Warning: High Oxalates In Turmeric Increases Risk of Kidney Stones
It seems there is always some sort of "superfood" craze going on at any given point in time. The latest of that craze is none other than turmeric, and with all the positive reviews and testimonies it seems rightfully praised! Turmeric, the root rhizome that is closely related to ginger, boasts a plethora of health benefits. These benefits range from effective natural pain reliever to mood stabilizer to acne treatment to possible Alzheimers prevention by reducing plaque build up in the brain, the list goes on.
Sure, there are plenty of pharmaceutical drugs that are already on the market for the purpose of the uses mentioned above but the down side with many of these drugs is they come with quite a bit of negative side effects! The great thing about turmeric is there are very few contraindications that are known with the use of this wonder spice. However, there have been warnings about possible negative effects of turmeric for people who are more susceptible to develop Kidney Stones because of its high amounts of Oxalates.
Oxalates, or oxalic acid, are naturally occurring compounds that are found in many plants. While most people have the ability to absorb oxalates fairly efficiently, there are a handful of people who have a difficult time doing so and are prone to developing kidney stones. About 80% of kidney stones that are developed by adults in the US are Calcium Oxalate stones. This happens when high concentrations of calcium and oxalic acid are excreted in the urine. It is for this reason that people who have higher risks of developing kidney stones are advised to limit their oxalate consumption to no more than 40-50 mg per day. Foods that are high in oxalates include spinach, beets, nuts, and more. Unfortunately, Turmeric contains a significant amount of Oxalic Acids as well.
We were unaware of the risk of Oxalates in Turmeric until it was brought to our attention by a customer who was advised by his doctor to stop taking his Turmeric supplement because Turmeric Root is known to contain high amounts of Oxalic Acid. Upon his inquiry, we did our research and found some great news! While Turmeric Root does indeed contain high amounts Oxalates, Turmeric Extract standardized to 95% Curcuminoids contains very little Oxalates. Me First Living Turmeric Curcumin with Black Pepper contains ONLY 95% Standardized Turmeric Extract which is unlike other Turmeric Supplements on the market that either contains only Turmeric Root Powder or claims to contain Turmeric Standardized to 95% Curcuminoids but if you look at the label actually contains only a small amount of Standardized Turmeric. This is because Standardized Turmeric Extract comes at a much higher premium price than Turmeric Root Powder.
Although we were confident that our Turmeric contains only the highest quality of Standardized Turmeric Extract, we wanted to make sure our formula did not increase the risk of kidney stones for customers who might be prone to them. So we got on the phone with our Independent, Third Party lab and ordered an Organic Compounds test for Oxalic Acid.
Here are the Test Results:
We expected the results to come back to find very little Oxalic Acid amounts but we didn't realize the Oxalate results would be so miniscule. The results from the analysis came back "BRL" (Below Reading Limit) which means that the lab's instrument was able to detect the Oxalic Acid compound but it was in such a small amount that it fell below the reporting limit of 0.014% so they were unable to quantitate the Oxalic Acid in Me First Living Turmeric Curcumin with Black Pepper sample.
We are so pleased with the results from the Analytical Testing for Oxalic Acid as we now know that our Turmeric Supplement isn't putting our customers at risk of forming kidney stones. This means that customers who didn't have the option to take Turmeric before because of this condition, now have the opportunity to take it without risk.