Doctor's Note

Here are links to those other juicy videos I opened up with:

See Antioxidants in a Pinch and How to Reach the Antioxidant RDA to see the extent to which even small amounts of spices can affect one’s antioxidant intake.

Another elegant series of “ex vivo” experiments exploring the cancer fighting power of lifestyle changes can be seen in videos starting with Ex Vivo Cancer Proliferation Bioassay.

Mushrooms (Boosting Immunity While Reducing Inflammation), nuts (Fighting Inflammation in a Nut Shell), and purple potatoes (Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Purple Potatoes) may also reduce inflammation (along with plant foods in general, see Anti-Inflammatory Antioxidants and Aspirin Levels in Plant Foods). In fact so well that plant-based diets can be used to treat inflammatory conditions. See, for example, Dietary Treatment of Crohn’s Disease, Diet & Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Potassium and Autoimmune Disease. Animal products on the other hand may increase inflammation through a variety of mechanisms, including endotoxins (How Does Meat Cause Inflammation?), arachidonic acid (Chicken, Eggs, and Inflammation), and Neu5Gc (The Inflammatory Meat Molecule Neu5Gc).

If oxidized cholesterol is a new concept for you, please check out its role in heart disease progression in my video Arterial Acne.

I’ll cover the DNA findings in my next video, Spicing Up DNA Protection. And if turmeric compounds are so anti-inflammatory, can they be used to successfully treat inflammatory diseases? Find out in my next next video Turmeric Curcumin and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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  • Melody

    Great video! I wonder what results they would have gotten if they combined spices, since black pepper and turmeric may work better synergistically?

    I love rosemary tea, and I was curious if you had encountered this preliminary study on its effect on prospective memory:

    If anyone is looking for ideas about fitting more herbs and spices into each day, these are a few tricks I have found useful:

    I have a large stainless steel french coffee press I use to brew mixed blends of these herbs for tea.

    I also made a ground spice and matcha mixture to make an instant chai, so that I consume the whole herb, not just the water soluble constituents.

    To save time, I stirred small quantities of all the nuts, seeds, dried berries, and powders in my pantry in a large jar. I keep a measuring cup inside, and add a scoop to my morning smoothie.

    This way, with just a few scoops here and there added to water, I take in at least 35 varieties of plants in each day, in addition to my liberally spiced regular meals.

    • So glad you liked it! I touched on the rosemary data in my lavender video:

      • omer

        Interesting how they did not test garlic… or am I missing something?

        • Darryl

          This older study demonstrates similar effects of diallyl disulfide (the major liver metabolite of allicin from garlic) in inhibiting inflammatory cytokine expression, at plausible plasma concentrations. And this more recent study supports an effect on TNF-α.

          Perhaps the featured study opted against dried garlic capsules because, at the doses in this protocol, equivalent to having all foods in the diet strongly seasoned with each spice, their volunteers would smell of sulfur for a week.

          • omer

            Thanks for clarifying :)

    • I dissolve the curcumin I use of coconut oil to make it bioavailable. I don’t use the pepperine/curcumin combination because of the toxicity of high levels of pepperine. I agree though I wuold like to have seen the results for the pepper/turmeric combination against just the pepper to see how much more the bioavailability increased.

      • elsie blanche

        Red palm oil fan? What do you think about its safety and daily use?

    • Here’s a recipe for a turmeric concoction that combines it with black pepper to increase its potency and cumin to improve its taste:

    • Brian

      Do you have any recipes for your concoctions/ teas? Also, I would be interested in doing the same, how do I start?

    • Susan

      Andrew Weil has recommended a supplement available at Amazon that uses black pepper and turmeric. I bought it but found that it gave me a major case of heart burn, which I had never had before trying this.
      Andrew Weil, M.D. suggests using fresh turmeric, garlic, and ginger to reduce pain and inflammation, which I used to make a pot of tea and sipped all day long.

