5 Ways to Take Turmeric

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There are different ways to take turmeric, which is important, given how powerful and beneficial this spice can be to your overall health. Turmeric is a perennial plant from the ginger family, and its most notable ingredient is curcumin, one of the most powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds found in food. While this spice is commonly found in powdered form and is orange in color, there are many other ways you can add this impressive spice to your daily diet.

How to Take Turmeric?

If you are looking for new ways to take turmeric, try this spice in root form, or as a powder, tincture, supplement or tea. While the concentration may be different, most of the beneficial effects will be similar.

Root Form

This form of turmeric can be used flexibly in many meals, in shaved or chopped form, both for flavor and for nutritive value.

Powder

This is the most common form you find turmeric in, and this powder is used as a spice for soups, stews, and curries, providing a tangy, spicy bite, as well as a healthy boost to any meal.

Supplement

Due to the significant impact that turmeric can have on your system, many people choose to take concentrated supplements, which are available at the majority of health food and import stores.

Tea

You can use turmeric powder or turmeric root to brew a powerful and flavorful tea. For people with gastrointestinal, respiratory or inflammatory problems, this is a very popular daily addition to their diet.

Tincture

This is a highly concentrated form of turmeric that is typically administered in the mouth, in a smoothie or mixed with water. This tincture is made by immersing turmeric in alcohol, and should, therefore, be used sparingly.

Fresh turmeric and a bowl and a spoon with turmeric powder

Turmeric Dosage

While turmeric is clearly a beneficial spice, it should still be consumed in moderation. In high concentrations, the active ingredients in turmeric can be dangerous. The appropriate dosage for turmeric will depend partially on your weight and metabolic level, as well as on the ways to take turmeric that you choose.

  • Root – 1.5-3 grams per day
  • Powder Supplement – 1,500 milligrams of turmeric powder per day (on average)
  • Tincture – 60-120 drops per day, broken up into 4 daily doses
  • Tea – No more than 1/2 ounce of turmeric brewed in hot water per day

Turmeric Side Effects

There are some side effects if you consume an excessive amount of turmeric, such as a higher risk of kidney stones, digestive issues, and allergic reactions. When consumed in moderation, however, turmeric rarely has any side effects.

  • Kidney Stones – Since turmeric is known to contain a moderate level of oxalate, it can contribute to the development of kidney stones when consumed in very high concentrations.
  • Digestion – If you take more than twice the daily recommendation, constipation, bloating, flatulence, and cramping may occur.
  • Allergies – Although allergies to turmeric are rare but if you consume it in high levels, it is possible to experience headaches and nausea, as well as topical skin inflammation.
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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