In July 2016, my wife, Kayla found me in the bathroom passed out. It wasn't from drinking, it was because I had internal bleeding. I had the signs leading up to it during that week, but ignored them, between throwing up small amounts of blood, to blood in my stools. After she got me up, I threw up pure blood all over our bathroom. When the ambulance got to my house, my blood pressure was less than half of what it should have been. Then was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, should have ended up in ICU, but was lucky enough not to. I ended up getting a blood transfusion and had a scope done to find out that I had bleeding ulcers in my stomach and part of my stomach lining has deteriorated. If it wasn't for Kayla finding me, heck I could have died.
What caused all this? Taking too many NSAIDS (aka ibuprofen, aleve, advil, etc). I thought I was having back issues, which was why I was taking the meds, when in all reality it could have been my stomach all along. So I would urge everyone to not take any sort of pain relievers for long periods of time (i would avoid acetaminophen as well even though it affects the liver), and see a doctor, chiropractor, etc before you do as much damage as I did.
Why did I tell you this and reference an older blog post? Because, there are better and more natural ways to control your pain than taking over the counter pain medications like ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, Tylenol, etc.
Since that week that I spent in the hospital, I heard about Turmeric and with 3 knee surgeries under my belt, I needed something to help the pain in my leg daily to keep myself from limping.
So what is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It contains a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin, which is often used to color foods and cosmetics.
What is it used for other than food?
Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiation treatment, and fatigue.
It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, itchy skin, recovery after surgery, and cancers. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer's disease, swelling in the middle layer of the eye (anterior uveitis), diabetes, water retention, worms, an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tuberculosis, urinary bladder inflammation, and kidney problems.
- Credit: WebMD
At first I was skeptical because how could a natural root help? But, I can assure you that it does help. I have tried various brands of Turmeric Extract and the one I have tried and recommend is Summit Nutritions Extra Bioavailable Organic Turmeric Extract. I have used this through 1 bottle so far, and I can say that this stuff is amazing how it works. The best part is that it is Organic!
This is their claim from their website:
Turmeric curcumin extract with black pepper works to support general health by acting as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Organic Turmeric Extract
Designed to act as a powerful anti-inflammatory
Antioxidant properties may help fight free radicals
Includes piperine for enhanced bioavailability
How To Use It
Take one vegetarian capsule daily.
Turmeric curcumin extract, turmeric curcumin powder, and black pepper extract; see supplement facts here.
Natural formula with no fillers, binders, or artificial ingredients
You can purchase it directly from the Summit Nutrition’s website or from Amazon.
If you agree with me or not, I had to share my thoughts, opinions, and experiences on this subject since it hits close to home. But, I would highly recommend that you avoid taking high amounts of pain relievers and follow the boxes instructions. Do not take more than it says like I did, and try to limit it overall.
Please advise that I am not a doctor and this is my own personal opinion. I would recommend consulting a doctor before using this product.
I am not currently endorse or receiving any payments for this product.