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What are the Side Effects of Curcumin?

May 28, 2015 (Updated: August 16, 2018)
Lily Moran

According to WebMd, “Turmeric is likely safe when taken by mouth or applied to the skin appropriately for up to 8 months.” The site offers warnings for possible upset stomach, however, curcumin is sometimes used to treat an upset stomach. Also, because curcumin has some blood thinning effects, it could be a concern for people with bleeding disorders.

Of course, as with all therapies, natural or otherwise, pregnant/lactating women should consult with a doctor before taking curcumin.

Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, a bright yellow seasoning used both as a dye and to make curries in Asian cooking. But it has been used for centuries as a powerful natural medicine and it is one of the fastest growing supplement categories today.

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Thousands of clinical studies show curcumin’s ability to fight bacteria and viruses, it’s a potent anti-inflammatory, and emerging research shows tremendous promise for curcumin’s ability to fight depression – even beat cancer, and other inflammatory diseases like cancer, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s.

Curcumin’s antioxidant properties promote healthy aging, improves heart health, eases arthritis pain and combats dangerous free radicals (the rogue molecules that damage your health).

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