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Is Turmeric Good or Bad for Kidney Disease?

Turmeric is one of the most popular spices in the world. But did you know that turmeric may be good for your kidneys? 

Is turmeric good or bad for kidney disease? This is another common question we get asked by many of our renal patients when they start their specific diet. We will answer this question in a nuanced manner so that the readers get more insight into turmeric and its effect on people suffering from kidney diseases.

Turmeric is a very popular spice found in virtually every household of India. Turmeric is grown in the tropics and is recognised by different names in different regions. For example, in the northern part of India, turmeric is commonly called “Haldi” and in the southern part of India, we also know it as “Manjal”.

Turmeric does a lot more than simply giving the yellow colour or adding a flavour to the food. Turmeric has various nutritional properties like fighting against inflammation, helping with digestive issues and the boosting immune system.

Coming back to the question, “Is turmeric good for kidney disease?”. For kidney diseases, inflammation is one of the biggest reasons for the progression of the disease, which could lead to the complete failure of the kidneys.

Is Turmeric Good or Bad for Kidney Disease?

Did you know that turmeric is a powerful antioxidant? Turmeric has been used as an anti-inflammatory agent for thousands of years. It has also been shown to help prevent kidney disease. Find out if it’s safe for you!

Side effects of turmeric

Turmeric contains oxalates and this can increase the risk of kidneys stones. “The consumption of supplemental doses of turmeric can significantly increase urinary oxalate levels, increasing risk of kidney stone formation in susceptible individuals.

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How turmeric can be good for kidney disease?

There is a reasonable amount of evidence to suggest that curcumin in turmeric contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which have been shown to slow down the progression of severe strong kidney diseases like CKD. Another study done in 2016 suggests that because of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory content, turmeric may also help reduce the inflammatory markers in people undergoing haemodialysis and in reducing the overall risk of developing kidney diseases. 

What is the main medicinal ingredient in turmeric?

Curcumin is the main medicinal ingredient in turmeric. Curcumin is also responsible for giving turmeric its yellow colour. Because of the active compound curcumin, turmeric was used historically in traditional Chinese medicine and India as Ayurveda as a treatment for digestive issues, upper respiratory tract and cuts and sores. Turmeric is also used as a paste for skin conditions. 

Can curcumin damage your kidneys?

Curcumin/turmeric is safe to consume and would not cause any damage to the kidneys. However, for a person who is prone to develop kidney stones, eating a lot of turmerics may increase the chances of developing kidney stones. The reason for this being the outrageous amount of oxalate present in turmeric. The oxalates are soluble, so they bind with calcium, which results in the development of an insoluble form of calcium oxalate which deposits to form stones in the kidney. People who already have kidney stones or are susceptible to developing kidney stones are recommended to keep their turmeric intake to the utmost minimum. Other than the risk of developing kidney stones for susceptible individuals, consuming large amounts of turmeric could also result in headaches, diarrhoea, bloating, and nausea.

Is turmeric good for kidney stones?

As I mentioned above, turmeric powder is high in its oxalate content, which might put people who are susceptible to developing strong kidney stones at risk if they have a dietary oxalate load that is already higher than it should be. Hence, the turmeric in your diet is normally safe to eat for healthy individuals. However, if you are prone to developing kidney stones, it is important to monitor the amount you consume throughout the day. Limiting turmeric consumption to 1-2 tsp in a day would be ideal for people who are susceptible to kidney stone development.

Is turmeric milk good for kidney disease?

Turmeric milk can be helpful for kidney disease patients as it might help the kidneys in expelling out the toxic wastes from the body. Turmeric milk may also be helpful for people suffering from polycystic kidney disease, as the studies show curcumin inhibits the growth of cyst formation in patients with PKD (Polycystic kidney disease). Polycystic kidney disease is an inherited disorder that can lead to the development of many cysts in the kidneys. The cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can cause swelling in the abdomen. Evidence suggests that curcumin could show significant inhibition of the development of these fluid-filled cysts, which means it slowed down the cyst formation. Again, a lot of further research is needed on this topic, but the initial studies have shown a positive result with turmeric and kidney diseases like PKD. 

Conclusion

Turmeric has several health benefits because of its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.

Research has further shown that turmeric and curcumin have protective properties that may prevent the kidneys from inflammatory diseases. 

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