You should pay particular attention to this article as it will help you with the dosage and administration of turmeric.
Turmeric is lipophilic meaning it is oil soluble, so you can take it with fat or oil such as coconut oil.
It is recommended that the daily dosage of turmeric for an adult is 1.5 grams. You can divide this dosage and take the turmeric thrice a day.
If you are administering turmeric for therapeutic reasons then your daily dosage should be between 2-3 grams.
Never administer turmeric to children below 2 years.
Taking turmeric as a tea can be messy as it will stain the mug used and any other surface bright yellow.
You can take turmeric in hot cocoa and in warm milk with natural raw honey.
Turmeric also comes in capsule form as it’s active component curcumin has now being made in a concentrated form and placed in capsules.
However, the best way to consume this herb and gain from its immense benefits is as a food. Now am not saying you should boil and eat it, NO! Rather you can add turmeric to your favourite meals such as soups, use on your salad dressings, yoghurt and muesli.
You can mix turmeric with oil as mentioned earlier.
Try mixing a teaspoon of turmeric to two teaspoons of coconut oil. This mixture is equivalent to a recommended daily dosage of about 1 gram.
A note of caution when using turmeric
- If you are diabetic and on medication, you may want to avoid turmeric as it is used to lower blood sugar which can be a problem to you and hypoglycemics too.
- Turmeric should not be taken with other medications such as antihypertensives which are used to lower your blood pressure this is because turmeric will lower your blood pressure naturally and effectively.
- Do not take turmeric with other conventional cholesterol lowering medications because turmeric actually lowers the LDL (‘bad cholesterol) and it will increase your HDL (‘good cholesterol) naturally.
- Because turmeric is a blood thinner, you should not take it with other blood thinning drugs like aspirin, warfarin, coumadin and clopidogrel.
- If you are taking garlic and Ginko biloboa which are natural blood thinners, you should consume them at the same time as your turmeric.
- If you are scheduled for surgery, then stop taking turmeric at least a week prior to the surgery because turmeric is a blood thinner.
- Turmeric can cause nausea if consumed prior to your first meal of the day.
- If you have gall stones or gall bladder problems, try to avoid taking therapeutic doses of turmeric because it tends to increases bile production.
- Turmeric taken in high doses can cause uterine contractions and increased menstrual flow.