Turmeric Supplement Causes Autoimmune Hepatitis in a Woman? Are Curcumin Capsules Safe?
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In a recent, rare incident, a woman from Arizona has been claimed to be suffering from Autoimmune Hepatitis due to the turmeric supplement she was on. The BMJ reports suggest that she only mentioned it much later that she was on the turmeric supplements. The woman from Arizona had her liver affected due to turmeric supplements, the reason however still remains unknown. Owing to its health benefits, turmeric supplements are becoming extremely popular these days. People who cannot consume turmeric in other ways can consume these capsules as supplements to reap its benefits.

It is yet to be identified how the supplements actually affected the liver and the woman informed the doctor only much later about the supplements she was taking. The report says, 'We reported here on a case of autoimmune hepatitis, occurring in a 71-year-old woman taking turmeric dietary supplements for the maintenance of cardiovascular health, which resolved rapidly following discontinuation of the turmeric supplements. Of particular note, turmeric use was not documented in the patient’s medical records and the potential causative role of the turmeric supplementation was ultimately identified by the patient rather than the healthcare providers. To our knowledge, this is the first documented report of turmeric supplement-induced autoimmune hepatitis.'  Curcuminoids in Turmeric Can Cure Cancer: Is The Whatsapp Forward A Hoax or Truth?

Turmeric Supplements

Turmeric's health benefits continue to surprise the scientists. Unlike the Indian cuisine, others don't identify turmeric as a daily use spice in their food and therefore to reap its benefits they prefer to consume turmeric in form of capsules. A study says, 'Some promising effects have been observed in patients with various pro-inflammatory diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, uveitis, ulcerative proctitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disease, tropical pancreatitis, peptic ulcer, gastric ulcer, idiopathic orbital inflammatory pseudotumor, oral lichen planus, gastric inflammation, vitiligo, psoriasis, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, diabetic nephropathy, diabetic microangiopathy, lupus nephritis, renal conditions, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, thalassemia, biliary dyskinesia, Dejerine-Sottas disease, cholecystitis, and chronic bacterial prostatitis.'

Turmeric is probably the most common household name in India. And why not? The immense health benefits attached to Turmeric surely makes it a taste enhancing, healthy spice to include in your diet. It is also claimed by studies that the best benefits of turmeric are achieved when the curcumin in it is combined with piperine. Therefore, Turmeric and Black Pepper, Here's Why You Should Combine These Two Powerful Spices In Your Cooking. It helps increase its bioavailability significantly. Research also suggests that curcumin can help in the management of oxidative and inflammatory conditions, arthritis, metabolic syndrome, anxiety, and hyperlipidemia.

(Studies: Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human HealthTherapeutic Roles of Curcumin: Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials)