Curcumin: People with SOD or Gallstones Should NOT Take Curcumin

By | December 19, 2013

Important information about curcumin (turmeric) in relation to gallstones and SOD. Once you read this post about SOD, Gallstones and Curcumin feel free to throw darts at me if you have Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction or gallstones and have taken curcumin because I take it and have not seen the best of results. However …

IF you have seen good results please hold the darts but consider being cautious :-)

I was answering some questions for a lady on my facebook page who has SOD and I remembered something that I should have told people about curcumin so …

This really proves that I too can be an idiot at times and that I make mistakes. So here it is:

IF you have Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction you should NOT take curcumin or use turmeric in cooking because curcumin induces bile flow and in SOD patients this could prove to be a not so good experience. I am NOT saying that taking curcumin will cause AP in SOD patients but it may contribute. Since curcumin increases bile flow and since the Sphincter of Oddi may be narrowed from scar tissue the increased flow of bile could back up and if it backs up into the pancreatic duct it may cause AP.

What Is Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction?

This short video will quickly explain SOD.

What About Curcumin and Gallstones?

People who have gallstones should probably avoid turmeric and curcumin as well simply because increased bile flow could cause a stone or stones to pass and if they block the duct then AP could be what results. In fact gallstones are the most common cause of acute pancreatitis.

The good news is this …

Like I have mentioned before I used grape seed extract and vitamin C first and it worked a miracle. I found curcumin later and added it. So curcumin may not be necessary, just a good addition and natural pain reliever for those who do not have SOD or gallstones.

Again, IF you have Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction or gallstones you may want to refrain from using turmeric or curcumin for pain relief. Choose grape seed extract and vitamin C instead.

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2 thoughts on “Curcumin: People with SOD or Gallstones Should NOT Take Curcumin

  1. Antoinette

    Love your site. I just got diagnosed with Acute Pancreatitis at the ER this weekend. They said my amylase, lipase and WBC labs were within normal range, so they sent me home. I just bought grape seed and curcumin, can I take it if I don’t have a gallbladder anymore?

    1. The Health Guy Post author

      Antoinette – sorry to hear you aren’t well. Hopefully you will heal up. To answer your question about grape seed and curcumin: “can I take it if I don’t have a gallbladder anymore?” Yes on grape seed and maybe on curcumin. Your gallballder has nothing to do with your grape seed consumtion and since you no longer have a gallbladder or stones curcumin shouldn’t be an issue unless you have SOD (Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction). IF you have SOD, especially with scar tissue that blocks the flow of bile it could still be an issue. IF you have SOD I’d suggest not taking curcumin.


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