The world’s best-selling botanical supplement nowadays is turmeric, preceded only by flax and wheatgrass. It contains curcumin, which is used in foods because of its pleasant smell and the yellow color. We all think that everything that is natural is not toxic, but not in this case. It can’t cause any substantial side effects, but many people while consuming it had problems with nausea, dizziness, diarrhea and stomach issues. If you combine curcumin with black pepper you will be consuming as much as 29 cups of the daily dose of turmeric. This will result in increased blood levels as well as changes in the DNA in vitro.
The following types of people should not use turmeric:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women
Our advice for them is to add turmeric into their meals instead of taking turmeric supplements. For pregnant of breastfeeding women it is not safe to consume it by mouth in amounts commonly found in food. It can be unsafe when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts during pregnancy. It can put pregnancy at risk by supporting a menstrual period or stimulating the uterus.
It can also decrease the levels of testosterone and sperm movement when men take it by mouth. This might reduce fertility. If you are trying to have a baby, use turmeric cautiously.
- People dealing with gallstones
Recent studies claim that turmeric can cause gallbladder pain in people suffering from gallstones. Avoid it if you are dealing with this issue. However, curcumin protects the function of the liver and prevents gallstones by acting as a cholecystokinetic agent, easing the function of the gallbladder by keeping the bile from stagnating.
- People with biliary tract obstruction
The curcumin found in turmeric is very helpful in encouraging the gallbladder to empty and thus it reduces the risk of gallstone creation and the risk of gallbladder cancer. But people suffering from biliary tract obstructions should be careful about consuming curcumin!
- People who have kidney stones
If you consume turmeric in large amounts, you can increase the risk of developing kidney stones. Turmeric is rich in soluble oxalates, which can attach to calcium and create insoluble calcium oxalate, which is responsible for approximately 75% of all kidney stones
People with a tendency to form kidney stones should be careful with the consumption of turmeric. They should put a limit of the consumption of total dietary oxalate to less than 50 mg a day.
- People with diabetes
Turmeric lowers the blood sugar, so people with diabetes can notice decreased blood sugar if they consume it. They can still consume it, but in very small amounts and with caution.
- People who should have a surgery
If you’re about to have a surgery, stop consuming turmeric at least 2 weeks before it is scheduled. This is because turmeric might slow down blood clotting and cause some extra bleeding during and after surgery.