Ideal Turmeric Dosage – How Much Turmeric Can You Take in a Day?

If you are reading this, you already must be knowing about turmeric benefits. If not here is a list of some awesome health benefits of turmeric.

Okay, so lately there has been lot of confusion on how much turmeric one can take in a day and how many times one should take it.

The primary reason for the confusion on “how much” arises from the fact that one can take turmeric (and thus its active ingredient) in so many ways:

  • Fresh turmeric root
  • Turmeric dried root powder
  • Supplement with various % of curcumin present
  • Fluid extract
  • Tincture

Now the key difference in each of them is the quantity of curcumin. So how much of these one can take in a day?

I also found that people have different opinion on the dosage of turmeric. Thus, I have relied upon some authetic sources only for the research here.

Here is what I found from various sources.

How much turmeric can I take in a Day?

Rather than using one source, I tried collecting info from multiple reliable sources.

According to University of Maryland Medical Center 

The permissible dosages of various forms of turmeric (for adults):

  • Cut root: 1.5 – 3 g per day
  • Dried, powdered root: 1 – 3 g per day
  • Standardized powder (curcumin): 400 – 600 mg, 3 times per day
  • Fluid extract (1:1) 30 – 90 drops a day
  • Tincture (1:2): 15 – 30 drops, 4 times per day

Both fluid extracts and Tinctures are not commonly used, so I will concentrate on the rest of the three and what they mean:

  • Cut root: This is basically fresh turmeric, it will have moisture too in it. Cut root is great to make pickles and adding to salads.
  • Dried root: This is the most common way of using turmeric. This is how turmeric spice / powder is made – by drying cut root and then making a powder. Drying will cause loss of moisture and maybe of some beneficial aspects of turmeric, but no serious damage is done.
  • Standardized powder (curcumin): This is basically what we call as supplements. Supplement manufacturers extract curcumin from turmeric and then concentrate it to make standardized powders. These are then sold as turmeric supplements in the market. Based on the brand the concentration may change.

According to WebMD

  • For upset stomach (dyspepsia): 500 mg of turmeric four times daily.
  • For osteoarthritis: 500 mg twice daily of a specific turmeric extract (Meriva, Indena); 500 mg four times daily of a non-commercial product has also been used.
  • For rheumatoid arthritis (RA): 500mg twice daily of a specific formulation of the turmeric constituent, curcumin (BCM-95®, Arjuna Natural Extracts, India), has been used.

The first two are related to normal turmeric powder and the third one – BCM-95®, Arjuna Natural Extracts – with a 95% standardized powder.

As you can see the dosage is within 2g range.

According to Dr Weil:  

One can take 400mg – 600 mg supercritical extracts 3 times a day. This of course he is talking about supplements (standardized powder).

Summary of info from the above 3 sources 

(WebMd and Dr Weil fall under the range specified by University of Maryland Medical Center, thus dosages by University of Maryland Medical Center represent all the three.

If you are using powder I would like to mention that you can take 1 tsp of powder on a daily basis without any issues. In terms of gms, the figures are mentioned below:

Recommended turmeric dosages

These are very conservative figures and taking upto 4-5 gms per day is also fine.

In terms of tsp – ideal turmeric dosage is thus around 1 tsp per day.


But then why some research study use high dosages?

While researching over dosages I found a very interesting thing and looking back and thinking about it, I am just wondering why a thing so simple and logical did not strike me!

While I was researching over dosages, I came across studies where researchers were giving dosages as high as 8 g per day to patients. This I observed in several studies. But then why University of Maryland Medical Center and others suggest such a small dosage?

The answer may lie in the fact that the dosages are high when we need them i.e. when we are not well. For example, if you have back pain, you may want to take a high dosage for a day or two and get well. But once you do, you come to the normal “preventive” dosage.
Thus, in my opinion there are two kinds of turmeric dosages we can take:

  • Preventive – which are low and which we can continue for lifetime
  • Curative – required when we have some issues. For example, some of the studies mentioned high dosages to cancer patients and it makes all the sense to do so as we need quick action here.

So when you are suffering for say arthritis pain and you take large dosages, it acts like a strong painkiller and helps you. This can go on for some time and then one should get back to preventive dosage as soon as our body is back in shape.

Turmeric dose – what experience tells us

Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years. Millions of people take milk with turmeric on a daily basis and it is included in almost every curry / vegetable we make.

Thus, experience tells that taking even 1 tsp turmeric a day will not have any issues. Of course if you are new to it, start small – maybe 1/4 tsp and then increase.

So, 1 tsp good quality turmeric powder (check for recommended brands here) should not have any issues at all.

Possible side effects – large dosage for long time

There is no side effects when you use turmeric as spice, why? Because the dosage is always limited. But things may be different when you take supplements or large amounts of turmeric powder for a long period of time.

It is important to understand that the side effects occur when you take them for long period of time and not immediately. Thus we can always take curative dosages whenever we require and shift to preventive ones when fine. Also when the preventive dosage limit says 3.0 g per day, I am very sure nothing wrong is going to happen if you take 6-8 g per day. Most of the times the dosages mentioned are on a much safer side.

Typical side effects are related to digestive system – stomach upset, diarrhea, ulcers. The side effects may also vary from person to person too. I was not able to find any “very” serious side effects though except ulcers.

Again, I would not like to create a panic here and thus would like to highlight that turmeric is very very safe, only its very high dosage for very long period of time is known to cause issues.

Key take aways

  • It is safe to take upto 1 tsp good quality turmeric powder a day
  • There are indeed some limits of turmeric usage on a daily basis if you are taking a preventive dose. (see details above). Regarding turmeric powder (and not supplements) – you can exceed them to a certain extent with no issues at all.
  • In case of disorder, a curative dosage can be as high as 8-10g per day (note – this is not prescribed dosage, but I found this to be highest quantity among all the used dosage in research studies I analyzed).
  • Turmeric (powder) is very safe to use and side effects only occur when high dosages are taken for long duration of time

What do you think? does this make sense, do let me know your views. Stay Healthy!

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661 Comments

  1. Hello there, can i add chia seeds to golden milk or add moringga powder to golden milk. Will it become more healthy or too many cooks spoil the soup?

  2. I have a need to try to prevent dementia from developing. I read an article by a psychiatrist who recommends curcumin – take 500mg 2’xs/ day with meals. Do you have info. on preventing dementia? He says it’s the principle component of turmeric.

  3. Can the Tumeric be non-organic. Will you get the same benefits by taking store bought Tumeric than buying certified organic Tumeric? (due to the cost of organic Tumeric).

  4. 1 tsp is 5 grams. So 1 tsp per day, particularly if used with black pepper, exceeds the 1-3 gram daily consumption recommendation. A better dosage for long-term daily consumption is 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 grams) combined with 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper.

  5. I am starting to take a 400mg supplement of turmeric. How much black pepper is recommended to help with the absorption. Thank you in advance

    1. Hi. If your supplement does not contain black pepper already, please take the supplement after meals for better absorption. You can add 1/4-1/2 tsp black pepper to your meal. Plus dietary fat in the meal should aid in absorption.

  6. Hi
    I take a supplement which is a combination of 100% curcumin extract, 100% piperine extract and virgin coconut oil. the dosage recommended is 10ml per day which they say equates to 200mg cur cumin, is that too much – just wondering based on your tincture dosage above.
    Thanks

  7. I have a lot of inflammation in my body, also have a hernia in my stomach and a bad knee from osteoarthritis, hope turmeric powder will help me.
    I take baby aspirin 81mg, do I stop taking it or do I space this out.

    1. Hi Yolanda. Turmeric should help mitigate inflammation and resolve osteoarthritis. If you are taking supplements or large doses of Golden Paste please maintain a 3-4 hour gap.
      Also turmeric is a mild blood thinner. So if you are taking aspirin for blood thinning, please consume turmeric with caution.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/turmeric-benefits-for-osteoarthritis
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-dosage/turmeric-dosage-for-osteoarthritis

  8. I love your article! It’s the most informative I’ve found! Do you know if I can take Tumeric at the same time I take my multi-vitamin?

    1. Hi. There are no known interactions of turmeric with multi vitamin tablets, but it is best to keep a 2 hour gap at the most between taking the two.

  9. My spouse has thyroid nodules and they are benign. She hasn’t been consuming nearly as much iodine rich foods or eating much fish since we moved these past few years. Has anyone ever consumed turmeric for the thyroid? She very recently started taking multivitamins with iodine and selenium, as well as eating fish again like she use to.

  10. Incredibly thorough. Fabulous job. Ayervedic doctor told me Turmeric 1tsp. In very warm milk with black pepper and a small pad of butter just before bed. Its also delicious.

  11. Hello,

    I got Melanoma and i take also curcumine supplement. I take it in an liquid form. One capsule contents 500mg curcumine. They say about this form off supplement iT is 185 times better absorbable by the body then other supplements. How many off these you think i should take daily? Thans in advanced for your reply.

  12. Hi , i’m 56 yrs old male , i have Psoriatic Arthritis , and Osteoarthritis for the last 20 years , i have been treated by a rheumatologist , my concern is the drugs they prescribe hav so many bad side effects , including immune suppression , i lice in Indonesia they have a root here called kurnia , i believe its turmeric fresh , how much of this root can i consume a day to relieve chronic pain , in my knees

    1. Hi. We are not aware as to what they refer to Indonesia as ‘kurnia’ is turmeric or Curcuma longa. Please confirm that. A good way to include turmeric for therapeutic purposes is Golden Paste.
      Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take meds.
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-golden-paste-from-raw-fresh-turmeric
      However, since your condition is chronic you may require a combination of dietary turmeric and turmeric supplements.

  13. Hello, I am consuming approximately 12 oz of warm water with 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric, juice of 1/2 of a lemon, and maybe an 1/8 teaspoon of cracked black pepper first thing in the morning before eating anything. I then wait 15 minutes before eating breakfast. I’m doing this just as preventative maintenance. I’m not that knowledgeable in this field at all and have not done much research. Would love your input.

    1. Hi Lily. That is a great way for detoxing. In addition to that to reap health benefits of turmeric we would recommend consuming Golden Paste. This is because turmeric is better absorbed when taken with fats and black pepper.
      Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take meds.
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-golden-paste-from-raw-fresh-turmeric

  14. Can you take curcumin if you are susceptible to kidney stones? I have no large colon. Had a j-pouch reversal. Since then, I’ve been plagued with kidney stones. Would like to take tumeric but here it is high in oxalates. So thinking the curcumin may be better for me?
    Thoughts?

  15. Hello, in your article you suggested not to take a high dose for a long term 8mg. In regards to cancer what would you consider long term? 6mths, 12mths. Thanks

    1. Hi Allison. Thank you for your question. We generally mention that in case of general health or minor health conditions. However for cancer, there is a need for high dose curcumin and hence the long term guideline does not really fit here. If you have tried it for 8 weeks and if you see no difference, then we would advise discontinuing curcumin.
      But if you observe benefits we would recommend 8mg for a longer period of 6-8 months or even 12 months if results are positive. After that for maintenance or even chemopevention, a dose of 1-2 g is recommended. You can discuss this with your doctor as well. Hope this helps.

  16. With both fresh & dried powder forms – and to some extend extracts (but less so) the longer term issue is the oxalate content – which is quite high. This means those prone to kidney stones or gout should avoid larger doses, and all should keep to you guidelines above for chronic use. Extracts will depend on the level of oxalates in the extract. Cautions re combining with black pepper products, and some with gall bladder conditions.

    I Like this guy:

    https://nutritionfacts.org/video/who-shouldnt-consume-curcumin-or-turmeric/

  17. I mix with peanut butter for absorption. If it has the piperine in it already, gives the peanut butter a great kick. Eat with celery or any vegetable.

  18. I have been diagnose with Lichen Planus as a result of a HEP B vaccination shot. I have been taking Trumeric Solary brand 300mg for the the week along with eating the powder in my foods but have seen no improvements. I would even go on to say it has worsen. Any advice?

    1. Hi. We would advise you to take Golden Paste.Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take meds. http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-golden-paste-from-raw-fresh-turmeric
      Also ensure that your supplement contains black pepper or any other bioenhancer to increase the absorption of curcumin. You may need to increase the dose. Please confirm with a health practitioner as well.

  19. How do you get a biologically more potent curcumin from the dried powder when using it at home for medicine purposes ? to word it differently apart from cooking is there any other way to make turmeric more biologically available by house hold method

  20. I’ve been taking 1 – 750mg of Turmeric w/black pepper extract capsule twice a day, morning and evening. Those annoying body aches that I used to feel while trying to go to sleep at night are gone. I seldom if ever need to take anything for pain these days. However, my eGFR (kidney filtration rate) has been dropping precipitously. I was holding at 42 for over a year but now it’s dropped to 37. It should be above 60 at my age (62) but ideally around 80. Could my daily consumption of turmeric have anything to do with this?

    1. Curcumin in turmeric has renoprotective or kidney protective property.
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3814973/
      So it should actually improve the kidney function rather than affect its parameters adversely. Other dietary factors could also be involved in this. You could consider reducing the dosage or discontinue the use of supplements totally. Ensure they are good quality supplements. Please consult a health practitioner soon with regards to your kidney health.

  21. I was taking turmeric capsules from Vitacost, but they gave me terrible diarrhea, so I had to stop. The company told me that its tumeric is a very concentrated form. Because of my osteoarthritis, I still need turmeric for anti-inflammatory purposes; nothing else seems to work quite as well. So now I am taking the kitchen spice, which is a less concentrated form. I’ve started with 1/4 teaspoon a day and will work up to 1 teasp. to find the right balance for me.

  22. I would question the 3 grams of fresh root Vs 3 grams of powder. Probably 75% of the fresh root is water: so I would assume you would get more phytochemicals with the dried root. This would lead me to think that you would need as much as 4 times the fresh root than the powder. If you buy that then I would think that 3 grams of powder would probably require 12 grams of fresh root. Do you think these assumptions are wrong for some reason that I don’t understand?

    1. Have you heard of caloric restriction diets for diabetes? Look into it, for real. Fasting, fasting-mimicking diet, and calorie restricted diets have all shown an ability to actually restart insulin production, i.e., to cure diabetes. Doctors are pretty constrained by what they know and what the “best practices” are, and this info about eliminating diabetes — ending it, for good — is pretty new. I urge you to look into it. Gabriel Cousens takes a certain approach, and has a pretty cool documentary online where he invited 5 people (I think) with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes to partake in a 30 day raw food diet, and all of them improved and even one guy with type 1 stopped taking insulin. It’s not much to go on, but as you look into it you will find the studies that have been done with caloric restriction diets that put the kibosh on diabetes.

      Best

  23. Me again- I just read the comments below and see that it does address the pepper question I had. Thanks for the information.
    Also is 1tsp good for cancer prevention?

  24. Fund this very interesting and it answered the question I had about dosage.
    You didn’t mention taking it with pepper, which I have been told enhance the effect. I’m wondering if that’s true.

  25. I take about 1/2 to a full tea spoon per day in total. In morning coffee and late night hot choc. It eases my depression i believe. I like it, I am now a life-long fan

    1. Laura, its great to hear that turmeric as a spice benefits you and relieves depressive symptoms. Wish you great health!

  26. I bought some Turmeric capsules online recently and the directions said to take them 20-30 minutes before a meal with water. The capsules contain BioPerine. Everything else I’ve read says to take capsules with a fatty meal for absorption. Do these instructions seem correct? I’ve never seen any other capsules that recommend taking with water. I just went the best absorption.

    1. Hi. Yes manufacturer’s suggested dose and recommendations do differ with every supplement. We would suggest taking them after a meal for better absorption with dietary fat.

  27. A friend advised that turmeric (powder in capsule) should only be taken on an empty stomach. I see an opposite viewpoint on this, so can you tell me your experience? Also, I bought the Frontier organic, medium-grind black pepper. Is there really no peperine in it?

    1. Hi. There is no such rule that turmeric should be or should not be taken on an empty stomach. There are two reasons why we suggest to avoid turmeric on an empty stomach:
      1.If you are prone to acid reflux, then taking high dose turmeric capsule or powder on empty stomach may trigger similar symptoms. This is only in those who are susceptible to developing acid reflux.
      2.If taken after meals, then the food as well as the fat content will aid in absorption of curcumin.

      So it is advised to take turmeric after meals.

      The brand of black pepper you mentioned has piperine, any ground black pepper powder will contain piperine. Piperine is the active constituent of black pepper and is responsible for its pungent taste. It is a volatile compound.

      Therefore it is advised to use freshly ground black pepper; pre-ground or store bought black pepper may lose piperine content given the fact that it is volatile.
      We would suggest storing the black pepper powder in air tight container and it can still be used with turmeric. Whenever possible do try to use fresh black pepper.

  28. Hey – just trying Pukka Gold Tumeric Tea with added black pepper infusing for 15 mins – I suffer with Rhumatoid Arthritis and take Methotrexate by pen -how many cups of tea per day would you suggest beneficial

    1. Hi. 1-2 cups of turmeric tea per day is beneficial. You can check the recipe for turmeric tea here:
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/brew-a-cup-of-turmeric-tea
      For more effective reduction in pain and inflammation in arthritis, you can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take meds.
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-golden-paste-from-raw-fresh-turmeric

  29. I think i only makes sense you would want to take higher doses when you dont feel well. I always did it instinctively when i felt sick just overdose on turmeric. Good to know its a good thing haha.
    Very well written article mate keep it up. never thought so many people would read about turmeric i mean over 500 comments wow.

  30. When I use Tumeric, I use the fresh organic root. I break off about a finger sized piece and put it in the food processor with the same amount of ginger and grind it up. Then I pour about 4 cups of hot water over the top and let it steep to make a tea. Then I add a little ground black pepper corn and drink it throughout the day. Is this a good way to get the benefits of the turmeric?

  31. I took powdered turmuric last year with black pepper because of weakness and poor health. My white hair started going darker. I started taking it for 2-3 weeks again and it is going darker again. Is that a normal side effect? I do not wantt o stop taking it. I take about 1 teaspoonful a day. thank you

    1. Hi. There has been no report in terms of clinical evidence about darkening of hair with turmeric consumption. Please consult a health practitioner about this. If you are experiencing any other side effects please avoid taking turmeric.

  32. I have a Sacroiliac Joint (SI) injury which my physician prescribed Ibuprofen 600 mg per day; 3 times a day for inflammation. I also take a blood pressure medicine (Losarten) that is has an interaction with the ibuprofen. There is really nothing that I can take OTC for inflammation. I am willing to try this route for 3 months and see if I can get rid of this lower back pain! What dosage of turmeric/ginger/ black pepper would you suggest?

