We all know how turmeric is good for health and many people use it daily, to spice up their food and improve immune system. But, there are some people that should avoid turmeric, and here is the explanation why.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women
It is better to add turmeric as a spice for food than to use it as supplements, and this is especially important for pregnant and breastfeeding women. It might be risky to consume turmeric in medicinal amounts, since it can endanger the pregnancy because it is known the turmeric can have supporting effects on the menstrual period and on stimulating the uterus.
The turmeric, when consumed orally, can reduce the levels of testosterone and sperm movement in men, thus reduce fertility, and so be careful with the amount of turmeric.
People dealing with gallstones
Turmeric can stimulate pain and movement of gallstones, recent studies have shown. If you suffer from gallstones, you should probably avoid this spice. However, you should know that curcumin, a turmeric compound, improves the liver functions, and prevents gallstones from forming in the first place.
People with biliary tract obstruction
Curcumin improves the functions of gallbladder and also reduces the risk of gallstones and gallbladder cancer. However, people that already have the stones should completely avoid the consumption of this spice.
People who have kidney stones
People who consume turmeric in great amounts are in higher risk of formation of kidney stones, because turmeric is rich in soluble oxalates which can bin to calcium and form insoluble calcium oxalate, the substance the stones are made from.
People with diabetes
Turmeric can lower the blood sugar levels suddenly, and people who suffer from diabetes should keep their blood sugar at a constant level. This is the reason why these people should consume turmeric in limited amounts.
People who should have a surgery
These people should stop consuming turmeric two weeks prior to surgery, since this spice has the ability to prevent blood clotting and may lead to excessive bleeding during and after the surgery.