Turmeric has become very popular recently due to its amazing health benefits. But, although very beneficial for our health its usage especially in high dosages can cause various side effects according to new researches. It was revealed that it can interact with certain medications.
Benefits of Turmeric
This spice comes from South Asia used in various dishes (Indian curry), in spiritual custom, ancestral beauty secret and as an Ayurvedic medicine treatment.
It is a fact that this root is highly beneficial for the health of the body due to the content of its remarkable compound known as curcumin. This substance is accountable for yellowish color, but as well as for its powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-cancer and anti-thrombotic effects (decreased blood clots).
Thanks to these amazing properties in can be a powerful alternative to the widely used pharmaceuticals. Many people use it as an alternative treatment or to lessen the adverse effects of the medications they take.
Nonetheless, although very beneficial you need to be careful when taking turmeric, especially if you follow certain medical treatment. Due to the content of active ingredients its use can stimulate the effects of drugs and trigger many unpleasant reactions. These components are very beneficial when treating certain health issues, but this potency negatively reflects when used in combination with certain drugs.
Therefore, you should pay a special attention when taking drugs along with some natural alternative due to their possible interaction.
Interactions of Turmeric with Some Drugs
Here it is when turmeric can be harmful for your body:
If you are on antihistamines the intake of turmeric can trigger allergic reactions like hives or rashes, or contribute to shortness of breath and anaphylaxis. Therefore, if you are taking medications, or experience some allergic symptoms while consuming turmeric, stop it immediately and try some other natural alternatives.
Turmeric is known for its antithrombotic effect and therefore it acts as natural anticoagulant. It can decrease blood clots which can be very dangerous when it is taken along with anticoagulant therapy for the treatment of a cardiovascular disease.
Medicines that are used as anticoagulant therapy are aspirin, warfarin, and clopidogrel. The intake of turmeric may boost the effects of these medicines and thus elevate the risk of internal bleeding.
Turmeric is a great natural alternative for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome which is a digestive disorder manifested by stomach discomfort and pain. This plant can negatively affect our health when taken with gastroesophageal reflux drugs, including cimetidine, famotidine, ranitidine, and omeprazole.
This combination will stimulate the production of gastric fluids by the body which in turn can lead to stomach discomfort, bloating, nausea, and also esophageal lesions.
- Drugs against diabetes
Turmeric shows amazing antidiabetic effects that lower blood sugar levels. When taken in combination with diabetes treatment, it leads to even further drop in blood sugar levels thus leading to a condition known as hypoglycaemia. As a result of that there are many side effects like blurred vision, tremors, anxiety, delirium, and decreased cognitive function.
It is of vital importance to always read the warning signs when taking any natural alternative and find out the possible side effects. In the case of turmeric, if you are following some of the mentioned therapies this plant should not be used at all.
Make sure to always consult a doctor prior initiating any alternative treatment, especially when you need to take drugs on regular basis.