Turmeric is a popular spice and herb that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. It is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. However, as with any supplement, it is important to be aware of any potential precautions or side effects before consuming it.

  • Interactions with Medications: Turmeric may interact with certain medications, such as blood-thinning drugs, blood sugar-lowering drugs, and antiplatelet drugs. It’s important to consult your healthcare provider before taking turmeric if you are taking any medications.
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Turmeric is likely safe when consumed in amounts commonly found in food, but it is not known if it is safe when used in medicinal amounts during pregnancy or breastfeeding. It’s best to avoid using medicinal amounts of turmeric during these times.
  • Stomach and intestinal problems: Turmeric may cause stomach upset, acid reflux and diarrhea in some people.
  • Gallbladder problems: Turmeric may make gallbladder problems worse, so it’s best to avoid it if you have gallstones or a bile duct obstruction.