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Turmeric

  • Background
  1. Turmeric is extracted from plant in the Ginger family
  2. Yellow-colored spice used to flavor curry powder and mustards
  • Mechanism
  1. Active ingredient in Turmeric, curcumin is purported to be an antioxidant and antiinflammatory agent
  • Efficacy
  1. May be beneficial in Osteoarthritis (insufficient evidence as of 2016)
  • Adverse effects
  • Disadvantages
  1. Typical extract dose of 1-2 g/day is equivalent to as much as 18-36 tsp ground Turmeric per day
  2. Very expensive (as much as $1 per tablet)
  • References
  1. (2016) Presc Lett 23(12): 70