Does Turmeric Really Help The Symptoms of Lupus?

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Why are so many people talking about using turmeric for lupus?

If you look all across the web, from message boards to articles, one of the top conversations around lupus you will find is people looking for natural remedies for lupus and one of the top remedies you will come across is turmeric. While it can be tempting to try holistic remedies, it is always important to do your research and talk with your doctor first.

What is turmeric?

Turmeric or tumeric (Curcuma longa) is a plant of the ginger family that is native to southern Asia. If you have ever had Indian, Pakistan, or Irani food, it is likely that you have tried something with turmeric powder. Most of the research around the health benefits of revolve around curcumin, a compound which constitutes 3.14% (on average) of powdered turmeric.

What does the research say about turmeric for lupus?

According to this study of studies, Curcumin (a compound found in turmeric) has been demonstrated to be safe in six human trials and has demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity. Research specific to turmeric for lupus has been done on patients with lupus nephritis. This study of 24 people, concluded that “short-term turmeric supplementation can decrease proteinuria, hematuria, and systolic blood pressure in patients suffering from relapsing or refractory lupus nephritis.”

Overall, while there is some evidence that turmeric can help with lupus symptoms, the research is far from conclusive.

How can I try turmeric?

It is important to talk to your doctor before trying anything for lupus. If you and your doctor agree to try turmeric you have a couple different options. One way is by taking a pill, which you can purchase online or at your local pharmacy. Another popular way is to add turmeric to your tea or coffee

tea with turmeric for lupus


Simple ginger-turmeric tea:

boiling water  |  1 cup
fresh turmeric root, grated (1/3 tsp. if using dried)  |  1 tsp.
fresh ginger root, grated (1/3 tsp. if using dried)   |   1 tsp.
Honey to taste
Fresh lemon wedge

You can also add a little bit of turmeric, cinnamon & ginger to your coffee with creamer for a chai-like taste

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4 thoughts on “Does Turmeric Really Help The Symptoms of Lupus?

  1. In order to make the Tumeric much more effective, you need to include black pepper. Black Pepper increases the value of the Tumeric.
    First thing in the morning I drink this drink.

    glass of warm water (4 oz)
    1/4 tsp Tumeric
    1 tbsp Organic Honey
    1 tbsp Organic Lemon Juice
    A pinch of Black Pepper
    Be sure to stir well and at the half way point. The Tumeric settles quickly to the bottom.
    I find this drink to be very helpful. It is also very healthy for you.

  2. I used turmeric as a spice and as a tea for several months and had some pain relief, however, had a serious side effect. I have atrial tachycardia, and the turmeric increases my heart rate. So please use caution with turmeric or any other spice if you have a heart condition that affects your heart rhythm.

  3. I find this very interesting, I use turmeric spice quite a lot and I drink ginger tea as well, but I have never heard that it was beneficial for my lupus, although my lupus is well controlled. I wonder
    if this has any thing to do with it?

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