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Turmeric

Curcuma longa

Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric and is a close relative of another common anti-inflammatory rhizome, ginger.

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Used for:

Arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis; it acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent

Available in:

As a culinary spice, in powdered form; as medicinal extract, in tablets or capsules. Labeled as standardized turmeric extract or curcumin.

Herb / drug interactions:

None known

Other safety concerns:

In rare instances, daily use over an extended period of time can cause stomach upset and/or heartburn. If pregnant, do not use without your doctor’s approval. Do not use if you have gallstones or a bile duct dysfunction; however, curcumin, an active component of turmeric, can increase bile solubility and is recommended for the condition.

When buying:

Look for products standardized for 95% curcuminoids. For cooking, brightly colored and aromatic powder is best.

Dosage:

400 to 600 mg of extracts (tablets or capsules) three times per day or as directed on the product. Dried spice is not effective for treating conditions.

Child dosage:

Do not give to young children.