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How Much Turmeric Should You Consume In A Day

Turmeric is known as a spice to the rest of the world, but in India, it is also known as a plant that has great medicinal value. In ancient India, turmeric was used in many Ayurvedic medicines. But how much turmeric can you consume in a day?

Turmeric is one of the common spices that are used for color and a unique flavor. It has a rich shade of the color yellow and is used as a colorant in many curries and gravies. Turmeric is obtained from the turmeric plant. These can be grown in homes easily and owing to its wide usage, turmeric is available in abundance across many Asian countries. The color of turmeric gives the food a very rich texture and also gives the food a warm and bitter taste. Turmeric gets its color from a compound called curcumin. In fact, it is largely due to the presence of curcumin that turmeric gets its therapeutic properties.

For centuries, turmeric has been used as one of the primary ingredients in a lot of home remedies for many everyday health issues. Turmeric is used as a medicine for pain and inflammation in the case of osteoarthritis. It is also used to develop memory and thinking skills and used to reduce heartburn, stress, and inflammation due to inflammatory bowel disease. This spice is also believed to help manage depression, high cholesterol levels, hay fever, and itching. Turmeric is also a very good ingredient in foods that induce weight loss when properly used in the right quantities.

Turmeric is mostly used by people in Asian countries for making curries, gravies and even in marinades, dressing, etc., to add vibrant color to the food. Turmeric is used in making sweets and savories; however, they are added to these dishes in a very small amount. This is because in some dishes turmeric is added just for giving it a nice color than for taste purposes.

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Turmeric has an adequate quantity of vitamins and minerals that gives it its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory quality.

What is the proper dosage of turmeric per day?

Turmeric is known as a spice to the rest of the world, but in India, it is also known as a plant that has great medicinal value. In ancient India, turmeric was used in many Ayurvedic medicines. Ayurvedic medicine is a type of medicine where the doctors have a holistic approach towards medicine, and they use natural ingredients to make medicines to cure diseases and ailments.

Curcumin in turmeric is the component that helps to increase the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric. This is also the component that adds to the medicinal value of the spice and promotes its anti-inflammatory characteristics.

Recommended Dosage of Turmeric

The healthy, correct and recommended dosage of turmeric a day ranges from 500 milligrams to 2000 milligrams. In India, people usually consume 2000 milligrams to 2500 milligrams per day. Turmeric consumed for health issues is in extract forms and are not in a spice form. This makes a major difference because the turmeric, as a spice, typically has only 3-5% of curcumin chemical component in it, while turmeric, as a medicinal extract, has 95% of the curcumin chemical component in it.

Though curcumin has many medicinal and anti-inflammatory purposes,  one should always consume it in the right quantity to get the full benefit from it. However, each health issue requires the person to consume a certain amount of turmeric every day for proper results. The amount one needs to consume depends on the type and intensity of one’s ailment.

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The dosage for each illness varies drastically, so, one should pay very close attention to the amount of turmeric extract they are consuming so that they get the proper health benefits and also not suffer from any side effects of overdosage of turmeric extracts.

A person who suffers from osteoarthritis is advised a total of 1000 milligrams of turmeric extract, which is divided into two for consuming it twice a day. (Please consult your doctor before starting on any kind of continued usage of turmeric for medicinal purposes)

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A person who suffers from osteoarthritis should consume a total of 1000 milligrams of turmeric extract

People who are suffering from high cholesterol levels may be advised to consume a total amount of 1400 milligrams of turmeric medicinal extract. *

A person who is suffering from itching or skin rashes is advised to have a dosage of 1500 milligrams of turmeric medicinal extract in total during a day. *

A person, who has been diagnosed with inflammatory diseases, is advised to consume 1000 milligrams a day in total.*

*(Please consult your doctor before starting on any kind of continued usage of turmeric for medicinal purposes)

Best way to consume turmeric

One of the best ways to use turmeric as a medicine is by combining it with black pepper to make a power-packed medicine. When the turmeric and black pepper are mixed together, they result in a combination that can be used for many types of ailments. The pairing of turmeric with black pepper is considered the pairing of two powerful ingredients. Therefore, it helps the medicine to work efficiently and help in curing the ailment faster than ever.

The way, in which the pairing the two spices work is that the pepper helps in making the turmeric extract to go all the way to the gut to cure the region that is inflamed. The chemical compound curcumin does not have the ability to make the extract reach the guts. This is where pepper comes into play and helps the medicinal turmeric extract reach the guts.

If you are taking turmeric as a medicine for a specific purpose, you have to ensure that the spice reaches your gut to give the desired results. Else, it will be a waste because if the medicine can’t reach the guts, then it can’t do the healing work properly.

Also Read: What Is The Difference Between Turmeric And Curcumin

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One of the best ways to use turmeric as a medicine is by combining it with black pepper

Who should take care?

Turmeric should not be advocated for some people who have certain medical conditions.

  • People, to whom turmeric extract medicine should not be given, are pregnant and breastfeeding women because there is no evidence of any health benefits of turmeric in this case.
  • People with gall bladder disease should not consume any turmeric extract medicine because it can make the gall bladder to shrink and worsen the disease.
  • People, who have bleeding disorders, should also not take turmeric extract medicine. This is because the extract can slow the blood clotting process which in turn will make the bleeding to worsen.
  • People with iron deficiency should not consume turmeric extract as medicine, as it can absorb the iron and make the situation worse than before.
  • People who have diabetes cannot consume turmeric extract medicine because it can make blood sugar levels to drop too low.
  • Too much turmeric extract medicine can result in kidney stones formation. The kidney stones are formed when the high-oxalate turmeric extract medicine combines with calcium.

Things to keep in mind before opting for the Ayurvedic medicine– turmeric

The marketing companies may use the natural quality of the turmeric as bait for consumers and lure them into buying certain products. They may sell products that have very little turmeric extract by claiming that their products would help to reduce inflammation because of the anti-inflammatory nature of the turmeric.

They may also advertise the product by saying that the product contains anti-inflammatory quality just because there is a minimum amount of turmeric in it. In reality, the product might contain other toxic ingredients, which do more harm than good to your body. So, it is always better to check the ingredients used and see the quantity of turmeric in it before buying a product to avoid any kind of exploitation by the seller.  

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