This article has been medically approved by Pharmacist Sumaiya Patel - GPhC Reg No: 2215078
Turmeric is a key ingredient in curry powder, but it also has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine, primarily in South Asia. In our article below we’ll look at the benefits of turmeric supplements.
Turmeric is most commonly used as a powdered spice, but it comes from the turmeric plant. Turmeric is related to ginger and originates in India and other parts of Asia and Central America. Use of turmeric is dated back as far as 4,000 years ago in India.
In Ayurvedic medicine it is used for many conditions including breathing problems, rheumatism, serious pain, and fatigue.
Reported benefits of turmeric
Turmeric contains curcuminoids, aka curcumins, which have potent anti-inflammatory powers. Research in people with rheumatoid arthritis have shown that curcumin can improve symptoms and may even be more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs. 
Curcumins are very strong antioxidants, making turmeric an effective treatment for skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. The anti-inflammatory properties can also help to calm inflamed skin.
Natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties mean it fights acne pimples and breakouts, as well as reducing redness and scarring.
You can use turmeric in cleansers, masks, and night creams to regulate oil production, cleanse the skin, and even reduce facial hair! 
While curry power may not be you first choice when suffering with acid reflux, turmeric may help with gastrointestinal problems. Research has been shown that these conditions may be caused by inflammation and oxidative stress, meaning they can be treated by anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. 
Curcumin has also been sown to prevent oesophageal inflammation.
Turmeric is believed to be beneficial to help ease depression and enable antidepressants to work better.
Some studies have shown a connection between depression and chronic inflammation, and that the two can aggravate one another. 
Heart disease is complicated, and it has many contributing factors, but curcumin may help to reverse the steps in the heart disease process.
The main benefit of curcumin against heart disease is improving the function of the endothelium, the lining of your blood vessels. The major driver of hear disease is endothelial dysfunction.
Several studies have found links between curcumin and improved heart health. 
Inflammation and oxidation can also play a role in heart disease.
Within the brain there is a gene called the brain-derived neuropathic factor (BDNF). This gene is involved in making a protein that plays a role in memory and learning. The BDNF protein can also be found in areas of the brain responsible for eating, drinking, and body weight.
Many common brain disorders, including depression and Alzheimer’s disease, have been linked to decreased levels of BDNF protein.
Studies in animals have found that curcumin may increase the brain’s levels of BDNF, which may be effective in delaying or even reversing brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function. However, these studies were performed in animals so it’s hard to say what the results mean for humans. 
Cancer is a disease that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth, but curcumin has been found to affect cancer growth and development. There are many different forms of cancer that appear to be affected by curcumin supplements. 
Studies have shown that it can contribute to the death of cancerous cells, reduce angiogenesis (growth of view blood vessels in tumours), and reduce metastasis (spread of cancer).