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Turmeric is a flowering plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, the roots of which are used in cooking and contain bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal benefits.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Most studies used turmeric extracts that are standardized to include large amounts of curcumin. Turmeric has been used in Asian cultures for thousands of years because of its medicinal benefits.
Function/ Used for
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavour or colour curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses.
Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin. Curcumin and other chemicals in turmeric might decrease swelling (inflammation). Because of this, turmeric might be beneficial for treating conditions that involve inflammation. People world-wide are taking turmeric claiming some miraculous benefits, yet to be scientifically proven.
If you want anti-inflammatory affects you need to get 500 to 1,000 milligrams of curcuminoids per day. When using the spice on its own, the common rule of thumb is that there are 200 milligrams of curcumin in one teaspoon of fresh or ground turmeric (though it varies a bit depending on the source and origins).
Take one capsule daily with water.
As a supplement
Dosage: Capsules, extract (more likely to be free of contaminants) or spice. For OA: Capsule, typically 400mg to 600mg, three times per day; or 500mg to 100mg of powdered root up to 3000mg per day. For RA: 500mg twice daily.
Found in (dietary sources)
The bright yellow of mustard comes from turmeric, and the spice is also often added to dried, packaged soups to give them a heartier appearance. A combination of turmeric and annatto is frequently used to colour dairy products such as butter, cheese and yogurt.
Do not take turmeric if it worsens symptoms. Turmeric should be used cautiously by people trying to have a baby. Iron deficiency: Taking high amounts of turmeric might prevent the absorption of iron. Turmeric should be used with caution in people with iron deficiency.
Precautions and contraindications
Before taking Turmeric, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Patients with liver or gall bladder blockage (obstruction), gall stones, hyperacidity, or stomach ulcers should not take Turmeric. Do not take Turmeric if you have a bile passage blockage. Turmeric should be taken on an empty stomach.
Some supplements contain up to 500mg of turmeric extract, and their labels recommend taking four capsules per day. High doses of turmeric can lower blood sugar or blood pressure. People taking diabetes or blood-pressure medication should use caution while taking turmeric.
Don't confuse turmeric with Javanese turmeric root (Curcuma zedoaria).
Use in pregnancy and breastfeeding
While this is not conclusive evidence that it's completely safe to consume turmeric during pregnancy, millions of women in India and other parts of south Asia do take small amounts of turmeric as part of their daily diet when they are pregnant, without any reported adverse effects.
Interactions e.g. with other medications
Be cautious with blood-thinners including warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), and aspirin, among others. Drugs that reduce stomach acid: Turmeric may interfere with the action of these drugs, increasing the production of stomachacid: Cimetidine(Tagamet) Famotidine (Pepcid)
If you are on existing medication consult your doctor before taking turmeric.
Turmeric is POSSIBLY SAFE when it is used as an enema or a mouthwash in the short-term. Turmeric usually does not cause significant side effects. But some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhoea. Until more is known, avoid taking excessively large doses of turmeric.
This content is for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace the guidance of your qualified healthcare practitioner. Information and products are meant for general use only and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or provide medical advice. Any decision to use supplements to support your specific needs should be considered in partnership with your qualified healthcare practitioner. Any questions you may have concerning your use of drugs, medications, or supplements should be directed to your healthcare provider. If in doubt always consult your own doctor.