Thx to everybody who replied to this.post.
Scuba - I thought I saw a post of yours where you said that the curcumin also made your hemoglobin or hematocrit numbers improve into the normal range. Both of mine are usually a little low but have never been a problem.
ALso what is the brand of curcumin you take?
Curcumin has no effect on hemoglobin or hematocrit numbers in people that I am aware. Curcumin is an iron chelator, in fact, and for people with very low iron stores, could increase anemia risk:
"Collectively, these results demonstrate that curcumin has the potential to affect systemic iron metabolism. There are 2 important implications of these results. First, iron chelators have been shown to exert antitumor effects, both through the formation of redox-active iron complexes55 and by iron depletion.24 Thus, reduction in systemic iron resulting from the use of curcumin in the setting of a low-iron diet may contribute to the anticancer activity of curcumin. Second, curcumin may have the potential to contribute to the development of anemia in patients with marginal iron status. This may be an important consideration when curcumin is used to treat patients with marginal or depleted iron stores or those exhibiting the anemia of cancer and chronic disease."
Men are not as susceptible to this as women. Men, in fact, if meat eaters, usually have too much iron and Curcumin is a great modulator of excess liver iron stores and has been proven to be very effective at protecting the Liver (http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/24063989) in general.
My hemoglobin and hematocrit numbers were always below normal (along with RBC's) during my Sprycel days. Once I stopped Sprycel, my hematocrit and hemoglobin numbers started to rise and are now in the normal range. I continued to take Curcumin throughout. I would not associate taking Curcumin with improving my hematocrit or hemoglobin numbers. Stopping Sprycel did that for me. My RBC's are still below normal, but have been rising - getting very close to normal for the first time since I started this adventure.
The article above cites research done on mice. My wife, who does not have CML, has a solid CBC panel with red blood markers in solid middle of the scale normal. She also takes Curcumin as I do, although in a lower dose. There has been no affect on her CBC's.
I'll PM you on what I take.
Diagnosed 11 May 2011 (100% FiSH, 155% PCR)
with b2a2 BCR-ABL fusion transcript coding for the 210kDa BCR-ABL protein
Sprycel: 20 mg per day - taken at lights out with Quercetin and/or Magnesium Taurate
6-8 grams Curcumin C3 complex.
2015 PCR: < 0.01% (M.D. Anderson scale)
2016 PCR: < 0.01% (M.D. Anderson scale)
March 2017 PCR: 0.01% (M.D. Anderson scale)
June 2017 PCR: "undetected"
September 2017 PCR: "undetected"