Properties of Turmeric
Turmeric is a bitter and warm spice derived from turmeric plant and commonly used in Asian dishes. Turmeric is often used for flavor or color of curry, mustard sauce, butter and cheese. Turmeric has a yellow substance called curcumin, which is often used for coloring foods and cosmetics or as an aromatic essence. Turmeric root is also widely used as a medicine. Recently, turmeric medication has become especially popular in Western countries. Therefore, in this article we discuss the effects of turmeric and its possible side effects.
Turmeric is used to treat (or help reduce these problems):
- Digestive system – liver: Heartburn, pain or inflammation, and stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori infection, loss of appetite, diarrhea, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), jaundice and liver problems, inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis (Can be used orally or suppositories) and lower blood triglycerides.
- Muscles and Joints: Arthritis and relieve pain and swelling of muscles and joints, relieve bruising (topical use), reduce pain and improve function in people with knee arthritis.
- Skin: Topically used for the treatment of skin itching, leech bites, acne, psoriasis, inflammatory skin diseases, skin ulcers, swelling and skin inflammation caused by radiation therapy and orally in the treatment of Lichen Planus and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). ).
- Infections: Colds, bronchitis, lung infection, fever, headache, runny nose and congestion.
- Women: Reduce the symptoms of PMS and menstrual problems.
- the eye: Eye infection and swelling in the middle layer of the eye.
- Mouth: Pain in the mouth and gum disease.
- Kidney: Water retention, bladder inflammation and kidney problems.
- nervous system: Depression and Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Other cases: Recovery after surgery and cancer, cardiac bypass surgery, and reduction of swelling and general body inflammation.
Possible side effects of turmeric
Although taking turmeric orally or in the short term is probably harmless and usually does not cause significant side effects, some people may experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea. In one report, consuming large amounts of turmeric more than 1500 mg twice daily resulted in abnormal heart rate. However, it is unclear whether turmeric is the major cause of this complication. In general, high doses of turmeric should be avoided.
Special warnings and warnings:
- During pregnancy and during lactation: The use of turmeric in food is probably uncomplicated. However, consuming turmeric during pregnancy in high doses may have side effects. Eating turmeric during this period may trigger a menstrual period or irritation of the uterus and endanger pregnancy. Therefore, the use of turmeric in medicinal quantities during pregnancy is not recommended. There is currently insufficient information to assess the safety of turmeric medicinal products during lactation. Turmeric should not be used during lactation.
- Gallbladder: Turmeric can worsen gallbladder problems. If you have gall bladder or bile duct obstruction, do not use turmeric.
- Bleeding and Surgery: Turmeric intake may increase the time required for blood coagulation, leading to bruising and bleeding in people with blood disorders or excessive bleeding during and after surgery. Therefore, turmeric medication should be stopped at least two weeks before surgery and used with caution in people with blood disorders.
- Diabetes: Curcumin in turmeric may lower the blood sugar of people with diabetes. In people with diabetes, turmeric should be used with caution as it may lower their blood sugar.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Turmeric can cause stomach upset in some people or aggravate problems such as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If turmeric worsens reflux symptoms, discontinue it.
- Problems with female hormones Curcumin contained in turmeric may act as an estrogen hormone and in theory make it worse for hormone-sensitive conditions, such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis or uterine fibroids. However, some research has shown that turmeric reduces the effects of estrogen on some hormone-sensitive cancer cells. Therefore, turmeric may be useful in cancers and problems related to female hormones. Until further information is available, caution is advised.
- Infertility: Turmeric may lower testosterone levels, decrease sperm motility and decrease fertility. Therefore, turmeric consumption should be cautious in people who tend to reproduce.
- Iron deficiency: Excessive amounts of turmeric may prevent iron absorption. Turmeric should be used with caution in people with iron deficiency anemia.