  • sally

    Hi Dr. Greger,
    I love your videos – thank you!! What amount of turmeric would you recommend a day? My Husbands PSA has risen to 6 and i’m wanting him to start having this in his diet along with a plant based diet of course :)

    • A teaspoon a day (unless has gallstones or kidney stones).

    • John Galt

      Start yesterday. Quit pussyfooting around.
      It is easier to keep psa low than to lower it. My psa was 6 five years ago, 3 months ago: 25, now 31. A friend died with a 25 psa. Do not ever get a biopsy: why poke a dozen poop covered needles in the bloodiest organ in the body into a tumor which just might be confined to the prostrate and risk spreading it??? Plus, Mr. Happy will not like it!! You DO NOT want to piss him off. Just assume you have cancer, are dying from it and change your lifestyle to slow the growth. Use Dr. ORnish’s program.

  • Marianne

    Can we assume that these spices would also decrease hs-CRP?

  • Ronald Chavin

    Dr. Greger seems to contradict himself on turmeric. In one of his previous videos, Dr. Greger advised everybody to avoid swallowing turmeric powder because they were too high in oxalic acid – the bad, soluble kind that might cause kidney stones. In this video, Dr. Greger is praising turmeric.

    The truth is that the vast majority of people can swallow huge quantities of turmeric powder without getting kidney stones. However, much less than 1% of the turmeric can be absorbed into our bloodstream. Therefore, it’s unlikely that turmeric will benefit where our blood flows to. However, turmeric might be an excellent choice for protecting the inner lining of our entire digestive tract.

    I swallow turmeric powder capsules whenever I eat wakame (seaweed). Turmeric has been shown to block nitrosation (the formation of reactive nitrogen species (RNS) or cancer-causing nitrosamines) in the human stomach and esophagus. I try to rinse the salt away from my wakame but a tiny amount of salt always remains. Salt always contains nitrosamine precursors such as nitrites and nitrates. Wakame and other “brown” seaweeds (such as mekabu, mozuku, kombu, arame, limu moui, and hijiki) contain marine polyphenols called, “phlorotannins,” which also help in blocking nitrosation.

    The fact that oregano, which has a very high ORAC antioxidant score because of its tannin content, did poorly in this study that Dr. Greger shared with us in this video indicates that powerful antioxidants don’t necessarily prevent inflammation that well.

    • Brian Humphrey

      He’s just reading the results of studies on spices and there anti-inflammatory effect. Relax…

    • Brian Humphrey

      Relax…its just turmeric. He’s not praising turmeric. He’s just giving you the results of the study.

    • No contradiction–you just don’t want to take too much!

    • Darryl

      None of the spices in this study had any impact on plasma antioxidant capacity. Nearly all of them do have compounds known to inhibit NF-κB mediated transcription of inflammatory factors. Eg: black pepper, cayenne, cloves, ginger. oregano, paprika, rosemary, sage, Saigon cinnamon, turmeric. Couldn’t find anything on NF-κB inhibitors in cumin (Cuminum cyminum), though there’s extensive research on unrelated black cumin (Nigella sativa).

      • Harriet Sugar Miller

        What do you make of the statement in the study that paprika kept cells from normal apoptosis?

        • Darryl

          This result is discussed nowhere else in the paper. The DNA strand break analyses were only done on cells that expressed

          annexin V but still had intact cell membranes, common markers for apoptotic cells in flow cytometry. My guess is the cell counts in this “FITC+/PI-” category were lower after a week of paprika, but paprika may have reduced normal and H2O2 induced damage so much that the fewer cells became apoptotic, or may have interfered with annexin V expression, or may have interfered with the fluorescent assay, or it might just be an experimental artifact. A few papers address paprika & apoptosis directly, and they don’t appear to present issues for cancer patients, indeed paprika carotenoids (their major well absorbed phytochemicals) appear to potentiate cancer treatment and apoptosis 1,

    • Susan

      Perhaps, it is the amount or frequency of turmeric that may cause negative effects.

