Important information about curcumin (turmeric) in relation to gallstones and SOD.
Once you read this post feel free to throw darts at me if you have Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction or gallstones and have taken a turmeric product on my recommendation. However …
IF you have seen good results please hold the darts but consider being cautious 🙂
I was answering some questions for a lady on my facebook page who has SOD and I remembered something that I should have told people about the potential hazards of using the product if you have certain conditions so …
This really proves that I too can be an idiot at times and that I make mistakes. So here it is:
IF you have Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction you should NOT take curcumin or use turmeric in cooking because curcumin induces bile flow and in SOD patients this could prove to be a not so good experience.
I am NOT saying that taking curcumin will cause AP in SOD patients but it may contribute.
Since curcumin increases bile flow and since the Sphincter of Oddi may be narrowed from scar tissue the increased flow of bile could back up and if it backs up into the pancreatic duct it may cause AP.
What Is Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction?
This short video will quickly explain SOD.
What About Curcumin and Gallstones?
People who have gallstones should probably avoid turmeric and curcumin as well simply because increased bile flow could cause a stone or stones to pass and if they block the duct then AP could be what results. In fact gallstones are the most common cause of acute pancreatitis.
The good news is this …
Like I have mentioned before I used grape seed extract and vitamin C first before I found out about curcumin. Grape seed extract and vita C worked a miracle. Of course it may have been helped along with some divine intervention as well (praise God because I am sure He taught me all the stuff I know and kept me safe too. My outcome could have been so much worse!).
I found curcumin later and added it. So …
Curcumin may not be necessary. I found healing without it. Yet, it definitely is a good addition because it’s natural natural pain relieving ability rivals NSAIDs. Plus …
Turmeric (root that curcuminoids come from) seems to induce gallbladder contractions that keeps the bile flowing. This cleansing action helps to reduce the formation of cholesterol type gallstones by keeping the bile contained within the gallbladder flushed and fresh. So for those who do not have SOD or gallstones you may find it extremely beneficial.
Again, IF you have Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction or gallstones you may want to refrain from using turmeric or curcumin for pain relief. Choose grape seed extract and vitamin C instead.
- Therapeutic Roles of Curcumin: Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials
Subash C. Gupta, Sridevi Patchva, and Bharat B. Aggarwal