It’s a well-known fact that turmeric is one of the most effective health-boosting substances available today. Its active ingredient, curcumin, is a natural compound with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, as well as heart disease-and-cancer-fighting properties (1, 2, 3).
Other studies have indicated that taking medicinal doses of turmeric may even protect your brain. This is because turmeric boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a growth hormone that prevents depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia (4, 5).
Compared to other pharmaceutical treatments, turmeric has a generally low risk of adverse effects (6). It almost sounds too good to be true. So is it? Can you take turmeric with medications?
What You Need To Know About Turmeric
The first known use of turmeric root dates back nearly 4000 years. Back then, it was mainly used to flavor food. About a millennia later, the root had become an important component in Ayurvedic medicine (7).
Today, we finally have scientific studies that prove what traditional practitioners have known all along: turmeric is medicine.
But because turmeric has so many beneficial effects on health, people tend to underestimate its potency. Some people use it as an alternative to medication while others take turmeric to give their medication a “boost.” After all, turmeric is good for you, right?
Though turmeric has proven health-promoting effects, it can also interact with certain medications and produce unwelcome or even downright dangerous side effects (8).
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Prescription drugs can change the fundamental processes taking place in your body. If you are taking prescription drugs for a health issue, you might be surprised to find out that even natural substances like turmeric can drastically alter the effects of your medication.
If you’re considering taking turmeric or any other healing food, you should always talk to a health professional first.