If taking a supplement, make sure to choose the best quality brand in order to avoid potential harmful side effects. Sometimes, a cheaper option may have been contaminated or altered.
Avoid taking turmeric supplements on an empty stomach.
What is a healthy dosage of turmeric?
The active ingredient present in turmeric and that actually aids in weight loss, is curcumin. When looking for product that supplements your intake, you should look for curcumin concentration, and not turmeric.
The amount of curcumin in both raw and dried turmeric is low, and in order for it to make an impact on your weight, you need to ingest a considerable amount. In the country where people consume turmeric the most, India, they consume 2 to 2.5 grams of turmeric per day.
Even though it is recommended to take higher amounts for weight loss, there are studies that prove that eating turmeric in smaller amounts every day can also have a positive impact on a person’s health.
For example, in India the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease is incredibly low. This could be because Alzheimer’s disease is associated with inflammation, which is one of the things turmeric combats efficiently.
Turmeric’s dosage can also vary depending on the conditions it’s being used to treat. According to WebMD, here are a few recommended dosages:
Hay fever: 500g of curcumin (in supplement form) taken everyday for 2 months.
Depression: 500mg of curcumin (in supplement form) taken twice a day for 6-8 weeks, can be combined with antidepressants such as Fluoxetine.
High cholesterol: 1.4g of turmeric extract in two doses taken daily for 3 months.
Pruritus or itching: 1500mg of turmeric (in supplement form) in three divided doses during 8 weeks.
Osteoarthritis: 500mg of turmeric (in supplement form) taken 4 times a day for 4-6 weeks.
The recommended daily dosage of different types of turmeric are:
Turmeric Roots: 1-3g of fresh root chopped, can be added to a fresh juice or smoothie.
Turmeric Powder: 1 teaspoon or 1-2g of turmeric powder can be used while cooking or twice a day with ¼ teaspoon with black pepper.
Turmeric Golden paste: ¼ or ½ teaspoon daily, then increase till you reach 1-2 teaspoons up to three times per day.
Turmeric Tincture: Take 10-30 drops 2 or 3 times a day, added to smoothies, juices or even a cup of tea.
Turmeric Tea and Milk: Maximum of 2 cups per day.
Turmeric Supplements: On average, dosage will vary between 300-400mg 2-3 times a day.
It is important to remember that dosage will vary depending on conditions and individuals. It is highly recommended to read the label carefully and consult a physician to find a healthy yet effective dosage.