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Does Tumeric help your joints?

Posted 26 October 2017

In the United Kingdom, a press ad for the health supplements supplier FutureYou, seen on 28 March 2017, promoted the food supplement Turmeric+. The ad featured the claim “Support Healthy Joints with TURMERIC+” alongside an image of the product which included the claims “supports healthy joints” and “helps maintain flexible joints”.

A consumer laid a complaint with the UK Advertising Standards Authority, who concluded that the claims were not supported by scientific evidence.

“We noted that EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) had published a negative scientific opinion on the on-hold claims in question. The EFSA Panel had concluded that a cause and effect relationship had not been established between the consumption of Curcuma longa (turmeric) and the maintenance of normal joints, on the basis of the evidence provided to EFSA.”

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Turmeric might interact with immunosuppressant

Posted 01 May 2017

This abstract from Natural Medicines, Integrative Medicine Newsletter of 25 April 2017, points out a risk of high doses of tumeric and tacrolimus .

A new case report suggests that adding turmeric to the diet while taking the immunosuppressant tacrolimus might cause a serious interaction. A 56-year-old man with a liver transplant who was taking tacrolimus was admitted to the emergency room with worsening edema. Tacrolimus levels were 29.9 ng/mL, well above the previous level of 9.7 ng/mL taken 11 days prior. The patient revealed that he had been consuming turmeric around 15+ spoonfuls daily in his food starting 10 days before being admitted to the ER. It was thought that turmeric increased levels of tacrolimus due to cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) inhibition. People taking tacrolimus should avoid large doses of turmeric.

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