Turmeric is a yellow spice commonly used in Asian cuisine. People also consume it because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Taking turmeric in low amounts (the levels added in food) generally does not pose any health problems. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is safe to consume 1.4 mg of turmeric per pound of body weight each day. Higher doses of turmeric, however, when consumed for longer periods may harm the body. This means the use of turmeric in gel form and lozenges as supplements. According to a report, a person who consumed high amounts of turmeric (over 1500 mg twice a day) experienced a dangerous heart rhythm problem. Although there is no concrete evidence that the abnormal heart rhythm was caused by turmeric, it is better to avoid taking turmeric in high doses, especially for longer periods.
If a person has any underlying health conditions or is taking any medications (including blood thinners, medications for heart diseases, blood pressure, diabetes, liver diseases or kidney ailments), they must take their doctor’s advice before consuming turmeric.
What are the health benefits of turmeric?
Turmeric has long been hailed for its healing properties. Although most of its claimed benefits do not have any scientific backing, it is still a popular home remedy for several health conditions. Some of the proposed health benefits of turmeric are
- Turmeric is possibly effective for:
- Managing osteoarthritis: Turmeric may help relieve the pain and swelling associated with osteoarthritis. There have been scientific reports claiming that turmeric supplementation helped improve mobility and reduced symptoms in patients with osteoarthritis.
- Regulating cholesterol: Turmeric may help improve the lipid profile by reducing the bad or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol levels.
- Relieving itching (pruritus): Turmeric may help reduce skin irritation and itching caused by chronic kidney diseases and exposure to mustard gas (toxic gas).
- Improving mental health: Turmeric may help manage mental health conditions, such as depression. Ask the doctor to know whether turmeric can be taken along with the prescribed medications.
- Managing allergies: Turmeric may help manage allergic symptoms, such as itching, sneezing and running nose as seen in certain allergies, such as hay fever.
- There is insufficient evidence to support the effectiveness of turmeric in
- Eye diseases, such as uveitis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Cancer including colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer
- Heart attacks following a bypass surgery
- Crohn’s disease (a type of IBD or inflammatory bowel disease)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Gum diseases
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- Liver diseases
- Fungal infections, including ringworm
As opposed to the previous claims, turmeric does not help reduce stomach ulcers.
Does turmeric help prevent COVID-19?
There is no scientific evidence to prove that turmeric or any other supplement helps prevent or treat COVID-19 infection. Experts recommend that people must consume a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, drink lots of water and perform regular exercise to stay fit. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
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