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Who Shouldn’t Consume Curcumin or Turmeric?

Following flax and wheatgrass, turmeric is the third best-selling botanical dietary supplement, racking up $12 million in sales. Currently, sales are increasing at a rate of 20%. Curcumin is a natural plant product extracted from the turmeric root and is used commonly as a food additive popular for its pleasant mild aroma and exotic yellow […] …read more

Source: Care2.com – Healthy Living

Some of the people who are highly at risk for developing health problems related to consumption of curcumin and turmeric are those who already have gallstones. You see, curcumin, which is derived from the root of the  turmeric plant stimulates gallbladder contraction in order to release bile and other gastric juices that are needed to digest fat and other substances in the body that originate from food. Curcumin can cause extreme gallbladder pain for those who already have gallstones because of its contraction property. Among others, people with biliary tract obstruction problems aside from gallstones also avoid curcumin. If you are highly at risk for gallbladder cancer or already diagnosed with one, you should also avoid this type of spice since it stimulates heightened production of hepatoma or malignancies in the liver and the gallbladder in general.  Those people who are prone to developing renal calculi or kidney stone formations should try to avoid consuming large amounts of curcumin because of its high content of sodium oxalate which is the main component of kidney stones. Just because something is deemed all-natural doesn’t mean that it does not pose potential harm to the body. Let’s remember the rule of thumb for everything that we do, take everything in moderation.

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