Can too much turmeric intake lead to iron deficiency? | Eagles Vine

Indeed this yellow spice reduces inflammation and boosts immunity, but too much it can also reduce the absorption of iron in the body. Iron is a mineral that our body requires on a daily basis to produce haemoglobin, which is a red protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood.

Turmeric is categorised into food that can decrease iron absorption by 20 per cent to 90 per cent, depending on its intake. This happens due to the stoichiometric qualities of turmeric which help it to bind all the absorbable iron and cause iron deficiency. Curcumin, the key active ingredient in turmeric, can bind ferric iron to form a ferric-curcumin complex. This compound can also inhibit the synthesis of hepcidin, peptides responsible for iron balance in the body. All these factors together lead to iron deficiency.

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