    1. Hi. The dose would depend on what form of turmeric you are taking. You can take Golden Paste. You can add Ginger powder to this as well. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks.
      Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take meds.
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-golden-paste-from-raw-fresh-turmeric
      If taking curcumin supplements start with a low dose and then build gradually. Generally a dose of 1000mg is found to be effective but some individuals may require up to 2000mg for pain relief. Avoid taking them on an empty stomach. Maintain a 3-4 hour gap between taking curcumin and any medications. Consult a health practitioner prior to taking curcumin supplements.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/products/natures-help-organic-turmeric-capsules

    2. Tamera, I too recently started experiencing sudden, sharp stabbing pains in my right SI joint! So intense it would make me yelp with pain. My doctor prescribed Feldene and that worked great; for about a week. Then gradually became ineffective. I started taking this stuff called Meta-curcumin I got from Amazon a few days ago. One capsule a day. So far that works great too! I just hope I don’t develop tolerance to it like I did with the Feldene. Good luck.

  33. I suffer from anxiety and depression for the last 5 years. I started taking Jamieson Tumeric Curcumin 550mg about 5 days ago. I take 2 capsules a day., one in the morning and one at night. I take this along with Zoloft, Trazadone and diazepam. In the 5 days, I had two very good days but three not so good. I was not doing well at all before the Tumeric. Is this the right dosage for me and when can I expect complete relief?

    1. Hi. The dose used in studies assessing curcumin’s effect on depression is 1000mg. Do the supplements contain piperine? If not, do opt for curcumin piperine supplements next time. As of now, you can take these supplements after a meal so that dietary fat or addition of black pepper to the meals aids in absorption of curcumin. Maintain at least a 3 hour gap between taking curcumin and any medication.
      The studies indicate that at least a 4 week period is required to observe decrease in depressive symptoms with curcumin supplementation. The supplements used in studies are curcumin-bioperine/piperine combination or BCM-95. You can read more about this here:
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/can-turmeric-help-in-depression

  34. In a previous article you state pepper / piperine should be taken with tumeric / curcumin for better results due to the pepper helping release the “biozavailability” of the tumeric. However I did not see in either article the approximate ratio of tumeric to pepper to provide the optimum bemefits of both.

    can you please provide an approximate ratio? I realize there are several facturs that may be involved here but let’s assume tumeric powder and pepper as the ingredients.

    thanks.

    1. Hi. There is no definite ratio of turmeric to black pepper as such. In supplements the ratio used is 1: 100 that is 1000mg standardized 95% curcumin comes with 10mg piperine. Both curcumin and piperine are active ingredients of turmeric and black pepper respectively, so it is difficult to imitate this ration in real life. But to keep things simple 1/4 to 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper for 1 tsp turmeric powder should suffice. Hope this helps.

  35. I have made golden paste with Turmeric,coconut oil and pepper. My mum suffers very bad arthritis but also has to take warfrin so cant take any anti inflammatories.Is it safe for her to take the Turmeric paste daily,Does anyone know?

    1. Maybe I am taking too much turmeric? I take the root chewing it up about a 1/2 inch slice. I don’t have a gram measurement. Does anyone know?

  36. Something does not match. you say that the max dose of turmeric is 3 grams per day or 400–600 mg of curcumin per day but according to this reliable study from pubmed.gov http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17044766 only 3.14% of turmeric is curcumin, so that means that 3.14% of 3 grams is 94.2 mg not 400 – 600 mg of curcumin per day, so what is the right dose of curcumin, 94.2 mg or 400–600 mg per day? thanks

    1. Hi. When we mention about ideal turmeric dosage we are talking about maximum turmeric powder one can consume per day without any side effects and also receive benefits. This does not apply to curcumin powder or supplements because in this case curcumin is extracted from turmeric and its formulation is optimized. So for curcumin in studies, the dosage as high as 8-12g has been tested. And it is found to be safe as well.
      3g per day is a safe and beneficial amount of turmeric powder for most individuals but some individuals susceptible to acid reflux may prefer a lesser dose. Hope this helps.

  37. I use root turmeric blitzed in a food processor and then frozen in an ice cube tray, i also add a small amount of black pepper to every amount of turmeric. Each frozen cube weighs approx 15g, i take this once every day, give or take 1 or 2. I mix the turmeric with lemon juice, concentrate cherry juice, a pinch of cinnamon and add hot water, i know it sounds a mad concoction but i like it. I had been taking turmeric powder for at least a year or so and have now been on root for nearly another year. My reason for taking this mad concoction is because i suffer from gout attacks that can leave me bed/settee (couch) ridden for up to 3 weeks as the attacks are normally in my ankle. My last attack was May 2016 its now 31 march 2017. Im convniced that the turmeric has a lot to do with this. I have read the guidelines on how much to take each day but how can anyone be sure what is the right amount, obviously the frozen cube has certain amount of moisture content so 15g is not the true weight.

    1. Hi Iain. Thank you for sharing your experience. Since you have experienced reduction in gout attacks and no side effects, it clearly indicates that the dose of turmeric you are taking daily suits your body and just enough for health benefits minus any side effects. Please continue with your regime. Wish you great health!

    2. The lemon juice in your ice cubes is also known to break down the sharp edges on the crystaline uric acid in your joints a small amount of concentrated lemon juice and water 1/8 has big effects on gout pain bringing it down in a third of the time enjoy good for you.

  38. Hi, My Mum has a brain disorder, is not 100% confirmed yet, but they think it could be ‘Cerebal Amyloid Angiopathy’ she’s showing signs of a stroke with loss of use of her arm and difficulty in walking. I have been looking for natural remedies online and Tumeric seems to keep cropping up. My question is how does one ingest this? Would you stir it into a drink, honey perhaps? I see the dosage is around 1tsp of powder daily. Any information would be much appreciated – thanks.

      1. Capsules will be fine I’m sure. It’s the dosage I’m unsure of. I have found 500mg capsules on amazon, stating a 12.5% amount of Curcumin per capsule.

      2. Just found out I have trigeminal nerve inflammation, taking 1 teaspoon of tincture daily, not working, any recommendations?

        1. Hi. You can switch to turmeric powder. This may help reduce the inflammation. You can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Consult a health practitioner as well.
          Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take meds.
          https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
          https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-golden-paste-from-raw-fresh-turmeric
          https://www.turmericforhealth.com/general-info/turmeric-powder-or-turmeric-tincture-which-is-better-a-fact-based-analysis

    1. Hi. Turmeric is proven to have anti-amyloid activity and is a neuroprotective agent as well. She can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks.
      Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take meds.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-golden-paste-from-raw-fresh-turmeric
      She may need to opt for curcumin supplements but it is best to consult a health practitioner prior.

  39. I am new to understanding herbs, but have been taking Zyflamend for about 3 years for arthritis. For me, works great. But I have been worried about long term use. In looking at individual ingredients, I read where turmeric can have some side effects. Your website has been pointing out the differences in large doses and preventive doses. Can you help me better understand this level of dosage of turmeric in Zyflamend: Turmeric (Curcuma longa) (rhizome) 10 mg organic supercritical extract and 100 mg hydroethanolic extract = 110 mg. Based on mg, seems small. But I know the different extract methods can impact dosages (from what I have been told).

    1. I may have answered my own question. Looks like I need to find the concentration levels used by New Chapter with this product. Most likely it is 10:1 or higher. If it is 10x, then the 110 mg of turmeric would be 1.1 grams of dry powder. If my thinking is not correct, let me know.

    2. Hi. Yes different extraction and formulation methods do affect the absorbption or bioavailability of the compound. 110mg however seems as like a relative safe dose. You can consult a herbalist or naturopath about this as well.

    3. My health is very poor. and I look forward to any relief that I reap from the ingestion of tumeric I have loaded large capsules that hold 1/2 gm each I am presently taking 1 gm each morning.

      1. Hi. You can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take meds.
        https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
        https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-golden-paste-from-raw-fresh-turmeric
        If you are using DIY turmeric capsules, take them after the meal to enhance absorption and consider increasing the dosage gradually if needed. A dose of 2gm may help but increase by 1/2 a gram per week.
        In case of serious health conditions please consult a doctor or a herbal medicine professional about the same.

  40. Your 1 teaspoon recommendation, is that level or heaping? Do you recommend drinking the dregs? I just started making my own turmeric powder/lemon juice morning tea (thinking about adding ginger powder) first thing in the morning on empty stomach. Would it work better taken with meal? No noticeable decrease in swelling. Should I add a second course at night? How important (or not) with/without food? Thanks.

    1. By 1 tsp we mean level. But that actually depends on what suits you and how much your stomach can tolerate. Some take as much 1-2 tablespoon of Golden Paste a day while some are fine on just 1 tsp a day. Turmeric as a tea is great but you are not experiencing any benefits you can take it twice a day. Adding ginger is a plus.
      Also turmeric is poorly soluble in water and is better absorbed when taken with fats and/or black pepper. So you can take Golden Paste. https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      Taking after meals helps with two things: dietary fat in the meal helps in absorption and also reduces acid reflux like symptom in case you are susceptible to it. Though not compulsory, taking after meals is beneficial.

      1. I have what’s called vulvadina ( chronic vaginal pain for no known reason or cause) I am on Gabapenton which helps but I still have pain and I keep on having to go up in the dosage. The Drs just want to throw more druges at me and I don’t even like taking the gabapenton so I certainly don’t want to add to it. I thought I would give Tumeric Extract a try. I thought I’d use the supplement capsules. Do you think that would work for me? What dosage do you recommend. I do tend to get acid reflux which I take omprenazole for. Do you think it would make it worse? I’m so fed up and frustrated with this pain I’m just about willing to risk it. Thank you for your help.

        1. The cause for vulvodynia is unknown and generally is treated with antidepressant. Curcumin iand turmeric are natural antidepressants and thus may help. However there isnt any evidence available regarding turmeric’s efficacy in vulvodynia.
          If taking capsules it is advisable to consult a health practitioner about the dosage. Always start with a low dose and avoid taking it on an empty stomach. Keep a 3-4 hour gap between taking turmeric supplement and other medicines.

  41. Hi, thank you for this information. I have extremely itchy skin & have tried many different things to help. I am currently taking a turmeric supplement that has: “Tumeric Root Extract (Curcuma Longa) 1200 mg & Tumeric 95% Curcuminoids 100 mg & BioPerine (Black Pepper Extract) 10 mg.” This is per two caps. I have been taking 2 caps per day & the results have been great until this last week when the crazy bad itching resumed. Would it be okay to take 4 caps per day?? Thanks in advance!

    1. 1200mg turmeric root + 100mg curcuminoids (which would be 2 capsules) is a high dose itself. We would not recommend going on a higher dose but you can consult a herbalist or naturopath about this. Also identify other causes or trigger factors for the itching.
      You could include turmeric in diet as Golden Paste.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      You could also apply turmeric mixed with aloe vera gel or coconut/olive oil to the affected region topically. Conduct a patch test prior.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/how-turmeric-can-soothe-eczema-and-itching
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-cures/turmeric-for-eczema-and-itching

    1. 30 ml juiced root twice a day is safe. Say you can add about 1 or 2 half inch pieces of fresh turmeric to other components or as a part of other veggies or fruits you would be combining.

  42. Been reading comments on Turmeric and have to put my oar in. I have been using the paste myself for months now and am very fond of it. I have RA, 3 CKD, fibromyalgia. I am 74. I don’t take meds well so was so willing to try this. I use my paste in coconut milk with local raw honey for sweetener and add some ceylon cinnamon and of course, coconut oil. This I take in the late evening and it is such a sleep aid, I can’t even begin to tell you! Over all, I am doing very well by it. There have been times when I have missed a dose and missed is the operative word. I do love it. I use a teaspoon of the paste, more or less, in my brew. I take nothing for the RA at all. I was on Methotrexate and it stopped working. Not a fan of increasing this kind of medicine to ‘fix’ what really can’t be fixed. The turmeric drink seems to be keeping me in a good place. I am reasonably pain-free and get about freely. My suggestion would be to try it if you have doubts. Why wouldn’t you? It won’t hurt you even if it’s not for you. Stop if you don’t like it. It could really help you. Eclipse

    1. Thank you for your response. I have psoriasis really bad and the dermatologist put me on Methotrexate for that. I am also having issues with my ankle swelling and one of my toes. The dermatologist told me the ankle swelling was probably arthritis. I have been taking cinnamon and honey. It may have helped a little but it still hurts. I am going to try your mixture. Thanks again

  43. Hi there!

    Myself and my husband have just started taking Turmeric paste. My question is this.In July we will be motoring around Europe. As the paste has to be refrigerated how can we carry on taking it? Does it have to be refrigerated or is there an alternative? Many thanks.

    1. Hi. It really depends on the climate and how long you travel. Readers do freeze the paste and carry a small batch while traveling. However you can also check the page http://www.turmericforhealth.com and under the worldwide shipping tab there are alternatives of carrying pre-packaged golden paste while traveling.

  44. Personal observations.
    Background: Stroke 1994. Hypertension and meds for that: Coversyl Novum 5mg, Norvasc 10mg and Emconcor 2,5mg per day.
    2010-2015 strange neurological disorder (bloodpressure peaking, cold, limbs going to spastic, collapse, ambulance arrive, hustle, “Quick!! He is going to…” SNAP! Bloodpressure normalized a few seconds and nothing but stupified look on the face of doctors.)
    5 years of that and i start experimenting of curcumin. Newer find what was wrong with me. MRI taken and was OK.
    – 3-4 g Standardized powder per day. After 3 week my disorder was gone and i was hooked. First left that nightmarish sudden coldness (mystically my disorder started always somewhere 8-11 pm), and gradually all of my symptoms was gone. Now third year going and nothing wrong.
    – 6 g and i start remember my dreams. Moving back to 3g per day and dreams are gone. Would you believe that! Fascinating!
    – 7 g – 11g per day. Nightmares. Sorry to say but must be something to do with my stroke or combination of my meds. Or stroke and meds.
    – 17g of standardized powder. At once. Well that was stupid experiment!! It was like pint of ale. And you can imagine how you can eat 17g powder…
    Afterwords: Experiment. Everybody is different. Age, weight etc.

    1. Very interesting. I’ve been taking turmeric for several months now for neurological pain. Fantastic 85% reduction.
      Like a miracle.1/2 tsp , 4 times a day of golden paste. The reason Im replying to your post is that after nearly 2 years of not having any dreams I am also dreaming. Very bizarre.

  45. I have arthritis, inflammation issues as well as stage 3 CKD so can not take any anti-inflamatories. I have purchased Curcumin supplements containing 1500mg (95% Curcuminoids), 140mg Ginger, 10mg BioPerine. Is this safe with reduced renal function? No potassium numbers are on the label but is there a risk of increased potassium intake with these supplements?

    1. Hi. Curcumin supplements are highly purified so definitely there is no risk of increased potassium intake. 1500mg is a large dose to start with. Avoid taking it on an empty stomach and close to the time of taking other medicines.

  46. Hi I am taking a 3-4 week cleansing diet to deal with inflammation. Turmeric will be a big part of this (as well as avoiding certain inflammatory producing foods). I have some experience with turmeric (fresh) teas and also supplements.

    How much turmeric is too much in combination? For example, I have supplements (650mg curcumin with perine) and thinking of taking 1 pill 3x /day. Can i also have fresh turmeric tea or the golden milk with paste?

    Thanks!
    Marcel

    1. 1000mg a day in the form of supplements should suffice, so in your case 1-2 a day should be enough. 1 cup of turmeric tea or milk which would have roughly 1 tsp of turmeric powder or paste should not be an issue. Start with a low dose of supplement while keeping a standard dietary intake of turmeric and increase supplement dosage gradually to avoid gastric discomfort.

  47. To TurmericForHealth;
    Thank you so much for this very helpful site. How wonderful that you want to help people, Many of us mortals tend to become very mistrustful and skeptical of health related anything if we have had any dealings with ill health; the field is rampant with abuse. It is so refreshing to see genuine caring. Bless you.

  48. I had 2 stents inserted for a blocked artery 18mths ago. My doctor has advised that I should take low dose aspirin daily for the rest of my life. Can I safely take 1 teaspoon turmeric daily as well.
    Thank you for a great site.

    1. Hi Steve. We would suggest starting with a smaller dose say 1/4 tsp of turmeric for a week. Gradually build it to 1 teaspoon but in divided doses over the day and mixed with meals. Dietary turmeric is safe and gradual increase will help your body get accustomed to it and will help you to rule out any chances of side effects. It will also help as an anti-coagulant.

  49. I have folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicle) & been using turmeric on & off for the past year. My condition is getting on my last nerve lol so I plan to be disciplined with the turmeric now. I’ve only taken it in the nastiest possible way & that was just simply putting it in hot water & putting some pepper in it. This is why I was on & off with it lol. I’ve known about the golden milk recipe but have yet to try it. I’ve read several comments that say 1 tsp of turmeric powder A DAY will suffice. Then I read that you suggest using half of a teaspoon of pepper if I use a teaspoon of the powder. Well I definitely was using more than that for both. My order of Starwest Botanicals Turmeric Root Powder Organic Curcuma Longa arrived a couple of days ago. I’ve only used it 3 times, twice in hot water, & once sprinkled in my vegetables. I use the same amount each time (because I don’t know what I’m doing lol), & that’s a heaping teaspoon of turmeric powder. Please tell me if I’m using too much or not enough. Do I use a teaspoon or tablespoon? Am I only suppose to use it once a day or multiple times a day? Do I use it in every meal or just one meal a day? Is my hot water w/pepper the best way for it to be consumed or is it golden milk. Should I use Almond or Coconut milk. HELP!!!!

    1. When included in cooking 1 tsp of turmeric powder a day suffices and preferably spread over meals. Hot water and pepper may not be the best way to take it unless you are boiling turmeric powder in water for 10 minutes or more.
      1 cup of Golden Milk a day would suffice and be better. You can use either almond or coconut milk.
      You can also opt for Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take other meds. https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

    2. Global Healing Center has a liquid Turmeric extract that is world class. And it is actually decent tasting. I sure hope you and anyone else will give it a try. I have 0 affiliation with that company. Just a beneficiary of taking the supplement.

  50. Hi, Thank you so much for this site, very informative. I’m 55 and was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis of the Spine about 2 months ago which is no big deal considering i’ve smashed by body up over the years doing sports, riding horses etc. Anyhow, being sensitive intolerant I ditched all the Dr’s chemical treatments and started taking Flora Force 100% pure Curcuma Longa. I stupidly took 2 capsules of 500mg 3 times a day (felt awesomely great) until after about six weeks I came out in hives on my middle body overnight. Very uncomfortable and itchy as hell. After a couple of days hives then disappeared from my trunk and moved up to my neck area, highly embarrassing, making me look like a recovering burn victim. So obviously I stopped the tumeric completely and got prescribed steroids and allergy drugs to get rid of the reaction. After about 10 days the hives disappeared and I then took one tumeric of 500mg, but of course still being a numpty, I only took the capsule on its own without any complimentary oil, black pepper etc. So now I have huge bags developed overnight under my eyes (was a sympton of before as well). So Tumeric is worth persevering with, you just have to find ways to ensure your body can absorb it correctly. Another comment that was made above was not to take turmeric at the same time as other medication. This is good to know because maybe that didn’t help me either. I love the milk, tumeric and coconut drink idea. I’m going to see how it goes from here on in. Thanks again for all the information.

