Do you know that turmeric is among the top 3 best-selling botanical dietary supplements along with flax and wheatgrass? Its sales continue to rise at over 20 percent. The main ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. It is a natural plant extract from turmeric roots. This extract is widely used for its exotic yellow color and mild aroma, and is also a popular food additive. Curcumin is claimed to cause almost no side effects.
At the same time it is worth mentioning that anything that is natural shouldn’t always be without toxicity!
There are many examples where the ingredients are natural and are still toxic. This includes:
The last three are elements but still natural.
When it comes to turmeric, you will think that it’s a plant and thus cannot cause any harm.
There should be not harmful side effects! But that is not true. Many have consumed it and have suffered from issues like nausea, dizziness, stomach ache and diarrhea. Do you know that if you take high dose of curcumin and also consume black pepper, it will be like taking a staggering 29 cups of turmeric in a day? Yes, black pepper has the power to increase curcumin’s bioavailability by up to 2,000 percent. This is not only going to increase its blood levels, it has also been found to cause DNA changes in vitro.
So you should be careful, not only when taking turmeric and black pepper together, but also when you belong to the following categories.
Don’t Use Turmeric If you Have the Following
1. You are Breastfeeding or Pregnant
If you are breastfeeding or pregnant, the best way to take turmeric is to add to your meals. Don’t take any turmeric supplements. Avoid taking turmeric orally in large amounts because it’s not safe. Avoid taking medicinal amounts by mouth.
The concerning thing is that turmeric has the potential to support menstrual period or stimulate uterus. This can be risky for your pregnancy.
In fact, men trying to become a father should also use turmeric with care. This is because this herbal root has the potential to reduce your sperm movement or testosterone levels itself when you take it orally, thus affecting your fertility.
2. If you Have Gallstones
Do you have gallstones? According to latest study, consuming turmeric can result in serious problems including pain in your gallbladder. Don’t take turmeric if you have gallstones.
However, at the same time, curcumin has been found to be helpful in protecting liver function. It has been found to prevent gallstones by working as a cholecystokinin agent. This means it eases the functioning of gallbladder by preventing the stagnation of bile.
3. If You Have Biliary Tract Obstruction
Curcumin from turmeric has been found to be effective in emptying gallbladder and reducing chances of gallstone and gallbladder cancer. But you should still avoid it or consume it with care if you have biliary tract obstructions.
4. If You Have Kidney Stones
If you consume a lot of turmeric on a daily basis, you are simply putting yourself at enhanced risk of kidney stones. This is because it contains soluble oxalates, which get attached to calcium for forming calcium oxalate. This compound is insoluble. This is the same compound that forms majority of kidney stone problems (up to 75 percent).
If you are already likely to develop kidney stones, avoid turmeric as much as possible. In fact, you should restrict how much total dietary oxalate you consume. As a standard, don’t take more than 50mg of it in a day.
5. If You Have Diabetes
Do you have diabetes? You must take care about your turmeric consumption. You are allowed to take it only in small amounts. Turmeric has the power to reduce your blood sugar levels. If you are a diabetic, your blood sugar levels can fall if you take too much of turmeric.
6. If You Are Having a Surgery
Turmeric has the power to slow blood clotting. It can also cause additional bleeding in or after surgery. So you must avoid turmeric before having any kind of surgery. In fact, you should not take it 3 weeks before any kind of surgery.
Source: Healthy Life Tricks