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Turmeric for inflammation

Inflammation is your body's reaction to injury or a foreign body. Inflammation can be short-term or a chronic problem that causes daily pain and stiffness. People with arthritis (disease of the joints) suffer with this type of inflammation. There are anti-inflammatory medications that help reduce pain but these medications have side effects. Is there a way to naturally ease inflammation? Turmeric comes from a plant in the same family as the spice ginger. It has a peppery and slightly pungent flavor. You may already be familiar with it as an ingredient in the spice curry. Turmeric is more than just a spice that can be added to foods. It's been used medicinally for over 5,000 years. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin. Some research suggests that curcumin helps to reduce inflammation in people who suffer from conditions like arthritis. Research has studied the possible benefits of the curcumins in turmeric for reducing joint pain in patients with osteoarthritis and reduced joint function. While initial studies have been promising, more research is needed. Turmeric also appears to have antioxidant activity. Antioxidants help to protect cells against damage.

Turmeric for Inflammation: Does Turmeric Block Inflammation as Well as Medications?

Researchers have wondered if turmeric might be just as effective as over-the-counter medications in easing joint pain and improving joint function. Turmeric appears to block enzymes that produce inflammation in much the same way medications like ibuprofen do. Is it safe? Turmeric appears to be safe at recommended doses. The most common side effects are nausea, diarrhea or dizziness. It's important to check with your doctor before taking a turmeric supplement, especially if you have health problems. Turmeric can worsen the symptoms of gallbladder disease and may interact with some medications. Always let your doctor know if you're taking other supplements or medications. Turmeric may slow down the rate at which blood clots. That's why you shouldn't take it if you're taking a medication that thins your blood. You should also stop it two weeks before surgery. Your doctor can review your history and medications and let you know whether a turmeric supplement is right for you.

This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of purity, strength, or safety of the products. As a result, effects may vary. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement as supplements may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking a supplement. Consult a healthcare provider if you experience side effects.