Consuming turmeric and curcumin can have negative effects on your body.
Turmeric has long been used in traditional Eastern medicine for its health benefits. Curcumin, which is the main bioactive ingredient of turmeric, is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.
However, while turmeric and curcumin are generally safe to consume, too much can be dangerous. Taking turmeric in large doses has the following potential risks:
- Mild side effects include upset stomach, acid reflux, diarrhea, dizziness and headaches.
- Taking large doses of turmeric supplements can significantly increase urinary oxalate levels, increasing the risk of kidney stones.
- As turmeric acts as a blood thinner, it should be avoided if you have a bleeding disorder.
- Turmeric can interact negatively with medications such as blood thinners, antidepressants, antibiotics, antihistamines, heart medications and chemotherapy treatments. It can also affect medications for diabetes and lead to dangerously low blood sugar levels.
- Turmeric can make stomach problems worse, such as acid reflux and gallstones.
- As turmeric limits the absorption of iron, you should not consume it if you are taking iron supplements.
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding can eat foods that contain turmeric as a spice, but should avoid taking turmeric supplements.
- Depending on your general health and if you have conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders or kidney stones, you should talk to your doctor before taking turmeric supplements.
How much turmeric can we consume safely?
Studies showing the health benefits of turmeric use turmeric extracts that contain mainly curcumin in doses exceeding 1 gram per day. Because it is difficult to consume so much through the diet, turmeric is often taken as a supplement, where the curcumin content is much higher.
In general, an acceptable amount of curcumin supplement for daily intake is about 1.4 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. Anything more than that can cause you side effects.
Is it safe to take turmeric every day?
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 generally does not cause problems.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is safe to consume 1.4 mg of turmeric per kilogram of body weight each day. Higher doses of turmeric, however, when consumed for longer periods can harm the body. This means using turmeric in gel form and lozenges as supplements.
What are the health benefits of turmeric?
Although most of the claimed benefits of turmeric have no scientific support, it is still a popular home remedy for many ailments. Some of the suggested health benefits of turmeric are as follows.
Turmeric can help relieve the pain and swelling associated with osteoarthritis. There have been scientific reports claiming that turmeric supplements have helped improve mobility and reduce symptoms in patients with osteoarthritis.
Turmeric can help improve the lipid profile by lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol levels.
Turmeric can help reduce skin irritation and itching caused by chronic kidney disease.
Improving mental health
Turmeric can help manage mental health conditions such as depression Ask your doctor if turmeric can be taken with prescription drugs.
Turmeric can help manage allergic symptoms such as itching and sneezing.
Contrary to many claims, turmeric does not help reduce stomach ulcers. Finally, it is important to know that there is insufficient evidence to support the effectiveness of turmeric