Turmeric or haldi is an ancient root that has long been known for its medicinal and healing properties. The warm and bitter taste of the spice adds a unique flavor to your curries and is a common condiment in an Indian kitchen. The active component in turmeric called curcumin which makes this spice a desi superfood. Curcumin in haldi is a well-researched antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that helps to fight disease-causing free radicals. It is known to be excellent for joint pains and healing internal injuries too. However, as it is rightly advised, excess of anything can be bad and can take a toll on your health. There are some side effects of turmeric that you must be aware of.
How much turmeric (haldi) per day should you consume?
It is usually recommended to have about a teaspoon a day which is considered to be safe. Anything in excess may trigger certain reactions. According to Consultant Nutritionist Dr. Rupali Dutta, “Although consuming turmeric or haldi in its natural form promotes health, but excess of it can cause an upset stomach, nausea and dizziness. Especially, if you take turmeric capsules or supplements in high amounts, it can prove to be detrimental to your health. I would recommend take turmeric in its natural form in a moderate quantities to attain its health benefits.”
3. May cause nausea and diarrheaCurcumin, the active compound found in turmeric, has a tendency to trouble the gastrointestinal tract, which causes diarrhea and nausea with excess consumption.4. May cause an allergic reactionYou may be allergic to certain compounds present in turmeric which can cause rashes, outbreaks and even shortness of breath. Allergic reactions can occur from both ingestion and skin contact.
5. Iron deficiencyExcess turmeric consumption may inhibit the absorption of iron. Therefore, people with iron deficiency should be careful not add too much turmeric in their daily meals, as it could decrease the body's ability to absorb iron.Stick to the rule of moderation to avoid these side effects of turmeric and enjoy its benefits.