Despite its many benefits, nutritionists have warned some people with certain health conditions from consuming turmeric to avoid health problems, and here is a group of people who must be careful when consuming turmeric, according to what was reported in “The Times of India” online:
Pregnant and breastfeeding women
Turmeric is a great immune booster, and it is generally safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women when consumed with food because the level of curcumin is low in cooked foods. It is considered unsafe when taken in a medicinal form because it may enhance the menstrual cycle or stimulate the uterus, which puts pregnancy at risk.
People with anemia
Anemia occurs when the body does not make enough red blood cells or the body loses excess red blood cells due to bleeding or damage to red blood cells. Taking turmeric in high concentration in such a situation can block iron absorption, making the condition worse.
People with blood disorders
People with any type of blood disorder, such as those dependent on blood-thinning medications, or those with nosebleeds, should be careful while taking curcumin. Taking it too much might slow your blood’s ability to clot, which could increase your risk of bruising and bleeding.
Diabetics should pay a lot of attention to their diet, and manage their blood sugar levels carefully. Curcumin is known to reduce the amount of sugar in the blood, and if not taken with caution, it may make the blood sugar level too low.
People with kidney stones
Kidney stones are crystals that form as a result of salt and mineral deposits. The most common mineral is calcium oxalate. Turmeric also contains a high level of oxalate, which can bind with calcium and cause kidney stones. Therefore, if you have a problem with kidney stones it is best to be careful while taking turmeric.
What is the safe amount of turmeric?
The content of curcumin is natural when used in cooking foods, so if you add 2000-2500 milligrams of turmeric to your food, it only provides 60-100 milligrams of curcumin per day. This amount of curcumin is not harmful to anyone. However, if you plan to take curcumin supplements, consult your doctor first.