8 SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS OF TURMERIC WE SHOULD KNOW!
1. Can Cause Stomach Issues:
Turmeric if consumed in large
doses might causes stomach related problems for some people. Some people
might experience nausea, diarrhea or heartburn. If you are
suffering from acidity or GERD, try not to take large doses of turmeric
in empty stomach as it might aggravate these problems. I would suggest
starting with low dosage and then increasing it overtime to help the
body adjust to the dosage of turmeric.
2. Lower Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Levels:
has blood pressure and blood sugar lowering properties so if you are on
blood pressure or blood sugar lowering medications, taking large doses
of turmeric can lower both blood pressure and blood sugar levels
significantly so please practice caution. I would suggest monitoring
your blood pressure and blood sugar levels closely if you decide to take
turmeric supplement on a daily basis.
3. Turmeric Allergy:
rare, some people might be allergic to turmeric. Usually people who are
allergic to turmeric experience itching and rashes while applying it
externally or when taken internally. If you are experiencing skin
allergy after applying turmeric, don’t conclude you are allergic to
turmeric right away. Try using organic turmeric powder or better still
homemade turmeric powder and see whether it agrees with you. If the
symptoms still persists stop using turmeric.
4. Increased Bleeding Risk:
lesser known side effect of turmeric when taken as a supplement is it
increases the risk of bleeding. Turmeric prevents blood clotting so if
you are on anti coagulant medications, please be very very careful of taking
turmeric supplements as it increases the chances of bleeding. Some
people have reported frequent nose bleeds when consuming turmeric and
anti coagulant medications together. Large doses of turmeric can also
lead to increased menstrual flow.
6. Turmeric During Pregnancy:
is fine to consume turmeric as a spice used in day to day cooking during pregnancy but please don’t take it separately as a supplement. In fact, we
should be careful of taking large doses of any ingredient during
pregnancy. Though I couldn’t find any research to support this claim,
taking large doses of turmeric during pregnancy is claimed to induce
uterine contractions so stay on the safe side and don’t take turmeric in
7. Turmeric And Gall Stones:
bladder contracts to release bile in the intestines thus helping with
the digestion. Turmeric helps prevent gall stones as it helps increase
gall bladder contractions which in turn prevents gall stone formation.
So if you are prone to getting gall bladder stones, consuming turmeric
will greatly help. But if you already have gall bladder stones consuming turmeric will result in more
pain due to the high frequency of contractions, so avoid it when you have gall bladder stones.
8. Turmeric And Skin Problems:
is one of the best ingredients to use for our skin and here in our
village we use it extensively for skin care. We all know that turmeric
stains our skin but not many of us know that turmeric can increase skin
sensitivity in some people resulting in skin darkening. In my
personal experience very very people experience this, if you experience
this problem, try to use turmeric skin care products in the night
instead of in the morning. Also turmeric might cause skin dryness if
used alone so always use it along with skin conditioning ingredients
like milk or yogurt.