      As more and more studies come out, more and more physicians have changed their points of view.

      I think we all need to listen to our own bodies.

  • Brian Humphrey

    Great video Dr. Greger! Special thanks to your team also! Getting back on the tumeric wagon (just have to figure out how to keep my dishes from turning yellow!)

    • Susan

      Have you tried washing your dishes with baking soda? Baking soda removes coffee and tea stains from my Corningware.

    • nonyabizzz

      yeah, I made a great butternut squash soup with a generous amount of turmeric…. my fancy Blendtec blender carafe now has a yellow tint to it… lol

  • Harvey

    In Ayurvedic medicine ginger and tumeric have been used successfully to treat ear,nose,throat infections for millenia.

  • Vincent Ocasla

    Did they go on to study potential synergistic effects of combined herbs+spices?

  • Coacervate

    But heat-treated turmeric lost activity. So sprinkle on after cooking? I could live with that.

    • Darryl

      Heat treated turmeric actually had greater average activity than raw, looking at inhibition of the three factors (IL-6, TNF-α, and IL-1α), but the variation in response between subjects/samples was too great for a statistically significant result. Heat treated turmeric also reduced DNA strand breaks more than any other spice, while raw turmeric had no significant effect.

      • alphaa10

        We know black pepper (containing piperine) promotes absorption of curcumin (and presumably other compounds) in turmeric powder. Piperine and turmeric / curcumin cooked in combination describe Indian curry. So, the question now becomes whether HT turmeric with cooked piperine demonstrates (1) greater activity and (2) reduces DNA strand breakage more than uncooked turmeric / curcumin and uncooked piperine.

  • veggierob

    After reading this I went right to my kitchen mixed turmeric, ginger, cloves (and a bit of black pepper as I have read that it activates the turmeric) and, using veggiecaps (available online at a very reasonable price) made up capsules. I used to use just turmeric, but have been incorporating new information. I take 2 per day. Yes, I do use these spices in cooking, but not everyday so I think this is a good way to get them.

    • JoJo

      This may sound weird, but I mash up half a banana, sprinkle on turmeric, ginger, cloves and black pepper, mix it all up, and just eat it straight up! Now I might have to add rosemary!

      • jjpowers

        … or several hail Marys. Sorry I couldn’t resist.

  • Dolly

    Great information! To add, I just read an article regarding the use of Ginger, Turmeric, Cocoa, Cayenne, and Cinnamon – it stated that these “spices” are rated high for great skin and hair. So added to the information you provided, it sounds like “spices” are essential for a healthy “overall” body! Thank you and your voice is very enjoyable to listen to!!!!

  • Debby

    My husband has suffered from muscular inflammation and pain as a result for years. I finally talked him into trying turmeric, oregano and black pepper every morning. !/4 tsp of each combined in a glass of water and lo and behold (just like I expected) no more pain after about a week. Now it’s just part of his day and the relief from daily achiness in every muscle is going a long way towards improving his quality of life.

    We combine the three because somewhere I read that the benefits of turmeric and oregano are enhanced with the inclusion of the pepper. ,

    • Lawrence

      Do you have any idea what is causing the muscular inflammation in the first place? My first reaction to this video was don’t eat the fried chicken then the need for the spices decreases. My point is are we treating the cause or just a symptom?

      • HereHere

        I was thinking he might suffer from something such as fibromyalgia (which responds well to a plant-based diet).

    • Susan

      I tried the supplement which is available at Amazon that has turmeric, oregano and black pepper. The black pepper gives me heart burn, which I had never had previously.