    1. Hi. Please start with low doses of turmeric say 1/8- 1/4 tsp in diet. If you still face any sort of reactions then may be you are allergic to turmeric. Ensure that you get good quality organic turmeric free from additives. Also it is important to take it with black pepper and/or oil for better absorption. Avoid taking turmeric supplements or Golden Paste at the same time as other meds since both turmeric and black pepper interfere in drug metabolism.

  51. Hi,

    Just want to know to make tumeric milk, do we always have to boil it? Can I just put small amount of hot water then mix tumeric powder and add cold milk then drink?

  52. Hi there,
    My husband was diagnosed with a grade 4 Glioblastoma in his brain on the 18/10/16 at the age of 24. Since then we have been living in hospital then hospice and now we are home. We have come very close to losing him and even have said our goodbyes but he keeps bouncing back and we are fighting hard. We are looking at alternative treatments. He is currently on 8mg of Dexamethasone daily which I wish to reduce eventually if possible and replace with high doses of turmeric. How much turmeric would you recommend me start him on and how much would you recommend I should build up too?
    I look forward to your reply.
    Thanks heaps

    1. Hi. For cancer we have a specific dosage of turmeric outlined here:
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/general-info/turmeric-curcumin-dosage-for-cancer-a-scientific-plan
      Dexamethasone is a steroid and one needs to carefully taper it under medical guidance. Please consult the doctor before taking turmeric supplements and before reducing any medicines.
      You can also give him Golden Paste at small doses starting with 1/4 tsp a day and if no side effects are observed increase it gradually by 1/4 tsp a week. Continue till it reaches a dose of 1 tsp a day, if he is taking supplements also. If not opting for supplements please increase the dose gradually to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day. This will help build his immunity.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      Both Golden Paste and turmeric supplements are best taken after meals and do not take any other meds close to it. Maintain a 3-4 hour gap before taking any other meds.

    2. Go to the web site of Sean Simpson cannibis kills cancer. Search also cannibis kills brain cancer Dr. Mercola. good luck

  53. It’s been suggested that Tumeric can deactivate or possibly cure HSV 1+2. What do you know regarding this and what recommend? I’ve been eating 1/2 inch of tumeric root a day.

    1. Turmeric does benefit in HSV.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/8-ways-turmeric-benefits-in-herpes-simplex
      1/2 inch turmeric root daily is great. You can even take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take other meds.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      If you find an herbalist or naturopath you could consult them about turmeric supplements but when taking supplements reduce dietary turmeric to avoid gastric side effects.

  54. Hi I bought some Turmeric Curcumin 1000 mg with Black pepper extract is it ok to take that when first starting this or should I start out with a lower dose?

    1. It is advisable to start with a lower dose. But since these pills are already in 1000mg formulation there isnt a way you could start with a lower dose. Avoid taking them on an empty stomach and also do not take them at the same time as other meds. Keep a 3-4 hour gap between other meds and turmeric if you are taking any.

      1. When you say avoid taking the turmeric supplements with other meds, does that include other supplements? I currently take fish oil, prenatal vitamins, probiotics and liquid chlorophyll.
        Would I take the turmeric supplement at a different time?

        1. Curcumin interferes in drug metabolism and hence we recommend taking it a different time then when taking any other medicine. There is no specific study done regarding the particular supplements you mentioned. Fish oil and probiotics may help increase absorption of turmeric if taken concomitantly. Depending on the pathway of absorption and metabolism, it may or may not affect the other two but it is best to keep a gap to be safe.

    1. 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder is for daily use as in diet or cooking. As far as the paste is concerned the recommended dose is 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day or how it suits you.

  55. I would like to use turmeric for symptoms of stress, I understand that low doses inhibit cortisol production and high doses increase. If I suspect high evening cortisol how much fresh root would be good to have at night to lower cortisol levels? I am thinking of making a turmeric tea.

  56. Hi, I’ve just found your website. Is it good for my health if I make turmeric drink every day?

    The way I’m doing it is like this: I use one teasppon of ground turmeric and put it in boiling water, brewing it for 10 minutes. Then I’ll add honey to taste.

    Do you think it is good enough for my health?

    Thank you

    1. Yes this is a great recipe. 10 minutes is a good time. Limit the honey intake. You can also add ground or fresh ginger and 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder. This will definitely benefit your health.

  57. I was wondering, as I haven’t heard of anything yet in my search, that will help one overcome the sensitivity to stomach issues. It appeared to show a bit higher dosage above for that but how would you advise increasing when they are having upset stomach? Also besides the common upset stomach, i’ve actually had a client or two that are Allergic and can’t take turmeric, any suggestions to increase her tolerance? She has fibromyalgia and would love a natural alternative- I have one but it has turmeric in it and I believe she gets very ill and thus claims she is “allergic” to it…help! Trying to give this recommend this natural alternative to so many anti-inflammatory OTCs but more than usual are having side effects and having to quit..

    1. Hi. Thank you for your query. Firstly if one has not tried turmeric ever then its advisable to not take it or take small doses or in a form like turmeric milk. So if taking turmeric for upset stomach, it is advisable to take small doses such as 1/4 tsp 1-2 a day. Also do not increase the dose of turmeric during a stomach upset.
      Stomach sensitivity as you mention, can be overcome by gradual introduction of turmeric in diet. Say 1/8 -1/4 tsp in diet every day for a week and then if no side effects are observed then increase by 1/4 tsp every week. Increasing turmeric dose gradually will reduce gastric side effects.
      Turmeric supplements should be avoided in such conditions for they are at a fairly high dose.
      Allergy of turmeric could only be identified by contact dermatitis or if they have consumed turmeric alone say as a spice or supplement but not mixed with other ingredients and experienced allergic reactions. So even by taking less than 1/8 tsp of turmeric as a spice (powder or grated fresh roots) if they are facing allergy problems then they should avoid turmeric.
      Ginger would actually be a great alternative to turmeric in case of stomach upset and for pain but if she is allergic to turmeric then quite likely she will have an allergic reaction with ginger.

    1. Hi. We have haven’t across any reports that suggest that this particular fatty acid CLA can help in absorption of curcumin so we can’t guarantee whether it will help in absorption of turmeric. However you can always opt for olive or coconut oil.

  58. I’m glad you mentioned that high doses can cause ulcers, since the reason I’m taking turmeric is because I had to take naproxen for another issue and it gave me an ulcer. My doc is good with turmeric, but I’d forgotten to ask what dosage was safe. In any event, I’ll stick in the low range and discuss with her.

    1. 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder a day is sufficient to reap health benefits. You can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. With gradual increment you can ascertain what dose works best for you.
      Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take other meds.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

      1. I have colon cancer and have been taking Golden Paste for the last 4 weeks. I have increased the dose gradually and I am almost up to the maximum of 1tsp three times a day. How long is it safe to take it at this dosage. I am due for a scan in a couple of weeks.

        1. Steph, if you are not facing any side effects such as gastric discomfort at a dose of 1 tsp of Golden Paste 3 times a day then you can take this dose for life, it is that safe assuming you don’t take any other medications at the same time. It will obviously contribute to your health and we hope this dose is successful in healing the cancer but mostly conditions like cancer require curcumin supplements. Please consult your doctor before taking them.
          http://www.turmericforhealth.com/general-info/turmeric-curcumin-dosage-for-cancer-a-scientific-plan

        2. I’m sorry you’re going through this. My dad was just diagnosed with colon cancer. Please keep us posted on your scan, good luck!

    2. How much powder turmeric from a grocery store should one take for inflamation problems in the fingers? Being a musician this is Important to me. I take 3 doses of 3 ibuprofen a few days before playing and it seems to help. I want to use turmeric instead for I have an ulcer too that I need to be careful of.

      Should. He using turmeric from a health food store? I heard the best way to take it is to cook with it. I’m sincerely asking because it deals wto th my livelihood.

      Thank you for your time.

      1. Hi. You can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. At this dose of 1 tsp 1-2 times a day you would definitely experience relief from pain and if it suits you, as in you see no gastric side effects, you can increase the dose.
        Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take other meds. https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

        You can also try Turmeric Milk, 1 cup a day. Many people report fast relief from pain after taking Turmeric Milk.
        https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/benefits-of-turmeric-milk

      2. Also check if it is a good brand of turmeric, preferably organic, the one that is available at the food store. Please check if its only turmeric (Curcuma longa) and not mixed with other spices.

    1. I make my standard rattitoule (sp) and add fresh turmeric root. It’s delicious and you would never know it has been added. recipe is: sauté red onion, zuchinni, yellow squash and all colors of peppers in olive oil, red wine vinegar and fresh minced garlic. then add a can of stewed tomatoes. then take some of the juicy mixture and fresh turmeric root and put it in a blender, then add back to the full mixture. At the last minute top with fresh spinach till wilted. Serve topped with black olives and feta cheese. DELICIOUS as a side dish or over spaghetti as a veggeterian dish. You can add different veggies as you like.

      1. Hi Mary. This is an interesting recipe and a great way of incorporating fresh turmeric in diet. Thank you for sharing this.

      2. I Have been peeling and slicing several fingers of fresh tumeric as well as ginger, with 2 or 3 cups of good water. Boiling for several minutes aND then steeping until cool, then I run it all through my magic bullet juicer a few times until smooth. Store in glass jar in fridge.
        I take about hAlf cup mix with milk and a bit of honey or maple syrup 2 times a day.
        Hope it’s not too much , I’m feeling much better.

  59. I have polycystic disease in both kidneys, my liver and other internal organs. I also have osteoarthritis in the lower left side f my spine and a synovial cyst in the right lower spine. Can you tell me please whether taking turmeric will help any or all of these conditions and the best way for me to take it?

    1. Turmeric should help with polycystic disease and osteoarthritis. You can take Golden Paste. Start with 1/4-1/2 tsp a day and increase to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day gradually or how it suits you. Take it with or after meals. Avoid taking it close to the time of taking other medicines to avoid side effects.
      You can also consume Turmeric Milk.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/benefits-of-turmeric-milk

      1. Turmeric is a natural anti-diabetic agent. It can help lower blood sugar, reduce inflammation and reduce progression of complications of diabetes. You can start taking Golden Paste. Start with 1/4-1/2 tsp a day and increase dose to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day or how it suits you. Take it with or after meals.
        https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/turmeric-your-miracle-weapon-against-diabetes
        https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

        Turmeric supplements are generally not recommended when taking diabetes medication as they may have an additive effect and may reduce blood sugar abnormally. Turmeric in diet is safe but avoid taking Golden Paste close to taking other medications.

    2. I have severe spinal stenosis, herniated and bulging disc and unstable spine. I have been in pain daily for more than 2 yrs. I have been taking 2gm of tumuric every morning and it helps but by 8pm my pain comes back with vengeance so before bed or earlier I resort to ibuprofen 800mg with Prilosec . However, this has been daily for over 2 1/2 yrs. I don’t want to take Motrin any more but not sure if I can go up on tumuric. I refuse to have surgery but still remain in pain. Please advise

      1. Hi Teresa. So turmeric is helping you to reduce the pain but the action is not long lasting. Are you taking it with black pepper and fats for these will help in absorption of active ingredients of turmeric. Also take it after meals so that dietary fat helps in absorption. Also are you using good quality organic turmeric?
        You could make the Golden Paste. The recommended way of taking it is 1/2-1/4 tsp a day and gradually increase to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day or how it suits you. But since you are already taking turmeric for more than 2 years this should not give you gastric side effects. You can take 1/4-1/2 tsp every day at a 3 hour interval. Spreading your dose over the day will deliver adequate amount and at regular time intervals. Avoid taking it on empty stomach since you suffer from acidity and don’t take it close to any other medication.
        https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
        Hope this helps. Also look for a second opinion regarding your health condition.

        1. I took 2 cap=2000mg tonight inflamin turmeric extract(curcuma longa) (curcumin C3 complex) (standardized to 95% curcuminoids) (rhizome) Sabinsa corporation distributed by core science medica

          Took total in 24hr 4000mg
          I am concerned about taking to much ibuprofen because it can have cardiac side effects and I have hypertension and hyperlipidemia I hope the higher dose will work but I will try the paste you suggested were do you recommend to get the turmeric for the paste

          1. Hi Teresa. 4000mg in 1 day is a fairly high dose. Are you sure that your condition requires that high a dose? Turmeric can definitely help in hypertension, hyperlipidemia and pain.
            You can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Also when taking the paste please reduce the supplement dose since 4g curcumin is pretty high.
            Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take other meds.
            https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
            For good brands of turmeric please check:
            http://www.turmericforhealth.com

      2. Hi
        In response to Teresa, I have chronic back pain and am still in the process to find out the cause. For the last five months I had problems lying down or sitting as pain kicks in badly. I’ve started taking turmeric 20 drops and Devil’s Claw 15 drops both in tincture 1:2. I take that mixed with coconut oil a tea spoon or olive oil, a pinch of black pepper to activate turmeric. I take it mixed with luke warm water twice a day, after breakfast and after dinner. So far amazing results as I had finally a good sleep and with no pain. Also I am better during the day and I can move better! I am trying to do gentle stretch on a mat, even only 15 min can make a huge difference. Also, I am listening Hypnotherapy guy on YouTube for pain management and that is helping relaxing a lot before going to bed. My suggestion is that you try to avoid taking ibuprofen as it lowers your immune system and is hard on liver and kidneys. Devil’s claw is a very useful natural painkiller and together with Turmeric 3-4 times a day it should make a huge difference.
        Finally, do some research on Glucosamine Sulphate (I met an old guy who has DDD and finds huge benefits from taking this) and homeopathic Tissue Salts and Silica which help with mineral deficiency in the tissues and bones.

        I hope this helps!

        All the best
        Kat

        1. Hey Kat, Have you tried checking in with a chiropractor? I’d research and ask around to find what feels right and i trust mine and refer to him all the time and I’m a massage therapist. There are good and bad ones out there but I’d go to one before a traditional Dr, and they prefer natural healing to drugs. Hope you feel better!

      3. Teresa,
        Please make sure your blood pressure is under control.
        I quit Ibuprofen despite episodes of intense pain…
        eventually causing my blood pressure to skyrocket and I had a major stroke…
        immediately following one of these major pain episodes.
        Ideally, I would have checked BP in the middle of a pain session and realized,
        something must be done to intervene…some countermeasure.
        God be with you, Teresa.

      4. I’m hope some replies to your comment w knowledge because you are going thru too much pain. I understand more than you would know. Has timer of helped you? I really want to know. I asked a question myself as to the dosage of ground turmeric from a grocery store and jace not got a reply. My thoughts are with you. Teddy P

        1. Hi. Ground turmeric from grocery store is same as turmeric powder right? The ideal dose is 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder a day. However it is always advised to start with small doses.
          Ground turmeric or turmeric powder is best taken with black pepper and oil. You can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take other meds. https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

          1. Can I also take this with cumin? Several years ago, I started having episodes of stomach pain which was diagnosed as gallstones.

            After my 3rd episode within an 18- month period, a friend researched and found the combination of turmeric, cumin, and curry along with olive oil breaks down the stones from forming. Since that 3rd episode, I always keep the three powders available (I had a recent episode a month ago but only had the turmeric and cumin) and within minutes the pain subsides.

            I would go to emergency during the early episodes since the pain would have lasting effects (at one time the doctor wanted to remove my bladder, fortunately the stone had passed when a later scan was done).

            Since then I keep powders both at home and at work.

  60. I have Sjogren’s Syndrome. I just received turmeric powder and added 1 tbl [too much I know] to my morning smoothie with fruits and veggies, mostly fruit. I didn’t add pepper or oil. Should I do so?

    1. The absorption of turmeric is improved with black pepper and oil so you should try and include them. You could also make the Golden Paste and then add it to your smoothie. Start with small doses 1/4 tsp and gradually increase the dose over weeks to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day or how it suits you.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      Turmeric helps regulate immune responses and could help in Sjogren’s syndrome.

      1. Hi. Just starting to take turmeric. 3 medium turmeric cuts into small pieces and add hot water. Im doing that 2 x aday as my tea. I have heart burn for a longer time. Is this good to me? Thanks.

        1. Hi. Do you mean 3 medium turmeric roots or 3 medium pieces? Turmeric tea twice a day is great but avoid taking it on an empty stomach. However for heartburn it would be advisable to take Golden Paste. This include black pepper and oil which increases the absorption of turmeric. You should take it with or immediately after meals.
          Start with 1/4 tsp a day and gradually increase to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day or how it suits you.
          https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
          https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/5-reasons-why-turmeric-can-help-in-heartburn

    2. Yes, pepper makes a great difference as it activates curcumin in the turmeric. I add a pinch of it. Also you should add some fat to make it absorbed better: I use organic coconut oil or olive oil.
      Enjoy the great benefits!

  61. Hi, from sunny Greece!!!
    I have a question about making the Golden Paste.The dosage you recomend is 11/2 teaspoons of ground black pepper.Do you mean 5,5 teaspoons?
    A second question.
    I have Smoldering Myeloma, that is I don’t have symptoms nor take medication, only have blood tests every three months.
    What would you suggest concerning to turmeric and Golden Paste use?
    Thank you!!!

    1. Hi Manolis. It is 1.5 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper. It is great to include turmeric or Golden Paste in diet but for your condition it is preferable to take curcumin supplements. You can refer to this
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/general-info/turmeric-curcumin-dosage-for-cancer-a-scientific-plan
      You can still include turmeric in diet. Do discuss this with your doctor and it is preferable to take supplements after a meal for better absorption and to avoid chances of reflux.

  62. I was skeptical about using the Turmeric, but i was having a severe problem with phylum, coughing every morning, and sometimes during the night, it was suggested i try the 1tsp of turmeric in a cup of warm milk before going to bed and in the morning, and to do this for a couple of days. The next morning I had no phylum, and I have done this for 3 days now, wheezing has calmed down, I appreciate your information on continues use a total of 1 tsp a day. I will divide my dosage into twice a day and add some pepper. Thank you for this valuable information

    1. Phylum is the wrong word ! You mean Phlegm (pronounced Flem) It is produced in the bronchial tubes of the lungs and is usually coughed up.

    2. Linda, please keep in mind that milk is one of the things that causes more mucos or phlegm. I do not drink milk for that very reason, plus milk isn’t kind to my digestion. I make turmeric tea according to Dr. Andrew Weil’s instructions plus I add oil so my body will absorb it better. I do not like the taste of turmeric tea so after I make it I drop in a teabag of an organic herbal spice tea blend (no caffeine) that has ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardemom. Celestial Seasonings makes one called Bengal Spice that is very good. Here’s what I do: I boil two cups of water then add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder to the boiling water then simmer it for 10 minutes. I strain it through a very fine mesh coffee filter in my little coffee maker (don’t plug it in, just pour the hot turmeric tea into the mesh basket and close the lid of the coffee maker (a small 4 cup coffee maker) and it will go through the filter and into the small glass pot. I had 1/2 teaspoon of olive or coconut oil and a pinch of black pepper. Then I pour this turmeric tea over a Bengal Spice teabag and let it steep a couple of minutes. The longer Bengal Spice steeps, the sweeter it is (no sugar nor artificial sweeteners). I cannot taste the turmeric tea, only the Bengal Spice, and so I have a flavorful tea that includes the spice tea plus turmeric tea. This helps with my chronic pain. I have found that if I cannot relax it does not do as much for my pain, so I try to drink the tea slowly and
      focus on something positive in a quiet room with low light. This seems to help a great deal. I cannot take any OTC pain relievers, so this is a good thing for me. As I understand it, I can use more than the 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder a day, so I plan to try to drink the tea twice or three times a day right after a meal. Hope this helps you. Some people have no trouble with milk, but it is known to cause problems with mucus in the body.

