Johns Hopkins Article Reveals that High-dose Turmeric May Cause Iron Deficiency Anemia

The adage is true:  Too much of anything isn’t necessarily a good thing. 

On June 9 Johns Hopkins published “Iron Deficiency Anemia Due to High-dose Turmeric”.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6414192/ The article reveals that high dosages of turmeric (in this case 538 mg daily) may prevent the absorption of iron in the gut, causing iron deficiency anemia.

The article reveals that high dosages of turmeric (in this case 538 mg daily) may prevent the absorption of iron in the gut, causing iron deficiency anemia.

This may be the first case of documented iron deficiency anemia in people due to turmeric supplements. Given the widespread use of turmeric and curcumin supplements for many health issues, further attention is warranted.

According to the Johns Hopkins article 66-year-old physician treated himself for an osteoarthritis flare after steroids with six turmeric extract capsules (538 mg) daily, to help with inflammation. During this time, his hemoglobin never rose above 12 and his iron and ferritin levels were consistent with iron deficiency. Upper and lower endoscopy and Hemoccult™ studies were negative. Two weeks after stopping the turmeric and continuing his usual iron supplement, his hemoglobin had returned to normal, with normalizing iron studies. Turmeric was associated with significant iron deficiency anemia, consistent with the binding of available iron in the gut and the prevention of absorption.  

Less is better.

One of the advantages of Interceuticals Better Curcumin™ is that because it is based on a patented curcumin–specifically formulated by nanotechnology and is highly bio-available–the daily dosage is much less than the dosage found in many other supplements.  Better Curcumin users only take 180 mgs per day.

To your health,

Peipei Wishnow, PhD

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