Is Turmeric Safe?

Turmeric is claimed to have several beneficial uses, but is turmeric safe? This herbal supplement is not suitable for everyone. For example, you may not want to use turmeric if you have certain health conditions, such as a bleeding disorder or gallbladder disease; turmeric can make some of these conditions worse. Also, because turmeric is a supplement and not a medication, it can be marketed without any proof that it is either safe or effective.

Is Turmeric Safe?

Turmeric is an herbal supplement claimed to be beneficial for a number of uses, including high cholesterol. You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking turmeric if you have:
 
  • A bleeding disorder
  • Gallstones or gallbladder disease
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
     
You should also make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Turmeric Safety Warnings and Precautions

Some of the warnings and precautions to be aware of concerning the safety of turmeric include the following:
 
  • Theoretically, turmeric may interfere with the blood's ability to form clots. This can be a problem for people who are already predisposed to bleeding, such as those with bleeding disorders.
     
  • Turmeric could make gallstones or some other gallbladder problems worse. If you have any of these problems, make sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking turmeric.
     
  • Turmeric is a dietary supplement and is, therefore, not as closely regulated as prescription (or non-prescription) drugs. Also, it can be marketed without any proof that it is either safe or effective. Do not assume that just because it is sold in the United States that it is safe or effective. Also, look for a turmeric product that is made by a reputable manufacturer. Your pharmacist is a good resource for information about which manufacturers are the most reputable.
     
  • Turmeric may, theoretically, interact with some medications (see Turmeric Drug Interactions for more information).
     
  • It is not known if turmeric is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women (see Turmeric and Pregnancy and Turmeric and Breastfeeding).
     
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