous – I still believe that the clogged carotid is contributing to the mental decline – he also has headaches – TIA symptoms – and times of not being quite there – – what can I do – Tumeric? please advise