Turmeric is the third best-selling spice after flax and wheat-grass and its sales are constantly skyrocketing, especially in the last few years. Curcumin, the main ingredient in turmeric is a very popular food additive which has a nice, mild aroma and potent yellow color. Most people consider it has no unwanted side-effects, but they’ll be surprised to learn that it’s not entirely true.
People usually think that if something is natural it can’t be toxic or dangerous for their health. Well, have you considered that strychnine and cyanide are both natural but extremely toxic and even deadly! Lead, mercury and plutonium are on the periodic table of elements, they are as natural as they can be, but they are highly toxic. Maybe you think just because it’s a plant it can’t be dangerous? To some point you are right, it can’t cause any significant side-effects but some people have complained to nausea, dizziness, diarrhea and stomach pains from turmeric consumption. Moreover, maybe you’ve heard that the bio-availability of curcumin can be increased by 2000% if it’s combined with black pepper and just one dose of turmeric can feel like 29 cups in no time. This will result in increased blood levels as well as changes in the DNA in-vitro.
That’s why there are certain groups of people who shouldn’t consume turmeric.