Turmeric and Lupus Poll Results
In total, there were 1,102 responses. However, 67 of the responses indicated that the person did not have lupus so we will use 1,035 responses from people with lupus.
Interestingly, nearly 45% of people had tried using turmeric for lupus symptom management. This seems high, but it may be because it is a relatively common spice that is available at grocery stores. Because of how the question was worded, we do not know if people used the spice in teas or recipes or supplements. But, we do know that 45% of people admitted to consuming the spice with the intention of decreasing their lupus symptoms.
The 45% of people had tried using turmeric from above was equal to 464 responses. From our survey, 75.4% of people that used turmeric for lupus found it beneficial.
This high number is supported by the amount of conversations and articles that can be found online about the benefits of the spice. But, why does it not seem to work for nearly one quarter of people that took the survey?
Turmeric chemical composition
Much of the research into the effectiveness of turmeric focuses on curcumin, a substance that can be extracted from the spice. But, as noted in a review by Dr. S. C. Gupta, et. al, in 2012, curcumin only makes up about 2-5% of turmeric.
The researchers continue their discussion of the spice variability, noting that, “the qualitative and quantitative compositions of turmeric vary often with varieties, locations, sources, and cultivation conditions.” This is not a surprise when you consider that turmeric is made up of 235 compounds. There is some research suggesting that curcumin may provide value, but this variability of the spice makes it a bit more difficult to make comparisons across products.