Should you be including turmeric in your diet?

Should you be including turmeric in your diet?

Whether your spice cabinet is organized or your favorite flavor enhancers are scattered around your kitchen, you could find some health benefits by adding some turmeric to your dishes.

Turmeric, a traditional Indian spice made from a plant related to ginger, is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

“It may help with muscle soreness after working out. It may also help with the management of metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety and hyperlipidemia,” says Molly Jorde, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Aurora Health Center – Sheboygan.

While there are typically no side effects to including turmeric in your diet, it may cause diarrhea, an upset stomach, nausea, and a rash. It may also cause interactions with some medications and should not be used if you have any liver or gallbladder disease, Jorde says.

The best way to consume turmeric is through cooking. It is traditionally used in curries and sometimes it is used in teas and coffees. Jorde explains that it can also be found in supplements. However, the bioavailability may not be consistent, which is why she recommends using it in cooking.

“It is an excellent way to include new flavors and perhaps new nutritional benefits. However, always consult with your primary care physician before starting any supplements,” Jorde says.

Now is the perfect time to make an appointment with a primary care physician. Whether you live in Illinois or Wisconsin, it’s easy to find a doctor near you. 

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  1. I am taking Eliquis. Can I safely use Tumeric?

  2. Gloria Picchetti December 2, 2021 at 2:29 pm · Reply

    I have found when I used cinnamon, paprika, or ginger I can add some tumeric. One of my favorites is plain yogurt with cinnamon, tumeric, honey, sunflower seeds, and raisens.

  3. Margareta M Abrom December 3, 2021 at 1:49 am · Reply

    I’ve read that in order to better absorb turmeric the use of coconut oil and or black pepper must accompany it. Is this true in all cases. Presently, I enjoy turmeric in my coffee, and I do add peppercorn and a slither of coconut oil. It’s very tasty.

  4. You don’t mention that it is high in oxalates and should be avoided by people with kidney stone issues.

  5. I add 1 teaspoon of powdered organic turmeric and a grind of fresh black pepper to my Berry smoothie.

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