Friday, December 2, 2022

What are the negative effects of Turmeric?

Turmeric has long been used in traditional eastern medicine for its health benefits. Curcumin, which is the main bioactive component in turmeric, is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.
However, while turmeric and curcumin are generally safe to consume, too much of a good thing can be dangerous. Taking turmeric in large doses has potential risks:
Mild side effects include upset stomach, acid reflux, diarrhea, dizziness and headaches. Consuming large doses of turmeric supplements can significantly increase the levels of urinary oxalate, increasing the risk of kidney stone formation. Since turmeric acts as a blood thinner, it should be avoided if you have a bleeding disorder.
Turmeric can interact negatively with medications including blood thinners, antidepressants, antibiotics, antihistamines, cardiac medications and chemotherapy treatments. It can also interfere with diabetes medications and result in dangerously low blood sugar levels. Turmeric can aggravate stomach problems, such as acid reflux and gallstones.
Since turmeric limits iron absorption, you shouldn’t take it if you are on iron supplements.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding can eat food that contains turmeric as a spice but should avoid taking turmeric supplements. These supplements may stimulate uterus contractions and cause complications.
Depending on your overall health and whether you have conditions like gastrointestinal disorders or kidney stones, you should speak with your doctor before taking turmeric supplements.
How much turmeric is safe to consume?
Studies that show the health benefits of turmeric use turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin in doses exceeding 1 gram per day. Since it’s difficult to consume that much naturally in a regular diet, turmeric is often taken as a supplement, where the curcumin content is much higher. Generally speaking, an acceptable amount of curcumin supplement to take on a daily basis is about 1.4 milligrams per pound of body weight, up to 12 grams. Anything more than that can cause you to have adverse reactions.
Is it safe to take turmeric every day?
Turmeric is a yellow spice commonly used in Asian cuisine.
Turmeric is a yellow spice commonly used in Asian cuisine. People also consume it because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Taking turmeric in low amounts (the levels added in food) generally does not pose any health problems. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is safe to consume 1.4 mg of turmeric per pound of body weight each day. Higher doses of turmeric, however, when consumed for longer periods may harm the body. This means the use of turmeric in gel form and lozenges as supplements. According to a report, a person who consumed high amounts of turmeric (over 1500 mg twice a day) experienced a dangerous heart rhythm problem. Although there is no concrete evidence that the abnormal heart rhythm was caused by turmeric, it is better to avoid taking turmeric in high doses, especially for longer periods. If a person has any underlying health conditions or is taking any medications (including blood thinners, medications for heart diseases, blood pressure, diabetes, liver diseases, or kidney ailments), they must take their doctor’s advice before consuming turmeric.

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