      What works for me is the Herbal Therapy which contains turmeric from Andrew Weil, M.D. Although he does say that taking too much turmeric can contribute to heart burn. His combination gives me relief from pain and inflammation which occurred after an accidental bump to the area of the calf bone located on the lateral side of the tibia.
      I’ve had severe inflammation and pain for two years, yet a recent x-ray showed no fracture. The only thing that worked was the turmeric from Dr. Weil, and the pain and inflammation vanished. No amount of praise should be limited on this herbal therapy, in my opinion.

  • Psych MD

    What is the difference between turmeric and turmeric “HT” at the right side of the chart?

    • Darryl

      encapsulated after a heat treatment designed to simulate cooking.

      The full text, brought to you by the sponsor, The McCormick Science Institute.

      • Susan

        Did you know McCormick is one of the corporations who contributed in Washington State and California to keep the public controlled and ignorant about GMO’s in their foods/spices?

        • Darryl

          Mark Lynas is correct: Why We Need to Label GMOs.

          It has nothing to do with the negligible health/nutrition differences between current GMO and non-GMO crops, but the strategic decision to not label GMOs generates the impression that engineering for higher yield, lower chemical inputs, or (coming soon) better nutrition is something to be ashamed of. As with 911 truthers, Obama birthers, and other internet echo-chambers, transparency is the best antidote.

  • Rich

    Dr. Greger, do you think it’s significant that cardamom is a member of the ginger family?

  • Sven

    I have read that the bio availability of turmeric/curcumin can be increased with heat stabilization:
    This basically means adding it to boiling water. I guess the best method would be to add some back pepper as well.

    I also found a study showing that turmeric/curcumin is synergistic with

    • Susan

      I automatically take my turmeric and vitamin-anti oxidant supplements with a cup of hot organic green tea after breakfast every day. It seems to speed relief to my body.

  • Tan

    More awesome news. I love these foods anyway. Thanks again Dr. Greger.

  • Thanks for the vid! I happen to lov all those spices, so it will be easy for me to increase my intake of them.

  • Keith Krumbach

    Do data exist for the high-cost TNF blockers vs. ability to dampen inflammatory response that are comparable and could be plotted on the scale? Is the effect within the same order of magnitude or would apples and oranges be as similar?

  • Interesting video! I was blown away.

  • KP

    Let’s rewrite those old lyrics slightly–Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme…one of these is a true friend of mine!

    • Thea

      Love it. KP, you started my day out with a smile!

  • Karine

    Dear Dr. Greger,

    I’ve been putting powdered turmeric into my smoothies, but someone told me that in order for it to be effective and properly absorbed it should be usied in cooking (heated up) instead.

    What are your thoughts on this?


  • Nicole

    Loved this video! And this is exactly why I make sure to cook with turmeric (and also take a curcumin supplement) for my ankylosing spondylitis. It doesn’t make my disease go away completely, but it sure does help!

  • stephanie

    Does turmeric thin blood? I am having a hip replacement and the surgeon said not to take any anti-inflamation meds.

  • Trent

    I read McCormick sponsored study.
    I assume they sell all the tested spices?
    What about garlic, onions, kale, beans, red cabbage….

    Very thorough study (for what was tested).

    What stands out is:

    1. Anti-oxidant ability measured In Vitro (never touches digestive or olfactory track) does not correlate with anti-oxidant potential in the body.
    USDA withdrew web publication of ORAC values for common American foods in 2012 due to lack of evidence ORAC has biological significance. This study clearly demonstrated USDA position as none of test subjects serum had In Vitro anti-oxidant activity at the end of the study.

    yet… this study was published in 2013.

    When subjects serum (presumably containing active metabolites of hers/spices) was placed in test tubes to “reduce” oxidative chemicals, as the native herbs/spices were, NONE demonstrated antioxidant ability- this “astonished” the researchers.

