Turmeric is a common spice that comes from the root of Curcuma longa. It contains a chemical called curcumin, which might reduce swelling.
Turmeric has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. Because curcumin and other chemicals in turmeric might decrease swelling, it is often used to treat conditions that involve pain and inflammation.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
- Is an Anti-Inflammatory.
- May Help Protect Against Heart Disease.
- May Help Prevent (and Possibly Treat) Certain Types of Cancer.
- May Help Ease Symptoms of Osteoarthritis.
- May Help Treat or Prevent Diabetes.
- May Help Delay or Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Metabolic syndrome.
- May Play a Role in Depression Treatment.
- May Play a Role in Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis.
- Hyperlipidemia (cholesterol in the blood).
- Turmeric May Improve Skin Health.
- Muscle soreness after exercise.
- Kidney health.
Turmeric usually does not cause serious side effects. Some people can experience mild side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea. These side effects are more common at higher doses.
When applied to the skin: Turmeric is likely safe. It is possibly safe when turmeric is applied inside the mouth as a mouthwash.