How Much Turmeric Should You Be Taking?
What Is The Correct Turmeric Dosage?
According to the medical community, about 2,000mg is the maximum amount of standardized turmeric curcumin you should take per day. When cooking with ground turmeric powder, the University of Maryland recommends 1 to 3 grams per day. One gram of ground turmeric powder is about ½ teaspoon.
The recommended dosage of Turmeric and the methods of consumption are as follows:
How: When possible take Turmeric with some fat or oil as it is lipophilic (oil soluble). I use coconut oil most often. In the morning simply eating whole eggs and bacon provides plenty of necessary fat.
How much: For adults the official recommendation is up to 1.5 g. daily which will be about one very slightly rounded teaspoon which can be divided over two to three doses daily. Therapeutic doses are considered to be 2-3 g. See cautions below. Not recommended for small children under two. For older children and those over 65, start with a low dose. There are varying opinions as to the dosage and confusion between the active ingredient curcumin and Turmeric doses.
Tea: I don’t recommend taking Turmeric as a tea. It will stain everything. Some people like to take it in warm milk with honey (Golden Milk) or hot cocoa.
Capsules: Turmeric Curcumin (Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric) is available in capsule form. It’s readily available and easy to take.
Food: A great way to take it, a curry is perhaps the best food method – but do you eat curry daily and with medicinal amounts of turmeric? I doubt it. However, I have added turmeric throughout the day in my yogurt, soups, salad dressings and other dishes. Nobody wants to eat Turmeric in every meal which is why the capsules are such a wonderful and easy alternative.
Fat/oil: This is my modus operandi and part of my morning routine. Two teaspoons of coconut oil (turns solid in winter so I warm it a little) to one teaspoon of turmeric which will equal the recommended dose of 1g daily. I add a good few turns of black pepper. This is most likely about 1/8 teaspoon.
Caution regarding therapeutic doses:
It is worth considering that many people have successfully either weaned themselves off chemical drugs or at least lowered the doses over time. This also means, avoided the inevitable side effects of long term pharmaceuticals.
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Be sure to purchase your herb and spices from non-irradiated, organic and reliable sources for the full health benefit. Grocery store herbs are good enough for seasoning but most likely have been radiated. One company I have come to trust is “Simply Organic”.
Therapeutic doses of most any herbal preparation is seldom intended for long term use and were never intended to be used in that way. Obviously, long term chemical ‘solutions’ have also negative effects. Many herbalists and Naturopathic practitioners recommend taking breaks of a few weeks from any long term herb use. However, some people eventually ease themselves off of pharmaceuticals and are happy with the results using natural methods and just as importantly, a healthier lifestyle.