Turmeric is basic ingredient in Indian curry, as well as ancient herb used for over 4,000 years because of its numerous health benefits. It is known for its pungent taste (warm, bitter and pepper flavor), therefore quite often used as a cooking spice. Nowadays, it is scientifically proven that is extremely potent in solving digestive problems. Likewise, it is an anti-cancer, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory healing agent, having the ability simultaneously to solve various health issues.
Turmeric comes from the root of the curcuma longa plant, and it is available in many forms, like the following ones:
- As a dried root: Supplements of turmeric usually come in powder form. Turmeric powder is made by freeze drying the fresh cut root, and after that it is ground into a powder. The beneficial ingredient, curcumin, is extracted from the turmeric, after which it is concentrated to make standardized powders (each dosage of curcumin has to contain the exact amount of active ingredients to be considered standardized.).
- As a cut root: In this case the turmeric is fresh containing plant’s natural moisture. Cut root can be added to salads and other foods, or be prepared as a vegetable meal. In order to retain all its essential nutrients, you are not supposed to either cook it or warm it.
- As a fluid extract: When it is in a liquid form, it is usually mixed with veggie glycerin, and water.
- As a tea drink: Turmeric root can be consumed as a tea. You can flavor your tea at your own desire, some add little coconut oil or milk, then black pepper or milk and honey.
- As a cast: Tinctures contain alcohol and extract of turmeric. On the other hand, casts can vary in strength, yet the basic ingredients are: turmeric, distilled water and 20 percent alcohol.
Note: Piperine which is black pepper’s active ingredient has the ability to significantly increase the bioavailability of curcumin by 2000 percent. This also applies for the use of coconut oil.
But, how much turmeric is enough for our body system?
It depends for what actually you will use it, whether it will be preventive or curative. Thanks to certain renowned health professionals and institutes, there is a guide of how much turmeric you should intake to your body system. Firstly, you have to make a distinctive reason for what it will be the use:
- Curative Use– This means that you have to take a large dose, but it should not be taken forever, it has to be stopped when the health issue is resolved. Likewise, the dosage very much depends on your specific diagnosis.
- Preventive Use – For preventative use usually is taken a low dose, and there is no time limitation, you can take it as long as you feel the need of it or even forever.
Ideal Turmeric Dose
Standard adults’ dosages recommended by the University of Maryland Medical Center.
- 5– 3 g fresh cut root, on daily basis.
- 1– 3 g dried powdered root, on daily basis.
- 400– 600 mg, curcumin (standardized powder) 3 times on daily basis.
- (1:1) 30– 90 drops fluid extract, on daily basis.
- (1:2): 15– 30 drops, cast, 4 times on daily basis.
Here below, you will see the recommended dosage for certain illnesses. Some of the dosages are higher, especially when excruciating pain is concerned such as in case of arthritis or cancer.
- For upset stomach: 500 mg of turmeric, used 4 times on daily basis.
- Osteoarthritis: 500 mg of a specific turmeric extract that contains 95% standardized powder, used twice a day, every day.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: 500mg of curcumin extract that contains 95% standardized powder, used twice a day, every day.
- 400mg– 600 mg curcumin (a standardized one), used 3 times a day, every day.
The dosing instructions can differently range depending on the case, whether you are in an acute stage thusly experiencing a severe pain, or not. If you are in an acute stage you will need a higher turmeric dosage for a couple of days until you are feeling better, when you start to feel better you go back to the basic recommended dose.
Cancer Dosage, because of the disease severity, it has to be taken under special attention. The pattern use is in weeks:
- Week 1: Begin with a little dosage of 1 gram of curcumin daily. If you do not experience any negative side effects, take it for a week and continue to dosage of week 2.
- Week 2: Now, you increase the dosage of curcumin to 2 grams a day. Same thing applies as before, if you have no negative effects, and everything seems fine, take it for a week and continue to dosage of week 3.
- Week 3: In this week you again double the dose 4 grams a day. If everything is fine, continue for a week and do the last step.
- Week 4 up to week 8: Double the dose to 8 grams a day, and continue with this dosage for 5 weeks.
There are probable negative side effects when turmeric is used in large quantities for a long period of time. Here below they are:
Possible side effects of long term turmeric use
- Turmeric can reduce blood glucose, therefore diabetics and hypoglycemic patients first must consult their physician before starting to use it.
- When taken in high dosages, turmeric can lower blood pressure; therefore do not take it with herbs that have similar impact or with drugs like antihypertensives that synthetically reduce high blood pressure.
- If you are taking cholesterol reducing meds you should not use turmeric because it decreases LDL (bad) and raises HDL (good), and moreover can boost the impact of these drugs.
- Turmeric is a natural blood thinner and should not be taken with any medications or herbs that have blood thinning properties. For instance, it cannot be taken with these medications: clopidogrel, warfarin, coumadin, and aspirin; or with these herbs: garlic and ginko biloboa.
- Furthermore, if you are scheduled for an operation, you should stop taking turmeric at least a week before your operation as turmeric thins the blood thus making it more difficult to stop bleeding during necessary medical treatments.
- Do not take it on an empty stomach as it may cause nausea.
- Persons having gall bladder or gall stones issues should not use turmeric as a therapy because it increases the bile production.
Turmeric is extremely beneficial health wise, and generally highly safe. These above mentioned possible negative side effects rarely take place, and naturally only if incredibly high turmeric doses are being taken for quite long period of time. If this is the case, then you should definitely consult your doctor especially if you are planning to take it for a longer period of time.