Turmeric Can Lower Iron Levels

July 25, 2018

 

 

“…We previously observed that, in cultured cells, curcumin exhibits properties of an iron chelator…To test whether the chelator activity of curcumin is sufficient to induce iron deficiency in vivo, mice were placed on diets containing graded concentrations of both iron and curcumin for 26 weeks…Curcumin repressed synthesis of hepcidin, a peptide that plays a central role in regulation of systemic iron balance. These results demonstrate that curcumin has the potential to affect systemic iron metabolism…The polyphenol curcumin is the active ingredient in the herbal remedy and dietary spice turmeric…We recently observed that liver cells treated with curcumin exhibit hallmarks of iron depletion…We demonstrate that curcumin can induce iron depletion in vivo, particularly in mice with low levels of body iron…”
(Curcumin, a cancer chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic agent, is a biologically active iron chelator; Blood. 2009 Jan 8; 113(2): 462–469.)

 

 

Some earlier studies had concluded that turmeric (unlike nightshades, such as chili peppers, etc.) did not inhibit iron levels. However, animal studies, and the study above, along with hundreds of testimonies of people who believe turmeric caused or exasperated their anemia, reveal that turmeric likely should not be taken regularly with, or too close to meals, or perhaps in high doses – especially by women or children, or others prone to low iron levels. Its chelating ability on metals such as cadmium, lead, mercury, aluminum, etc. is obviously very beneficial. But it is not good for iron stores.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some earlier studies had concluded that turmeric (unlike nightshades, such as chili peppers, etc.) did not inhibit iron levels. However, animal studies, and the study above, along with hundreds of testimonies of people who believe turmeric caused or exasperated their anemia, reveal that turmeric should not be taken regularly with meals, or perhaps in high doses – especially by women or children, or others prone to low iron levels.

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