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Benefits & Risks of Turmeric (Haldi) Everyone Should Know

09 June, 2021 Ananya Das

Turmeric is then and now known to be the most beneficial and effective health supplement possessing powerful bioactive compounds called curcuminoids. Let’s know the various health benefits of turmeric.

Health benefits of Turmeric:

1. Enhances anti-oxidative capacity of the body: Oxidative are free radicals which are highly reactive molecules possessing unpaired electrons. These molecules react with DNA, proteins, and fatty acids that eventually leads to mechanisms of aging and many diseases. Curcumin is an antioxidant with the potential to neutralize these free radicals and protect the body from its damage. Besides also enhances the body’s antioxidant enzymes

2. Reduces risk of heart problems: Curcumin is found to be effective in improving the function of the endothelium and thus reduces the risk of heart problem or disease

3. Relaxes the symptoms of Osteoarthritis: Since curcumin possesses anti-inflammatory properties, so is found to be effective to aid in the treatment procedure of osteoarthritis by improving stiffness and physical functioning of knee joints. If turmeric is taken orally, it helps to slow down the progress of osteoarthritis while topical treatment helps relieve pain.

4. Fights Depression: Turmeric acts as an effective anti-depressant as it boosts the level of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) whose deficiency is found to be associated with the cause of depression. Curcumin enhances the brain neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine to boost the brain health

5. Improves skin health: Skin problems like acne, psoriasis, and eczema can be effectively treated with the use of turmeric due to its anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. For skin, topical curcumin treatment is done as even high doses of curcumin are safe on the skin.

6. Prevents and treats Alzheimer’s disease: Alzheimer's is a neurodegenerative disease that eventually leads to dementia. Due to the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties of curcumin, it helps to eliminate amyloid plaques which are the protein tangles’ build-up that causes Alzheimer’s disease. Also, curcumin can blood-brain barrier and hence leads to improve the pathological progress of the disease.

Frequently Asked Questions on Turmeric

Q1. Can turmeric help in fighting stomach ulcers?

A: For stomach ulcers intake of turmeric has not shown much improvement whatever be the dosage taken. Besides, conventional antacids help to a great extent

Q2. Is it safe to use turmeric after surgery?

A: If taken daily for at least a week after surgery, turmeric’s bioactive compound curcumin helps to reduce pain, fatigue and reduce the need for painkillers.

Q3: Are there any side effects associated with the use of turmeric?

A: Usually no side effects are found to be associated with the use of turmeric but still, some people may experience problems like nausea, dizziness, and diarrhea. Even a case was reported where 2 times a day intake of 1500mg of turmeric had resulted in very abnormal heart rhythm. So it’s advised to avoid the intake of turmeric in high doses.

Q4:Is it safe to use turmeric in case of gall-bladder problems?

A: Gall bladder problems like gallstones or bile duct obstruction get worse if turmeric is consumed.

Q5: Can turmeric help in fighting cancer?

A: It is found that curcumin present in turmeric can act like the hormone estrogen that is believed to worsen the situation in hormone-sensitive cancer like uterine, ovarian, endometriosis, or breast cancers.

Q6:Can turmeric affect men’s fertility?

A: It is found in studies that if turmeric is taken orally by men then it reduces the mobility of sperm and reduces the testosterone level in their body. So if you are trying for a baby then it is better to be careful in consuming turmeric.

Q6:Is it advisable for pregnant and breastfeeding females to consume turmeric?

A: If turmeric is taken with food in small amounts then there are no side effects found with its consumption but if it is taken in medicinal amounts then it’s highly unsafe for pregnant women as it may promote the menstrual cycle or stimulate the uterus that may lead to miscarriage. So, it’s advisable to be careful in consuming turmeric during pregnancy or better not to use it in medicinal amounts.