When to Avoid Turmeric: The Top Six Side Effects People Should Know

When to Avoid Turmeric: The Top Six Side Effects People Should Know

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Turmeric has been used for different purposes for thousands of years. Apart from being served as a primary ingredient in mustards and curries, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicinal traditions use turmeric to treat certain illnesses and health conditions, and Indians make use of it during religious ceremonies.

Turmeric is capable of helping people who suffer from chronic joint pain and inflammation, with the latter highly associated with a number of health conditions.

However, behind these benefits are also some side effects that people should know. Below are the top cases of when to avoid turmeric.

1.     Blood Pressure and Diabetes Medication

Using a high amount of turmeric in any form may lead to low blood pressure or blood sugar. Hence, people taking medication for diabetes or those meant to regulate blood pressure should apply caution when using turmeric as a supplement. This may heighten its effects, leading to symptoms like a racing heartbeat, blurred vision, and confusion. Therefore, it is not advisable to take turmeric along with medications for diabetes.

2.     When You Have A Blood-Clotting Disorder

The spice is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. However, it can also have an adverse effect if combined with anti-clotting medications, which may result in bruising and bleeding.

You can expect such effects if you take a large dose of the spice with any of the following blood-thinning medications: aspirin, antiplatelet drugs, and warfarin.

The same happens if you take the spice with herbal remedies known for their blood-thinning effects, like red clover, ginger, garlic, and willow.

It is also important to stop taking turmeric supplements two weeks before a surgical procedure to avoid its blood-thinning effects.

3.     If You Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding

Experts advise pregnant women to avoid taking high doses of turmeric to prevent any side effects. This may include stimulating the uterus, which may put the pregnancy at risk.

4.     If You Suffer From Excessive Stomach Acid

Experts say that there is no risk of side effects if the spice is used in the recommended dosage. The problem arises if it is taken in high doses because it may increase the acid levels in the stomach, which can damage the esophagus’ lining if it starts rising.

If this occurs, it will also cause hyperacidity, heartburn, and intestinal or stomach ulcers, or even worsen the case. Other related symptoms may include bloating, stomach cramps, nausea, and chest pain.

5.     If You Have Gallbladder Problems

Turmeric can do two things for your gallbladder. The spice can aid in regulating the amount of bile the gallbladder produces, or it can obstruct the bile duct and cause the formation of gallstones. However, the latter effect is only going to happen if your gallbladder is not in a good condition.

6.     If You Suffer From Liver Problems

Some studies showed that intake of turmeric has an effect on how the organ processes some drugs, and may lead to liver problems. In relation to that, experts now stress for people with a liver condition to practice caution when taking turmeric supplements.

Making use of turmeric’s medicinal properties is safe as long as it is consumed in the recommended dosage. The cases mentioned above are just some of the examples you may become at risk of if you do not follow the basic guidelines.

Keep in mind that the standard and safe dosage for turmeric is 400-600mg of the powder, taken 1 to 3 times daily.

If you have a pre-existing condition, the only way to know the safe dosage and find out more about when to avoid turmeric is through consulting your doctor first.

Sources:

http://www.livescience.com/41760-turmeric-supplement-facts.html

http://www.memory-improvement-tips.com/side-effects-of-turmeric.html

http://herbs.lovetoknow.com/Side_Effects_of_Turmeric

http://www.turmericforhealth.com/general-info/side-effects-of-turmeric

http://www.seattletimes.com/life/wellness/people-on-blood-thinners-must-avoid-turmeric/

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  • Donna Schnaath

    If you don’t take turmeric as a supplement, but occasionally eat as a spice, will it interfere w/natural blood thinners as garlic, ginger or affect people with gerd/hiatal hernia who only take digestive enzymes, acid supplements, apple cider vinegar,lemo and/or lemon juice to treat?

    Thank you,

    Donna Schnaath

    • Donna, in traditional use it is cooked in a meal with garlic and ginger. If it was dangerous, the moms who do all the cooking would have stopped using it hundreds of years ago. You’re good to go!

      It’s deeelish on eggs.