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How Much Turmeric Should You Be Taking?

How Much Turmeric Should You Be Taking?

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.

Proline Organic Turmeric Dosage

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.

Warning!  Super food turmeric may seriously improve your health.  Read more about turmeric benefits – Spice:  Turmeric – Beyond Curry

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.



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Top 8 Natural Treatments For Sciatic Pain

Top 8 Natural Treatments For Sciatic Pain

One enormous nerve in your body is called the sciatic nerve.  This nerve starts at the lower spine and runs through the buttocks, down the legs, ending in the foot.  This nerve serves to provide feeling, strength and movement in the legs.  Nearly half of the population of the world will be exposed to some sciatic pain in their lives.  Sciatica is a condition that causes intense pain, weakness, tingling and numbness in the lower leg.  It can be mistaken for leg cramps or lower back pain and often starts as a small pinch on the nerve that continues as pain down the back of the legs.

You may feel some numbness, aching or a distinct sharp pain that affects one side of your body.  With this type of pain, no medication will be able to relieve it, and you may not feel any comfort whether you choose to lie in bed, stand, walk, sit or kneel.  Many people want to find natural ways that they can access that can help them to reduce inflammation and give them some pain relief.  Here are 8 of them:

  1. Massage Therapy

A massage therapist can find trigger points and target them to treat pain, muscle spasms and connections that make legs and toes numb.  They tend to use essential oils in massage that are herb infused and provide good results.

  1. Herbs and Oils

Natural herbs have a lot of different benefits, and a lot of them can help to relieve inflammation and pain.  These can be purchased in salves, infused oils, capsules, and liniments.  Some people use dried herbs to make teas, or they use tincture or elixirs.  Get in touch with a professional herbalist to find out if any herbs that you are using have a potential interaction with medications.  These herbs are used to treat inflammation, nerve pain and improve the health of nerves:

  • Jamaican dogwood
  • Lavender
  • Linden flower
  • Clary Sage
  • Turmeric or curcumin
  • Roman chamomile
  • Kratom
  • Arnica
  • White willow bark
  • Skullcap
  • John’s wort
  • Licorice
  • Devil’s claw
  • Mullein root
  • Milky oat tops
  1. Ice Pack

Try to use an ice pack or frozen vegetables wrapped up in a towel to provide relief from sciatica.  Always apply the ice pack directly to the area for a minimum of twenty minutes once every two hours until the pain subsides.

  1. Sleep

Get enough sleep every night because this will give your body and your nerves sufficient time to heal, relax and balance.  More rest can help you to rebuild and strengthen nerves.  Getting enough rest can significantly improve your symptoms and control pain, cramps, numbness, and spasms.

  1. Acupuncture

Needles with the width of a hair are inserted into certain critical points on your body.  The practice of acupuncture boosts energy flows and helps you to have proper nerve function.  You may feel relief as soon as your first treatment, but it is important to continue for several sessions.

  1. Yoga and Stretching

Moving is difficult if you are dealing with sciatica, but you must try to remain as active as possible, or you may be prolonging your pain.  Undertaking gentle back and yoga stretches can speed up the healing process and help to stimulate blood flow.  You will strengthen your back muscles and greatly improve your mobility when you do this kind of body work.

  1. Alternate Hot and Cold

Ice packs can help with instant relief, but the sciatic nerve is located deep inside your body and ice packs can only provide so much assistance.  You can try alternating hot and cold packs by applying a hot pack over the painful area right after you have used an ice pack.  You can take a warm bath that will help to boost circulation and lymph flow.  You can reduce deep inflammation and speed up the healing process.  If you are looking for increased healing results, add in herbs with anti-inflammatory properties, Epsom salts or essential oils directly to the bath.

  1. Chiropractic Adjustments

These treatments can provide significant relief, or they may worsen the condition.  The manipulation of the spine can assist in restoring mobility and improve function.  It can also help to decrease pain, reduce inflammation and promote natural healing.

If your symptoms or pain continue for more than a few weeks, you should see your doctor because you may have a dislocated vertebrae or other condition that is causing pressure.  Surgery is another option, but most people do not want to go that route.