How Fast Does Turmeric Work for Pain

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Side effects and precautions

In general, turmeric doesn’t seem to have any serious side effects for most people. It’s likely safe when applied topically or taken orally.

However it could also cause a few discomforts (e.g. diarrhea, nausea, and headaches) especially for those who’re allergic to or take it at high doses. Stop right away if you experience any abnormal symptoms that you believe have to do with your turmeric supplement.

Be careful to low-grade turmeric products that may contain cheap, counterproductive fillers (wheat starch for example — the adverse effects are more likely to occur if you have gluten intolerance).

In medicinal amounts, turmeric should be used under supervision of a healthcare professional if you have the following conditions [5]:

  1. During pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  2. Problems affecting gallbladder, a small hollow organ to store and release bile into small intestine. Turmeric may worsen existing gallbladder problems.
  3. Diabetes. While curcumin might help lower blood sugar, you need to use it with caution if you’re diabetic since it might drop your blood sugar too low (hypoglycemia).
  4. Bleeding problems and surgery, because turmeric might have an effect to slow blood clotting.
  5. Iron deficiency (anemia). Turmeric at high doses might have adverse effects on the absorption of iron in the body.

Also, check with your doctor first if you’re taking certain medications, especially for any medications that slow blood clotting.


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