  63. Hi. I would like to ask wich is the amount of pepper or ginger we should add to the turmeric powder or root. It has to be 1 to 1? is it ok to cook it or its better to add it in the end ?
    Hi also would like to know what is the daily dose for small children (3 or less)? A small children can take ir daily also?
    Thanks a lot
    Kindly

    1. The amount of pepper or ginger you use should be less than that of turmeric. So for 1 tsp of turmeric powder you can use around 1/4 tsp or slightly less of black pepper powder. It is difficult to measure amounts less than that. Its ok to cook them, they get absorbed better.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-queries/does-cooking-destroy-curcumin-and-piperine
      Children below the age of 3 but above 8 months can take turmeric daily in their diet. Turmeric milk is an excellent option for them.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/benefits-of-turmeric-milk
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/general-info/is-turmeric-safe-for-children

  64. Hi, I apologize if this is answered in here somewhere. I tried to read through but there’s a lot of comments 🙂
    if i grate turmeric and ginger fresh and store in the refrigerator and add to tea, how many days can that mixture be refrigerated before it loses potency?

    1. Well it should be fresh for at least 3-5 days. Based on the smell and taste you can judge whether it still has its potency, if the spicy pungent odor of the two roots still exist then it should work fine.

  65. Hello, I have concered about dosage,please help me.

    I want to take turmeric as suplement, for longer time, just for prevention.
    I found NutriGold Turmeric Curcumin Gold® — 500 mg,with 2.5 mg of bioperine
    It should be used 3 times a day.

    Please tell me is this 3 x 500 mg preventive dosage, and can I use it for longher periods?
    If not, please suggest me dosage

    thanks in advance

  66. Hi, I hope you can help. I’m trying to determine the best amount of tumeric to use as a blood thinner to replace having to take Plavix long term. I have 250mg capsules of organic turmerc. Any advice would be a help
    Thanks

      1. I buy organic jar of turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. Mix them all together in a bowl. I heat up 10 ozs of water and steep 2 green tea bags for 15 mins. I put 3 tsps of the spices 2 tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon and 1 tsp of organic honey. I do this in am and pm. I am a 5 year pancreatic survivor. I just started doing this 6 months ago. Please email me at [email protected] and tell me if I am doing anything wrong. Thank you.

        1. Hi. This mix you are taking is fine. Limit cinnamon intake as it contains coumarins which is said to have adverse effects if had in excess. Turmeric is insoluble in water and is best taken with fats and/or black pepper. The best way to take it is Golden Paste.
          Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take meds. https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-golden-paste-from-raw-fresh-turmeric

  67. Some site says that to increase the effect of turmeric, it should be taken together with Black Pepper. What is your suggestion about this?

    1. Yes it is absolutely recommended to take turmeric with black pepper and /or healthy oils like coconut or olive oil. This helps in absorption of active ingredient of turmeric.

  68. I started taking turmeric, capsule form, only once a day (about 550 mg each) about 5 days ago. Woke up this morning with a very itchy rash on the insides of my elbows and on neck. As the day progressed, it is on my back and upper arms. Very uncomfortable and somewhat swollen and warm. I can’t believe I cannot tolerate even this small dose? Any ideas??

  69. Hi, is it safe to drink this at night even before you sleep after late dinner (ex fried food)?

    I noticed my mind is always active and I don’t usually feel like sleepy at night even I only have 4-5 hrs of sleep per day.

    I work, think and react fast since I started 3 weeks ago, consuming 1 teaspoon a day after lunch or bef 6pm mealals.

    Is it good effect? I don’t feel comfortable now.

    Thanks and regards!

    Drey.

  70. My daughter (19) is fighting inflammation from Lupus and Lyme. What is the therapeutic dosage? 8000mg/day? For how long? She does not want to go back on prednisone. And is it true that you have to take turmeric on and off? Two weeks on and then off for a while before doing it again?
    THANK YOU!!!

    1. Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent. We recommend taking Golden Paste- this recipe includes black pepper and oil which enhance absorption of active ingredients of turmeric. You can start her with 1/2 teaspoon a day and gradually increase the dose to 1-2 teaspoons 2-3 times a day depending on how it suits her. Always take it with meals and not empty stomach.
      Turmeric is spice and is included in regular diet daily by Asians. So you can take turmeric in diet everyday. 8000mg is an extremely high dose and was used to study toxicity and maximum safety dosage in humans.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/is-turmeric-therapeutic-in-lyme-disease
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/turmeric-benefits-for-lupus

  71. Hi,

    I have a confusion about the dosage, read the whole post and some other websites.

    It is established that 300-600 mg 3 times per day is recommended, about 1.8 grams a day.

    And I’m seeing that it is advised to consume 1 tsp daily, which 1 tsp = 5 grams roughly.

    So 1.8 grams or 5 grams it is?.

    Thanks in advance to all clarification answers.

    1. Hi. When the dosage is said 300-600mg that applies to curcumin. 1 teaspoon is the dose for Golden Paste which is made from turmeric powder. Turmeric powder contains 3-5% curcumin on an average. So 5 grams would give you approximately 150-250mg of curcumin. For preventive measures this dose suffices. Also even when you take it for any condition, it is necessary to start with low doses of Golden Paste so that your body gets accustomed to it. You can gradually increase the dose as to how it suits you.

      1. Thank you very much for your answer. Couldn’t understand what dose was correct.

        I have bought Tumeric powder but it’s not labeled, from a herbs and nuts shop, the person that sells doesn’t know very much in depth of the procedence of products (most of them imported) Tumeric is not easy to get where I live so I bought it. It’s just a transparent plastic bag with Tumeric powder, no labels. I assume is the general one (asked but they didn’t know) and I have to assume haven’t expired (how much last?).

        Again, bought it because it’s the only store I’ve seen have it and is not easy to get here, been consuming it for 2 days and I haven’t feel stomache, despite yesterday by mistake consumed 2 TSP, felt a little different, but no stomache.

        If you have any advises for me I would appreciate it. I am consuming it as prevention.

        Also I don’t take meds but I would like to know if is not advised to consume it with certain specific foods, I mostly consume all organic foods all day. Grounded flax seed, chia, black sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, blueberries, grounded coconut, EVOO, milk, fruits.

        1. Diego, we recommend purchasing good quality organic turmeric powder because the chances of contamination in ordinary brands of turmeric is high. Recently there has been quite some news regarding turmeric being recalled since it was contaminated by lead. We have got a few recommendations in case you need help: http://www.turmericforhealth.com
          Turmeric is a spice and can be consumed and combined with anything in the diet.

          1. Hi regarding the same, I went to the store again and owner told me they import the Turmeric from Canada. Also it has to pass the local health service to import foods to the country. This is the info he had.

            Should be safer to consume it you say knowing that’s not from India and less likely to have lead? I know you advice only certain brands but do you have any info about importing Turmeric from Canada and if it’s safe?.

            Again, this is the info I have and hopefully you can give me your thoughts about it. It’s the only store I can find Turmeric where I live and can’t afford ordering brands.

            I could send you a picture of the bag I have so you can see texture and color if you want to have more information and give me your thoughts.

            Thank you again.

          2. Dear Diego, does the pack have any certifications? Say Organic certification or others? It is not possible to check if the product has lead by the pic of it thus it would not help.

          3. Hi the website only let me answer here. I have sent you an email to the address you gave me with pictures and more information. Hopefully you can check it out and answer please. Thank you.

            Nate:

            Thank you for you help, where did you find the brands with lead poison? Now I am more inclined to stop consuming it if there are considerable number of brands with lead, hopefully you can answer. Thank you.

  72. I have a 13 year old son that suffers from depression, anxiety and everything that comes with it. He’s been on medication since he was 9 and I can’t bear to have him on them any longer. We want to take a holistic approach. I read that curcumin is a great antidepressant. He weighs 111lbs. What would the dosages be for him?

    1. Yes turmeric is good for depression, anxiety and stress. Turmeric in diet is safe for children. You could start him with half a teaspoon of the Golden Paste daily and slowly build the dose to 1 teaspoon twice a day if it suits him.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      If you are opting for curcumin supplements, its best if you consult a health practitioner about it. You might find this helpful:
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/can-turmeric-help-in-depression

  73. Does anyone have experience using turmeric for endometriosis? My understanding is I’d need to take a curative dose and I’m assuming it’s something I’d want to take all month long. I’ve read it can replace ibuprofen…does that mean when I get cramps, I take turmeric right away or does it mean by taking it all month I won’t need ibuprofen? I know the capsules aren’t ideal, but may have to be used for travel so I’m trying to understand dosages for capsules, root and powder. I use to put fresh turmeric in my smoothie but have no idea how many grams it is. Any specifics would be appreciated!

    1. Hi. This might help you:
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/5-ways-turmeric-can-help-in-endometriosis
      About turmeric’s effect on cramps or pain some people experience immediate relief while some experience relief only when taking it on long term. Many people taking supplements do report immediate relief from pain. We recommend using the Golden Paste for which you can start with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon a day and then increase the dose to 1-2 teaspoon 2-3 times a day. Here is the recipe:
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      For supplements you can consult a health practitioner about the dose. For more details on dosage of various forms of turmeric please check:
      http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric

  74. My question is related to typical daily does. What I’m reading here is that 1/2 – 1 teaspoon a day is the norm.

    I’m an athletic person who broke my shoulder 10 weeks ago. Still in PT and regaining strength and range of motion. Just started with a trainer at the gym to help me gain what I’ve lost in general these last 10 weeks while I’ve been on my butt. He “prescribed” a smoothie recipe for general nutrition and muscle rebuilding and included tumeric for its anti-inflammatory properties. Here’s the rub. His recipe says 1 TABLESPOON. I tried it for the first time this morning. Pretty bitter. I can handle some bitter, but this seemed like a lot! One teaspoon sounds much more palatable.

    I’ve tried to get him on the phone, but he’s stacked for the rest of the day. And so, hoping someone will read and weigh in. If it is just a taste issue, I can debate with him. But I’m also wondering if my stomach is now going to bug me later today…..!!

    1. Hey Shawn, i’ve been taking turmeric for a while and have been on vacation without having hardly taken it and noticed a difference. As far as the taste it is bitter, so I suggest you take a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon to start with. Eventually you can work up to a tablespoon which is what I usually take. One more thing, I prefer Tumeric root which I buy at the grocery store, but when I can’t find it I’ll just take the powder.

      1. Bella I also buy the root.. I am trying to figure out how much of the root= to 1.3-3 g per this article suggests.. how do you measure the root when taking it? TIA

    2. Shawn, yes half to one teaspoon is the norm. But that is just the beginning, you can build the dose at to how it suits you. If you are taking turmeric for the first time its preferable to start with small dose. Turmeric taken with meals wont affect the stomach adversely.
      Turmeric is great for inflammation and relieving pain. You can take the Golden Paste as it ensures better absorption of turmeric:https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      If taste is the problem then this should help you: https://www.turmericforhealth.com/general-info/10-easy-and-awesome-ways-to-use-turmeric-or-golden-paste

  75. I have early onset Parkinson’s. How much turmeric can I take? I’m on 4ng of neupro. Is it OK to take turmeric while on neupro?

      1. Hi! Am sorry but didnt find the comment button on this page. My concern is for allergies. My doctor has diagnosed me with atopic dermatitis and I have found that taking steroids helps me rid of the itch and the marks as well. But the moment I stop taking steroids, it all comes back. How much turmeric should I take? Also when you say to take a half a teaspoon powder do you mean to take it orally or should I mix it with a cup of water? Looking forward to your reply.

        1. Mary, it is essential to optimize the absorption of turmeric’s active ingredients. Therefore we recommend taking Golden Paste. It includes black pepper and fats which increase the absorption. You can start with 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon daily and gradually increase the dose as to how it suits you. Turmeric has anti-allergic and immunomodulatory properties that can benefit you. Here is the recipe:
          https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

          1. Thanks so much for your reply, really appreciate it. Hope this works for me 🙂 God bless 🙂

  76. How much curcumin, and what kind should i take for a pituitary tumor/or cyst? They arent sure which one it is, but i was told that it could prevent it from growing, or possibly shrink it.

      1. I have just started to take the golden paste. I have a benign pituitary tumour and hoping it will help. Does anyone take curcumin supplements and turmeric (as paste or otherwise) or would that be too much. I am presuming it is the curcumin that is the ingredient in turmeric that does all the therapeutic work? So if I’m just taking the golden paste, I won’t be getting as much of the curcumin as I would in supplements? Or does it depend on how much of the golden paste I take per day? Could you also just give me a gram weight for 1 tsp of golden paste. I’m in the UK and just wonder if these teaspoon measurements are slightly different. Many thanks

        1. It is alright to take curcumin supplements and include turmeric in diet..it would not be too much to cause any adverse effect. Doses up to 8g turmeric powder have found to be safe.
          There is more to turmeric than curcumin that gives it medicinal properties so do not discontinue that.
          Dietary turmeric would help but yes you would need large doses. So it is advisable to take curcumin supplements after consulting a doctor. It would be difficult to give the exact gram equivalency but should be around 3-4g.

  77. My bilirubin numbers went from .5 last August to 1.1 January, 2016 to 1.6 3 weeks ago.  All my other liver numbers are normal so my Dr. thinks it’s one of the herbs I take and has asked me to stop turmeric for 2 weeks until my next labwork.  I had been putting 2-3 slices of fresh tumeric in my smoothies every morning and using powdered in my evening meals…probably about the same time as my numbers began increasing. Not sure if it’s the turmeric as I also add quite a bit of cinnamon to my smoothies.  If you get bloodwork done on a regular basis you can monitor your liver numbers.

    1. Hi Jeannette, I see that you mentioned “I also add quite a bit of cinnamon to my smoothies”. Be sure to only use “Organic Ceylon Cinnamon” when putting a teaspoon or more in your smoothies every day. You can google why. Regular cinnamon in larger daily amounts can be very bad. Best of luck, Jason

    2. Hi, Jeannette! I also think it shouldn’t be turmeric that is causing increase of bilirubin numbers. I have also been drinking it daily (a teaspoonful of dry turmeric powder, mixed with black pepper and a little cinnamon) for more than half a year and my liver enzymes levels came out normal two months ago. My cholesterol and triglycerides levels on the other side were too low, I wonder if that was also the case with you? I found, that large amounts of cassia cinnamon on the other side, could be causing troubles on your liver.

    3. Jeanette, dietary turmeric or cinnamon shouldn’t cause any adverse effects on liver but if taken in excess anything could be harmful. Are you taking any other medications that could cause drug herb interactions?

    4. I have just started to use Turmeric and I put about 1 teaspoon in hot water with lemon juice and a little cinnamon. I am using the Spice Islands brand that I bought from Food Lion. It is a division of ACH Food Companies, In. San Francisco. Tell me if this is potent enough or should I try another brand. I made a tea and drank it with food.

    1. Yes you can sprinkle turmeric on any food item as per your taste. If you plan to make therapeutic use then turmeric powder should be combined with black pepper and/or fats for better absorption.

  78. With powder it is easy, you make a mix and then consume it, but
    If I have fresh root, how do I consume it with black pepper and Oil to make it absorb better?
    I can’t really mix it with a fresh root stick, can’t i….

    1. I am mixing it with natural peanut butter. My favorite is the Teddie super chunky old fashioned all natural. The peanut oil floats to the top, so you have to mix it in first. I use about 3 tablespoons. Then add several good shakes of course ground black pepper and a teaspoon of regular powdered turmeric. Mix well. It takes a minute or so, but eventually the peanut butter absorbs all of the powder nicely. In fact, it makes it less oily. Then I just eat it with a spoon and it is delicious! I have it with a cup of coffee every morning.

    2. Joel, this is an interesting question. Turmeric fresh roots contain natural volatile oils which enhance the absorption of curcumin in the first place. Another trick that I practice is after peeling and slicing turmeric root I apply black pepper powder to it and leave it for 15 min. Then I enjoy this as a part of salad or as it is with meals.
      However if you are taking it as a preventive measure for therapeutic purpose please take Golden Paste.

  79. I don’t see turmeric Essential Oils mentioned anywhere. Any idea if it makes a difference what form you use?
    I take a supplement currently but saw some turmeric Essential Oil in a store recently and wondered if that would be better.
    Any thoughts?

    1. Make sure any essential oils are food grade. Even a food based oil can be unsafe. Don’t assume. Just like everything else it depends on who’s making it and the intended use. However, I believe you would be more satisfied with a tumeric tincture it’s a liquid and more pure.

  80. Is turmeric powder safe to use if you have a chronic fistula that drains blood and pus? Will it increase bleeding?

  81. I took two tablespoons a day of Turmeric powder and got a serious ulcer. My tongue taste buds do not work well on this spice so I could easily consume this amount at one time. My poor stomach paid the price.

    1. You should not eat it lile any other spice straight and raw, one of the best consumption is with dairy or simmering it with 2-2.5 cups of water and drinking it in three different dosages through out the day. This is knly one tb spoon in water.
      Any spice tajen directly will cause some or the other harm. Our bile can handle it cauz of the acids and enzymes but not our tongue, atleast not raw.

          1. I’ve never been able to sort out the capsule or no capsule debate (though most haven’t heard it). I’m going to go back to my herbology and alternative medicine books and double check.

            Though I seem to remember that something about the capsule hindering the effects of whatever is in it. I seem to recall that pharmaceutical companies alter the drug to make up for it.

            I don’t find tumeric to have an adverse taste. I actually may take too much (I don’t measure) as I put it on food, in teabags coffee, and the occasional soda. Not to mention I sprinkle it on almost everything I eat. BUT, I don’t do it every day or everytime I eat or drink anything. it’s a matter of just thinking about it

            If for you it’s about the taste buy some tumeric tincture instead, I find that most tinctures I’ve used have less of the flavor, though to be honest I have only used a few as I prefer to actually getting everything I need via food (pure herbs and spices included).

    2. John, did you take turmeric for any particular health condition? Were you taking any other medications? It is always advised to start with small doses of turmeric and then raise the dose based on how it suits you. You can take turmeric as Golden Paste and if the you don’t like the taste here are a few ways to make it more palatable:
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/general-info/10-easy-and-awesome-ways-to-use-turmeric-or-golden-paste
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

  82. I’m finding that since I entered my 60’s that I am having some joint pain, especially in my hips and knees. So I’m very interested in taking turmeric. I started this morning with 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp black pepper mixed with 1 tsp olive oil. I’m wondering how long it takes to start seeing the benefits of turmeric? I know I’m only on the first day but can you give me an idea when I will notice a change? Thanks! Al

    1. I I take it in supplement when I first awake and I have noticed a big difference in the way I feel.
      I’ve also been putting it in a shake or on my eggs with pepper as a little extra because I have horrible back and joint pain. I can’t believe how much it helps. Thank God!

