The long historical and cultural use of turmeric as a medication, has contributed to its popularity as a dietary supplement which is promoted and marketed for many common ailments. Turmeric/curcumin supplements were one of the top 10 best selling supplements in the U.S. at $108 million in 2012 and the market was projected to reach $235 million between 2013 and 2016.

The supplement industry is no less ‘pure’ than ‘big pharma’ and big profits are made by exaggerating and extrapolating the effects of their products. Most supplements are actually produced by a wing of the pharmaceutics companies themselves, so it stands to reason that if there was real, solid, evidence that they really did ‘work’, these supplements would be patented, developed and marketed as approved medicinal drugs.

My advise, as always, is save your money and don’t buy supplements from the snake oil sharks that infest the internet.

Incidentally, high doses of turmeric can act as a blood thinner and cause stomach upsets. Therefore you should avoid turmeric/curcumin if you use blood thinners such as warfarin; are about to have surgery; are pregnant or have gallbladder disease.

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