Millions of people are concerned about their health, and the types of foods they consume. Organic foods are the most popular and perhaps the healthiest choice, and of course they offer the least side effects, if any. Turmeric, an old traditional Indian spice is considered an old time favorite, and is used in traditional Indian cuisine dishes.
Turmeric provides excellent support for certain organs in the body, but if taken without proper research, it can also be harmful. Get the Facts.
Common Turmeric Side Effects
Despite the positive effects of using turmeric, the negative side effects may outweigh the good ones. As reported in some medical notes, these are some common side effects that could negatively impact one’s health.
- Blood thinner. Turmeric works as a blood thinner and should not be taken with antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs. These drugs include aspirin, naproxen, warfarin or other similar medication. Supplements to avoid are garlic, ginkgo, red clover, willow, clove, Panax ginseng, danshen and angelica.
- Decreases glucose levels. Diabetics should avoid taking turmeric, if they are taking diabetes medication, since the turmeric will cause a decrease in glucose levels. Extremely low blood sugar and causes adverse reactions that create a life- threatening condition known as hypoglycemia.
- Gallbladder issues. Turmeric may cause gallbladder conditions to worsen, if a problem exists in the bile duct.
- Bleeding in pregnant women. Pregnant and (possibly) breastfeeding women should not take turmeric, as it may cause bleeding. Turmeric is also known to stimulate the uterus and promote menstruation.
- Although, turmeric is used to treat stomach problems, it can aggravate the digestive system, which can lead to increased gastric acid. People suffering with GERD or acid reflux should not take turmeric, and should discontinue taking it if they experience serious side effects.
More side effects that are less common:
- Heartburn. Turmeric can (although less often) cause heartburn. This happens by turmeric increasing the acidity in certain individuals and leads to the burning sensation in the chest.
- Turmeric can cause gas. This happens especially to individuals with a digestive system more sensitive than usual.
- Diarrhea. Turmeric can trigger diarrhea at large doses. To avoid this start with the smallest doses to see how your body reacts. We are all different and react to turmeric differently.
- Research suggests that very rarely turmeric can cause severe heart arrhythmia.
- Acid reflux. Similarly to heart burn in certain individuals turmeric will increase acidity and lead to acid reflux. See how your body reacts before taking bigger doses. Acid reflux happens more often with fresh turmeric rather than turmeric powder.
- Allergic reactions on skin and rash. Some people report allergic reactions to turmeric, specifically red spots on the stomach.
- Staining on the skin. Some people use turmeric for face masks, due to its benefits on the skin. Having said that (especially fresh) turmeric can cause staining and yellow spots on the skin. Which are very hard to wash off.
Facts About Turmeric You Need to Know
However, recent research has uncovered some startling news about turmeric that you might not know. Turmeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin, which may cause health concerns for some but not for all. In reasonable recommended dosages turmeric is safe. This is true for anyone who is in good health.
Even in the medical industry, turmeric has positive health benefits, but the risks of potentially negative health related issues can arise, if the recommended dosage amount is overlooked. The most positive effects of using turmeric is its ability to protect the brain cells following a stroke, and its ability to protect the effects of the brain against dementia and Alzheimer’s.
How Much Turmeric is Safe?
The safest question to ask as with any medication or supplement, is how much turmeric daily is relatively safe to take? The appropriate dosage amount is found on the outside label of the original packaging or an included insert. The recommended daily allowance for turmeric is 2,000mg. However, people cooking with turmeric should use only 1 to 3 grams of ground turmeric powder, which equals ½ to 1 ½ teaspoons.
People with certain medical conditions, and those taking blood thinners and diabetic medication should consult with their physician before taking turmeric. Turmeric can cause severe health related risks if it is taken with some supplements and medication. Even some common herbal supplements can interfere with the ingredients found in turmeric.