Customers often ask me “Is turmeric safe for everyone?”
My quick response is “Yes it’s Turmeric, it’s good for everyone”.
But then, as the thought “Could something as medicinal as turmeric be unsafe?” popped up in my head, I erased my answer. Worth looking up, I thought.
Turmeric is my favourite spice as it helped me through my teenage years of agonising acne. It helped me cure the bad blemishes I would have ended up with if not for the days of applying turmeric paste on my skin.
How could I think of this old friend as harmful?
But I couldn’t be more wrong! There’s more to the story that “Turmeric cures everything”.
While it benefits many, it could turn out to be a curse for some.
Let us see under what circumstances that happens.
Is Turmeric Safe for You?
The key aspect of turmeric consumption is the quantity. Turmeric is safe for most people when consumed as a spice used in cooking your food, which means it is in very small amounts.
However, if taken in large doses, turmeric can have unpleasant side effects. Some supplements contain up to 500 milligrams of turmeric extract, which when taken regularly can be a cause of concern for some people.
Given below are few red flags that indicate you should limit your intake of turmeric. (Please note that the key word here is LIMIT)
- Pregnant or lactating women – Yes, this one surprised me too! Turmeric is popularly said to work as a uterine stimulant and is beneficial in regularizing menstruation. Hence, it is advisable to stop any curcumin supplements during pregnancy and lactation.
- Blood Thinning medication – Turmeric has blood thinning properties. According to the National Institutes of Health, turmeric may slow blood clotting. If you take blood-thinning medication, consult with your doctor before eating turmeric in food or taking curcumin supplements.
- Before undergoing surgery – Due to the blood thinning side effects of turmeric, limit taking turmeric at least two weeks before any surgical procedure.
- Diabetic patients – Turmeric may lower blood sugar! Avoid turmeric if you take diabetes medications since turmeric could cause your blood sugar to fall even further. This could result in hypoglycaemia.
- Patients with Gallbladder obstruction – Curcumin and black pepper can prevent gallstone formation. But if you already suffer from gallstones, high doses of curcumin can cause the gallbladder to contract and this can lead to severe pain.
The rest of us can continue to use turmeric for its medicinal properties.
But do remember the adage, “too much of anything is bad”.
The Absorption of Turmeric in Our Body
It is common knowledge that all the goodness of turmeric comes from the curcumin present in it! But sadly, curcumin is not absorbed by the body easily!
However, taking turmeric with black pepper and fats increases the absorption of curcumin in the body.
How Much of Turmeric Is Good?
The Golden Lakadong Turmeric Paste is a healthy way of taking turmeric. You can take 1-2 teaspoons once or twice a day.
Here is some information about various ways you can take turmeric.
So, after all this, I am ready to answer the question that popped up on my Facebook Messenger!
Yes, turmeric is safe for consumption if you are not undergoing any of the conditions mentioned above.
However, do make sure you are consuming pure and naturally grown turmeric.
Zizira’s Lakadong Turmeric is known as the world’s best for its high curcumin content, tremendous health benefits and for the way it is procured from traditional farmers of Meghalaya.