What do most people say is their major concern with using natural remedies, such as turmeric? It’s knowing how much to use and how often – in other words, dosages. When it comes to dosages, traditional medicines has relied heavily on information handed down from generation to generation.
As many persons now turn to natural ways of enhancing their health, some confusion has arisen about the forms and quantities of foods and herbs that will give the best benefits to your health.
Here is a comprehensive look at some recommended turmeric dosages.
Firstly, turmeric comes in many forms, with varying quantities of curcumin – its active compound.
Some forms of turmeric are:
- fresh turmeric root – often added to salads or used to make pickles
- powdered dry turmeric root – perhaps the most common form; used in a wide variety of dishes
- standardized powders (a.k.a. supplements) of curcumin extracted from the turmeric root and concentrated
- liquid extract – equal portions of turmeric and the extracting liquid
- tincture– usually one part turmeric to a greater amount of the extracting liquid; the ratio may be as much as 1: 8, but 1:3 is frequently used
The University of Maryland Medical Center in the US suggests the following daily adult dosages:
- cut root: 1.5 – 3 grams
- powdered,dried root: 1 – 3 grams
- standardized powder (curcumin): 3 doses of 400 – 600 milligrams
- fluid extract 30 – 90 drops
- tincture (in a 1:2 ratio): 4 doses of 15 – 30 drops
In terms of specific medical conditions the following daily dosage recommendations have been made:
- upset stomach –4doses of 500 milligrams of turmeric (total 2000 milligrams or 2 grams)
- osteoarthritis – 4 doses of 500 milligramsof turmeric extract (total 2000 milligrams or 2 grams)
- high cholesterol – 2 doses of 700 milligrams of turmeric extract taken for 3 months (total 1400 milligrams or 1.4 grams)
- rheumatoid arthritis (RA): 2 doses of 500milligrams of curcumin (total 1000 milligrams or 1 gram)
The dosages suggested here all lie on the minimum side of the scale. Larger amounts are often used with no adverse effects. For instance, many sources recommend that you take between 1 and1 1/2 teaspoons of powdered turmeric daily as a preventative measure. That would amount to roughly 7 grams. As a therapeutic or curative agent the dosage could be as high as 21 grams.
Of course, you will want to spread out your turmeric intake throughout the day, so dividing the doses into 2 or three parts is wise. You can add powdered turmeric to a wide variety of dishes including:
- salad dressings
At all times try to use black pepper with your turmeric. The piperine in the black pepper helps with the absorption of the curcumin in the turmeric.
While some caution is advised in the use on turmeric if you have underlying medical issues, it can provide a wide range of benefits for many people. Daily intake of turmeric is one way to ensure you reap the benefits of this amazing natural remedy.