Flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness which is caused by virus. It is caused by influenza virus hence flu is also called as influenza.
Flu viruses can easily spread from person to person. It usually spreads by the droplets formed when people infected by the flu virus cough, talk or sneeze.
Over 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu infections each year, and about 36,000 people are estimated to die as a result of flu. Approximately 5-20 percent of Americans will develop flu.
It is estimated that about 250,000-500,000 people die each year due to flu. In industrialized countries, the majority of deaths occur among people over the age of 65 .
Symptoms of Flu include:
- High temperature
- Aching joints
- Cold sweats
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
How Turmeric Benefits in Flu?
Traditionally turmeric has been used to treat flu and research proves the reason behind it:
- Turmeric has anti-viral properties.
- Turmeric helps reduce fever.
- Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that can fight free radicals which damage the immune system .
- Turmeric boosts immunity.
- Turmeric alleviates fatigue and malaise.
Best Ways To Take Turmeric For Flu
Disclaimer – There is no particular prescribed dose of turmeric defined for flu. Based on the studies and reader’s reports we have summarized various ways of taking turmeric which could benefit in this disorder.
The dosage depends on the formulation of the turmeric supplement and severity of the health condition. Here is the recommended dose:
Fresh Turmeric roots
Turmeric roots are a great addition to diet but it is difficult to expect a therapeutic effect from the limited amounts of roots we consume.
Recommended intake: 1-3g or ½ inch long piece of root sliced or chopped. You can also juice it and take it with a pinch of black pepper. This can be a part of your fresh juices or taken individually.
You can also make Golden Paste from fresh roots.
Further Read – Is fresh turmeric better then powder?
However if you take turmeric powder straight with black pepper then it would be 1-2 g of turmeric powder with a pinch of black pepper.
In terms of teaspoon that would be 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper powder twice a day
Start with small dose and increase gradually. Avoid taking it on an empty stomach. You can also prepare DIY Turmeric Capsules.
Maximum dose: 1 tsp of turmeric powder with ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper thrice a day
Golden Paste combines heat, black pepper and healthy fats to increase the absorption of turmeric.
It is highly recommended to take this paste after meals and to avoid taking it close to other medications. (Read Does Turmeric cause acid reflux? Black pepper in GP: Does it cause drug interaction?) Here is the recipe.
You can also prepare Golden Paste from fresh roots.
Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose by ¼ teaspoon every week. Continue till reach a dose of 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day (precisely 1 tsp 3 times a day).
This is the ideal dose of Golden Paste where you should experience relief. However the ideal dose differs with every individual; some may need less some may need more.
Thinking of other ways to take Golden Paste read 10 ways to take Golden Paste.
Maximum dosage: 1 table spoon 2-3 times a day only advised if you are comfortable taking it and not experiencing gastric side effects.
Turmeric tinctures are considered to be very beneficial as they pack tremendous potency in a small dose. You may consult an herbalist about this.
Take 10-30 drops 2-3 times a day depending on the condition. It can be added to teas, juices or smoothies.
Maximum dosage: 20-30 drops 3 times a day
This is a good option for tea lovers and who want to skip the taste of turmeric paste. Here is the recipe for Turmeric tea.
Recommended intake: 1-2 cups a day
Turmeric milk helps in boosting immunity and overall health; it is delicious as well. You can find the recipe for Turmeric Milk here.
Recommended intake: 1-2 cups a day
The recommended dosage for supplements is 300-400mg 2-3 times a day for standardized 95% curcumin extract.
However the dose would differ based on the formulation, hence it is best to consult a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.
Avoid taking supplements on an empty stomach and close to the time of taking medicines. Consult a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.
Turmeric in diet is absolutely safe. Turmeric supplements should be taken with care. (Read Side effects of Turmeric)
If you are taking blood thinners, turmeric supplements should be avoided. Turmeric can be included in diet in small doses. If suffering from a bleeding disorder consult a doctor and herbalist or naturopath before taking turmeric.
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of pregnancy and lactation. Discontinue use of turmeric supplements 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of gall bladder obstructions. (Read Should take turmeric if you have gallstones?)
Turmeric may interact with certain medications like stomach acid reducing drugs, diabetes medications, blood thinners. Avoid taking turmeric supplements at the same time as medicines.
Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.
If harrowed by turmeric stains here is how you can take care of them.
Flu is a common viral infection that affects the respiratory system and immunity of the body.
Turmeric is a natural antibiotic. Turmeric has anti-viral property that makes it useful in the treatment of flu.
Turmeric boosts immune defenses and reduces inflammation occurring in fever and flu. All these properties of turmeric could help in treating the flu.