This spice is part of the ginger family, mostly used in the Asian cuisine, but it is also taken in the form of nutritional supplement. The NIH (National Institutes of Health) examined its properties and made a discovery that the turmeric has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-viral properties, and it is useful in treating liver problems, gallstones and prevention of blood clots. It can also help with arthritis, indigestion, scabies and irritable bowel syndrome.
The side effects of using turmeric
Besides the many positive benefits to our health, turmeric can also cause harm if combined with some medications. For example, if an individual takes medications for blood thinning, he/she must not consume turmeric in any form because it has anti-thrombotic effects which reduce blood clots. Medicines like aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin) and clopidogrel (Plavix) are used as blood thinners. Turmeric will strengthen their effect, increasing the risk of bleeding.
Also, don`t use turmeric if you use medications for reducing stomach acid- this will have the opposite effect and increase the levels of acid. It may cause other symptoms like bloating, stomach pain and nausea, and damage the esophagus. Avoid turmeric if you are on some of these medications: Ranitidine (Zantak), Famotidine (Pepcid), Omeprazole or Cimetidine (Tagamet).
Turmeric can cause allergic reactions to some people, in the form of hives or rashes, shortness of breath, anaphylaxis etc.
This spice can be dangerous if combined with diabetes medications which lower the blood sugar levels. Turmeric increases the effect of the medication, in the same time increasing the risk of low blood sugar level. Side effects can be shakiness and anxiety, blurred vision, reduced cognitive function, delirium etc.
Turmeric is a powerful natural remedy for many health conditions, but in the same time it can be very harmful if taken with certain drugs. If this is the case, try and find some other natural remedy which will have the same effects as turmeric without the health risk.