    2. The serum from patients ingesting 6 herbs/spices DID have biologic activity in decreasing inflammatory markers in leukemia cell line (THP-1) and a protecting subjects normal monocytes (type of white blood cell) from DNA damage caused by adding hydrogen peroxide.
    Don’t know if this is realistic simulation of oxidative stress the body actually faces unless one does shots of peroxide. However, it is HUGE step forward. Hopefully, more beneficial effects and new biologic pathways await to be discovered. Time will tell whether markers researchers chose as proxy for In Vivo anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory capacity are biologically beneficial.

    3. DR. G- are current In Vitro anti-oxidant levels valid or to be taken with a grain of salt? Looks like in Vitro measure of anti-oxidant ability batted 50/50 in predicting In Vivo performance, at least for the stressed out monocytic and leukemia cell.

    7 herbs & spices did not make the grade as either anti-oxidant & anti-inflammatory when tested In Vivo
    Do we call them the “Sucky Seven”?
    Sadly, Cinnamon was one of these failures.
    I will still use it on my whole wheat toast and oatmeal

    (sorry- ginger, turmeric, sage, rosemary, cumin & paprika doesn’t cut it at breakfast time)

  • Susan

    It appears that the biotechnology pharmaceutical companies have cut the sound on your videos, just as the biotechnology pesticide industry does to Mercola’s web site. But, thank God and Dr. Greger, you have a transcript and citations, so we can still get the information.

  • Arjan den Hollander.

    Mercola is a pill pushing slave of commerce.
    He clearly does not have the best intentions towards peoples health or financial health in mind doing what he does.

    That man or other minions of industry like him should not be mentioned within this sanctuary devoted to well-being :)

    • alphaa10

      You mean, “ulterior” motives? Or “alterior” medicine?

      In any case, Dr. Mercola’s articles appear well-researched. Mercola does not always agree with everybody else, but he can defend his position well, providing extensive footnotes and links for those interested in further study.

      Dr. Mercola, trained as an osteopath, does sell vitamins and other nutritional supplements but only those he is prepared to justify by the body of research. However, Mercola is hardly a “slave of commerce” and states where there is ambiguity on nutritional and health questions.

      Dr. Mercola is the least likely to promote a drug therapy / intervention over nutritional approaches, and has been vociferous in his criticism of the pharmaceutical industry, the FDA, and Washington’s “revolving door” between industry and the regulatory agencies.

      Forum mediators always must strike a balance between orthodox opinion and unorthodox opinion, responsibly and respectfully expressed. Which is why a variety of interesting comments frequently appear on, including yours and mine. Truly closed forums tend to die of attritiion.

  • Derrek

    Can you eat too many spices? I tend to smell and eat a ton of spices. My mom thinks that I need to cut back.

    • alphaa10

      We humans tend not to notice our own body odor until someone brings up the subject– directly or indirectly. If you have noticed your own body odor, then perhaps you have reached a point where “a ton of spices” is too much.

      Your mother is probably your kindest critic, as well as a good friend and reference point in adjusting your diet. Later in life, others may not be so kind.

      Although you have not named the spices, anything can be carried to excess, and sometimes to even harmful excess.

  • Kar

    Hello.What do you think about irradiated spices(spices available in supermarkets)? Are they as potent(against inflamation and oxidation) ? Do they pose any risk? I`ve even read that irradiating foods,can cause free radicals.The exact opposite of what you`re trying to achieve when you consume spices.
    Please share your view on irradiated spices.Thank you.

  • Psych MD

    I don’t know if a new post advances this thread to the front of the line. If not then it will probably never be read but this seems like the most appropriate place to write it. I just came across the mother load of spices. An Ayurvedic concoction called Hingvastak, which I purchased from Banyon Botanicals. The ingredients read like a who’s who of Greger antioxidants:Cumin seed (Cuminum cyminum)**, Ajamoda seed (Apium graveolens)**, Black Cumin seed (Nigella sativa)**, Ginger root (Zingiber officinale)**, Black Pepper fruit (Piper nigrum)**, Pippali fruit (Piper longum)**, Mineral Salt, Asafoetida (Ferula asafoetida), Fenugreek (Triognella foenum-graecum)** A teaspoonful instantly converts any dish into an Indian delicacy, assuming you like spicy, curry-like flavor, which I love.

