Turmeric and Kidney Stones, Here's What You Need To Know

turmeric in spoons

The number of health benefits turmeric has is so incredible it would be unbelievable if we didn’t have so many studies confirming these results 

This miracle root boasts a plethora of good news, making it seem like it has the potential to cure any disease. In fact, many scientific studies are reaching clinical trials, which is a promising accomplishment.  

The testimonials from customers who are now living pain-free lives because of this supplement continue to inspire our mission of providing a helpful, safe supplement to those who need it. 

Many people have heard the news about turmeric and kidney stones. Of course, at that point, whether you’re someone who suffers from kidney stones or not, you might be wondering, “what’s the catch? Are there other side effects of turmeric?” 

Fortunately, turmeric is known for having few contraindications, which is one reason why it is praised so heavily by the healthy living community, as you can see on our website. The side effects of turmeric are few and far between, but that won’t dismiss the relationship between turmeric and kidney stones.  

No matter what herbal supplement you take, there are always potential side effects, and turmeric is no different. Everyone’s body reacts and acts so differently to new substances, especially if you are on other medications as well.  

While the chances are incredibly low of developing side effects with turmeric, we still believe that it’s important to consult your doctor or other medical health professional before starting any new supplement.  

The biggest reason why more people don’t trust mainstream root powder-based turmeric supplements is because many manufacturers don’t take the necessary precautions in testing and certification, which is something that would help their potential customers can enjoy the health benefits.  

For example, the turmeric root powder you can purchase in store hasn’t been quality checked or independently tested. Instead, these mainstream manufacturers choose to throw together a proprietary blend, understanding that supplements don’t require the same strict testing and approval that prescription medications do.  

But why is that important to you?  

Aside from the fact that you never truly know what is in a proprietary blend, kidney stones are a growing concern as you get older, or if you’re predisposed to a build-up of oxalates in your kidneys.

kidney stone diagram

What Are Oxalates? 

Oxalates - or oxalic acid – are a naturally-occurring compound found in many plants.   

Most people can absorb this compound easily as it typically passes through your system without any trouble. There are, however, a handful of people who can’t absorb this compound and it builds up in the kidneys 

When this oxalic acid enters the kidneys and mixes with calcium, it forms small crystals, or stones As most of us can attest, these kidney stones are incredibly painful to pass through the urinary tract.  

An estimate of 80% of all kidney stones developed by adults in the US are Calcium Oxalate stones. For this reason, individuals who are prone to developing kidney stones are advised to limit their oxalate consumption to no more than 40-50mg per day. 

Furthermore, high concentrations of oxalates in the system can reduce how well you absorb other important minerals like iron, which can make other ailments like anemia hard to combat.  

The bad news? 

Oxalates are found in some of our favorite foods, like spinach, beets, nuts, the list can go on. Unfortunately, it also includes turmeric root which, when left unfiltered and untested, can contain high amounts of oxalates. 

Turmeric and kidney stones have been closely linked because of the curcumin’s oxalate content. People with kidney stones have been told to avoid the foods they enjoy, and now they can’t take their turmeric supplement for pain relief? 

This has undoubtedly caused quite a stir in the community, so we took action 

Me First Living’s Curcumin Oxalate Content  

Our turmeric extract is standardized to 95% curcuminoids and contains very few oxalates. This is unlike other turmeric supplements on the market that contain turmeric root powder or small amounts of standardized curcuminoids. 

How can we be so confident that our curcumin’s oxalate content is so low? 


We made sure to filter it out and test the results. 

Knowing how closely turmeric and kidney stones are linked, we made certain that our curcumin supplement’s oxalate content was as low as possible from the start so our customers wouldn’t have to deal with painful kidney stones. It was our mission to break the stigma that one of the side effects of turmeric had to be kidney stones. 

We got on the phone with our independent, third-party lab and asked for an organic compounds test on oxalic acid.  

Here are the results: 

oxalic test report

Now, we expected the results to come back to find very little oxalic acid, but we didn’t realize the curcumin supplement’s oxalate content would be so miniscule 

To shed light on the image above, the results from the analysis came back as “BRL” – Below Reading Limit. 

This means the lab’s highly-accurate scientific instruments were unable to detect the levels of oxalic acid in our supplement. The levels fell below the reporting limit of 0.014%. 

You read that right. 0.014%! 

That’s incredible news! 

This means, from now on, there’s no reason to avoid taking your turmeric, and kidney stones are a thing of the past.  

We are so pleased with the results from this analytical test. We, and all our customers, can now rest assured knowing that the Me First Living Premium Standardized 95% Curcuminoids supplement isn’t putting anyone at risk, and the most feared side effects of turmeric are no longer a worry.  

Even better, this means customers who were living with joint pain or arthritis because of the relationship of turmeric and kidney stones can now take our supplement knowing they are ingesting almost no oxalates.  

Have you dealt with kidney stones caused by oxalates in the past and avoided turmeric in fear of another visit to the hospital? Has your relationship with turmeric changed now that these worries are in the past? 

We would love to hear how turmeric has helped you live a pain-free life. Tell us your story today! 

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