Turmeric is a fantastic anti-inflammatory spice you can consume in your daily diet. Chronic inflammation has been identified in latest medical research as a key symptom of diseases. For us to live a healthier life, we should take turmeric root powder everyday to squash unnecessary inflammation.
How much turmeric should you take?
The root powder is the most common way of using turmeric. It can be used in cooking and variety of drink mixtures. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, you can take 1 to 3 grams of the dried powered root everyday. However, other studies have recommended that you take up to 8 grams of turmeric per day for maximum health benefits. Why the big discrepancy? Well, if you think about it, when you’re sick, you need to double up on vitamins and health inducing foods. Your body needs the extra nutrient to fight off infections. It makes perfect sense. If your sick, then you can take 8 grams of turmeric for a day or two, and then once you’re feeling better, go back to the normal dosage limit of 3 grams a day.
Are there any side effects from long term usage?
There have been no reported side effects for using turmeric root powder long term. It’s a pretty safe bet that if you stick to the upper limit of 3 grams per day you’ll be perfectly fine. Maybe you’re turn yellow if you take too much? Just kidding.
How to take turmeric?
The best way to take turmeric root powder to capture its fullest health healing power is to ingest it with some fat and black pepper. When we say fat, we don’t mean bacon (although that would be one delicious bite). You want to take it with olive or coconut oil. These two oils have their own natural health benefits so it’s a great way to use them together. The reason you want to use turmeric root with fat is because it’s fat soluble, meaning it dissolves in fat. Without the fat, the active component, curcumin, has a difficult chance of making it to your small intestines where it will be absorbed into the blood streams. Using black pepper with turmeric increases its effectiveness by increasing its bioavailability. The combination of turmeric root powder, olive or coconut oil, and black pepper maximizes the chance that your body will absorb the turmeric while taking advantage of its full health benefit.
Next time you’re hungry for a bite, make a turmeric bread spread with turmeric root powder, black pepper, olive oil or coconut oil. You’ll be surprised at how good it tastes. You can also use turmeric root powder in your daily drinks. Check out the golden drink recipe below.