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I'm trying to lower my potassium, so I'm looking for a

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I'm trying to lower my potassium, so I'm looking for a natural anti inflammatory. I workout a lot. Have a lot of aches and pains, and I wonder if curcumin would help. I know turmeric is high in potassium but what about extracted capsules of curcumin?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

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Curcumin has much less potassium than turmeric powder itself.

It can be taken even in kidney disease to help with the inflammation.

Besides curcumin, garlic has low potassium content and also prevents its absorption.

Garlic is also good anti inflammatory.
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Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


Do not take anything without consulting your doctor.

Do NOT take cucurmin and garlic together.

Both can have anti coagulant effects, so you might cause bleeding.

There is no evidence that the amount of potassium in food anti inflammatory substances affect the kidneys or kidney disease.

In addition, fish oil is highly anti inflammatory and is desirable in some forms of kidney disease.

Another reason you need supervision to get optimal, evidence based nutritional care.

Ginger, garlic, dark chocolate, and many veggies are naturally anti inflammatory diet.

In fact, more effective than relying on any magic pill/supplement Idea is an anti inflammatory diet, which is also a kidney protective and kidney healing diet.

The diet, in order of preference in quantity, should look like this
leafy greens
green veggies
other veggies
whole fruit, beans and peas
Whole grains no yeasted breads, dry cereals or anything refined
Seeds and nuts, but cut out seeds if you have any diverticulosis.
A little tofu or tempeh daily
A little high quality soy or coconut milk yogurt

The soluble fiber in this strategy will stabilized colon function in about 6 to 8 weeks, then about 2 or three helpings of animal foods a week, preferably fish, can be added back.
See the book Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, for instructions on this type of diet.

If you insist on using supplements, find a doctor board certified in this area as I am, which is why I though I would answer your question with a different answer.

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