Turmeric : The Other Side Nobody Talks About

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We all know that turmeric is well known for its medicinal values. It is an ancient spice in India. In addition to that, it is quite famous for its flavour in Indian dishes. Indian curries are incomplete without it I guess.

Unfortunately, we didn’t care to know its darker side. That’s the biggest problem with ourselves. We usually stick on to one side rather than knowing their adverse effects.

Usually, taking up turmeric doesn’t cause any trouble unless contraindicated and it does cause when we take too much of them. To be honest, not every commercial turmeric powders are pure and good for health. Few are adulterated with harmful ingredients which is not actually good for our health. Let us witness the other side of turmeric.

Diabetes and Turmeric

There is a chemical called curcumin, which is present in it that helps in reducing the blood sugar levels in our body. But, having too much of them, makes the blood sugar level too low.

Iron deficiency

People with iron deficiency must be conscious enough to use high amounts of turmeric, as it totally disrupts the iron absorption in our body.


It is a stomach disorder known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Taking up turmeric worsens the stomach problems such as GERD. Stop taking it, if you find your symptoms of GERD worse. Sometimes, it also cause stomach upset in certain people.


For men, it probably brings down the testosterone levels and decreases the motility of sperm when taken orally. Thus, it reduces fertility in men.

Liver complaints

It is not advised to use turmeric for the people who have liver problems, as it damages the liver in their body.

Slows blood clotting

Turmeric probably slows the blood clotting in our body. If you do not stop taking it at least for a period of 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery, it will cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. It also increases the risk of bleeding for those who have bleeding disorders.

Gallbladder problems

Strictly, it is not advised to use turmeric for the people who have gallstones and it also worsens the gallbladder problems.

Kidney stones

It comprises of about 2% oxalate, a nutrient which is not required for humans. At higher doses of such, pays a contribution to kidney stones.

Nervous system

Few turmeric powder have lead in them, a heavy metal that is considered to be a potential threat to our nervous system.

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Harikrishnan B
Pursuing Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Keen on exploring mysteries and inspired by the beauty of Science.


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