Dosage and Method: Turmeric

turmeric powder in coconut oil
How:  always with some fat or oil as it is lipophilic (oil soluble).  I use coconut oil.

How much:  For adults the official recommendation is up to 1.5 g. daily which will be about one very slightly rounded teaspoon which can be divided over two to three doses daily.  Therapeutic doses are considered to be 2-3 g. See cautions below.  Not recommended for small children under two.  For older children and those over 65, start with a low dose. There are varying opinions as to the dosage and confusion between the active ingredient curcumin and turmeric doses.

According to research, piperine, the active ingredient in black pepper will increase significantly the bio-availability of curcumin by 2000%.

Tea:  I don’t recommend taking turmeric as a tea.  It will stain everything.  Some people like to take it in warm milk with honey (Golden Milk) or hot cocoa.

Capsules:  Curcumin (the active ingredient in Turmeric) is available in capsule form.  Personally, I am not a fan of taking herbs (or spices) in such a concentrated active-ingredient-only-form.  This is not what nature intended nor herbal medicine traditions which understood the importance of the synergy of the whole plant matter, be it seeds, leaf, bark or root.  However, please consider organic turmeric which it may be quite helpful for therapeutic short term uses as a massive dosing therapy.  ‘Short term’ is the key word.  See cautions below.

Food:  A great way to take it, a curry is perhaps the best food method.  However, I have added turmeric throughout the day in my yoghurt, muesli, some soups, salad dressings and other dishes.  It gets a bit ‘old’ after a while and invariably I return to my favourite way.

Fat/oil:  This is my modus operandi and part of my morning routine.  Two teaspoons of coconut oil (turns solid in winter so I warm it a little) to one teaspoon of turmeric which will equal the recommended dose of  1g daily.  Sometimes I add an eighth of a teaspoon of cayenne and a dash of cumin…simply because I like the flavours.

Caution regarding therapeutic doses:

  • Turmeric is used to lower blood sugar and may be problematic for diabetics taking diabetic medicines and hypoglycemics.
  • Turmeric also lowers blood pressure in high doses.  Do not take with herbs that have similar effect nor with chemical drugs such as antihypertensives that artificially lower the blood pressure.
  • It lowers the LDL (‘bad cholesterol) and raises the HDL (‘good cholesterol) and will boost the effect of chemical cholesterol lowering drugs.  Not a good idea.
  • It is a blood thinner and not to be taken in conjunction with such chemical blood thinners such as warfarin, coumadin, clopidogrel, or even aspirin, do not ingest turmeric in any form in more than low doses.
  • Therapeutic doses of turmeric taken with moderate to high doses of Ginko biloboa or garlic, all of which have blood thinning properties, should not be taken at the same time.
  • If you do take high doses of turmeric, stop at least a week prior to surgery (because it is a blood thinner).
  • May cause nausea if taken on an empty stomach.
  • People having problems with the gall bladder or gall stones should avoid therapeutic doses of turmeric as it increases the bile production.
  • High doses may stimulate uterine contractions and menstrual flow.

Warning!  Super food turmeric may seriously improve your health.  Read more about turmeric benefits – Spice:  Turmeric – Beyond Curry

Be sure to purchase your herb and spices from non-irradiated, organic and reliable sources for the full health benefit.  Grocery store herbs are good enough for seasoning but most likely have been radiated.  One company I have come to trust is “Simply Organic”.


Therapeutic doses of most any herbal preparation is seldom intended for long term use and were never intended to be used in that way.  Obviously, long term chemical ‘solutions’ have also negative effects.  Many herbalists and Naturopathic practitioners recommend taking breaks of a few weeks from any long term herb use.  However, some people eventually ease themselves off of pharmaceuticals and are happy with the results using natural methods and just as importantly, a healthier lifestyle.  Your health practioner (read my interpretation of that and my disclaimer here) should be consulted.


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201 comments… add one

  • Bhoj Raj Tiwari 24/10/2014, 13:58

    i am bhoj raj tiwari sarcoidosis patient from 2007.I am having steroid every year for 6 month from 2007.I have heard that turmeric and ginger can help for the sarc. disease so can you suggest me how much quantity is good and howmany times i can take in a day also as well as ginger?


