No, this is not another ‘no longer vegan,’ posts. It’s just a commentary on trying work around meds and supplements that aren’t exactly veg-friendly.
It’s a struggle, y’all. Not sticking to my way of eating, but trying to find vegan supplements and meds. I’ve found many that work, but not all are veg-friendly. Does it make me less compassionate? No. It means I’m one of the many dealing with this.
If you choose to judge me based on this mindset, so be it. Step into body on a high pain day(well, week) and talk to me afterward. I’m doing what needs to be done while I find the optimal balance.
Does it mean veg-friendly instead of certified vegan supplements? If the veg-friendly products work best, yes. Does it mean dealing with meds that have no vegan alternative? Yes, unfortunately. Does it make me sad? Yes.
I need to keep it together while on the journey. On days like today, that means healing by any means necessary.
I know my post yesterday focused on how my current protocol has little to no effect on my pain flares. But before and after flares, I’m relatively pain-free. I’ve found the combination of prescription meds and nutritional supplements that work for me. Vegetarian-friendly formulas for Glucosamine and MSM, Magnesium, Calcium, and Zinc, protein and superfood blends, and turmeric work wonders.
Because I’ve shared far and wise about my love of turmeric and its benefits, Vitavana approached me and offered a free bottle of its professional-grade supplement. I gave it a try and definitely feel the difference between it and a lesser-quality supplement.
Turmerex Turmeric 95% Extract comes in a easy-to-swallow vegetarian capsule. Each capsule contains 712.5mg of curcumin and 5 mg of BioPerine. Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric that’s reported to help reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. BioPerine is a patented form of black pepper that boosts the body’s ability to absorb the curcumin. It does not upset my stomach, even when the recommended daily dose is doubled. I take mine in the morning with breakfast because when I don’t, I feel it. Unlike some supplements, Turmerex has no real flavor and I can easily swallow it without water. I also add turmeric to my food daily. It’s included in at least one meal every day when I’m at home or have a prepared dish with me.
Life before turmeric and life with turmeric are totally different. I do not ache as much with it in my protocol. I could not tell you how much the inflammation is reduced, but it is. I am not as still or creaky first thing in the morning of after a longer session working at my desk.
Remember, I am not a health professional. Anything I share here has been tried by me, and sometimes the experiments are unsuccessful. I recommend you discuss any changes in your protocol with your doctor.
If you make turmeric supplementation a part of your protocol, give Turmerex a try. Each 60-capsule bottle is $39.95 with free shipping if you have Amazon Prime. Vitavana offers a 60-day money back guarantee, so you could try the bottle and risk-free. Turmerex is made in the US in an NSF-certified, FDA-compliant facility.
I’ll share more about what I take and why in other posts. What works for me may not work for you.
Do you take turmeric?