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    • #21421
      Natasha Christl

      Hi, newbie here. I was diagnosed with PD in 2019, but noticed symptoms a few years before. I’m constantly doing research to find something that will help me feel better. I just read an article titled Compound Derived From Turmeric Essential Oil Has Neuroprotective Properties. Has anyone tried turmeric or turmeric oil to help with PD symptoms? If so, how much did you take and what symptoms did it help? I’m not a big fan of turmeric, so I’ve been trying to find ways to sneak it in.

    • #21426
      Clive Varejes


      Nothing from my end.

    • #21444
      Barry Block

      I just started it a few days ago. I bought capsules from Amazon (Nature’s Nutrition 1950 mg TID. I tried writing to the study’s authors to find a source, product and dosage, but got no reply. I not sure that Turmeric curcumin is equal to turmeric essential oils, but at about 10 cents a capsule it’s a low cost low risk. The indications are joint, heart, and brain health. I have a heart condition, so it might help. I will keep others posted on any results. It’s still too early to tell. If anyone knows the difference between the capsules and the essential oil, please let me know.

    • #21446

      My husband has been taking turmeric also for years as a supplement for pain. Now he has read that the supplements helped with Parkinson’s as well. I read the same article and like you I could not find any essential oils either. So he still takes the supplement.  I take them as well, I find them helpful as Advil bothers my stomach at times. I will post if I find a source of the oils.


    • #21465
      Phil Gattis

      I’ve been taking Turmeric for several years now.  It very nicely replaced an NSAID in controlling pain/inflammation.  Long-term NSAID use has its danger of side effects, so that in itself makes it worth it.  However, a cure for Parkinson’s it is not.

    • #21445
      Marjorie Weiss

      My husband takes Curcumin every day. I cannot say if it helps his PD noticeably since he has taken it for several years. It is a natural anti-inflammatory
      so for me it helps with joint pain.

      We use this one which also has Co Q10 which PD people find beneficial.

    • #21448
      Natasha Christl

      Well, I just found this article, so it looks like it’s best to stick with the supplement, not the essential oil…



      • #21558
        John Murnin

        Natasha thanks for your post and article.

    • #21453
      Rob Johnston

      Numerous studies report the neuroprotective effects of curcumin. One was recently published in Parkinson’s News Today – July 19, 2021.

      Turmeric Oil Derivatives May Help to Protect Dopaminergic Neurons = the study upon which the above article was based.

    • #21471
      Marilyn Crossley

      How much do you take. I take the capsules but just one a day. Haven’t really felt any effects but wonder if my dosage is right?

    • #21473
      Barry Block

      The bottle I have says three capsules per day. I like to follow directions.

      After 1 week no noticeable change.

    • #21481

      I just started giving a capsule of turmeric a day to my husband, I also start giving him mannitol. I hope it will work for him.

    • #21484

      I take it for joint inflammation. To get a therapeutic dose at a reasonable cost I got the extract (standardized to 95% curcuminoids) in powder form from I add a little piperin (black pepper extract) to increase absorption—but absorption might not matter for gut inflammation.

      My inflammation is very much under control now, but I was doing a bunch of other things for it, too, so I can’t speak to the effectiveness of turmeric alone.

    • #21522
      Alan Tobey

      12 years into PD and managing pretty well, one thing I’ve learned/decided is to avoid “special” proprietary extracts, derivatives, “Breakthroughs,” etc.  The innovations usually are a product of marketing rathervthan medicine. But in an age when a single-molecule “pure” extract is thought to be better than the “crude”craw material, productizattion is inevitable.

      With turmeric there’s some actual evidence that the extract, curcumin, is less active than the full powder because useful cofactors are lacking. So as a personal example,  my personal daily anti-inflammatory cocktail, derived from Ayurved8c medical traditions, mixes turmeric powder with flaxseed meal, ginger, amla powder, black cumin oil and a bit of black pepper — mixed into a “tasty” cocktail  with fruit juice.  This targets other things beyond just excessive inflammation, such as inhibiting my dormant prostate cancer, eliminating constipation,  and perhaps having some analgesic effects.  But there are no “pure” components; each is a mixture.  And most of the ingredients can be bought in an Indian grocery store at very cheap bulk prices.

      A  simpler example of the principle:  instead of melatonin I use pistachio nut kernels that contain the “pure” compound along with cofactors that haven’t been tested yet (melatonin is not a big pharmaceutical money-winner).1 use about 6-8 kernels in place of a 1 g. Tablet and think I get the same effect.

      so be cautious in what miracle molecule you choose.   Very often there’s a more complex, more effective form available for a lot less money. Turmeric powder beats cucurmin extract in several ways that matter.

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