    • admin 30/10/2014, 11:37

      Hello Bhoj,
      I am still travelling at the moment but will answer your question when I get back.

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    • admin 30/10/2014, 11:33

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  • Agustin Teves 16/10/2014, 14:18

    Good day Sir,

    I hope you can help me with this. I come up with a tea with the combination of turmeric 1/4 teaspoon, 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper, few slice ginger.. i boiled this in a cup of water, I inhaled the steam from the boil for 5 mins. then i put it a cup add 1 teaspoon honey.. then drink, then i after, i chew a slice garlic with honey… just last night i took i can hardly sleep. when i woke up this morning. my chest is kind of heavy, a little heart palpitation, its a feeling like there is a pressure inside my chest, or slightly feelin warm.. its disturbing me . Am i doing the right thing? or making a problem by taking this.. pleease advise me im really concern of my health. thank you.

    Agustin Teves

    • admin 19/10/2014, 23:58

      Hello Agustin,
      I’ve sent you a private email regarding your questions.

  • kathy 13/10/2014, 18:31

    Most of all, thank you – the information you present is clear and enlightening I make my own raw goat milk kefir, limit wheat in my diet, and watch my eating habits. I would like to add turmeric to my diet.
    My question is, I had my gall bladder removed 25 years ago because of stones. Should I be careful about adding this spice?
    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • admin 14/10/2014, 00:24

      Thanks, Kathy for your kind words! Glad to hear of your healthy choices. Personally, I feel there would not be a problem taking turmeric and enjoying its broad benefits after having the gall bladder removed. In fact, here is a link that substantiates that regarding testing post-op patients:

      I have never ran across literature warning about taking turmeric after a gall bladder removal. The only warnings involving the gall bladder were when there were gall stones or gall bladder problems…which is not your case anymore. Hope this helps!

  • Rose 06/10/2014, 06:45

    My question is I have RSD does turmeric help with that and can u use olive oil instead of coconut oil

    • admin 07/10/2014, 21:01

      Hello Rose,
      So sorry to hear of your RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome for those unaware). I have read that turmeric has helped people with RSD but as I am sure you are aware of, each person is different as to intensity and how long you have had it. Although the literature I have read points out that healing RSD is more successful within the first 3 months (the traditional time frame set to define an ailment as chronic), those who have had it longer have found relief as well. This may be in a combination of herbs with turmeric or other combination. Here are a few links for you to consider: This one is by an RSD sufferer. See her 30 Nov 2012 post. Perhaps you can contact her for help.

      However, besides turmeric I would also highly suggest trying trans-dermal magnesium chloride. Trans-dermal (liquid magnesium chloride absorbed through the skin) is the best, most effective and on the long run cheapest way to take the best KIND of magnesium for the body. It has a far longer effect than magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts). Liquid magnesium chloride is also called magnesium ‘oil’…although it is no oil. It just has a slippery feel until it is absorbed. It has many, many benefits.

      Any magnesium taken orally is very inefficient as it goes through the digestive system first and so higher doses are required for any benefits…which ends up being expensive on the long run. It also must be well balanced with the correct kind of calcium to make it more bioavailable.

      Today, the earth and vegetables we eat from it is depleted in minerals and it is known that especially in the western world almost everyone suffers from some degree of low magnesium levels in the blood. Please read more about it here:

      I have no association with any of the links above. But I have personally used the Ancient Minerals ‘oil’ and find them reliable and an excellent source of solid information, even though they sell the product. There is plenty of research on the lack of magnesium…and it could very well be that in the case of RSD and similar that because the body lacks sufficient magnesium that the cells and hence nerves ‘misfire’ signals to the brain (pain bursts) even though a prior injury was not that severe or that the injury is long healed but the nerves keep sending signals of pain to the brain.

      What I would do if I were you? I would try one course for several weeks (turmeric or magnesium oil first) and see how I do before switching to the other. In this way, you know exactly what is helping you and proceeding rather ‘hit and miss’. After trying both singly first, and if still no real results, try taking both.

