What is turmeric good for?
Credit:Tom Stoddart ArchiveHulton ArchiveGetty Images
Q:

What is turmeric good for?

A:

Quick Answer

Outside of its usual place in curries and other dishes where it provides flavor and color, turmeric is used to treat arthritis, heartburn and stomach pain, according to WebMD. A powerful natural herb and anti-inflammatory, turmeric is also used to treat headaches, bronchitis, colds, fibromyalgia, ringworm and many other conditions. It can be taken internally as a supplement or applied to the skin to treat a variety of skin conditions.

 Know More

Full Answer

The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been studied widely, and as of 2014 has been shown to be possibly effective in treating osteoarthritis and stomach upset, according to WebMD. Curcumin has also most notably been studied in its connection to treating rheumatoid arthritis as well as alleviating some symptoms of skin cancer; however, as of 2014, the evidence of its efficacy is inconclusive.

There are no significant side effects to taking turmeric, according to WebMD. In rare cases, upset stomach, dizziness, diarrhea or nausea may occur. Because there has been little research on the effect of turmeric during pregnancy, it is not advisable to take it at medicinal doses while pregnant. People with gallbladder problems and gastroesophageal reflux disease need to avoid turmeric as it can increase symptoms. Because of its effects on the blood, both slowing clotting and increasing bleeding, its use must be avoided for two weeks prior to surgery.

Learn more about Vitamins & Supplements
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are the side effects of taking vitamin B6?

    A:

    Vitamin B-6, also known as pyridoxine, may cause nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, headaches, tingling and sleepiness when ingested in higher-than-recommended doses, according to WebMD. Long-term use of the vitamin at high doses is possibly unsafe, and it may cause certain brain and nerve problems.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    What are the side effects of consuming ginger?

    A:

    Possible side effects of consuming ginger include gas, heartburn, upset stomach and mouth irritation as well as miscarriage if pregnant, says WebMD. Consuming ginger can reduce pain and inflammation, stimulate circulation, prevent colds caused by rhinovirus, inhibit salmonella and other bacteria, reduce gas and intestinal spasms, and prevent stomach ulcers, Everyday Health reports.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    What are magnesium vitamins for?

    A:

    Magnesium supplements are useful for relieving constipation, reducing heartburn, addressing a magnesium deficiency or regulating high blood pressure during pregnancy, according to WebMD. Magnesium may also be effective for regulating irregular heartbeats, treating asthma attacks and fighting chronic fatigue.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    What are the side effects of vitamin C?

    A:

    Side effects from a standard dosage of vitamin C can include heartburn, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache and others, according to WebMD. High daily doses of vitamin C may cause numerous side effects, including severe diarrhea and kidney stones.

    Full Answer >

Explore