One of the 'Superfoods' that looks like ginger root - turmeric is a root spice that has been around for centuries. The powder form is often added to curries but is also added to sunscreen creams, face masks etc. The rootstalk contains water-soluble compounds known as curcuminoids. This active ingredient is responsible for most of tumeric's benefits and potential side effects. The most interesting ingredient of turmeric is its high levels of iron and manganese and moderate levels of vitamin B6 and potassium. Research is ongoing but is showing promising results with regard to its healing properties for inflammatory pain, cancer, arthritis, cystic fibrosis, high cholesterol, alzheimers, heart disease and more. The root powder is the weakest form but it won't do you any harm to eat more curries! If you're interested in taking the rootstalk compound, be sure to read the risks below. Even natural remedies have their side effects.
Interactions With Medications
- Turmeric supplements may increase the risk of bleeding if you also take blood-thinning medications, including over-the-counter options such as aspirin and ibuprofen, reports MedlinePlus. These supplements may also lower blood sugar, so don't mix turmeric or curcumin with diabetic medications. If you're being treated for cancer, be aware that turmeric may interfere with some medications used to fight the disease, so you will need to ask your oncologist about taking it.
Supplements may affect the ability of your liver to metabolize and detoxify a variety of prescription medications. Turmeric can also block the action of drugs designed to lower stomach acid. As a safety measure, consult your physician before taking turmeric supplements if you use any type of medication.