"Can I Take Turmeric While on Blood Pressure Medication & Aspirin?" – "Ask the Doc"
Jonathan Hunsaker: Today on “Ask the Doc” we’re talking about blood pressure medication, aspirin, and turmeric.
Jonathan Hunsaker here with Organixx with another installment of “Ask the Doc” and today’s question comes in from Susan in Delaware: “I take blood pressure medication and aspirin. How will these interact with a turmeric supplement?”
Dr. Daniel Nuzum: So, our question is “Does Tumeric 3D, and blood pressure medication and aspirin have any bad interactions?”
First off, the rule of thumb that I tell all my patients, never take a supplement or take food with a medication. The chemistry in the food and the chemistry in the medication can interact and take things sideways and can skew things.
Medications aren’t meant to be taken with other things. They’re meant to be taken by themselves. They have their known pathways that they function through, and if we take food or take supplements or anything else while we take our medications, we can cause that medication to do something strange or do something it’s not supposed to do.
I don’t take any medications, but if you’re on medicine, don’t take medicine and supplements, and don’t take medications with food. That’s just a general rule of thumb. That being said, don’t take Tumeric 3D with blood pressure medicine and aspirin; not at the same time.
The generally accepted window is, if you take a medication, you need to give yourself about two hours before eating or taking any supplements. That’s the general rule.
Now, Tumeric 3D has ginger and it has turmeric in it, which both have a general blood thinning effect. They have an antithrombotic effect, which is good. It helps the blood flow, it helps the blood flow nice and keeps the blood viscous. But if you’re on a blood thinner like aspirin, you don’t want to take a large amounts of ginger or turmeric because the ginger and turmeric are reducing your clotting factors, which is what aspirin does. It can cause you to bleed more easily.
So, what we need to do is not take them at the same time. If you’re on blood thinners, most spices, not just turmeric and ginger. We’re talking you shouldn’t eat salsa at the same time that you’re taking any blood thinner because these spices in salsa thin the blood also. We also have most all spices like cloves, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, all of these things thin the blood.
So, if you’re taking a blood thinner, you need to watch the amount of these other things that you’re consuming. If you’re not on a blood thinner, these other things are extremely healthy for people – very, very good for improving circulation. The vast majority of the population tends to have thick blood versus thin blood. The reason someone that would be on a blood thinner is because their blood was too thick to begin with.
So, typically, in our population, we tend to have more of a thick blood issue. And so, cayenne, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, all these different spices are very, very good because they keep our blood from clumping up and so it flows nice and freely in our system.
So, should you take Turmeric 3D if you’re on blood pressure medicine and aspirin? You can; not at the same time and you need to stick with the recommended dose. Don’t take more than what is recommended and you should probably consult your physician for specific directions on that.
If you’re not on medication and are looking for an excellent way to receive the health benefits of both curcumin (turmeric) and Vitamin D, one of the most bioavailable forms of both these compounds is available in Turmeric 3D from Organixx.