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Glucosamine, Ginger and Turmeric

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

DH is feeling better now that he’s increased his glucosamine intake. Andrew Weil, M.D., and Brian Becker, M.D., updated their article
January 10, 2013.

“Osteoarthritis causes joint cartilage to lose its elasticity and become stiff which leads to joint discomfort, swelling, and loss of movement. Over time, the body decreases production of glucosamine. It is possible that incorporating daily glucosamine supplements may rectify and replace falling levels in the body and reduce osteoarthritis symptoms...”

My takeaways:
1. Research is still needed on IF glucosamine alone and glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate taken together work.
2. Glucosamine can be taken safely in conjunction with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
3. There are no known risks with taking large quantities of glucosamine, however;
4. Large amounts may alter glucose levels and interact with diuretics and blood thinners, so talk to your physician before starting to take supplements.
Posted: 10/15/2003 (10 years ago) also recommends taking glucosamine for arthritis but dissuades taking ginger and/or turmeric.

Not one to give up, I found Dr. Weil recommended, “For inflammatory conditions, 1 or 2 g of powdered ginger a day....”

And a boatload of recipes for morning smoothies:

So how about adding turmeric?

Dr. Weil notes turmeric is used for: “Arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis; it acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent BUT …dried spice is not effective for treating conditions.”

Bummer – not to give up again… There appears to be some difference of opinion on the subject.
University of Maryland Medical Center recommends taking 1 to 3 grams of dried, powdered turmeric root per day, about 1/2 to 1.5 teaspoons.
recommends slicing off a little chunk of turmeric root, about the size of the first joint of your forefinger, adding a teaspoon of cinnamon for flavor (and because cinnamon also fights inflammation), a teaspoon or two of local honey, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper to get things circulating quickly… or using 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric.

So, I plan to start introducing ginger first and turmeric this fall as I’ve once again found amounts to add to breakfast smoothies!


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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NONIE_C 5/30/2013 4:13PM

    This is great!!!
Thank you so much for sharing your research!

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NIXIEWILLOW 5/30/2013 12:15PM

    Thanks for sharing all your research. So glad your DH is beginning to see results already! emoticon emoticon

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GORIANA 5/30/2013 2:06AM

    One day I had a littlr trouble sleeping and found a recipe from Sanjay Gupta on the Dr Oz show. I like it.

I made all spices 1/2 tsp to make it easier.

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WATERMELLEN 5/29/2013 10:42PM

    Fascinating stuff! Glucosamine did not seem to help me much (glad it is helping your DH), but the ginger and turmeric route seems promising.

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JODROX 5/29/2013 7:16PM

    Thanks for sharing this! It's amazing we all have to become doctors to figure this stuff out!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/29/2013 7:02PM

    You have been one busy researcher! There was a time I was taking glucosomine / chondroitin combination and I thought it was doing me some good, but the Dr. took me off it before the parathyroid surgery, due to it being a blood-thinning agent.

I never took it back up again.

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