Turmeric (Curcumin)

Botanical  Information

A relative of ginger and native to Southern Asia, turmeric has been used for over 4,000 years in culinary and medicinal preparations. The roots, or rhizomes and bulbs, are the parts used for medicinal purposes. It is available in capsules or a tincture. It is used in both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine.

Features & Benefits

  • Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, functions as an anti-inflammatory and is a potent antioxidant
  • Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, in turn may improve digestion
  • Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric may be helpful for conditions such as ulcerative colitis, joint inflammation and osteoarthritis

Suggestions & Precautions

  • Turmeric taken in large doses for long periods of time may produce stomach upset and in extreme cases, ulcers
  • Turmeric may lower blood sugar levels and should be used with caution by those taking diabetes medications
  • Individuals with gallbladder disease should avoid using turmeric as a dietary supplement as it may worsen the condition
  • Turmeric supplements may interfere with the proper functioning of breast cancer chemotherapy agents and should only be used under the direction and supervision of a health care professional

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