Turmeric, beware of over-consumption

More and more people are choosing turmeric as a condiment or spice to add to their dishes. The truth is that it is a tremendously powerful spice, not only because of the various benefits it offers, but also because of its great aromatic power and somewhat spicy taste.

It is highly valued in Indian cuisine, where it is very common and popular, known scientifically as Curcuma longa. As you probably know, it is a condiment easily distinguished by its characteristic orange-yellow color. A shade that, by the way, is mainly due to the presence of curcumin, a compound called curcuminoid which not only gives it its shade but also the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities that this spice offers us.

As far as the various benefits of turmeric are concerned, it is a particularly useful condiment for the liver, helping it naturally to eliminate toxins and harmful substances accumulated in this organ. For example, it is useful in cases of jaundice and cirrhosis.

On the other hand, it is an excellent natural remedy for the treatment of bronchitis and nasal congestion, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can help in cleaning and purifying the lungs. It is also an excellent option when it comes to protecting us from cardiovascular diseases, by helping us to better digest fats.

When it comes to consumption, there are different options, and it is not only necessary to add it to our recipes. It can be used to make what is popularly known as pasta dorada, which basically consists of a kind of turmeric paste that is usually added to hot milk, and which offers interesting health qualities.

But even though it is a wonderful health spice, and excellent in our kitchen, we must take into account something very important: an abusive consumption of turmeric can cause health problems in some people.

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What are the effects of abusive or excessive consumption of turmeric?

Consumed at recommended doses, turmeric does not usually cause problems. However, it is precisely when that amount increases that problems can occur. The most common problems are as follows:

Gallbladder: In case of gallbladder problems or conditions, turmeric can make them worse. Therefore, it is not recommended for use in cases of bile duct obstruction or biliary colic.
Biliary colic: As mentioned above, turmeric is not recommended for use in cases of biliary colic. But we must also take into account that turmeric, due to its choleretic, cholagogic and cholecystokinetic qualities, can cause biliary colic or stones.

What are the main contraindications of turmeric?

It is not advisable to consume turmeric if you suffer from any of the conditions listed in the following lines:

  1. Biliary colic: If you suffer from gallstones, or obstructions in the bile ducts, turmeric is not recommended, as it can cause increased colic.
  2. Liver disease: Although turmeric is an interesting natural seasoning for its liver benefits, it is not suitable for all liver diseases. For example, its consumption is not recommended in case of severe liver disease. It is therefore essential to consult a doctor first.
  3. Allergies: Rhizome or turmeric dust can cause allergies in some people. In this sense, it can also cause contact dermatitis.

In addition, we must take into account that in case of pregnancy it is not advisable to consume turmeric regularly, since it can have an emenagogue effect, favoring and increasing menstruation. With regard to breastfeeding, its consumption is not recommended as it is not sufficiently certain that it can affect breastfeeding or not.

This article is published for information purposes only. It cannot and should not substitute for consultation with a Nutritionist. We advise you to consult your trusted Nutritionist.