Turmeric is one of the best-selling spices in the world, and for a very good reason. As a matter of fact, it is the third best-selling dietary supplement, totaling up to $12 million in sale. At this point, sales are raising at a rate of 20 percent. Most people buy turmeric due to its main ingredient called Curcumin. This ingredient is a very popular food additive with a mild aroma and potent yellow color that offers a wide range of health benefits. While it is generally believed that Curcumin does not possess any side-effects, you will be surprised to learn that it is not completely true.
Side effects such as nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, and stomach pains can be caused by turmeric consumption. These negative effects usually occur in 5 types of people that we will present you below. It is recommended to stop using turmeric if you belong to any of these groups:
1. Pregnant or breastfeeding women
Generally speaking, pregnant or breastfeeding women shouldn’t consume turmeric. It’s not safe to consume it orally as it might put the pregnancy at risk by encouraging a menstrual cycle or stimulating the uterus.
2. People with gallstones
You must avoid turmeric if you suffer from gallstones. Some recent studies claim that turmeric causes severe pain in the gallbladder for people with gallstones. But, if you don’t suffer from gallstones, curcumin can lower the risk of gallbladder stones and will protect the liver by stimulating the functions of the gallbladder functions and promoting the bile flow. Simply put, gallstones are a big no-no regarding turmeric consumption. Otherwise, curcumin can “induce the gallbladder to empty and thereby reduce the risk of gallstone formation and ultimately even gallbladder cancer.”
3. People with biliary tract obstruction
People who suffering from biliary tract obstructions should restrain from consuming turmeric or consume it in moderation. In other words, those with biliary tract obstruction should be extremely careful about taking curcumin.
4. People who have kidney stones
You are at risk of developing kidney stones if you consume turmeric in high amounts every day. Turmeric contains high levels of soluble oxalate which can easily connect to calcium and create insoluble calcium oxalate. The insoluble calcium oxalate is the cause for 75% of all kidney stone problems. Those with a tendency to form kidney stones should limit their intake of dietary oxalate to less than 40-50 mg daily, meaning to no more than a teaspoon of turmeric.
5. People who should have a surgery
You need to eliminate turmeric from your diet for at least 3 weeks before the surgery. You must do this because turmeric can reduce the blood clotting and lead to excessive bleeding during surgery, which is something that everyone wants to avoid.