      I would love to hear back from you whether one or the other has helped you. I sincerely wish you well!
      (Please see my disclaimer here )

    • admin 15/10/2014, 10:48

      Ooops…sorry Rose. Yes, you can use any oil you prefer, not just coconut oil.

  • Endurance 04/10/2014, 16:59

    Thank you Epicureandigest for the wealth of information on your site.
    Is it true that turmeric is capable to slow down and even reverse retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative retina disease? I would appreciate if you could point to other sources of information on this painful and frightening subject–blindness. THANK YOU!

    • admin 07/10/2014, 21:24

      There is limited literature regarding turmeric (using the active ingredient curcumin) for treating retinitis pigmentosa successfully. Studies show success in some types of the disease, so this is hopeful. However, as to how much…I really don’t know.

      However, in your case I would recommend doing an internet search for dmso and retinitis pigmentosa you will be pleasantly surprised. There are studies dating back to the 60’s regarding greatly helping and even reversing RP.

      Please let me know which path you decide to take and the outcome!

  • Sandra 13/09/2014, 20:43

    Hi there I used the turmeric fir the first time today.2 questions is it good for all types of cancer and can you body feel funny the first time u consume the turmeric I use it in a organic tea and coconut oil mixed together.

    • admin 18/09/2014, 00:42

      Hello Sandra,
      Turmeric has been used for many types of cancer but I can’t say if for all…there are so many! The mechanism by which it works ‘should’ work on all types I should think…but this is just my opinion. As to how you felt after your first time, it depends on dose. You did not mention how much. More is not always better and ‘feeling funny’ is quite vague. If you took a very large medicinal dose as a first time, you may have an upset stomach or other discomfort. Without knowing more, I can’t really help you on that. Sorry.

  • Allie 13/09/2014, 08:50

    My favorite prep for turmeric is dal tadka – lentils with a flavoring. Just boil lentils until soft, then add a portion of oil heated with spices. Turmeric, garlic, ginger makes a good start. I also love lemon juice with lentils. This is a little easier than a full-fledged curry, vegan or vegetarian for those who care, and gets that wonderful fiber benefit from legumes as well as the good stuff from as many spices as you care to add!

    • admin 18/09/2014, 00:36

      It’s delicious that way too. Love it!

  • Linda C. 09/09/2014, 20:17

    What an informative site!!!! Thank you SO much for your explanations and valuable knowledge. I started juicing in December, adding the fresh ground turmeric. I don’t know if it is because I have stopped using refined sugars or because of the GOOD stuff, but my joints are no longer on fire and have good flex. I am SOLD that natural is the best way to go, and realize there is SO much still to learn. Again….thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    • admin 10/09/2014, 17:49

      Thanks for your kind words. I write for readers like you and value your feedback.
      Juicing is alkalizing for the body and turmeric is such a multi-talented wonder so I am not surprised that your joints are happier. I will be updating this article with additional info I come across frequently and have dug deeper into. Possibly tonight or tomorrow at latest. So, I suggest you either check back or subscribe to my newsletter (and free ebook) for first hand updates and more great info!

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    Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to create a top notch
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    • admin 10/09/2014, 17:56

      Thanks, glad you like the article. Be sure to check back within a few days for an important update to the information, or subscribe (and get a free ebook) for firsthand updates and more.

  • Matt 02/09/2014, 03:26

    Hi, good site. I picked up some USDA Organic Turmeric by Nature’s Place from the spice rack in the organic section of the store. I have no health ailments but want to take it as a supplement. What would you consider the recommended dose be and should it be taken daily? Thank you for your feedback.

    • admin 06/09/2014, 21:14

      Hello Matt,
      In the article you will find that I mentioned the dose a few times…but I will sum it up for you. Recommended is up to 1.5 gram – so let’s say 1 to 1.5 gr. 1 gr. is roughly a level teaspoon. Please read again – very important – the How: and the the Fat/oil: section regarding the bio-availability. You’re welcome!

