What is it?
Tumeric is a plant which is commonly used as a spice in curry. The root of tumeric is commonly used to make medicine as it contain chemicals that reduce inflammation.
There are ongoing research conducted to prove that tumeric reduces pain in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis patients.
More randomized controlled research studies need to be conducted to prove other proclaimed benefits.
Currently there are only few studies to prove these other possible benefits which include low blood pressure, lower cholesterol, improves asthma, helps in patients with cardiac and liver and kidney diseases, helps in flu, improves immune system in those immuno-compromised like HIV or Cancer patients. More randomized controlled research studies need to be conducted to see if it really has such benefits.
Possible side effects
At normal dosing it is likely safe for most people when taken up to 8 months. Some side effects include stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea.
Pregnant and lactating woman should not take tumeric supplements as it is likely to be unsafe. However if tumeric is consumed in food as a spice in curry it is safe.
Patients with gallbladder disorders and gastroesophageal reflux disease should avoid taking tumeric as it may worsen their conditions.
Hormone sensitive conditions and cancers like uterine cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis and uterine fibroids: people with these conditions should avoid tumeric which contain curcumin ( a estrogen alike component) which may worsen the conditions.
Tumeric may reduce sperm count and motility and may affect male fertility.
Iron deficiency: tumeric will reduce iron absorption and worsen iron deficiency anemia.
Bleeding : tumeric might slow blood clotting and increases risk of bleeding especially in patients undergoing surgery or patients with bleeding disorders.
Anti-coagulants and anti-platelets : as tumeric also slows blood clotting like these medications, it increases the risk of bruising and bleeding.
The recommended dosing for medically indicated conditions as according to scientific studies are: