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Magic Spice Turmeric – Can It Cause Kidney Stones?

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Turmeric contains high levels of oxalate and increases the level of oxalates in urine. This can increase the risk of forming kidney stones. Side effects: Drug interaction, allergies and increased bleeding. Avoid turmeric during pregnancy, in patients of dyspepsia and gastro-esophageal reflux disease, atleast 2 months before surgery and in setting of bile-duct obstruction.

Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:

Kidney stones are a common condition affecting 20% of people worldwide. Medical experts suggest that turmeric supplementation could cause health problems for people with a tendency to form kidney stones. This is because turmeric contains high levels of oxalate and significantly increases the level of oxalates in urine. Higher than normal urine oxalate levels can significantly increase the risk of forming kidney stones. Despite its multiple benefits, its side effects should also not be neglected and precautions should be taken when using turmeric.

According to the University of Michigan Health Center, the recommended daily intake of turmeric should not exceed 240 to 500 milligrams three times a day. Consuming any more than this, can cause side effects.

Side effects of turmeric

Drug Interaction – Turmeric can interact with over-the-counter and prescription medication and interfere with how the drugs work.

Allergies – Some individuals may be allergic to turmeric resulting in psoriasis or dermatitis, stomach problems, heartburn etc.

Increased Bleeding – High amounts of turmeric inhibit the blood clotting process. This can be extremely risky for patients on blood thinners. Turmeric should also be avoided during pregnancy as this encourages menstruation and increases the risk of a miscarriage.

When to Avoid Turmeric

– It is suggested to avoid turmeric intake during pregnancy due to risk of pre-mature uterine contractions, uterine bleeding or painful uterine spasms.
– Turmeric intake is associated with aggravation of gallbladder dysfunction and is best avoided in the setting of bile-duct obstruction.
– Turmeric interferes with normal blood clotting and should be stopped at least 2 months in advance of any major surgery.
– Turmeric increases the secretion of gastric acid and thus should be avoided in known patients of dyspepsia and gastro-esophageal reflux disease.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.