      1. I take it as a supplement 1000mg 3 x daily. But I make sure I’ve eaten something first. Makes a BIG difference, so far no side effects.

  83. You mention dosages, but i have not seen any kind of a dose when taking the golden paste. The recipe of 1/2 c of tumeric powder + 1 c water, + 1/4 coconut oil and ground pepper. What is max dosage for humans on maintenance level?

    1. I make up this paste also and add to it 2 tsp of cinnamon, I take about 2 tsp a day in total, but divide it up over the day till about 3.00 in the afternoon, it works well for my painful hip, I take this 3 to 4 times a week……wonderful.

    2. Yes you could start with 1/2 – 1 teaspoon daily. The dose can be increased to 1-2 teaspoons once or twice daily as to how it suits you. People do take as much as 4 teaspoons or even tabespoon in a day but it depends on your tolerance and requirement.

  84. Where do I go to find out if and how I can take tumeric. I am on many medications and honestly afraid of stopping them. (Plavis, baby aspirin, Lipitor, Wellbutrin, norvasc and avilide)
    Want desperately to stop them but don’t know how.

    1. Work with a naturopath to wean you off of meds. It can be as an intense experience as coming off of street drugs and it is best to have the guidance and support of another when doing that. Best wishes to you!

    2. I am a pharmacist well versed in many medicinal herbs. From the FDA’s point of view turmeric is considered a dietary supplement. As a dietary supplement, turmeric is not required to undergo any kind of testing for safety and effectiveness and companies that sell medicinal herbs typically do not perform clinical studies to determine what drugs should not be taken with the herb or whether there are any interactions at all. So basically if you take turmeric along with your other medications you are doing so at your own risk (i.e., you become the guinea pig). If I were you I would not stop taking the medications you are on just to see if turmeric alone will suffice – you do not have enough evidence to support making such a drastic decision. It is obvious that taking small amounts of turmeric should be safe since it has been used as a spice for thousands of years, but I’ll bet you the amount you need to take to treat illness needs to be more than the amount used as a spice and this is where you may run into problems. How much is too much? At higher amounts will the turmeric interact with the drugs you are on in ways that are not safe for you? Even with conventional drugs it is not always easy to predict these things since different people often react differently to a drug. A lot depends on your individual metabolism and your particular combination of illnesses.

      The bottom line: in the absence of legitimate clinical studies there is no way to know how much turmeric you need to take to help your conditions and how much will be safe to take along with your other medications. So proceed with caution because, again, you will be the guinea pig.

      1. Victoria, I hate to say it, but I would not trust the word of a mainstream doctor. Especially if one is going to ask him if they can get off the drugs he prescribed. Doctors now, are paid big bucks to prescribe the drugs that the pharmaceutical companies tell them to. Doctors prescribe them to patients even when they don’t agree with it. The money is too good to ignore.

        1. I am a nurse practitioner and prescribed many drugs throughout the day. Despite the prescriptions I write I have never ever seen a single penny from any pharmaceutical company. Nor have I even been offered one. I have been in health care for 30 years and can absolutely say that I have never heard of any prescriber being paid a dime by a pharmaceutical company to prescribe a drug. I know that kind of rhetoric is exciting and people like to jump on the conspiracy theory train. But I’m telling you it is folklore, urban legend and nothing more.

          1. I was a medical representative for more than a dacade. On my company’s (4 reputed phamaceuticals) I have gone around enticing the doctors to prescribe chosen products and the doctors shamelessly asked for goodies in return. I had presented them with expensive gifts and even hard cash. The market is teeming with vermins of pharmas and there agents leeching the hapless sick population of there hardearned money, health and life.
            And by the way who is interested in a nurse and whoever gave you the right to prescribe drugs. Thru out the day!!!
            I undrestand your ” I have never heard of any prescriber being paid a dime by a pharmaceutical ……..folk lore etc.” betrays your pain of not being able to enjoy the goodies the doctors get to enjoy, yes shamelessly.

    3. Kathee, you can start with small doses of dietary turmeric. It is unlikely to cause any drug interactions. Curcumin has blood thinning properties and it is advised not to take it with other blood thinners. However dietary turmeric isnt going to cause such a problem since it would have fairly low curcumin to cause blood thinning effect.
      You can take the Golden Paste starting with 1/2 teaspoon and then gradually increase your dose to 1-2 teaspoons 1-2 times a day. Avoid taking it anywhere close to taking your medicines. You could include it in your meal or coffee or milk.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

  85. Reading about the benefits of turmeric powder got me very excited as I have 2 members in my family with diabetes but both are on aspirin 75 mg daily. Is it safe for them to take 3 GM’s of turmeric powder daily?

  86. Hi, my dad suffers from RA rheumatoid arthritis, he has began drinking ginger with tumeric every morning, any other recommendations that I can add to help him with his pain ?

    1. I am a woman almost 60 yrs. old who has suffered from RA since 31 yrs. of age. I was taking 2 x-strength ibuprofen daily for over 20 yrs. until recently, when a doctor told me I should stop. I didn’t know it, but long term use of ibuprofen, can cause severe insomnia (which I had), as well as a host of other problems, and since quitting taking it about 4 weeks ago, I’ve been sleeping like a baby! 🙂 But of course, my pain has got a lot worse, so I started making myself a special smoothie every day for lunch, which helps a ‘lot’! I put one banana, about 3/4 c. f.f. plain yogurt, 1/2 c. frozen cranberries and about 1 c. of frozen mixed fruit, (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries) together with 1/2 – 1 tsp. of powdered turmeric, 1 tsp. of fresh chopped ginger, 1 tsp. of cinnamon, and mix it all up in my blender and voila! Delicious, and after drinking it every day since stopping the ibuprofen, my pain is minimal. I know it’s the smoothies too that help, because if I don’t make myself one for 1 or 2 days, I can really feel it!

      1. June, I’m 66 years young and just discovered RA in the 1st joint of my index finger (trigger finger). I have been talking Tumeric for several months. Will my finger ever be mobile again?

    2. Drinking ginger and turmeric is an excellent option since they both have synergistic anti-inflammatory effect. You could also give him the Golden Paste. Start with 1/2 teaspoon a day and increase the dose gradually to 1-2 teaspoons 2-3 times a day or how it suits him.Give it with meals and not empty stomach.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/turmeric-benefits-for-rheumatoid-arthritis

  87. Last year, I had severe pain in a shoulder joint that limited my range of motion and kept me from sleeping through the night. This went on for months. After researching the benefits of turmeric, I purchased turmeric powder from an Indian store and added approximately 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of turmeric, along with black pepper and a bit of coconut oil, to my food daily. After several days, I noticed that the pain was lessening. Now? Still no pain. Amazing. Turmeric remains part of my daily diet. Forever.

  88. Thank you so much for posting this information. I was confused about how much to take daily. I am now starting with 1/2 teaspoon and working up so that it doesn’t cause a problem with my stomach. I also mix it with a few other spices including black pepper, coconut oil and gogi berries to help with absorption. It is really tasty.

  89. Hi I am 18 years old and over weight with acne on my shoulders, chest, back of legs, and back, I have looked up tumeric and how it can help but I am not sure how to use it, how much and how offen, my boyfriends 21st is in 8 months and I need to find a way to be slimmer and less acne, can anyone help me?

    1. Hello Alisha, If you take a look at Meghan Telpner’s website it may be of help to you. I only found it yesterday. She gives a lovely recipe for turmeric tonic. I have started to take it yesterday, but am working up to the amount of turmeric because of my stomach. I haven’t looked too far into her website, but I think she also has recipes for healthy eating etc.Good luck for your boyfriends 21st, I’m sure you will be gorgeous.

    2. Hello Alisha look at Frankinsense and retinol. Tumeric can also be used tpoicaly as a face mask mixed with yoghurt. Look into Ayurveda and Yoga being healthy and thin is about mind body and soul you will need to make a lifestyle change but ultimately you will feel so much better.

    3. Hi Alisha! The number one best thing you can do to improve your looks is to stop concentrating on how you look, but instead concentrate on how you feel! If your goal is good overall physical health, then clear skin and a slimmer profile will follow! The first step is to increase your water consumption to half of your body weight in ounces of water daily. You will make many trips to the bathroom initially, but soon your body will get used to being well hydrated and the bathroom trips will decrease. Next, cut out sugar entirely. Yep. And highly processed foods (for many reasons, but primarily because they all generally have sugar in them). If you can go 2 1/2 weeks without sugar (it will be hard, but your body will love you back for it!) then you will no longer have food cravings. No more binge eating, no more ice cream/candy/bagel/potatoe chip cravings! Fill your body with whole, nourishing foods (organic if you can afford it – TONS of veggies, some high quality protein, SMALL amounts of fruit – mostly berries, and small amounts of whole grains like brown rice and wheat berries. High quality fats are super important, too – they will keep you full and are vital for your brain to function properly! Incorporate whole milk and full fat Greek yogurt into your meals. Put full fat salad dressing on your salads!). Your goal is to keep your blood sugar level throughout the day (look into that – it effects everything your body does!) which means you should incorporate snacks into your day, as well. A handful of almonds twice a day, perhaps. Popcorn popped in coconut oil (yum) was my go-to nightly snack when I started my journey to good health four years ago. I lost about sixty-five pounds as a consequence of eating as outlined above. I worked with (and paid for) an outstanding nutritionist at the time who taught me all of the above information, plus the importance of high quality supplements (start with a good multivitamin and take it from there). In addition to eating properly, I started to consistently exercise (just three days a week – nothing drastic!), but you must move your body to be healthy, too. By continuing to follow the guidelines above I have kept the weight off, but more importantly, I feel fantastic and vital – I can actually call myself a healthy person now! I hope this helps!

      1. This is really great advice! Just wondering about the water quantity you recommend – something seems off there…

      2. This is the best advice you’ll ever get. I did this and wasn’t even overweight but I lost all the fat deposits on my body. Sugary processed foods will destroy your body slowly.
        I feel the cleanest I’ve ever felt I my life. Take the advice because it’s truly the only way to healthy. Our bodies are malnourished because that’s the American diet. Look around you, is tha helping any of us? Herbs are great but if you don’t address your underling issues which are your diet, you’ll never truly feel as good as you are capable of. I recommend everyone read ‘The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book’ and get educated on the building blocks that make up the human body. Without them we are not at optimal performance we lag around life in a never ending spiral of supplements that claim to cure all.
        I’m here because I worked hard today and my wrist hurt lol But ths advice is worth billions in medical bills. Please don’t buy into the BE YOU fad. If you don’t feel good you’re not you. Youve got the prescription to getting there Use it!

    4. Hi Alisha, Please be who you are. Laura has some great advice for your concerns, because it involves healthy living. I would add exercise to her list, and no need to be excessive; walking , taking the stairs, and general motion will do the trick, but you can add other things like cycling and so forth.
      As for acne, that could t be tricky, but some topical application of some Aloe mixed with a few drops of Tea Tree oil might help; the aloe will heal the skin and the Tea Tree oil is an antiseptic. Start slowly (just a dab) in a small area of your skin to be sure that you are not going to have any reactions, but it is always safe to go slowly and moderately. Good luck and remember “Be who you are and be healthy”

    5. Alisha go to amazon and order something called SoundaryaUbtan. Its about 22 USD. Mix w Rosewater or plain yogurt for face mask. Massage as a thin paste let dry and rinse. Also go to etsy and sear h ebonys Sun Butters. I use the ubtan her black soap and cell reen butter all over. Zero breakouts, acne is gone n skin is like a babys butt

    6. The turmeric recipes here will really help you, also substiting honey, maple syrup, and stevia, for refined sugar, try to gradually stop even diet coke or anything with refined or artifical sweetner including aspartame. There’s some good sugar free cookies,easy to make on line.
      Remember your special, and your loved.
      Be Consistant for 6 weeks,with these changes will help you in so many ways.
      Be prepared when you go out to eat, take your own food with you if necessary, but it’s much easier to get good healthy desserts etc now.
      Review again in 6 weeks.
      I hope you find its worth it, I think you will . Granny Jennifer

  90. Please help! I’m newly pregnant and I had to stop taking my daily teaspoon of turmeric. Besides hearing pregnancy suppresses your immune system, some of my auto immune symptoms have returned since stopping the turmeric almost immediately. I know women in India eat turmeric while pregnant almost daily just not supplement levels. How much can I add to cooking safely? I need this back in my diet. I’m thinking maybe 1/4 a teaspoon since a half can be a daily supplement size? Anyone know anything about this?

    1. yes you can add 1/4 teaspoon to cooking – example vegetables or soup safely. I’m indian and i eat turmeric daily ( consumed during pregnancy also )

    2. Christina, yes turmeric is consumed daily in diet by pregnant women in India and Asian countries and the amount ranges to 1/2 to 1 teaspoon daily in divided doses from different sources in diet. 1/4 teaspoon is an absolutely safe amount.

  91. My husband has had bowel problems and i am looking for something to help. What kind of problems did you have? Do you think it matters taking the liquid as opposed to the supplement?

  92. Thanks for the extra info re: Turmeric dosage, I make an organic milk smoothie every morning and add about 1 heaping tsp. of my ‘paste’ to it, it has proven to be very helpful with my acute arthritis in my lower spine and allows me to do much more around the yard than without it ( I’m 67 with a heart condition ). The recipe I use calls for 1 TBSP piperine ( I make an ethanol extraction of black pepper ) , 2 TBSP Raw honey and 200 grams organic turmeric boiled in water to turn into a paste before first 2 ingredients. I store in an apothecary jar with 1/2 inch of 100 proof ethanol on top ( ethanol, only for preservation purposes ). Thanks to your studies I now know I can increase dosage safely during a bout of sickness.

    1. Pls is it good to take Badia tumeric root powder? I’m in ghana ( Africa ) badia tumeric powder is the most common here n I’m confuse as to how good it is

  93. Turmeric will do great for females. Apart from internal consumption, applying raw turmeric root blended fine, applied on skin in a thin layer and a mild wash after half an hour will do a magic. You will find your skin soft and radiant. It will also prevent hair growth on skin. But dried turmeric if applied, may change the color a bit yellow. It is also a good antiseptic and keep skin from any ailments like acne etc.

  94. For five weeks have been taking 2 ml daily of Purathrive (fka Nutrithrive) Liposomal Turmeric Extract, which just came on the market early this year. It has cleared up my perenial/allergic rhinitis and eliminated the need for previously scheduled surgery. Also, it has improved my memory slightly and almost eliminated my chronic heartburn.

    1. Wow, that is awesome, thanks for sharing. I started taking a liquid Turmeric yesterday, and I already felt relief from stomach symptoms. I think i’m onto something here with Turmeric, as i have had chronic stomach symptoms for years. Time will tell…

  95. I have atrial arrhythmya and read curumins could help with eletric impulses.If só what would be the best dose??Great site Thank you Regina

    1. I have a standard spice bottle of tumeric and wonder if this is viable? how much water do I use with the 1tsp recommended? I live an Organic life with kefir and Kombucha……cancer survivor. want very much to introduce tumeric to my body. please advise. thank you in advance.

      1. Hi Lauren,
        just diagnosed with cancer and surely would be interested in knowing more how you survived it? Did you do natural treatments or conventional treatments, etc. Your feedback is appreciated.

        1. Hi Ruth, For cancer, please look deeply into licorice root powder, juicing pineapple, eating raw or lightly steamed garlic, juicing cucumbers, japanese sencha green tea, and lastly organic unrefined expeller pressed coconut oil.. They all have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic agents inside them. If I were ever diagnosed with ANYTHING, I would take these forever because I honestly believe in the natural healing properties of all of these herbs.

          1. I do combine the cucumber and pineapple juice. the pure japanese sencha green tea is expensive, up to $70 per pound. But the natural agent found in it is also found in Lipton Green Tea.

            Always remember, we have to constantly be burning fat and building muscle. If you’re able to exercise, walking daily is good also. Get well

      1. Hi I have never taken tumeric before but i hear it has good health benefits.whats the best way for me to consume it for stress and my overall health and should i mix it with something else..i dont like milk

  96. If you take too large of a dosage of Turmeric, it can cause what is called the ‘Niacin Flush’. Turmeric is high in niacin and I put about double the amount of fresh turmeric in a smoothie one morning than I normally did. I was back home within an hour. Felt like I was getting the flu and had horrible digestional issues. My face was flush, I was sweating, I felt disoriented, achy – like I was coming down with the flu. Be careful!

    1. Thank you for that explanation and caution. Moments before reading this, I literally just chewed on an inch of raw fresh turmeric to start eating it daily and I also wanted to see how it tasted to see if I can get my cats to eat it in their food. Tastes like a slightly peppery carrot! But within minutes my face and chest started tingling and had a very slight burning. I forgot it had niacin in it! First time I took a niacin capsule years ago I thought I was having a heart attack!! No one mentioned the affect it can have. Once again I am having a niacin flush but this time it was much milder! Glad you cleared that reaction up for me. Thanks.

    2. Thank you for mentioning this point and yes large doses of anything even turmeric could cause adverse effects.

  97. Can i tak ashwagandha podwr n turmeric milk daily..z it safe to consume both daily..does ashwagandha powdr goes wel wd turmeric milk??i dnt hv diabetes or bp..

  98. I want to take a quarter teaspoon with water just before my breakfast of oatmeal with walnuts. I imagine walnuts contain enough fat for proper absorption of turmeric? Is pepper completely necessary if fat doses are high enough?

      1. do you sprinkle it as a topping on the oatmeal then mix or do you put it in while its cooking ??

        why pepper ??? is there a ration of each or just to taste ??

    1. No pepper is not a necessity if there is adequate dietary fat but its preferable that it is some form of healthy oil like olive oil or coconut oil.

    1. Why should she? She’s not a Dr. People are asking her to diagnose things? Treat specific issues. Come on, I wouldn’t respond to any questions either when she provided MORE than enough information. Do your own research!!

    2. Helen, if you’re not finding the answers you seek here, you can google just about anything and find numerous resources for information. Hope that helps.

  99. I am in the process of trying to obtain a diagnosis, most likely a rare autoimmune disease like Hashimotos Encelphalopathy. I have a large inflammatory mass in the right frontal lobe of my brain. I had a brain biopsy to rule out tumor and lymphoma, and 2 spinal taps to rule out Multiple Sclerosis. I have suffered from tremors, focal seizures, cognitive decline, loss of muscle coordination and strength and at one point paranoia. The hospital has refused to give me the recommended treatment of steroids because this disease is diagnosed by ruling out all others.

