Turmeric is traditionally an ingredient used for cooking with, right? So why would you take it as a vitamin supplement? Turmeric tablets or curcumin tablets – curcumin being a chemical compound found in turmeric and being the active ingredient within it – have been proven to have many health benefits heralding Turmeric as a superfood. Read more
From preventing heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer, it also contains anti-inflammatories and antioxidants which have also been proven to help with symptoms of depression and arthritis, helping both mind and body. However, its most commonly known health benefits are for aiding digestion, joint support and its anti-inflammatory properties.
Reduce inflammation – a study found that curcumin may be responsible for curbing inflammation and swelling. Researchers say it has this effect by blocking enzymes and other proteins that create an inflammatory response in the body.
Supports joints – curcumin’s effect on reducing inflammation means it can also help protect your joints from wear and tear. This includes easing symptoms of arthritis like joint pain and stiffness.
Aid digestion – curcumin can help support gut health, including relieving excess gas, abdominal pain, and bloating.
We wonder what other everyday foods have such health benefits…
How much turmeric should I take?
Whether ingesting turmeric herb or turmeric supplements, there is no reference nutrient intake (RNI) for turmeric, however there is an RNI for curcumin. This is 3mg per kg of body weight.
Side effects of too much turmeric
Side effects of taking turmeric and turmeric capsules are rare, however when taken in large quantities, it may cause upset stomach, including diarrhoea, yellow stools, headache and rash.