Updated: Sep 16
Turmeric belongs to the same family as ginger. It is a common and essential ingredient in most Indian dishes. Turmeric is popularly known for its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. However, excess intake can do more harm than good. With increasing number of people turning to supplementary natural home remedies it's important to know the side effects.
1. Blood Thinning :
It is a natural blood thinner. If you are preparing to undergo a surgery, it is highly recommended to avoid it.
2. Deficiency of Iron:
If you are suffering from iron deficiency, you must avoid it. Turmeric reduces the ability of the body to absorb iron. Consumption of turmeric in food is ok but Consult a doctor if you want to consume medicinal doses of turmeric for diseases.
And nausea are common side effects caused by turmeric but this is due to the curcumin, which is known to irritate the gastrointestinal tract. Reducing your intake might help.
4. Gallbladder Problems
Turmeric may increase your gallbladder problems as it contains high amounts of oxalate which increases the risks of gallbladder stones.
Turmeric can interact with diabetes medication. Curcumin present in turmeric is known to lower blood sugar levels. It can lead to a sudden fall in your blood sugar levels and adversely affect your health.
6. Unclear Information On It's Effects on Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women:
There is not enough information available on turmeric side effects on pregnant and breastfeeding women. Since they are crucial periods in any woman’s life, it is best to keep turmeric supplements away temporarily. Turmeric has been rarely studied in breastfeeding women, and it is quite unknown if its active compounds would pass through breast milk.
7. Interactions with Herbs:
Turmeric may also interact with certain herbs. Though the effects of its interactions with herbs like black pepper and ginger are unclear, it is better to consult your doctor before you use turmeric with any of the two.
Turmeric has a lot of benefits for human health, but it also has its share of side effects. This doesn’t mean you totally eliminate it from your diet. Use it in moderation and as required but most importantly, consult with your doctor.