    In the meantime I have begun to take Turmeric supplements. The improvement was dramatic on top of the anti seizure meds the hospital has me on. Recently I was admitted again as a patient and could not take Turmeric because of the blood thinners hospitals put you on (heparin). 5 days later and I regressed to being unable to walk again and having no appetite and inability to swallow.

    They sent me home, and I took 1000mg turmeric and 14 hours later am feeling clarity of mind, able to walk with only a slight limp, and my appetite is back.

    If you have an inflammatory condition and your doctor says Turmeric is safe to take, DO IT. I am doing this as temporary relief until I find a specialist who will give me the steroidal treatment I need to make the mass in my brain go away.

    1. Also to point out again: I was told Turmeric is not recommended WITH BLOOD THINNERS. So make sure you check with your doctor. I am a 30 year old female suffering from whatever autoimmune disease I have, and otherwise in good health. I highly recommend taking Turmeric for young and elderly alike suffering from inflammation.

      1. Sweetheart, try diatomaceous earth , hemp or cannabis oil, coconut oil, green tea, and look up every healthy spice/supplement you can find. Stop eating anything from the grocery store, and buy organics. ONLY organic!

          1. Janet- we take DE daily. This certainly helps in ridding the body of toxins. We buy a lrg 5 lb food grade bag. 1tbs daily in either morning shakes, in oatmeal or if needed just in water (which does taste unpleasant that way! ) work your way up tho. If too much is introduced too soon a massive headache can result.
            I also use this around tho house. Keeps bugs away – sprinkle around tomato plants use on rose bushes and also used for flea care with my dog.
            many uses beyond health. Similar results in health inwardly as clay baths do in detoxing outwardly.

          2. Contrary to what many believe, DE doesn’t remove most toxins, although it can certainly help a bit. It DOES remove parasites and worms though, something we all have. Bentonite Clay is the powerhouse that removes toxins. So use both. I love D.E. and take it daily, as do my animals in their food, so don’t discount it for a major health improvement. D.E. has a fine crushed shell consistency that cuts up and dehydrates any parasite/worm that crosses its path and moves it out of the body. Don’t freak out if you see them in your stools after using D.E! It is high in fiber and the powder does absorb (its used in clumping kitty litter) but doesn’t have the toxin draw Bent. Clay does. Along with healthy minerals, it also contains Silica, something the body needs to survive and isn’t plentiful in our foods now. It is a powerful supplement to add to your diet. Just add Bentonite Clay as well to absorb the toxins at the same time. Then you will be covered for internal cleaning and healthy minerals. Not only great for your digestive tract, but your skin, hair and nails will show you it is working.

            You need to drinks LOTS of water when taking these absorbing powders. With D.E. do not let the powder fly about near your nose or eyes – again the sharp consistency you cannot see can harm lungs and eyes, so be aware if using around the house for fleas, bugs or bed bugs. Wear a mask and goggles to be safe. Use the same precautions if using around pets for flea powder. For spooning into a drink, you should have no problems. Just stir into water and drink down. Will taste chalky but has no real flavor. D.E. will not dissolve in water completely so drink it down quickly or it will settle to the bottom of the glass and has to be re-stirred (which in itself should show that Bent Clay has stronger absorption – D.E will settle in bottom of water, Bent Clay will absorb water and turn to mud then dry to clay). Wash glass well afterwards or it will scratch the inside surface over time. Do not pour any excess down the drain – you do not want to clog up your drain pipes where is can settle in the curves! Luckily the human body works better at moving it thru from start to finish, but only if you drink enough water to help it along.

            Since D.E. and B C. sweeps things out of your body with it – take on an empty stomach and make sure to take vitamins, medication and healthy nutrients (and food) at least an hour before or after using DE & BC. Make sure to start with a small amount and work up to a Tablespoon daily (1 T.each – easier on stomach to take one in am and other in pm). If you start with too much at first, you will experience a major detox that can make you feel ill. Only buy food grade D.Earth and Bent.Clay. You can get at health food stores or online. Must say Food Grade right on label.

        1. I took food grade diatomaceous earth and thought my insides were disintegrating. Never again. It was like it was cutting my insides up.

          1. How much did you take? Start small (1/4 – 1/2 tsp once or twice a day) and work up slowly. I took a week to go from 1/2 tsp twice a day to a heaping Tsp 3 times a day. From comments I’ve read elsewhere, this is a pretty rapid rate. If you will try it again, start smaller and up the dosage at a much slower rate. There is no hurry.

      2. Ms.
        Namaste ,
        You can take Organic Turmeric Powder and Organic Black Pepper Powder mixed with Cow Ghee Organic

      3. I AM LOOKING FOR BUYERS OF MY TURMERIC POWDER. I HAVE A LARGE QUANTITY. CONTACT ME ON 08037152132. MY NAME IS CALEB D.THOMAS.KADUNA STATE NIGERIA.

    2. There have been excellent results getting rid of tumors using radio waves, and/or, an electrode placed directly into the brain tumor which shrinks it or completely destroys it (tumor not the brain!)

    3. Have your doctors ruled out encephalitis and other complications from untreated Lyme disease or other tick-borne infection? A consultation with an infectious disease specialist might be helpful. I’m glad you’re finding some relief from turmeric.

    4. hi, i am struggling with scoliosis, upper back pain and neck pain, chronic, i just took my first pill Bio-Curcumin, i am also going to try this, because of all the positive feedback from patients taking this for different kinds of inflammation. I truly believe that it is as good as everybody say. you wont know if you dont try, but in your case, it made a difference, and yes, if you feel it work for you, go for it, i feel the same about it. there is to many good results about taking this, so it can only be positive.

    5. Holy crap! Thanks for sharing that story. I am feeling optimistic about Turmeric helping me, as i’ve traditionally had a crappy diet with a lot of sugary things in it, which is an inflammation nightmare.

      Good luck with your conditions, and on finding the right specialist.

      If you end up trying multiple turmeric sources, and see a difference between them, please share.

    6. Have you ever read anywhere that tumeric taken over a long period of time will cause liver damage??? I just read a post where this individual stated that. I take tumeric powder daily and so do my dogs.

    7. Thank you for sharing your story. This is certainly valuable information and I appreciate you sharing your experiences with the Tumeric. I have just started to take it myself. I also drink Kombucha tea with has countless health benefits which has helped me with years of burning sensations in my esophagus region. Good luck and I hope the Tumeric continues to help you on your road to recovery.

    8. Thank you for sharing this. It is indeed a serious matter and we hope you find a specialist soon to help with your condition. It is amazing to know how much of a difference turmeric is making to your health. We wish you good health.

  100. hi, i have read a paper on curcumin toxicity that high level of curcumin in blood can damage your DNA . is it a fake information by some institute or is this real ? i want to take 500mg curcumin 95% with 5mg bioperine 95% . can it damage my DNA . i dont think it is very large quantity ? please explain your answer in details.

    1. Quite opposite: DNA damage can be protected by turmeric (Curcuma longa). Some of the many sources:

      Shalini, V. K., & Srinivas, L. (1987). Lipid peroxide induced DNA damage: protection by turmeric (Curcuma longa). Molecular and cellular biochemistry, 77(1), 3-10.

      Srinivas, L., & Shalini, V. K. (1991). DNA damage by smoke: protection by turmeric and other inhibitors of ROS. Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 11(3), 277-283.

      Subramanian, M., Devasagayam, T. P., & Singh, B. B. (1994). Diminution of singlet oxygen-induced DNA damage by curcmin and related antioxidants. Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis

      Ramadas, D., & Srinivas, L. (2015). LIPID PEROXIDE INDUCED DNA DAMAGE PROTECTION BY BGS-HARIDRIN: A GLYCOPROTEIN FROM TURMERIC (CURCUMA LONGA).

      Eke, D., & Çelik, A. (2016). Curcumin prevents perfluorooctane sulfonate-induced genotoxicity and oxidative DNA damage in rat peripheral blood. Drug and chemical toxicology, 39(1), 97-103.

    2. It has been described DNA damage with use of curcumin for months. This apply for purified curcumin but not with turmeric.
      As a reference curcumin is aprox 3% of turmeric weight, so you can imagine why it is safer to use the plant instead curcumin pills

    3. Hi. If you have come across this study it would be under laboratory conditions where the cells are directly treated with high concentrations of curcumin. That does not happen when we take curcumin orally for such high concentrations would never reach the cells and curcumin would first act on the ailment you are suffering from. Many clinical trials have been conducted with oral curcumin and no signs of DNA damage have been reported. The dose you are taking is much less than what has been used in trials, so you can be assured that it would not damage your DNA.

  101. I take 2 x teaspoons of powdered turmeric with half a block of chicken or vegetable stock (NO soya), in hot water, topped with a dash of virgin olive oil (I may now try with coconut oil…). I use this recipe for a persistent occurrence of GOUT, which cured the problem very effectively. I also take this for a preventative measure re. prostate…

    1. Hi Dare Glover.
      Was there any more to read after the word prostate.
      I am now having tests for slightly elevated protein in the blood from prostate gland.
      Don’t really want a biopsy or anything digging into my prostate gland.
      I have six weeks to try and get this reading down from 9.5 to anything lower.
      I have recently purchased raw turmeric root from the Chinese shop.
      Also juicing like mad and cut out meat and processed food.
      Any ideas for me please.
      I am going to do a lot of research now.
      Ken Ridgeway

      1. Please share more, Ken… I am a female but having major health concerns.. Im always interested in what people find that works!

        1. i just started to take Bio-Curcumin for my pain in upper back and neck, so i believe its good as everybody say, i am positive, and going to give it time to work..yes, i do believe in this, its very strong and natural anti-inflammatory, so it can only help

      2. Have you been given any antibiotics for prostatitis ? This would be the 1st line of treatment by your doc I would think……

      3. Hi. Kenneth, As A prostate cancer patient my advice is READ
        “The Invasion Ofb The Prostate Snatchers”
        written by a patient and his oncologist.
        Only consider a yemplate biopsy which is done after a scan to locate the areas of concern.
        I was taking medium to high levels of Vit E and Selenium which is not good for the prostate so now it’s PomiT Tumric Blavk pepper Coconut oil Green tea and plenty of veg.
        Thanks to all the contributers. Regards Eddie

    2. Great to hear that turmeric is benefiting you. However we would just like to share this: turmeric powder is high in oxalates and hence consuming high doses could be unfavorable for gout. So just limit the intake to 1-2 tsp of turmeric powder; if needed on doctor’s advice you could use turmeric supplements.

    1. It may be helpful; just get permission from a doctor to try it as it is not recommended when a patient is on blood thinners. It can be taken with any kind of food. Alzheimers is believed to be inflammatory, and I have an inflammatory autoimmune disease which is being helped with the use of Turmeric right now (see my new post above with details) some of my cognitive symptoms from the mass in my brain have been similar to alzheimers and dementia. The turmeric helps my brain fog within 14 hours of taking it.

    2. Turmeric is great for dementia and Alzheimers but ice cream is not a healthy fat in any way. Use coconut oil or an avocado. Add a bit of black pepper to Turmeric to help absorption.

  102. Bud Nolan, Pastor Retired / Retired 40 year Corporate Mgr.
    In my earlier years I never had knee problems / carpal tunnel, and or energy problems. At age 70 I began to have knee problems ( wearing supports for them ) carpal tunnel both hands ( one operated on did not work ) and now at age 86 ( my energy level is low ) been given B 12 shots with some success and now started on Turmeric ( from searching E-Mail ) and in 3 days I have done away with the knee supports, carpal tunnel getting better,and energy level improving and now 10 days of 800 MG capsuels 1-moring & 1- evening. Best thing have ever used and Puritans Pride have nit and where I am getting it.I have stopped the B 12 shots, put the knee supports away and hands improving. IT IS GREAT FOR ME AND I USE IT DAILY

    1. Hi Bud:

      Could you be kind enough to give me exactly what is it that you have been taking? Name, brand and where did you buy the turmeric – powder, extract or whatever. Really appreciate this. Thanks.

      Sonja Chong

  103. I have been taking a teaspoon of turmeric in water every morning for the past year, and recently found out about adding pepper to potentiate it. I have been adding 5 dashes of pepper to the mix but the problem is, I developed this horrific itchy skin rash on my hands, arms, feet, legs, shoulders, and chest… I tried all kinds of ointments, the best of which contained betnovate, combined with 25 mg of hydroxyzine 4 times daily. Hydroxyzine is like Claritin on steroids and it knocked me flat on my ass for the first day I used it. But it worked sort of, as the itch abated, but that itchy sensitivity did not go away until I stopped taking turmeric.

    I suspect it was the pepper that makes the curcumin bio-available which caused the reaction. So now I have no itch, but I also don’t have the protection afforded by turmeric, which I want, and I intend to have it back. Perhaps taking a much smaller dose multiple times a day, or just using it in cooking may solve the dilemma.

    If you have had experience with this, please share it… Thank you

    1. It could be the black pepper extract . You can also take in with meriva which is a liposomal complex that helps with absorption . The dosages are essentially the same. If you have problems with the meriva tumeric it is probably turmeric . Also if you take turmeric with a fatty meal it better absorbed .

    2. I discovered Tumeric paste. The recipe calls for organic tumeric powder, 1 cup spring water, 5tbsp of extra virgin coconut oil, 1 and half tsp of freshly ground black pepper. Mix water with Tumeric in pan and slowly heat and stir 6-10 min. until you get a thick paste (add water if too thick, Add black pepper and oil and continue stirring until all ingredients fully mixed. Allow to cool. Store in fridge in jar for up to 1-2 weeks. Take 1/4 tsp 2 to 3 times a day. I mix mine with honey. Hope this is helpful!I also I cut the recipe in half and even then I still have a lot left over. When preparing your paste , maybe think of people you know who could benefit from this great recipe.

    3. You can use a lechtin instead of pepper. Pepper really increases the absorption rate. I take a wheat germ oil pill. You can also use coconut oil. Things like that. Google lechtins for termuric. I take it but I don’t have real health problems outside of high triglycerides. I found the termuric while looking for something to help my dog with cancer.

      1. I applied turmeric powder to my cat’s food, but she wouldn’t eat it. I am giving Colloidal Silver to another cat with Cancer, and she loves it mixed in with her food. I have read that Colloidal Silver can get rid of tumors.

        1. Colloidal silver helped my 16 year old cat who was very lathargic. I have a CS generator and the colloidal silver is great for sore throats, pink eye and just about any infections as well as tumours. Good luck.

    4. Hi Manfred,

      You may want to try 1 teaspoon of Tumeric, some cinnamon, 1 cup of Almond or Coconut milk (Heated) and some raw honey. It is soooo good. I drink this in the evening and I sleep like a baby

    5. As someone above already mentioned, Turmeric has niacin in it. Itchiness is a common reaction to niacin overload. The pepper addition probably increased your reaction to the niacin. You can cut back and build up to it until your body gets used to it. Had the major itchy skin happen to me when I took niacin capsules years ago along with major body heat and red tomato face. Not a fun experience.

    6. Yes it is quite possible that black pepper does not suit you. You could check the recipe for Golden Paste. Turmeric is not soluble in water so its better to take it as Golden Paste or include it in cooking. This recipe includes both black pepper and oil to increase absorption of turmeric, but you could skip the black pepper. Healthy fats can also help in absorption.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

  104. Hi, i want to use the turmeric + black pepper for Fibroid

    How long can you brew your turmeric root(dry root) and at what stage do you add the blackpepper? Can the mixture be taken with honey? Quantity of water required per/g of the root?

  105. What is a good quality capsule of turmeric curcumin? I am concerned from the information that I have been reading when it comes to the percent and quality that is in capsules. There has been as little as 8mg of turmeric and dead insects that are used as fillers. I am taking capsules that have 900 mg, 100 mg turmeric extract with 5 mg of bioperine from a local Vitamin store, that has assured me that what is in there capsules is exactly what I have mentioned above. I have also read that there has been lead along with cadmium found in capsules to be used as fillers. I am just looking for peace of mind if anyone can point me in the right direction for a quality supplement capsule.

    1. I’ve been using Radiance Platinum brand which is gluten free, dairy free (but does contain bovine gelatin for the actual capsule). It is working well and is 900mg turmeric, 100mg turmeric extract and 5mg Bioperine Black Pepper to help with absorption.

    2. I have found that a brand called Vita Breeze seems to be good if there label is accurate. 750 mg., standardized 95% curcuminoids, 5 mg bioperiine, no GMOs, fillers, binders, or preservatives, gluten free and suitable for vegatarians. Hope this helps

    3. I would make sure what you have is made is USA, also, I get supplements from Pure Formula on line, they carry many lines that you would find in your chriopractor or ND office. I do use the local health food store too, make sure you dont do costco or walmart supplements

    4. Vitruvian natural lab turmeric curcumin extract is what I have been taking for two years now. I play basketball 4 days a week and golf on the weekend, I couldn’t do it without it. Two years ago before I started taking it I thought I was going to have to give up those sports. I also juice everyday. Plus, I’m 54 years old. It also allowed me to give up Advil, thank God because it was killing my stomach. It’s wonderful

    5. I but turmeric powder from Mountain Rose Herbs, and make my own capsules with their capsule maker that I bought. I know exactly what’s in there and they are a quality company. I hope this helps.

  106. So the question arises. If we take turmeric to clean out amyloid plaque to help the prevention of disease and we take it in the range of 1 gram per day in divided doses. How long does it take to perform the cleansing? I am okay with doing this for the rest of my life as preventative, but is it needed? Does a three month routine cleanse the system and then allow a break? If we are using it as a preventative for a pre-cancerous condition (no evidence of cancer in the body, but trying to eliminate any pre-cancerous tissue) – is a year of the turmeric dose sufficient? I know that with flu recovery is expected within 2 or 3 weeks, chemotherapy for cancer is 4 to 6 months and I have heard of people getting pro-active chemo after being cancer free in the range of one treatment per month or every two months – supposedly for ever. If we are treating an active pre-cancerous condition or using this to treat an active condition how long would we want to do “increased” dosage?

    1. I haven’t read much about the prevention of cancer. I take mine for back pain. I have had cancer so maybe it is a good thing that I am using it. I put it in tea with honey. I don’t like it in my coffee, unless I add honey. But I like my coffee black so I do the tea, chicken or there are many other kind of food it can be put in. I just use a good organic brand of powder. I will have to do more research on this.

      1. Betty, I use turmeric in most of my recipes. It’s especially good in pasta sauces, chili’s, soups, etc. I add pepper and a bit of olive oil to the recipes and it seems to work very very well. I’ve learned to be creative and use it in scrambled eggs as well. Does anyone else have any suggestions? Thanks!

        1. I add it to soup. I hate the taste, otherwise! You can also get some.brown rice, coconut oil, olive oil (extra virgin organic), and cook that, then in a frying pan, heat the coconut oil and tumeric and add the cooked rice. It’s excellent! Add some summer sausage, and it’s great!

        2. I Starting drinking a Turmeric latte at night before bed.
          You can look it up online very easily, the one I like best
          Coconut milk
          ginger
          honey
          Turmeric
          Dash Pepper
          Heat all, but do not boil
          I know it doesn’t sound very good, but for someone with a very picky palate, I did enjoy it, very soothing.

