People often think that if something is from natural origin it cannot do any harm to their health, especially if turmeric is the case.
This spice is the third best-selling spice because of its known health benefits, its aroma and its ability to dye. But, you’d be surprised of the side-effects it can cause, such as nauseas, stomach pain, diarrhea and dizziness. This is due the fact that there are certain groups of people who shouldn’t consume turmeric.
- The first group of people who should avoid this spice are pregnant or breastfeeding women, because it can encourage a menstrual cycle, and even men who try to be dads shouldn’t consume it during the time they try to conceive because turmeric lowers the testosterone levels and sperm’s movement.
- If you don’t suffer from gallstones then turmeric is a great remedy to prevent them and protect the liver, but It is not recommended for people with gallstones to consume turmeric because recent studies show that it can cause severe problems and pain.
- If you suffer from biliary tract obstruction, avoid turmeric by any means.
- Turmeric contains high levels of soluble oxalate which can easily attach to calcium and create insoluble calcium oxalate, the culprit for almost 75% of all kidney stone problems. So, if you suffer from kidney stones or you are prone to developing them, try to avoid turmeric as much as possible, or at least limit the daily intake of total dietary oxalate to less than 50 mg a day.
- Another group of people who should restrict or totally avoid turmeric are those suffering from diabetes, since turmeric has been linked to decreased blood sugar levels.
- And finally, if you are scheduled for surgery, do not take turmeric at least three weeks before the surgery because this spice prevents blood cloths which means you will be at risk of bleeding out.