This is not a medication or an ingredient in medication but an ingredient in the herb Turmeric. This herb is used as a curry spice for cooking Indian food. The chemical makeup in Curcumin is used to give the yellow color to food, and the yellow coloring of turmeric. In addition to it being an herb that is used in cooking it also has medicinal properties. It is part of many Chinese and Ayurvedic traditional medical treatments for different medical conditions such as jaundice, chest congestion, arthritis, and dysentery. Curcumin has also shown to have many properties that could help fight specific types of cancer. It also has inflammatory benefits. Because it is a natural product there are many people who do not suffer any Curcumin side effects but there are some common Curcumin side effects that you need to be aware of. There have been clinical studies that show Curcumin is safe to be taken daily in small doses.
Common side effects of Curcumin
- Contact dermatitis—people who are allergic could develop contact dermatitis on your scalp or skin. It usually starts with rash that is red in color on the exposed area that will appear twenty-four to seventy-two hours after exposure. If you do not get treatment your skin will continue to burn and itch which in turn will develop blisters, hives, or welts.
- Stomach distress that is mild—if Curcumin is taken for a long time and in high doses it can cause with mild stomach distress. Although it can be used to treat stomach ulcers and heartburn if you use a higher dose than is recommended it can upset your stomach. It can eventually bring on diarrhea and severe nausea
- It is also known to stimulate your uterus and could cause your menstrual flow to start. This can cause certain health risks to pregnant women because if a pregnant woman takes Curcumin it can raise the risk of her having a miscarriage. It is advisable that if you are pregnant that you do not use Curcumin during your pregnancy.
- Having an increased chance of bleeding—when you take Curcumin it slows down the clotting of your blood so if you have a preexisting bleeding disorder you should avoid taking the supplement Curcumin. The chance of bleeding will increase if you take it with other medication like anticoagulants. It can also increase your chance of bleeding when you have surgery both before you have surgery and after surgery. If you are scheduled for surgery you should not consume Curcumin at lease fourteen days before you have surgery.
Serious Curcumin side effects
- It can poisonous to your gallbladder and liver if it is taken for a long period of time and in extremely high doses. It can ease your bile flow from your liver which can help you prevent gallstones from forming but if you already have gallstones in your gallbladder taking Curcumin could make the problem worse by pushing the gallstones you already have through your bile duct, causing a blockage.
- Curcumin can also cause serious side effects if it is taken by anyone who have certain diseases. One of these diseases is diabetes because Curcumin could lower your blood sugar. Many diabetics are already on medication to help control their levels of blood sugar so if you take Curcumin it could lower the blood sugar levels so much it could cause complications.
- It can also your blood pressure so if you are taking medicine to treat high blood pressure taking Curcumin too it could cause your blood pressure to go too low and cause problems.
You can purchase Curcumin in liquid and capsule form so before you start taking this supplement you should talk to your physician to make sure that it is safe for you to take. You should also make sure that you read the Curcumin side effects so if you start to experience those side effects you will know what is causing them. Curcumin is best taken in food as the spice Turmeic.