The liver is an organ about the size of the football that is located under the rib cage on the right side of the abdomen. This organ is essential for digesting food and getting rid of the toxic substances from the body. It is also the largest organ inside the body.
There are many types of liver diseases. Hepatitis C is caused by virus, there is liver cancer, formation of scar tissue (cirrhosis), liver failure, jaundice to name a few.
Cirrhosis is the formation of scar tissue on the liver. Its symptoms include dark urine, sudden gain/loss of weight, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite etc. If left untreated, cirrhosis can be fatal.
Bilirubin is a yellow coloured chemical in the haemoglobin. Build up of bilirubin in the body causes jaundice and makes the skin appear yellow when the liver cannot handle the breakdown of the RBCs. Sometimes, cirrhosis is the reason for jaundice.
Hepatitis C is the inflammation of the liver lasting up to six months. This disease usually has no symptom, other than a general feeling of illness, loss of appetite, etc. Diagnosis is done by a biopsy. Anti viral drugs and corticosteroids are usually used. In advanced cases, liver transplant is done too.
Liver cancer is the condition of uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the liver. Most of the liver tumors spread from the liver to other parts of the body. For example, if the cancer spreads from the liver to the lungs, it is called metastatic lung cancer.
To avoid liver disorders, a person must drink alcohol in moderation, get vaccinated on time (hepatitis C), and take care of body weight, as obesity makes a person vulnerable to fatty liver disease.
How Turmeric Benefits In Liver Disorders
Turmeric has many medicinal properties that benefit in various liver diseases:
- Turmeric helps in removing cholesterol from the liver.
- Turmeric protects the liver from toxins and helps it rebuild itself in case of damage.
- Turmeric helps in protecting from alcohol induced liver toxicity.
- Turmeric improves the secretion of bile thus improving digestion.
- Turmeric stops the activation of fibrosis causing cells.
- Curcumin inhibits and reverses the inflammatory actions in the liver cells.
- Turmeric protects the bile duct.
- Turmeric is hoped to slow down liver cirrhosis.
- Hepatitis causes inflammation in the liver. The anti inflammatory action of turmeric helps in this condition.
- Turmeric inhibits the replication of the Hepatitis C virus.
Best Ways To Take Turmeric For Liver Disorders
Disclaimer – There is no particular prescribed dose of turmeric defined for any Liver disorder. 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 in terms of the formulation and severity of the 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 Interactions?) 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; but we have not come across any evidence regarding its efficacy in protecting liver health. 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.
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 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.
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.
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Turmeric helps to reduce inflammation, improves the flow of bile and removes cholesterol from the body. It benefits in various liver disorders and protects liver from toxicity.
This is one root which is filled up to the brim with goodness. When taken in combination with other drugs, it curbs any disorder it is consumed for. Turmeric is truly on the brink of earning the title as a superfood.