    2. Hi. There is no defined time span. But generally 1 month is enough to see beneficial effects of turmeric. As a preventive measure, turmeric is advised for life as its a dietary spice. 1-2 months are effective time period in case of pre cancerous condition but it may take as much as 4-6 months too. For amyloid beta clearance a dose of 80mg curcumin for 4 weeks is found to reduce plasma beta amyloid concentrations as per this study
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23013352
      But this study uses an optimized turmeric supplement.

  107. Hi,

    I would like to take Tumeric for diabetes type 2. However, I read that curcumin is the active ingredient, which seems to be very low in the tumeric tabs/capsules. Also, the Tumeric is very affordable, but the curcumin is very expensive! My question is: Is it the curcumin or the tumeric that does the work of fighting inflammation?

    1. hi, i believe it is the curcumin. i just started the Bio-curcumin today, i got this specific for inflammation, it was suggested to me for inflammation. so i am going to try this, i really do believe it is going to help, you just need to be patient and give it time to work.

    2. Curcumin is the prime anti-inflammatory agent but curcumin free turmeric also has anti-inflammatory properties. Yes curcumin is expensive. Besides people have reported reduction in blood sugar by taking turmeric in diet. You can take Golden Paste starting with a dose of 1/4-1/2 tsp a day and gradually raise the dose to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day or as it suits you.
      https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

  108. I am taking Metformin ER 500 mg per day for Pre-Diabetes.
    Is it okay to take a Turmeric supplement “450mg plus 50 mg Turmeric Extract, Standardized for 95% Curcuminoids”?
    If so, how much can I take per day?
    Thank you

    1. Todd, I have RA and take 500 mg of Turmeric twice a day. I also take 2,000 mg of Metformin and have had no reactions from this. I did try and take Doxycycline and due to stomach pains, I had to stop taking the Doxy. I cannot tell the Turmeric has had any affect on my arthritis pain, but I also have to take Prednisone. The have lost 20 something pounds by taking Metformin, though.

    2. It is ok to take curcumin with metformin as per recent research. Dosage would be dependent on doctor’s advice or manufacturer’s recommended dosage. It is best taken with meals.Avoid taking it close to other medicines. Supplements are not advised on long term.

  109. Is Tumeric good for vitiligo? If yes how much of the powdered tumeric can i add to 16 ounes of water and how many times a day can i do that?

  110. Bad article, if you are going to cut and paste from other sites you need to collate the information, so many contradicting facts here

    1. I found it to be a very helpful article. And even if some of the data was gotten from other sites, that is what a good researcher does– read all the information, do some observation of one’s own, and then write an article that hits all the points that you found important, valuable, and truthful according to your observations. He did the work for me and it all indicated so I spot it as truth. Thank you to the writer of the article above about Tumeric.

  111. I’m challenged when it comes to grams. Could you please tell me in terms of teaspoons, how much of the powder (from a store bought spice jar) to use per meal or per day?
    Thank-you,

    1. 1/4 teaspoon is 1.23 gram. So, I’d say about two 1/4 teaspoons is good, to stay within the recommended dosage of 1-4 grams a day. 🙂

    2. I think this is tough to answer since every substance/form will have a different weight to volume ratio. I used my digital scales to measure 1/4 teaspoon of pure turmeric powder (from The Spice Lab) and I get 0.6 grams. So I am taking 1/4 teaspoon twice a day.

      1. This is correct. I used my digital scale today to measure the weight of 1 Tbsp of powdered turmeric, and it was 7 grams.

  112. Hi…excellent article but you did not mention the warnings to those on blood thinning medications. Anyone on warfarin (Coumadin) or other anticoagulants should steer clear of turmeric or curcumin. Although this spice has anti-inflammatory properties, it also can magnify the effect of these anti-clotting medications. Prothrombin time is a measure of how long it takes blood to clot.

    Check with your doctor

    1. Hey I was wondering the same thing… if you find out message me back because …our docs can adjust our warfin so that it is less but INR is still solid with the numeric only because of the so many benefits of turmeric…it turmeric was just another blood thinner with no reason to take it…I wouldn’t care much much but I am pre diabetes and I looked and found that Turmeric is 400times more potent than Metformin.

    2. Yes thanks for pointing this out. However turmeric in diet is safe even with these medications. Curcumin is mainly responsible for blood thinning and dietary turmeric would not provide curcumin concentration that would cause bleeding.

    1. Yes you should take it with a fat because it’s oil soluble, however you should avoid taking it with peanut products, because peanuts are inflammatory. Try almond butter instead 🙂

      1. It’s the high omega 6 to omega 3 ratio that causes inflammation … I hate to break it to you that almonds have no omega 3. So it’s no better. Walnuts have the best omega 3 to omega 6 ratio. Takes some flax seed oil or fish oils with any nut butter and you should be fine.

    2. Yes it absorbs better with a fat, but taking it with coconut oil is even better– it still tastes fine to eat it directly, but is a good fat that is nutritious and has it’s own health benefits, and it’s MUCH better for you than peanut butter (as peanut butter promotes yeast/mold development in the intestines and can cause bloating and weight gain.

    3. I have read numerous articles suggesting either black pepper or olive oil to aid in absorption. I mix a couple of drops of olive oil with 1/4 teaspoon of pure turmeric powder to make a paste that is easy to eat and doesn’t taste bad (better to me than black pepper). I suppose the best thing would be to add it to whatever food you’re eating (including PB).

      1. I made a delicious smoothie with Turmeric, ginger, half cup organic apple juice, 7g scoop hemp seed, table spoon ground flax seed, a banana and cinnamon for flavor.

  113. Hello! I am currently in rough shape: anemic, pain, lethargy, dizziness to mention a few of mh inconveniences. I have taken turmeric inconsistantly for the past few years, a brand I foulnd at Walmart with a yellow label. Since my needs have now changed and I am managing some more persistant pain, I am wondering about brands. Are there some better than others? I appreciate your help! Thank you

    1. I have taken Everpure for a few years along with MSM flakes for pain and inflammation from RA. Works better than anything the doctors ever suggested for me!

  114. I am taking golden paste for various aches and pains that I associated with lyme although a positive test result never was shown even though I had several ticks pulled off of me. My issue is I have been having alot of issues with heavy sweating while being on the golden paste. If I take a smaller dose to stop with the sweats or stop taking it toitally, the pains come back. I am also on Iron for low iron, thyroid supplement and maca for hormone balancing. .

    1. Hi! Check out the book “Medical Medium. Secrets behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Hea” by Anthony. William. Great info for Lyme’s.

  115. Hello– please respond soon if you can- very important- thank you!

    I am having severe inflammation in my wrists, hands and fingers. Right now it’s my wrist and hand. It’s so painful and I can’t move it. Went to different doctors and Rheumatologists also did blood work and everything. They said nothing is showing up in my blood. I’ve been eating healthier and gluten free and the attscks are less. Recently I have been eating out and right now I am in agony with my right wrist and hand. It’s super swollen and painful and can’t move it. I have been icing and took IB profein 800.. Didn’t help much. I have turmeric supplements (pills) and it has 95% curcuminoids in it. It says on the back turmeric extract (root) 95% curcuminoids which is 450mg and turmeric (root) 59 mg. can you please tell me how much should I take to get instant relief? It says take one tablet 3 times a day on bottle. Thank you so much for your help
    -Heather

    1. Heather, I don’t want to jump to conclusions but this is how West Nile Virus started for me. Mine even went to the Fever stage. First was odd tingling in a few fingers then wrists and gradual weakening of both to the point of just slightly bumping them against anything was agony. These were the first signs, though. Did your dr. test for West Nile and the various tests for Lyme Disease, Epstein-Barre? When I had WMF, very few drs. were skilled in treating it and I had more success going the alternative route. By now, you should have more options if it proves to be either of these. Please let us know how you’re doing.

      1. Hi MC! I know it has been a long time since this post, but was just wondering how your doing/how your treating the West Nile Virus. I recently had bloodwork done and I came back POSITIVE for West Nile Virus AND Epstein-Barr!!! I feel like a walking nightmare!! Whole body constant chronic pain in lower back and all muscles and joints, chronic fatigue, constant on and off low grade fever, headaches, trouble sleeping, profuse sweating. I had Rocky Mountain spotted fever when I was 8yrs old. I’m almost 36 yrs old now. I have been tested for Lyme disease but the tests have always come back negative. I was also tested for Brucellosis but the result came back equovical. The infectious disease Doctor has no explanation for how I’m feeling and says I just have to ride out the west Nile and Epstein-barr viruses. I have felt horrible for the last 7 yrs and the last 2 1/2 yrs I have to take high dose Opiates just to get thru the day. I don’t know what to do anymore. What have you done to help your condition? Have you had any success with Tumeric? Also all my standard lab work has all been normal. No rheumatoid arthritis. Anyone have any suggestions, all the Dr’s I have seen are out of ideas.
        Thanks everyone,
        Amy

      2. I took one pill of tumeric last night and I woke up this morning very light headed and with a lot of ensiety attacks. Should I keep taking it or should I stop cause I do suffer from depression too.

    2. Hi Heather, my father had a similar condition. He started back playing the guitar after 30 year interruption and ended up with very strong inflammation in his wrists, hands and fingers, so much so that he could not move them anymore. After many trials and errors, one thing has cured him: using fresh nettle (called in French “ortie”) from the field and applying it on his wrists, hands and fingers. It is painful, but it provided a relief and cured his inflammation issue. I don t know how this works, but it does. This is a receipt he got from a neighbor in the French Alpes where we spend our vacation each summer. I hope you can get better quickly. Sincerely, Mathieu.

    3. I haven’t read anywhere that you will get instant relief. It usually takes time to see results. But I did see where you need to take 4 small doses cause it does not stay in the system long. And to take with black pepper or a fatty meal. There are recipes online for Turmeric Balls that you make and freeze and just pop out and pop in mouth a few times a day. You could try that???

    4. Hi. Stop everything and read “Medical Medium. Secrets Behind Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal” by Anthony William. Great ideas. Good Luck!!

    5. Dear Hether, I am not Rheumatologist. My advice is to change your Rheumatologst as well as to change your treament(the group of NSARh antirheumatics),or new antirheumatics drugs. So in acute stage take apropriate new antirheumatics (2-4 weeks) than you can tak alternativ therapy as turmeric.and similar… But you should be careful if you take some China tea for rheumatisme,since they can have Corticosteroids which they have seriouse side effects.
      Please don’t forget,to be active(walking,and exercise every day), special diet by supervision of expert, acupuncture, hydro and ballneotherpy,saragem. To spend you holidays 2-3 month sun coast beach with fine sad, like are Spain, Albania,Montenegro or Croaton.
      I wish you a quick recovery. Beast wishes
      God bless you.
      Greetings Dr.Xh. Duraku, pediatrics, Prizren, R.of Kosova

    6. Heather, I began with very similar pains 30 years ago. I was diagnosed with RA, although my my blood tested negative for 10 years. I’ve been on the typical pharma drugs and now I’m trying alternatives, such as Tumeric powder, gluten free foods, NO SUGAR, walking a few miles per day. I hope you find relief and hope.

      I count my blessings not my curses.

  116. Hi there,
    I am 63 and have bad joints pain, I have just started making Tumeric tea from a recipe I found on line, I was just wondering how much a day should a consume? I have only started with a small cup full, is this ok?I have used 1 inch of fresh tumeric, cinnamon stick, black pepper corns, orange, honey, to 2 cups of water, is this ok?
    Ann

    1. I have recently been making tea with fresh tumeric that I ground up with my nutri bullet grinding blade..I then add fresh sliced ginger..and cinnamon. No sugar or sweetener it’s very palatable without.I steep them in a tea bag for about 5 min. in 175° water. My joint pain as well as heartburn pain are gone…
      I’ve been doing this for 2 weeks.

      1. Becky, great to hear this! I also began adding these ingredients to my tea. I also squeeze a bit of lemon too. I’m hoping to get relief from decades of RA pain.

      1. I’ve read repeatedly that black pepper (active ingredient piperine) helps the curcumine (active in turmeric) to absorb 2000% better and that much only passes thru digestive track, unused, without it.

  117. Being a long term turmeric user its amazing stuff but you have to get it right if it can make you ill over a long period of time well it did in my case I’ve found the best way of consuming it is after many different ways is a teaspoon of root turmeric in full cream milk with olive oil and ground fresh pepper warm for a split second not hot as this can kill the goodness just warm for power to dissolve and drink. It needs lots of fats to dissolve it or it will upset your stomach. After two years on it I started to feel down alot and waking up in the night with palpations (from the gases in my stomach) to cut a long story short i had been stripped of my B vitiams and I became quite ill. Now I make sure I include them in I have Marmite, Horlicks at night and a metatone tonic a few times a week and I feel wonderful and can still have turemic. It really is a incredible spice but you need to take it right.

  118. I have been using fresh turmeric root in a tea (for a week) : I tsp turmeric and ginger with pinch of black pepper and Cheyanne pepper with honey in 3 cups of water…I developed a very interesting rash all over my body. Its not itchy or anything like that – its just there..does this mean I can no longer use turmeric?

  119. I just bought tumeric natural whole herb capsules rapid release caps. Do I still need to take black pepper with it? Can I take apart the capsules and sprinkle it on food?

    1. Yes it is advisable to take it with black pepper. Its alright to remove it from the capsules but you could also take them after meals so that dietary fat can help in absorption. Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.

  120. Hi. I have fibroids cyst in my uterus. I am taking turmeric to stopn inflammation, heavy blood and heavy pain. Im taking the 400mg capsules. I took 3xdaily as a start. Also took systemic enzymes with it to shrink fibroid. Is 3x daily correct dosage for me? In the bottle it says 2x daily but i do 3x.. i feel sting in my tummy if i didnt eat enough food but if im full, cant feel.any pain..im scared if i will get ulcer or overdose..hope to hear from you. Thanks

    1. Its best to consume turmeric supplements after meals to avoid chances of reflux and dietary fat will ensure better absorption. The dose is quite high but is it benefiting you. Consult a health practitioner regarding supplements dosage.

  121. Hello, I have liver cirhossis , due to the the hepatitis virus and am on blood pressure medications. I wish to help with the liver cirhossis problem but am unsure how much to start out with and if if would interfere with my bp meds? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

    1. Please try using ground papaya seeds ASAP. There is a vast study related to cure of cirrhosis linked to papaya seeds. Please try reading on this topic

    2. Debbie (liver issues)–verify on mayo clinic site if u need to–To “kickstart” the REGENERATION OF THE LIVER BY ITSELF (as long as their is even a little bit still “healthy”) take 2-4drops of frank’s red hot original sauce and 2 capfuls of plain lemon juice in 1/4 cup of hot water first thing when u wake up (ht sauce is [email protected] and no name lemon juice is fine-just not sweetened +/- $2.50 for a bottle)–these will last u about a month and tap water is fine). It is about 7swallows (i take a breath in and just get it over with!) and then i do a swallow of water just to get the taste out of my mouth–wait at least 15minutes before having anything else to eat/drink. By the 3rd day, the liver starts to clean/repair/regenerate itself from everything u have ever ingested or applied in your life–again, check the mayo clinic site or dr.oz site, etc- it islike imuron (spelling?) therapy for under $4/month and both are food so totally safe! I (&others) have used it daily for years-cleans liver then onto other organs (kidneys/heaet/etc) till ur healthy again! Cuts down on meds as well as many health issues! Hope this helps?!..take care!
      Also a huge thanks to the author of this
      Page-exactly what i have been looking
      For with my many health and dietary issues! Keep it up! !
      Andy B. ✌️

  122. Hi – I wish I had come across your article sooner – I purchased Vitacost Turmeric Extract with 1160 mg of Curcumin (95% standardized) and 1100mg Curcuminoids & 5 mg of black pepper extract, mainly to reduce my cholesterol. I have read that Turmeric will reduce LDL cholesterol fairly quickly. Before I tested, I was on fish oil and my LDL tested as extremely high so my doctor wanted to put me on a statin. When he heard I was taking fish oil he said fish oil can raise LDL numbers, so he told me to stop taking it and we would re-test in 6 weeks. He is not against fish oil, but doesn’t know how much the fish oil is skewing the numbers.
    Since my cholesterol was high anyway, I want to reduce my overall cholesterol in the next 6 weeks. I don’t care for the tase of Turmeric which is why I opted for the capsules. Since I have them already, will these capsule do what I want them to, and what dosage might I need? I understand the argument for purchasing raw powder and brands you know are correctly standardized and organic as well as grinding the pepper fresh. I need quick information so I can address the cholesterol issue before I go back.
    Thank you very much for this very informative article & links as well as your reply.
    Sincerely,
    Mary

  123. I am taking lanzoprasole for Barretts Esophagus and also hypertension medicine how much can i have of curcumin in powder with olive oil daily

    1. Hi Sam did u get a reply as I am interested to know. Also have u tried slippery elm? Helps heal the oesophagus. Google it. Sorry to hear about Barrett’s xx
      I’ve read slippery elm can reverse cells? Google !!

  124. Hi. After reading this info and some of the comments I have become a little confused. Do you guys not recommend supplements for Turmeric? I have multiple forms of arthritis and am not taking any meds currently. I am having a severe flare up and was recommended to take turmeric suppliments. I came to this site to get an idea for dosage and now I am super confused.

      1. Silly question : Is 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric paste (with your suggested recipe) about 1 gram of turmeric? Or less? I am curious on the correct dose and how often Golden milk can be consumed. Also, by adding coconut oil does this allow the turmeric to bypass the liver? I understand turmeric detoxes the liver and I don’t want to flush out my medications (for bipolar).

        1. 1/4 tsp of Golden Paste would be less than 1 gram of turmeric. Golden Milk can be safely consumed twice a day. Fats combined with curcumin is said to bypass the detoxifying mechanism of liver. Dietary turmeric would not interfere with activity of any medications but what you could do is avoid taking it close to the time when you take the meds. Black pepper in golden paste can increase concentrations of meds in blood which is why it should not be taken close to the time of taking meds.

    1. From what I took away from this article 1 to 3 g of the powder Tumeric a day for preventative and up to 8 g a day for curative

    2. Hi taking turmeric has definitely helped me with my joint problems!! I buy the root, peel it, (use gloves if you don’t want stained yellow fingers) and then eat it. If it’s a fat root, I eat about half the length of my thumb at a time. I started taking this 3 or 4 times a day….A real miracle for me!!! Unfortunately, once I felt better I eventually stopped taking it consistantly, and had a bad flare up. I have learned that it does not get rid of inflammation permanently, but it can prevent severe attacks. Hope this helps. Oh yeah, eating the root will turn your mouth orange. Don’t forget to brush your tongue. Debra

    3. My brother is a doctor , he first told me about turmeric for lower back , I open 6 capsules and drink with OJ and my back feels great , if you do this and you don’t get relief in 4 days then it isn’t right for you !

