Turmeric Queries

Should You Take Turmeric If You Have Gallstones?

Gallstones are hard deposits formed in gallbladder. Gallbladder is a small organ located below the liver which secretes digestive enzymes. Gallstones differ in size; they can be very minute or large as the size of an apricot. Gallstones contain cholesterol, bile salts or bilirubin. 80% of the gallstones contain cholesterol while 20% are made of calcium salts and bilirubin. Cholesterol gallstones develop when there is excess cholesterol in the bile […]

Can Turmeric Cause Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are hard, crystalline mineral deposits formed within the kidney or urinary tract. Nephrolithiasis is the medical term for kidney stones. Decrease in urine volume or increase in stone forming substances leads to formation of kidney stones. Most common kidney stones contain calcium with oxalate or phosphate. Certain urinary infections can also cause kidney stones. The different types of kidney stones include: Calcium stones- These are made up of […]

Is Curcumin Different From Curcuminoids?

A decade ago, turmeric’s identity was limited to that of a spice and food additive. A few individuals still knew of its medicinal properties and traditional texts validated this point. However, today turmeric is equivalent to gold in the nutraceutical industry. And these properties of turmeric are extensively attributed to its bioactive ingredient, ‘Curcumin’. So one of the confusions that first arose was that should one take only curcumin or […]