I wrote a blog on the benefits of curcumin titled Curcumin: Cancer Fighter, Autism Healer. Below are key elements of information from it.

Curcumin is the main active ingredient of turmeric, which is used as a seasoning and the key ingredient of curry.  Curcumin has been used in the Indian and Chinese cultures for medicinal purposes for thousand of years.  Studies have shown it to possess the following properties: anti-tumor, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-platelet, cholesterol lowering, antibacterial and anti-fungal effects. It contains a mixture of powerful antioxidant phytonutrients called curcuminoids.

Due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties it can also help to keep the neural pathways clear, helping with dementia, like Alzheimer’s and neurological disorders, like autism.

Curcumin can significantly slow the growth of skin, lung, breast and prostate cancers. The anti-tumor effect stem from its ability to induce apoptosis in cancer cells without cytotoxic effects on healthy cells. (Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are forms of cytotoxic therapy).  In other words, it induces the abnormal cells to kill themselves before they become cancerous, while leaving the healthy ones alone. Before apoptosis is induced, curcumin stops cancer cells from multiplying. In cancer research, this is known as “interrupting the cell cycle”.  Therefore, curcumin is useful for cancer prevention and therapy.

Curcumin can block chemicals from getting inside cells.  It can interfere with pesticides that mimic estrogen. These include DDT and dioxin, two extremely toxic chemicals that contaminate America’s food and water. Some studies have even suggested that curcumin can inhibit cancer metastasis.

Curcumin has a detoxifying effect on the body by improving liver function and helping the body eliminate at a greater and more efficient rate.

It also helps with detoxification by increasing cellular glutathione levels.  Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells from reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as free radicals. Glutathione is produced by the body and found in every cell. It’s the body’s most important antioxidant because it’s within the cell.  Because glutathione exists within the cells, it is in a prime position to neutralize free radicals. It also has potentially widespread health benefits because it can be found in all types of cells, including the cells of the immune system, whose job is to fight disease.

In autism and adhd, glutathione reserves are commonly low.  This leads to many biochemical problems for children with autism, one being an inability to detoxify toxins such as mercury and lead.  These toxins adversely affect chemicals in the brain that support attention, focusing, and general awareness. By increasing glutathione levels, curcumin can provide numerous benefits for these kids.

30 Responses

  1. Very good information on Curcumin

  2. Hi, I am thinking about giving curcumin to my 3 yr old boy weighted 16 kg. He has been taken Olive leaf for the past 2 months. My DAN has recommended him to take inflathera which contains curcumin and ginger roots. The supplement has a very strong ginger taste. Since the first day he took the Inflathera, he didnt sleep thru the night. He woke up at 3am and back to sleep at 5am. I stopped giving it to him on the 5th day and he was able to sleep better again. And I reintroduced him to the Olive leaf. But after 3 days of taking Olive leaf, he had 2 times silly giggles and emotional crying. he cried out of the blue. Do you think this was due to yeast flared up? Or switching between the herbs supplement? My DAN told me to change the herbal supplement from time to time as the body might not respond well after taking the same herb for a long time.

    My friend gave me Enhansa by lee silsby which consisted of 150mg of Curcumin. How much do you think the dosage should be for 3.5 yr old? And may I ask what is your experience with Curcumin?

    Thanks. Annie

    • I’m not a doctor, but it sounds like a yeast flare up symptom. Are you giving him any charcoal capsules to mop up the toxins that are dying off? You can open the capsules and put into juice. Just make sure it’s 1.5 -2 hrs before or after he eats or takes any supplements/anti-fungals. Enhansa is great but very powerful. We went very low and slow on it due to the phenols in it. My son reacts to phenols and that may have been adding to yours reactions to. Read my page on phenols/salycilates. If it’s the powder you have, then I’d go only 1/4 of the small white spoon that comes with it for about a week once a day…then very slowly ramp up the doses. That’s how slow we had to go with it. I also gave him No Phenol digestive enzymes before he had Enhansa to help with the phenols.

  3. My 4 1/2 year old son just reacted pretty badly to enhansa (he started at 75mg and could barely move due to flu like symptoms and he was angry and anxious). After 8 days and the symptoms not letting up I decided it was too much on him. I will try him again in a few weeks at an even smaller dose but wanted to know if you believe the journey with enhansa was worth the work. Did you feel it ultimately helped your son? I’m completely torn about whether to try it again or not. Thanks for any advice.

    • Starting at 75 mg was too high of a dose for my son, I started at less than 25 mgs. It’s highly phenolic and I had to use the digestive enzyme No Phenol by Houston Enzymes with it. It’s also very powerful at killing of yeast and bacteria which is why your son had the flu like symptoms from the die-off. Did your DAN suggest using Charcoal capsules? Give away from food and supps about 1/5 – 2 hours since it mops up everything in the gut. It will mop up the toxins excreted by the yeast/bacteria die-off and help with the side affects. Go low and slow next time, 25 mgs for 5-7 days, then slowly increase for about 7 days at a time, 50 mgs for 7 days, then 75 mgs. And use the charcoal capsules. It will make his stool black sometimes, no worries about that. Also try the digestive enzymes. Best wishes for success!

