Turmeric is a known spice known for its health benefits. This spice is a cousin of ginger has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antioxidant properties. It even has the ability to fight cancer. But does not this spice have any contraindications for medications?
Turmeric is a very popular spice for its medicinal properties. It allows to :
Detoxify the body because it stimulates the functioning of the liver
Relieve the pain of arthritis when used topically
Promote better blood circulation
Restore a good digestive balance
treat liver problems
Fight cancer with curcumin that helps to inhibit glioblastoma; a rare form of brain cancer according to a study published in 2011 in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
The virtues of turmeric are endless but it is recommended to pay attention before consuming it especially if you follow a drug treatment. Indeed, turmeric could have side effects when consumed at the same time as certain drugs, something that many people do not know. It is for this reason that we will list them so that you can make the most of this spice without being harmful to your health.
Drug interactions with turmeric
Turmeric has the active ingredient curcumin, itself composed of several molecules that prove to be incompatible with the molecules of certain drugs. Thus, this spice is very dangerous for the health of some people being under medical treatment.
Turmeric is a powerful anticoagulant because of its antithrombotic properties. The use of aspirin, clopidogrel or warfarin will only increase its effect. It would therefore occur the opposite of the desired effect, even serious consequences such as hemorrhages.
Turmeric is also known for its digestive properties as it increases the level of stomach acid in your body. It is therefore useless to consume it if you take medicines that help reduce this acid in your stomach. Otherwise you will experience nausea, bloating and stomach pain and pains in your esophagus. So banish turmeric from your kitchen if you are currently taking omeprazole, ranitidine (Zantak), cimetidine (Tagamet), or famotidine (Pepcid).
Turmeric is absolutely banned when you follow a treatment for diabetes because this spice greatly enhances the effects of these drugs, which would cause hypoglycemia, vision problems, hallucinations, or in the best case sleep disorders , anxiety and chills.
Turmeric can be allergenic. For people prone to turmeric allergies, which manifest as fatigue, shortness of breath, anaphylaxis, or people with hives or rashes, it goes without saying that turmeric should not even be part of your kitchen shelf.
It is therefore preferable even imperative not to consume this spice when you are subject to these problems, even if you love spicy Indian dishes and oriental tajines. The consultation of a doctor is always necessary especially when one follows a medical treatment.