Turmeric is a powdered root that belongs to the ginger family and is used as food colouring or a condiment because of its intense yellow colour. But it is much more than that. It stands out for its content of a substance called curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties and an effect on the gall bladder. Traditionally, it is used to stimulate bile secretion, as a liver cleanser and to alleviate stomach discomfort. It has also shown immunomodulatory (immune system support) effects.
It is important to consume it in well-defined and proven safe amounts in order to achieve the desired benefits. It can be taken as a spice tea, in capsule or powder form, or as a dietary supplement. Turmeric extract found in some cosmetic products (gel or cream) is used to relieve muscle and joint discomfort, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Remember to take the dietary supplement according to the dosage prescribed by your healthcare professional and/or the manufacturer's recommendation, in the context of a balanced diet. If you have a digestive disease such as a gastric ulcer, liver problems and/or other chronic illness, you should consult a professional before taking it.