The root, or rhizome, of the turmeric plant has been praised as the world’s most important botanical medicine. Turmeric and its constituent compound, curcumin, offer a variety of powerful medicinal benefits. Several studies suggest that it can defend the body from cellular damage, prevent certain forms of cancer, and help to treat stomach problems.
Although there is no evidence– traditional or scientific– suggesting that turmeric can lower blood pressure, many people with hypertension use the herb for this effect. If you want to use turmeric to lower blood pressure, you might want to consider the following information.
1. There’s no evidence that it works.
Turmeric has never been used to treat hypertension, and no laboratory tests, animal studies or human clinical trials have investigated its ability to lower blood pressure. However, there is also no evidence that it is ineffective– it simply remains un-investigated as a treatment option for this pervasive and potentially deadly condition.
2. But there are other benefits.
If you have hypertension, you can benefit from the use of turmeric root even if it will not affect your blood pressure. Turmeric appears to heal several other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including blood clots, high cholesterol, and atherosclerosis or “hardening of the arteries.” Because these are common problems in people with high blood pressue, it is a good idea to use turmeric to minimize your risks.
3. It’s probably safe.
Turmeric is used extensively as a food, and it is generally recognized as safe, or GRAS, by the Food and Drug Administration. In parts of India, people routinely eat one to three grams of turmeric every day with no ill effects. For the most part, there is no real harm in taking turmeric supplements, even if they will not lower your blood pressure.
4. There are a few safety concerns.
Despite its overall safety, turmeric should not be used by everyone. If you are pregnant, have diabetes, take blood-thinners, or have gallstones, it is best to take turmeric only under the guidance of a qualified health care provider. However, the amount of turmeric found in food is considered to be safe, even for hese high-risk people.
5. It can’t replace other treatments.
Since there’s no compelling evidence that turmeric can lower blood pressure, it would be inadvisable– or even suicidal– to stop taking your medications and to take turmeric instead. Talk to your health care provider if you want to use holistic treatment options in lieu of conventional medications. Depending on the severity of your condition, she may give you the go-ahead to try a more holistic treatment option.
Sources Used-University of Maryland Medical Center; National Institutes of Health