Turmeric for Prostatitis
What Is Turmeric?
Turmeric comes from a perennial plant in the ginger family. Turmeric contains several phytochemicals including curcumin, which gives turmeric a bitter, peppery taste. Turmeric has a long history of use in Chinese and Indian medicine practices for inflammatory health issues. Turmeric for prostatitis boasts many potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful in managing prostatitis.
Turmeric for Prostatitis—Does It Work?
Despite turmeric’s long use in Eastern medicine, this supplement has many recent studies finding it useful for prostate health and in helping prostatitis patients. Studies show that turmeric and curcumin can be helpful for men with bacterial prostatitis and nonbacterial chronic prostatitis because of its ability to reduce inflammation.
- One study found that the curcumin found in turmeric effectively managed chronic nonbacterial prostatitis. Its benefits may because it reduced the pro-inflammatory cytokines interleuin-8 and tumor necrosis factor alpha in the tissues and blood (Zhang).
- A Columbia University study noted that turmeric provided support and health benefits for prostate patients (Dorai).
- Turmeric and curcumin can also help with chronic bacterial prostatitis. Researchers in a study that was published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents gave a combination of curcumin, quercetin, saw palmetto, and singing nettle (which can be found in combination in Prost-P10x) along with an antibiotic to men with chronic bacterial prostatitis. The control group took only an antibiotic. The men who took the herbal combination had significantly better resolution of their symptoms than the group who took only an antibiotic. It is important to note that quercetin can decrease the effectiveness of certain types of antibiotics, so check with your doctor before starting any treatment for prostatitis (Cai).
Uses and Side Effects of Turmeric
If you are interesting in taking turmeric for prostatitis, you can take 400 to 600 mg of standardized powder of curcumin three times a day. Modified curcumin is more bioavailable, or easier to absorb, and can be taken in 250mg doses twice a day. A modified version called Meriva curcumin has been shown to have up to a 20-fold increase in bioavailability over standard turmeric extracts. Meriva is also time-released, which helps keep curcumin blood levels more constant.
Talk to your doctor about taking turmeric or curcumin if you have diabetes, as it can lower blood sugar. Taking large amounts for a prolonged period of time can lead to stomach upset or ulcers, although curcumin has been found useful in helping relieve peptic ulcers.
References for Turmeric for Prostatitis:
Cai T et al: results from a prospective randomized study. Int J Antimicrob Agents 2009 Jun; 33(6): 549-53
Dorai T et al. Therapeutic potential of curcumin. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis 2000 Aug; 3(2): 84-93
White B, Judkins DZ. Clinical inquiry: does turmeric relieve inflammation conditions? J Fam Pract 2011 Mar; 60(3): 155-56 Turmeric for prostatitis
Zhang QY et al. Reducing effect of curcumin on expressions of TNF-alpha, IL-6 and IL-8 in rats with chronic nonbacterial prostatitis. Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue 2010 Jan; 16(1): 84-88