How Does Turmeric Work?
It is not known how exactly turmeric
works, as there are several compounds in turmeric that may have medicinal properties. These compounds may have several different effects in the human body, such as:
- Angiogenesis inhibition -- Compounds in turmeric may inhibit the growth of new blood vessels (a process known as angiogenesis). This property may be useful for preventing or treating cancer, but could cause problems in the treatment of heart disease.
- Anti-inflammatory -- Compounds in turmeric seem to inhibit several different inflammatory substances and enzymes. This may potentially be helpful for a number of conditions, such as arthritis or heart disease.
- Blood clotting -- There is some evidence that compounds in turmeric may help prevent blood platelets from sticking together (a process known as platelet aggregation), an important step in the formation of blood clots.
There is also some evidence that turmeric may have antioxidant effects and may also stimulate the immune system.
Turmeric Use in Children
A normal intake of turmeric in foods is considered safe for most children. It is not known if taking turmeric medicinally is equally as safe for use in children. Keep in mind that children may be more susceptible to the side effects and toxicities of dietary supplements
and medications. Check with your child's healthcare provider before giving turmeric to your child.