In part one of ‘Turmeric…A Most Amazing Healing Spice’ we saw many of the benefits from using Turmeric. In this blog I would like to cover some of the ways in which you can get Turmeric into your diet.
How to Take Turmeric:
I use Turmeric in everything from eggs to tea. I would suggest you experiment with it to find the ways you could include it into your lifestyle.
Ideally, the turmeric should be in root form that is later ground before use. If you are going to buy the powdered spice form, I recommend finding the organic, non-irradiated form which many natural/health food and gourmet grocery stores usually carry in their “bulk foods” section along with other spice These should be organic and non-irradiated, and are likely to be relatively fresh…compared to those small vials of bottled spices in the stores.
One of the easiest, fastest ways to get your daily Turmeric is just to mix a small spoonful of the powder with some warm water or milk, stir briskly, and drink. I like to add honey to sweeten. Turmeric Tea…yum!
Or, sprinkle a spoon or two in your soups or seafood or meat, almost anything works with this amazingly tasty and healthy spice.
Turmeric is a root that you can enjoy it in its fresh, full splendor as part of your daily diet, right along with your existing veggies mixed in with salads or just straight as-is. Try this Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli recipe.
Turmeric Capsule Dosage:
There is no recommended dosage for children. Consider adjusting the recommended adult dose to account for the child’s weight. Most herbal dosages for adults are calculated on the basis of a 150 lb (70 kg) adult. Therefore, if the child weighs 50 lb (20 – 25 kg), the appropriate dose of turmeric for this child would be 1/3 of the adult dosage.
The following are doses recommended for adults, but listen to your own body. My husband takes 5 gs a day:
• Cut root: 1.5 – 3 g per day
• Dried, powdered root: 1 – 3 g per day (1 t is 5 gs)
• 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
The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and may interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you should take herbs with care, under the supervision of a health care provider.
Turmeric is considered safe when taken at the recommended doses. However, taking large amounts of turmeric for long periods of time may produce stomach upset and, in extreme cases, ulcers. People who have gallstones or obstruction of the bile passages should talk to their doctor before taking turmeric.
If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before taking turmeric supplements. Turmeric may lower blood sugar levels, and when combined with medications for diabetes could cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Although it is safe to eat foods containing turmeric, pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take turmeric supplements.
Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.
Side effects of excessive turmeric consumption: too much turmeric may lead to constipation or sweating (counter this by drinking plenty of water), accelerated heart beats, thinning of blood (not good for people on blood thinners)”
If you are currently being treated with any medications, you should refer to this site first:
Curcumin is the main biologically active phytochemical compound of Turmeric. As you should know, an herb is much more than its active ingredient.
Curcumin is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory with anti-cancer properties. For you who would like to read a couple of studies: Iqbal M, et al. Pharmacol Toxicol. 2003 Jan;92(1):33-8) and J Pharm Pharmacol. 2003 Jul;55(7):981-6.