Should You Cook With Turmeric Or Take Supplements?

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January 9, 2017 – Andrew Weil, MD, is founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona. Send your questions for Dr. Weil to askdrweil@prevention.com.

 
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Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers seem to protect against certain cancers and Alzheimer’s disease as well as help treat arthritis and depression.

For preventive purposes, I prefer cooking with turmeric; sprinkle on some black pepper for optimal absorption. Supplements may be better for people who already have one of these conditions, because the concentration is higher. Look for products made from whole turmeric, which may provide other helpful compounds, rather than supplements of curcumin, the most active compound in turmeric. Speak with your doctor before choosing a supplement with black pepper extract, as piperine, a pepper compound, can interfere with some prescription medications.

 
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