  125. I saw your recommendation for the whole peppercorns as well as your comment that ground pepper is useless as the piperine (?) which aids in bioavailability is lost when pepper is ground. I’m completely confused. Are we to make the Golden Milk paste with WHOLE peppercorns?

    1. Hi – in golden paste the grounded powder is covered with paste and thus less loss takes place. You should not use “existing” powder but ground the pepper when you want to put it. Does this help?

  126. I’m on a low dose blood thinner but have many needs for anti inflammatory remedies, immune boosters, all natural cures for cancer, as well as, all kinds of other autoimmune disorders. Is there any safe amount for me to take?

    1. hi, we do not recommend supplements unless it is a very specific case such as cancer. Turmeric paste works much better than supplements in most cases.

  127. Hello, I started taking turmeric as I had swollen knees and pain in my lower back. As I dont like taste of it I decided to make my own pills, so I ordered 1kg of organic turmeric powder and 1000 of empty capsules. After week of taking it my pain went away. I didn’t know about black paper and fat, but I guess it worked as I use black papers in every food I cook and I cook everything on goose fat or butter, so I guess that I have enough of it in my system. My skin also improved by not using any oils in cooking, I use only cold pressed organic Olive oil for salad and organic coconut butter for skin cream and sun protection. Hope this help. For turmeric to work you have to use it constantly, I stopped while I went away and pain came back.

    1. HI Ana, this is great! Yes you should use turmeric daily, good news is unlike other meds this will cause no side effects at all!

  128. Hi! I am finding your website so helpful! Thank you for all the information!
    I have been fighting a sprained ankle for about 9 months. It has now turned into tendonitis and SO painful! My doctor has suggested an anti inflammatory… However, the side effects worry me and I like to do things as natural as I can if possible. I have read several sites that turmeric is just as beneficial if not more than anti inflammatories.
    I have purchased a supplement at a local whole foods store. It is turmeric and bromelain. 450mg. Turmeric is 300mg (curcumin 95%-285mg) and then Bromelain is 150mg.
    My question is how many of these can I take a day for it to be effective and help the swelling? I have been taking one a day for about a week and noticed a little difference but wondering if I could take more to help the swelling decrease.

    Also… Are you able to take Tylenol with Turmeric? For a headache maybe once a month? Thank you for all your help! I wish there were more doctors around my area to help me in the more natural healing than medication. Thanks again!!!

    1. HI, thanks for writing and appreciating the effort. Regarding your queries, you seem to have turmeric / curcumin supplements. We do not recommend them as it is difficult to monitor their quality and large dosages can do harm in long run. What we recommend is turmeric powder to be used along with black pepper and fats for absoption. Bromelain is indeed good for inflammation but the supplement combo is somewhat we do not recommend.
      If you do decide to take golden paste ( https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste) please start slow with 1/4 tsp and slowly increase to 1-1. tsp.
      Hope this helps.

  129. Good day to you… I find it very confusing as to what brand Turmeric to buy, where as one charges around four pound for a kilo, another charges 35.00 + for a kilo, both say organic… what can you tell me about the difference please.

  130. I am just getting over a severe case of shingles which has left me with postherpatic neuralgia. My sister has made me a jar of golden paste and suggests I put it on the painful areas. Will this help with the pain and how much should I apply.

  131. hello,
    i just want to share my experience on drinking tumeric monthly everytime i got period. its really help to ease the dismenore pain. i ussualy add 1 tbspoon, coconut sugar and tamarind with a glass of warm water.
    beside that, drinking tumeric can naturalize your body odor. my mom really suggest me (as a girl) to love tumeric because it is really helpful and healthy.

    😀

  132. Just a couple questions….I’m wanting to start taking turmeric. Is it beneficial to take in organic capsule form? If so, how much mg should be taken daily? Since it should be taken with a fat, I was thinking I could just take it with my morning smoothie which has coconut oil in it. Would that work? Also, is it safe to take it while breast feending? Thanks in advance for the info!!

    1. Hi Molly, thanks for writing. Best is to take organic powder (check here for recommended brands – https://www.turmericforhealth.com/) and NOT capsules. Make golden paste and you can take upto 1-1.5 tsp per day. Start slow with 1/4 tsp though. 2) Including black pepper will enhance its absoption along with fats, so while smoothie is a good idea golden paste is better 3) Turmeric in small amounts is known to be absolutely fine – large dosages or supplements should be avoided. As we mentioned start slow and see how it goes.

        1. Hi, anything is fine with the paste as you already have the required ingredients. People use it in smoothies, milk, curries, salads etc. So restrictions.

      1. I recently began taking turmeric. I ordered a jar of ‘Skin Renew’ from ‘Organic India’. Each capsule of Skin Renew contain 134mg of organic neem leaf, 133mg of organic Amalaki fruit, and 134mg of organic turmeric rhizome. Why not take capsules?

  133. My Husband has arthritis really bad. For about 6 weeks now his whole body has had serve pain all over his body. Has been in the hospital 3 times. I have been looking up things about turmeric but i am not sure of the mg he should be taking a day could u help me with this.

    1. Hi Florence, this is what you should do. 1) Buy a good quality organic turmeric powder brand along with black pepper (whole) and virgin coconut oil 2) Make golden paste (recipe here – https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste). 2) start with 1/4 tsp for a few days just after meals and see how it goes. If things look okay increase to 1/2 and then again see. This way you can give uoto 1-1.5 tsp of golden paste. Golden paste can also be mixed with any food etc. too. Hope this help.

  134. Hi I wrote a comment yesterday asking a few questions under the name Amy. I have not been answered but others have. Was just wondering if you could give me any information?

    1. Amy, sorry for the oversight. You can start with golden paste (https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste). Start with just 1/4 tsp per day and then increase slowly if things look fine. Now the key issue here is – we do not know how much it would help. Research does say it is beneficial though — http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/find-a-clinical-trial/a-study-looking-at-curcumin-to-help-prevent-bowel-cancer#undefined

      Also, it is good to discuss this with your doctor too – just to check for interactions with medications or other possible complications.

      Hope this helps.

  135. Forgot to mention the capsules I bought say turmeric(rhizome)extract 320mg, organic Tumeric (rhizome) supercritical extract 80 mg, once a day is this dosage sufficient to make a difference, will I get better results using powder?

    1. HI, extracts are different and we do not recommend them. We recommend the good old organic turmeric podwer and golden paste.

    1. Hi, no issues at all. This is a very common qus. Curcumin is the key active ingredient of turmeric. Thus they are different as turmeric is curcumin + other stuff.

  136. Hi I just started taking Tumeric for inflammatory disease , I didn’t know I neede to take black pepper with this I’m glad I found this site for I have gather a lot of information from it. Though I have a few questions is Tumeric better in powder or liquid? How much of it should I take daily for it to be effective? What kind of pepper can be used (the one you put on your tuna or eggs from the can?) if I choose to take Tumeric,black pepper and coconut oil (I read 31/2 Tblsp of olive oil has 400 calories) do I mix them all in a spoon n take ? Need a little help here please

    1. Hi, what do you mean by liquid? Do you mean just dissolving powder in a liquid ? In that case there is no difference at all. The usual black pepper – just make sure its freshly grounded. Yes, if you can do that please take the paste (golden paste) as it is just after meals. Use this recipe for making golden paste — it has all required ingredients to help you out. Start slow 1/4 tsp and then increase to max 1.5 tsp Hope this helps.

  137. do note (as mentioned) there is an overdose of turmeric too .. i jump started my turmeric dosage to 1.5 tsp per day and end up visiting toilet several times a day .. moral of the story – start slow 🙂

  138. Hi thanks for this information. I am needing some advice for a family member with bowel cancer. How much should I be giving them? I have bought turmeric and curcumin powder. I am not sure how much I should be giving and of which one. The family member is quite nervous about trying other methods to help her health so I want to be very careful in making sure that she gets as much benefits out of taking this as possible. Any information would be great thanks. I should add that she is not getting any chemotherapy as she was scared of all the side effects from that. Thanks again.

  139. I take my turmeric with 2 whole pepper corns. Will the pepper corns dissolve in my stomach or do I have to crush them before I swallow them? And are 2 peppercorns enough?
    I have really noticed a BIG difference i how I feel with the tumeric. I used to take 3- 800 mg ibuprofen pills every day, now nothing but the tumeric. Pretty awesome.
    Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi jean. Thanks for writing. – 1) yes, they have to be crushed 2) there is NO dosage but 3-4 crushed ones should be just fine.

  140. Hi I have just started eating turmeric root (fresh) i will take the recommended dose of one to three grams a day. How much pepper should i be taking with it? I am crushing about four to five black peppercorns in olive oil and taking that at the same time as the root.
    Thanks
    Martin

  141. Hello and thank you for this wonderful and informational site. I have chronic pain in my lower back due to two stenoses, several compression fractures and a congenital defect called spondylolysis. My legs are on fire constantly. I take some pretty strong painkillers and Lyrica for the pain, and they only take the edge off, but never relieve the pain beyond that. I also suffer from major depression and PTSD. I take medication for my depression and panic attacks as well.

    I started taking turmeric tea in the morning and at night. I make it in a mug using hot water, a heaping teaspoon of organic turmeric, about a teaspoon of organic virgin coconut oil, freshly ground black pepper to cover the top, ginger and cinnamon to taste, and about a teaspoon and a half of organic honey. I’ve never thought about adding lemon or a tea bag of any sort, but it sounds good. I find this pretty tasty and quick and easy to prepare.

    I have been doing this for a month or so, and I do feel it’s helping with my pain, but not very much with my depression. I guess my question is whether I’m getting enough turmeric/circumin by drinking this tea twice a day. I would happily increase the amounts of the ingredients or have the tea another time or two during the day, if it would help. I wonder if it would be beneficial to do that, or would it be a waste of money?

    Thank you, again for your fantastical site, and for the kind and patient way you interact with your readers.

    Annie

  142. Hi Pals,

    I am new to here, recently I purchased Turmeric capsules from a Turkish manufacturer (dont know is it allowed to mention brand info and links here?), each capsule 880 mg (750mg turmeric/curcuma longa + 130mg gelatin capsule), it’s mentioned as natural product, doesn’t contain extract (artificial materials not added).Recommended usage 3 times 1 capsule with or without meal, the product has Islamic halal certificate.I have a few questions here.

    Q1. I took the capsules without black pepper or oil, so as I seen here it’s adviced to use Turmeric with black pepper or oil for better absorption, how shall I take these capsules?

    Q2. I also take Ginkgo powder capsule + Cinnamon powder capsule + Garlic powder capsule + Omega3 capsule ”before sleeping” , could it be trouble to use them together?

    Maybe my above questiones already answered, please kindly share the links with me.

    1. Hi, it seems you are taking turmeric powder capsules.

      Assuming that is correct – you can take black pepper / fats just before taking these capsules.

      As of now we have no negative interaction with the above mentioned list. But remember a lot depends on quality of the these too.

      Here is an interesting post we published which should help – https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-queries/taking-turmeric-but-see-no-benefits-follow-these-5-steps

  143. hi
    i was just wondering, i started taking tumeric and it induced my period and i just read that it also helps with period cramps, which i have tested and can attest to, my question is if i continue taking it would i have the problem of a never ending period, because i have had that problem before.

    1. Dont think so. As it tries to normalize the things rather than taking it to extreme. None of the studies or readers have reported this yet.

  144. I take 1tsp of powder turmeric with 1tsp of honey with half tsp of black pepper ,it turns into nice buttery paste . You can put it on a English muffin it tastes yummy. We have it for breakfast everyday.

  145. Hi,

    I have a stomach ulcer, and there seems to be contradictory data about using turmeric to heal it.

    On the one hand too much turmeric can cause an ulcer, on the other hand the WebMD page indicates that there is some evidence that it can be used to heal an existing ulcer (even the ones not caused by Pylori, like in my case). I also red elsewhere that turmeric could interfere with anti-acid medications (I’m using Somac, a Pantoprazole based anti-acid).

    What do you think?

  146. I have tried turmeric fresh (i live in the Caribbean) chopped added to my daily green smoothie or in cooking, and also the powder in both ways. First Question: is is better/more absorbed in cooked form or raw provided there is oil and pepper for better absorption? Second Question: I am concerned that both fresh or powder are yellowing my teeth if used daily as I do and was thinking to switch to supplements (capsules) to avoid this but the dubious origin (supplement or powder made in China, toxins etc) makes me wonder. One person said she was making her own capsules. can you advice?

    1. 1) Fresh and powder both are good. Both have to be taken with black pepper of fats. Fresh turmeric also has several constituents which powder will not have e.g. turmeric oil 2) Turmeric does stain teeth but not when you take it as food. It is too small a quantity. It only stains teeth when you use it as toothpaste! Yes tooth paste as it is excellent for oral health too 🙂

  147. Hi How much dosage should I give my 3 years old boy who is type 1 Diabetics? I am using the organic Tumeric Powder (used for cooking?) Can I make it into a drink?

    1. Hi, there is no pediatric dosage for turmeric. But in India we use turmeric as a spice in curries / food. That can be a good start.

  148. i take milk thistle which includes tumeric every day, around 600 mg milk thistle each day (tumeric is in it too, so that is 600 mg of tumeric a day) (each pill has 100 mg of tumeric and i take 6 per day) for liver problems. i have had 3rd stage liver fibrosis for over 5 years and i have no problems with any side effects, etc. in fact, i do not even suffer from any problems from my liver. my blood work has been completely normal for over 5 years and each biopsy i have it gets better, it has not spread, at all, in over 5 years, even though i will always have 3rd stage liver fibrosis. scarring (fibrosis) will never go away but you can keep it from spreading. tumeric is great for people with liver problems, i am clear proof of that. anyone suffering from liver problems talk to your liver specialist and ask about milk thistle with tumeric. bless you all! also, make sure the supplements you are taking do not contain any nasties, bad fillers, toxins, etc. my liver specialist said i will live a long life with no liver problems even though it is 3rd stage fibrosis, he said it will never get worse. thank the lord, i will keep doing my part to protect my liver. i have not had any problems, signs of a bad liver, etc., so it must be helping, i am proof of that. oh, and i never had any signs of fibrosis or liver problems ever. i found this out when i went in the hospital for pneumonia and i was told liver fibrosis showed up on my chest x-ray and they said it was cirrhosis and i was not going to make it (they were wrong… thank god it was 3rd stage fibrosis instead of cirrhosis), bad surprise, but i am going to be fine,, yep, i am.

  149. I read that tumeric can work as well if not better than metformin for glucose issues. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and am insulin intolerant. The only time I’ve had any luck with weight loss is when taking metformin. I have wanted to get back on metformin, but would like to try tumeric first. Would it help me and what dosage should I use?

      1. Yes. I want to try a more narural methis than metformin because it made me really sick. I don’t eat a lot and I have a very active and taxing job (construction) so I get lots of exercise, but still don’t lose weight. I know this is because of my glucose/insulin issues.

  150. I am interested to find out how Turmeric can assist with depression? I have been on Fluoxetine for over 10 years and need to find something that will help with not only chronic pain, but the depression that ongoing, daily pain causes…How much would you recommend to combat both pain and depression? I only have access to turmeric powder. Thank you.

  151. Thank you very much fr taking the time to research and put the info in one place. Regarding Fresh Cut Root which I prefer (like I prefer my ginger tea)… does “Cut root: 1.5 – 3 g per day” mean:
    (1) Actually consuming 1.5 – 3 grams of chopped root, OR
    (2) Using 1.5 to 3 grams of fresh root in one’s tea.
    (2) means not all 1.5-3 grams are consumed, only the substance from the root that GOT DISSOLVED in the water.

    BTW,
    I have brewed turmeric tea an it kind of tastes like parsley tea. I find it rather mild. Much milder than the typical ginger (relative of the turmeric root?) tea. Would you know if tea made from a teaspoon of powder would be stronger?

    Thanks in advance
    Read more: https://www.turmericforhealth.com/general-info/ideal-turmeric-dosage-how-much-turmeric-can-you-take-in-a-day#ixzz3jKubIjpR

    1. Hi, Thanks. It means – 3-4 gms of full thing i.e. No 1.

      Yes, tea with 1 tsp of powder will be stronger. But you may not get things which are part of fresh root (for example oils) in powder.

      1. How long can you brew your turmeric root(dry root) and at what stage do you add the blackpepper? Can the mixture be taken with honey? Quantity of water required per/g of the root?

        1. FOR FIBROID: How long can I brew my turmeric root(dry root) and at what stage do i add the blackpepper? Can the mixture be taken with honey? Quantity of water required per/g of the root?

  152. I read somewhere that it is important to take it with black pepper due to it having very low bioavailability on its own? Someone also said milk. Is that true?

  153. I take the following once in the morning.
    1 10oz. water,1Tlb.honey,2Tlb.Lemon juice , 1/4 teas. Turmeric stir well and drink.
    I have only been doing this for 1 week. Oh the Turmeric is Mccormick spices. Is this helping me at all. I also tale meds. For Hypertension and high chloestrol. Of course I would love to stop taking my meds. I also take 75mg of v

    1. Add a good quality fat (coconut oil or grassfed butter) and pepper (for piperdine) to that and you will greatly increase absorption.

  154. Is it just as good to puree or liquify the turmeric root and drink it daily? I have been putting it in my nutribullet w ginger root and cherry juice and a tsp of avocado oil and lemon

  155. Have made the tincture and am using w/ fresh ground pepper. Seems the most efficient way to make a batch that will last for a while.

  156. Hi,
    I made the tumeric paste, 1/4 cup tumeric powder (organic) and 1/2 cup water and a good pinch of ground black pepper. I boiled it for 7 minutes and had to add a little more water as it dried out a bit. I then added 1 teaspoon of the paste to 1 cup of organic coconut milk and a good pinch of ground black pepper, brought milk to the boil for about 30 seconds, let it cool slightly then added 1/2 teaspoon of honey to sweeten and 1/2 teaspoon of butter as I didn’t have any ghee at the moment. I strained it and it was it was so yum to drink. Can I do this morning and night or is once a day sufficient? I don’t want to cause a big detox, but a little detox here and there is ok. Thank you in advance. Jen.

      1. I only used one teaspoon of the paste recipie. I still have the whole jar of it in the fridge. Sorry maybe I wasn’t clear enough. So I am asking if 2 teaspoons a day is ok? One morning and one at night as golden coconut milk? I have only used the recipie’s from this sight, so thank you.
        Jen 🙂

      1. I did use coconut oil and now I’ve got some organic ghee as well. Feeling so much better. Now taking 1/2 teaspoon in golden tumeric milk twice a day and looking forward to improved health with each new day! Thanks for your info. 🙂

    1. It’s probably fine to drink it twice a day, I am doing that now for neck pain. The dose is 1-3g per day preventative but can be as high as 8g per day for therapeutic. Your teaspoon amount as a powder would be approx 4 g, but may be less because of the inclusion of liquid to make a paste, so even if you had two tsp each day you’d be getting aroung 8g or less, which is recommended dosage for acute issue. I’m glad you found a recipe you like. I love my golden milk with fresh ginger in it, gives it a nice bite, plus some extra anti-inflamms to help.