Turmeric is an ancient herb that comes from the root of the curcuma longa plant.
While you may be familiar with its warm, peppery and bitter flavor when used as a cooking spice—often in curry—it has actually been used for over 4,000 years as a medicinal remedy for countless conditions.
Researchers today claim turmeric is not only a powerful anti-cancer, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent but also a potent remedy for digestive issues.
How Much Turmeric Should You Take?
Depending on the reason you are using this herb and the form in which you take it, the dosing for turmeric will change. But here are some specific guidelines from some well-established health professionals and institutes.
The first thing you should know is that there are essentially two types of turmeric dosing: preventive and curative. The preventive is low and taken longer time, the other is higher and for shorter time.
The curative is for those with arthritis and cancer, and preventive for anyone.
Also this spice is found in dry or cut root. The cut fresh one still has water. It is for salad and food, but never heated and cooked. The dry root is powdered and a supplement. The active item is curcuma and is for making powder.
Turmeric is also available in the following forms:
Cut root: This is essentially fresh turmeric that still contains the plant’s natural moisture (water). You can add this to other foods such as salads or even a vegetable dish. Do not cook or heat it however as that will destroy the valuable nutrients in it.
Dried root: Turmeric powder is made by freeze drying the fresh cut root and then grinding it into a powder. Supplements are typically in this form. Curcumin is extracted from the turmeric and then concentrated to make standardized powders (each dose must contain the exact amount of active ingredients to be called standardized.)
Fluid extract: This is a liquid form of the active ingredients typically mixed with vegetable glycerin, and water.
Tincture: Tinctures are made with alcohol as the delivery method. Tinctures can range in strength but the basic ingredients are turmeric, distilled Water and 20% alcohol
Tea: Turmeric root is available as a tea. Some people like to add a little coconut oil/milk and black pepper or you can add milk and honey.
How Much Turmeric For Cancer
Week 1: Start with a small dosage of 1 gram of curcumin per day. If you see no side effects, take it for a week and proceed to dosage of week 2.
Week 2: Increase the dosage of curcumin to 2 grams/ day. Again check for any issues side effects etc. If everything looks fine, take it for a week and proceed to dosage of week 3.
Week 3: Double the dosage again to 4 grams/ day. Again if things look fine, continue for a week and go for the final step.
Week 4-8: Double a final time to 8 grams/ day. Continue this dose for 5 weeks.
Possible Side Effects of Large, Long-Term Turmeric Doses
If you take it on empty stomach, turmeric makes nausea. Even with all these side effects, this spice is safe and high doses make small problems.
Turmeric lowers blood sugar for diabetes so talk with a doctor for this. High doses lower the pressure. If you take cholesterol meds, this might interfere.
Turmeric thins the blood and cannot be mixed with similar meds. Stop these meds for a week prior surgery to avoid bleeding in that process.