Friday, February 29, 2008

Curcumin Supplements and Drowsiness

Curcumin does not usually cause drowsiness, and it is safe to drive or operate machinery after taking curcumin with one possible exception:

In laboratory experiments with animals, curcumin restores normal rhythms of day and night waking and sleeping after alcohol consumption.

This means if you drink heavily (say, more than 3-4 drinks a day) and you've been staying up late, or if you are an alcoholic recently (in the last 3-4 weeks) beginning recovery, curcumin might will help you return to a normal sleep pattern. Whether that's good or bad is really up to the person taking the supplement.

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Curcumin for Alzheimer's Prevention
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Could Curcumin Cure Congestive Heart Failure?
Curcumin and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) for Congestive Heart Failure
Curcumin and Hawthorn for Congestive Heart Failure
Curcumin, Arjuna, and Pushkarmoola for Heart Conditions
Could Curcumin Lower LDL Cholesterol (and Raise HDL)?
Curcumin, Coumadin, and Other Anticoagulants
Curcumin and Bioperine


Jagota A, Reddy MY. The Effect of Curcumin on Ethanol Induced Changes in Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SCN) and Pineal. Cell Mol Neurobiol. 2007 Dec;27(8):997-1006. Epub 2007 Sep 11.

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