  4. My husband (58 yrs old) is on the autistic spectrum (Asperger’s Syndrome). We have been married for 32 years. We met when he was 26 and I was 36. He is very high functioning intellectually and probably functions emotionally at about the mid-teen level. Increasingly over the years his behavior has gotten more difficult.

    Last year he was diagnosed with a rather substantial melanoma on his back which was surgically removed. One follow-up PT-Scan revealed on additional (distant) lymph node involvement. Subsequent scans have come back clean.

    Because CURCUMIN is recognized to be especially effective against this type of cancer cell, I put him on two sizable doses per day (500 mgs each). Within a few weeks his behavior became much more “normal,” and life with him greatly improved. Though I realize ASDs have several causes, there is “something” in curcumin that has caused him to be a pleasure to be around. On those few occasions when he neglects to take one of the doses, his behavior quickly returns to pre-curcumin performance.

    Life around here has become much more reasonable if not pleasant.


    • I hope your husband is doing well. Thank you for sharing your story. Blessings.

    • HI Micheloise,
      I realize this is now 4.5 years since you posted this about your husband with aspergers, but I was wondering if you were still seeing good results or had to change brands of cur cumin or dosages. I hope you’ve continued doing well with it.

  5. Just FYI, curcumin is a very versatile face mask. I have been using it for acne with great results. I mix 1 part curcumin powder and one part lemon oil with a dash of honey. The lemon oil is non greasy and exfoliates the skin to promote the release of oil from the pores. The honey is a natural antiseptic that kills acne causing bacteria. I just get a pillowcase I dont care about and sleep in it. You can also just leave it on for 30min-1hr. Just watch doctor who with it on and remove it when it is over. I have also used curcumin face masks with my mom for her wrinkles. She was skeptical at first, but when she put it on to get me to keep bugging her, she was convinced. The antioxidants in curcumin help rejuvinate the skin and get rid of wrinkles. To make a wrinkle face mask, mix curcumin with coconut oil. This is not an exact science, but I usually mix in about two tbsp for a 8oz jar, it should have a light orange hue.

  6. Hello, i would like to know the posology for the charcoal for my daughter of 4 years old 35 lbs. She is on the brain child program for yeast an at night she start to cry but she’s not totally awake and she seem’s to have pain to her abdomen…and nightmares. She is reacting much more to the biocidin drops that we hare given her. I am verry tired because of the lake of sleep and wondering what to do…were using probiotic and digestives enzymes to. should we try enhansa and do we need and prescription ? her doctor told us that she should take iron because it’s low in the blood.

    Thank you for all your help

    • Please check with your doctor on doseage. Also, remember activated charcoal mops up toxins but also will absorb supplements and food…so it needs to be given 1-2 hrs away from food and supps.

  7. I’m a bit disturbed by you comment: “In autism and adhd, glutathione reserves are commonly low.” Are you saying those who have inherited ADHD commenly have this deficiency, or are you referring to those children who have been exposed to mercury and lead which has resulted in autism and ADHD because of environmental factors? ADHD is clearly genetic in may family. I have it, and two of my daughters also. Should I be concerned about our levels being low? Please clarify.

    Thank you.

    • I was referring to children that have been exposed to toxins and/or have a genetic methylation cycle issue. ADHD is inherited as in my family, but we also have poor gut bacteria, neurotransmitters deficiency, low-serotonin. Sometimes co-factors affect a non-genetic issue and create a low glutathione level in the body. I bet if you tried out some lab tests you may find a common link between you and your daughters in some area that either creates/enhances some of the ADHD symptoms. That’s what I found in my experience. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  8. Nice write up. I’m an adult with ADHD 30 yo Male. I find Curcumin helpful for getting sound sleep and waking up somewhat rested vs wanting to kill someone lol.

    Can you share anything else that has helped out you or your family’s adhd?

    • I have quite a few posts on my blog that addresses that question. On he side bar you see categories. Click on ADHD and you’ll see my posts that talk about other therapies that help.

  9. Dear Author, do you have a brand of Curcumin to recommend? And dosage perhaps?

  10. Great
    post. And great reading the comments.

  11. I have a grandson that is 13 has ADHD how much Curcumin can I give him.

  12. What blood test results would determine that turmeric could help an Autistic child…age 3?
    His doctor advises some supplements but they are not as effective as even he had hoped and the child gets a lot of loose stools…he is non verbal and cannot express his discomforts…any advice…do you send info to doctors?

  13. Hey
    Have some questions on your sons recovery. Can I contact you via email?

    Thank you

  14. Hi. We have recently started giving turmeric to my 10 yeat old severely autistic son on a daily basis. It seems to make him calmer and less hyper. We sprinkle it on his meat. We will look into buying some in liquid form. Along with probiotics and vitamins, tumeric seems to be causing us to say wow! Its nice to see him calm. Thank you.

  15. Waoo, thank you for sharing this amazing information!!

  16. Does curcumin help children calm down.

  17. what dosage should given of turmeic of 3yrs old kid

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