    • Thea

      Psych MD: I just wanted you to know that I saw your post and really appreciate it. I’m always on the lookout for good tips and this is a great one. Thanks!

    • gp65

      Hing means asafoetida in Hindi and ashtak means octave. So right spices leading with asafoetida as main is what hingashtak is. My grandmother and then mother would give a teaspoon after dinner every day to aid digestion. It is a well known Ayurvedic practice

    • alphaa10

      Thanks for the link on Hingvastak– nothing in its list of ingredients seems outside conventional cooking except the names Ajamoda, Pippali and Asafoetida. Presumably, we can check with the Banyon Botanicals website and/or a customer service representative for further information.

  • Donita Lake

    Thank you for this well versed overview of the benefit of spices! I agree, there are so many options when it comes to taking on a more clean, holistic healthier approach to medicating ailments and nourishing up, its nice having clarification which brings such knowledge into perspective. Kudos to you Doctor for keeping health and wellness alive!

  • Brooke Schneider The combination of Turmeric and black pepper can increase the bioavailability of this cancer killer, anti-inflamatory super spice!

  • Simon

    How much turmeric equates to 400mg ibuprofen as an equivalent anti-inflammatory?

  • Iris

    My morning smoothies consist of:
    An orange
    Frozen blueberries
    A carrot
    Baby spinach or steamed kale
    Oat milk
    Flax seeds
    Some rosehip and wheatgrass powder
    Powdered cloves (a pinch)
    Black pepper (a pinch)

    A big smoothie for a small girl like me but I love how it makes me feel!

  • Joshua Pritikin

    Does ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) offer any special health benefits besides making great tea?

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      It may. The concern is that no human trials exists to my knowledge. In this review the herb seems promising in vitro, but until we have good human data I am reluctant to say it offers special health benefits. Thanks for reposting your question. Joshua.

      • Joshua Pritikin

        Ah, here is an opportunity for an enterprising grad student. Thanks.

  • Rodrigo Cardoso

    For any Portuguese speaking fellows following what’s up at –

  • We add ½ to 1 tsp. of spices we blend in bulk (10 oz.) to every cup of coffee. Our recipe: 6TBSP each of cardamom, ginger, cloves, turmeric. ¾ tsp black pepper, ¾ cu. cinnamon. Since I’ve just been hit with trigger thumb and nasty arthritis in both thumbs, I have experimented with adding more turmeric and pepper. But it is easy to overdo so I added more cinnamon which sort of masks the overload of turmeric. I like the taste of my original recipe better. The taste is sort of like a good chai tea style coffee that is not too heavy on cloves as it is in some places.

  • Shailja Sharma

    I am so glad we are talking about all these spices which are so commonly use in India. I am happy that now all these research are getting documented which my mom, and grandma told us while we were growing up. We also use a powder which is call Gram Masala -which has cumin, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, and some other spices. I mostly make my own and also have starting using Curcumin root in cooking with turmeric powder. Thank you

  • Penny Anonymous

    I am able to get fresh turmeric at my coop. When it is in season I use it in my soups instead of dried. Are the effects – better? not as good? altogether different? Does it matter if I cook it first? Should the spices be added to each bowl instead of the pot?

  • Bony Limas

    Good to see that this topic is being researched. Indonesian people have been using jamu (herbal remedy) for years. One of them is turmeric. There’s one ginger root species called temulawak (curcuma xanthorrhiza) which local people believe have more healing benefits than turmeric and it’s good for the liver. I am not sure if this has been researched and could be potentially being as a complementary treatment for liver diseases.

