Biotest tells us there are quite a few health benefits to ingesting Curcumin. They go on and on about how it helps with the pain that results from hard core training. They also touch on its other benefits like helping to lower cholesterol, lowering body fat, enhancement of your cardiovascular system and the untold amounts of antioxidants it bestows on your body.
Well I want to share with you my experience of Curcumin. This is totally going to blow your mind. Now I am no doctor, not a scientist…nope, no degree or any fancy, smancy letters behind my name. I am just someone who has to biohack my own body to make it work at optimum performance. So this has worked for me, not saying it will work for you, but what have you got to loose.
For those that have been following my Indigo Log: http://tnation.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/sports_body_training_performance_bodybuilding_indigo_2/hawaiitunya_indigo_3g_project_log … which apparently are quite of few of you T-Nation-nites as my log has over 220,000 views. I’m sure you have read about my chronic hive condition onset from the head trauma received in 2006. This condition as put me in the ER several times in Anaphylactic Shock and now I carry an EPI pen because of it.
“Any” type of stress (including physical exercise) can bring on an outbreak, which can seriously hamper my training. Last year I was put on Prednisone on 4 different occasions.
This past February a member of our gym sent me a write up in Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140217084804.htm . As you will see the study discusses the success they’re having to control the onset of hives with over the counter histamine blockers stacked with Vit-D3. I immediately wanted to give this a try.
I started this regiment and then in working with my new doctor, a Naturopath, she wanted me to drop the Allegra/Benedryl and use the Curcumin instead. Viola. We have a winning combination.
So now my stack is Curcumin with 20-30,000 iu’s of Vit D-3 a day.
I have been Prednisone FREE all of 2014. I still get the occasional outbreak but I have not used any over the counter histamine blockers and like I just mentioned NO PREDNISONE!!
Now if your questioning if the Curcumin or Vit D will work by itself, for me it’s a BIG NO! During my last competition I didn’t take enough of either with me and I ran out. Immediately started breaking out in big hives the evening before competition. My friends stopped and picked up some Vit-D for me. I immediately took the full dose of 30,000 and all it did was ease things off, but still had large welts on my head and spots on my face. The effects were the same through the night and into the next day. After I got home the next day I immediately took in 6 Curcumin and within 60 minutes the hives started to disappear.
This week I have been out of Vit-D and my supply should be here tomorrow, but I have been having a few spots. Last night at the gym everyone became concerned when they noticed how broke out my face was.
So…for me…it’s a no brainer…
Curumin + Vit D3 is my ultimate HISTAMINE BLOCKER.
I encourage anyone who suffers from allergies to give this a try. What have you got to lose besides a few tissues and brain cells from sneezing all the time.
As far as I am concerned Biotest should change their info on Curcumin to include:
Healthy Benefits of Curcumin:
And here are the findings from laboratory studies showing the healthy benefits of curcumin:
- Curcumin has been shown to exhibit anti-aromatase properties.
- Curcumin helps enhance cardiovascular health.
- Curcumin may reduce body fat.
- Curcumin has been shown to support healthy cholesterol levels within a normal range.
- Curcumin has been shown to lower the risk of Hives or other allergy related symptoms.
- Curcumin has been shown to lower the risk of neck injuries due to constant sneezing from allergies. (okay, maybe not this one)
- Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant.
- Curcumin is a powerful histamine blocker.
So that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!