What are the side effects of curcumin?

- Sep 22, 2018-

Curcumin is the main active ingredient of turmeric. In addition to being used to make curry condiments and increase food yellow, turmeric also has certain medicinal value. Traditional Chinese medicine has been used to treat indigestion, jaundice, dysentery, arthritis and chest congestion. As a natural product, it is widely believed that consumption of turmeric has no side effects, and even clinical trials have confirmed that it is safe to consume turmeric a small amount per day. But if the consumption method is not right, it can still cause some negative effects.

One of the side effects of curcumin is contact dermatitis. This skin disease usually begins with a rash and then disappears within 24-72 hours. In the absence of treatment, the skin will continue to itch and burn, and may develop into blisters or urticaria later. Mild gastrointestinal pain is another side effect that is easily caused by high doses and long-term consumption of curcumin. Because it is often used to treat heartburn and hyperacidity, exceeding the recommended dose can cause nausea, even vomiting and diarrhea.

Curcumin has the effect of stimulating the uterus and may cause an increase in menstrual bleeding. These two factors are particularly prone to risk of miscarriage for pregnant women. Therefore, it is not recommended to consume curcumin during pregnancy.

The negative effects of curcumin also include an increased risk of bleeding. Because this substance slows down the process of blood coagulation, it is not recommended for patients with bleeding disorders. In addition, taking with drugs such as anticoagulants will further increase the risk of bleeding, so do not consume curcumin for two weeks before and after surgery. Another benefit of high-dose intake of curcumin is that it can cause liver and gallbladder poisoning. In fact, if gallstones already exist, the consumption of curcumin will only make the problem worse.

Taking curcumin in patients with specific diseases such as diabetes is particularly prone to cause some serious side effects. Many studies have confirmed that curcumin can lower blood sugar. If diabetics themselves take blood sugar control drugs, consumption of curcumin can easily cause complications. In addition, curcumin also has a blood pressure lowering effect, so people taking antihypertensive drugs should also avoid it.