Turmeric: is it really useful

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Turmeric: is it really useful

We understand what science is known about popular seasoning and whether to take dietary supplements with curcumin.

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What do we know about turmeric

Turmeric is a versatile seasoning that gives food a bright taste: it goes well with pumpkin dishes, various drinks and even traditional Easter. In the food industry, it is also used as a dye in the form of an additive E100.

It is believed that turmeric lot of useful properties: it reduces pain, inflammation (for example, arthritis ) helps to fight with metabolic syndrome due to a natural antioxidant curcumin, and when applied externally evens skin tone and fights acne (to test the effectiveness can try a night mask or tonic for the face).

Is turmeric really that helpful?

Alas, it is too early to talk about the benefits of turmeric with health problems: the spice has been actively studied for a long time, but there are still no concrete conclusions. Research on which assumptions about its therapeutic properties are based is mainly carried out on animals, and there is no guarantee that it will be as effective for humans.

If people are involved in the experiments, scientists most often use not ordinary seasoning from the store, but curcumin in its pure form, a mixture of curcumin with piperine (a substance that is contained in black pepper and improves the bioavailability of the antioxidant by 2000%) or is injected intraperitoneally special solutions. Repeat this at home on their own to improve well-being, is unlikely to succeed.

How much turmeric can you eat

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized turmeric and curcumin as harmless (GRAS -  generally recognized as safe) substances. Therefore, a healthy person can safely add seasoning to the diet in a reasonable amount -  500-2000 mg per day: in addition to curcumin, it contains calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, iron and other useful trace elements.

During pregnancy, breastfeeding, with problems with the gallbladder and with blood clotting, it is worth discussing the use of seasoning with your doctor.

Can I take dietary supplements with turmeric

Before taking any dietary supplements, you need to check with the therapist or nutritionist, whether there is a need for it and how safe it is. Excess turmeric can cause diarrhoea, nausea and skin irritation. In addition, food additives are not registered as medicines, and we can not always know exactly what is in their composition. For example, in 2018, an analysis of 776 food supplements that are recommended for weight loss, muscle building and sexual function, showed that most drugs actually contain from 1 to 3 drugs that were not indicated on labels.

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