  • Micheal Gregger, i was wondering if you would do a video on minerals, since most people are drinking distilled water now with nothing in it, which is flushing our bodies of minerals. All water on earth has minerals which are essential when drinking and distilled “pure” water just isnt natural, its no good for us. water companies are selling distilled water, throwing around the word “pure”, as if the water is better than any other, when in reality, it is slowly killing people, stripping their body of minerals that are necessary for survival. We live on this earth, everything we do involves minerals, our society is so afraid of dirt and debris, that they are even taking it out of the water, which is contradicting because we are of the earth, we live on it, our bodies are made of the same elements, those “particles” in water are not just bad particles, they are necessary minerals that our bodies need. Its just like the saying “we are made of stardust”, because we are literally made of stardust. we cannot be anything BUT stardust. Thank you for all of your videos, they help everyone and me so much!

  • Robert Haile

    Is pickled ginger as anti inflammatory as other preparations of ginger?

  • kev

    hi Dr Gregor and thanks for the awsome job your doing here.

    Have you looked at Black Cumin seed oil? I have read some amazing properties for it!

  • bob

    does anyone know more about the article on 6-shogaol in ginger inhibiting breast and other cancer stem cell-like spheroids inducing autophagy presented from india aug 15 2015. can it aggrevate other cancers?

  • bob


  • Hannah

    I heard that most turmeric powders sold in stores doesn’t actually contain turmeric (it’s just food dye). The study suggested that instead you consume it freshly ground from the actual plant itself. Any thoughts? Is this true? I love adding turmeric powder to all my dishes but want to be sure I’m getting what I pay for.

  • Bogdan


    Are there any studies that show a plant-based diet is beneficial for ankylosing spondylitis?

    Thank you!

  • Ben “Doozie” Edwards

    I’ve been having a tea spoon of turmeric with some black pepper and tea spoon of olive oil as a “tea” for about three and a half weeks now. I started after reading about a very small (double blind placebo study) on curcumin’s effect on depression and was interested to read in the article it seemed to have a very good effect for atypical depression. I’ve had CFS for about two years now but atypical depression and CFS are actually quite similar in terms of symptoms and potential causes so I decided to give it a go. Very much looking forward to the next month as it was after 4 weeks that curcumin participants saw a gain over placebo so hopefully with a bit of luck I might start seeing some really good effects as well. I am definitely going to start adding a teaspoon of dried ginger though because why not! It’s safe and worth a try. I think I have already started seeing a benefit but we shall see how this goes from here!

  • Erik

    I have been in the process of changing my eating habits for a year now and have already made a lot of good changes going towards a plant based diet. After discovering your website and watching some of the youtube videos I am now making further steps to improve my diet. In particular, I am going to follow your recommendations on turmeric and flaxseed in the dosages that you recommend.

    However, I have also been reading a lot about the positive effects of black cumin seed (Nigella Sativa) on inflammation and also on diabetes in particular (using 2 grams a day). Now I wonder what your opinion is about this. Is it recommended to combine black cumin seed with turmeric and flaxseed in a diet? On your website there is only one reference to cumin seed (I used the search function) and in your book I cannot find any reference it as well in the index (just got the book today and just started reading it). Is this because you think black cumin seed is not beneficial or simply because there is insufficient scientific evidence that it works?

    • Thea

      Erik: I don’t know the answer to your question. I just wanted to say that by posting your question here, it helps Dr. Greger to know that there is specific interest in black cumin seeds.
      Congratulations on the changes you have made so far. Good for you!

  • Harley

    I make a paste of turmeric, black pepper and cocconut oil and water for my dog. He has been to the vet 14 times because he scratches to the point of bleeding due to insect allergies. This paste stopped 95% of his scratching.

    • Thea

      Harley: I have heard of this before and think it is great. Maybe you could answer some questions for me: 1) does you dog try to lick it of? 2) how do you keep the turmeric from staining your house yellow or getting the grease from the oil over everything? 3) how long do you leave it on? Is there a point where you wipe it off or do you just let it sit naturally until is goes away? Thanks!