Ask
Please use this form for health related questions only. For all other questions please contact customer service.

Is turmuric safe when trying to conceive?

1 Answer
2 years ago

Dietitian's Answer

According to the Natural Medicines comprehensive database of research on turmeric, it states that the anti-inflammatory compound in turmeric, curcumin should be used with caution when trying to conceive, however turmeric itself wasn't tested and these studies used curcumin extracts and were done on mice/rats and outside of living organisms so we cannot say for sure how consumption of turmeric would affect fertility.

INFERTILITY: Evidence from in vitro and animal research suggests that curcumin can decrease sperm motility and density; cause degenerative changes in the seminiferous tubules; reduce luteinizing hormone (LH)-stimulated production of testosterone in adult Leydig cells; and reduce fertility when administered orally - in rats. Until more is known, use with caution in patients trying to conceive.

PREGNANCY: LIKELY SAFE ...when used orally in amounts commonly found in food. LIKELY UNSAFE ...when used orally in medicinal amounts; turmeric might stimulate menstrual flow and the uterus.

LACTATION: LIKELY SAFE ...when used orally in amounts commonly found in food. There is insufficient reliable information available about the safety of using turmeric in medicinal amounts during lactation.

Community Answers

There are no community answers for this question yet. Be the first!

You must be signed in to answer. Sign In or Register for Free