  • shanu 30/08/2014, 21:16

    This blog is amazing! I am currently taking one teaspoon turmeric twice daily and i feel great but recently i had boils on my skin and i don’t know why.. can overdose of turmeric cause boils? and can i take black pepper turmeric and honey together? if yes please tell me the dosage.. thank you :)

    • admin 01/09/2014, 01:40

      Hello Shanu,
      Thank you for your kind words :-) You did not mention why you take two teaspoons daily – for maintenance or a health issue. Be sure to take a break from it or any long term natural product (see last paragraph). Regarding the boils, I don’t see any connection between turmeric and boils which are caused by an infection of a hair follicle or oil gland. In fact, turmeric is also used in treating boils.
      Black pepper, turmeric and honey together – why not? Sounds good to me! I have used that combination in my yoghurt, sometimes replacing the honey for pure maple syrup! As far as dosage, from my understanding, one only needs a little of black pepper to assist in making the turmeric more bioavailable…and I am told it should be fresh, coarse grated…not the pre-ground powdered variety. The amount of honey is up to your personal taste.
      I will be updating the turmeric articles with new important info and tips. If you subscribe you will be notified of updates and new articles…or just keep checking back. I am travelling just now and internet connection is not easy.

  • Deloris 29/08/2014, 18:14

    Great article.

    • admin 01/09/2014, 01:43

      Thanks Deloris! I will be updating the turmeric articles with important new info and tips that I have located. If you become a subscriber, you will be notified of updates, new articles and newsletter info.

  • Daphne 27/08/2014, 22:47

    Was wandering how much oil to use with the tumeric when added to milk?

    • admin 28/08/2014, 09:08

      Very little, really. If you use full fat yoghurt, as I do…then there is enough fat present, so I am told. With full fat milk or other product where no fat is present, add several drops of a healthy oil…at least 1/8 tsp. per cup I should think, though at moment there are no defining rules regarding this. Btw, there are increasing numbers of studies that show that adding just a little black pepper will also enhance the bioavailability of turmeric due to the presence of piperine. Just a shake should do.

  • Shweta 27/08/2014, 22:30

    You had mentioned about turmeric which we get in the seasoning section (especially in indian grocery stores) are radiated . So that means they dont have as much nutrition value?

  • Ali 24/08/2014, 01:12

    Hi hope you are doing good.. i wana ask 2 things.. is it necessary to boil turmeric powder with the dairy milk? or i can use directly 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in cold dairy milk shake it and drink..In this way can i took all the benefits of turmeric which you mentioned? 2ndly i have a plan to take turmeric milk permanent in my daily routine so 1 teaspoon is enough for me?? please help me waiting for your reply..

    • admin 24/08/2014, 08:40

      No, it is not necessary to boil the turmeric with the milk. The purpose of that in the first place is to make it easier to blend with the liquid and by cooking it, it will thicken the milk slightly. If you add it to cold, it will be difficult to blend it…but shaking it should do the trick. I add it to full fat yoghurt and stir it…super easy and no mess. To that I add whatever else I like, cinnamon, ginger…dried berries…nuts, whatever I feel like. I also add a little black pepper to it – one does not need much – as I have learned that it works synergistically with the turmeric, enhancing its benefits. Be sure to always take it with a little healthy fat/oil such as coconut oil or with a meal that has fat/oil in it. Otherwise, it will not be bioavailable to the body.
      Once a month, take a break from it for a week.

  • azucena 21/08/2014, 04:14

    It’s true that those two things together help to lose weight?

    • admin 24/08/2014, 08:44

      Which two things do you mean? Turmeric and…..???

  • Tina Wiebe 13/08/2014, 15:55

    I have colitis I take turmeric ginger baking soda and apple cider vinegar I have to take that I put it water drink it i like it

    • admin 15/08/2014, 18:19

      Sounds good to me!

  • Jodi Schott 13/08/2014, 13:46

    I recently started taking turmeric to assist with the healing of my psoriasis. I have been taking 3 or so capsules per day. I have noticed recently I have had a ton of bloating in my upper abdomen. I know turmeric cleans the gut, is it possible its causing the bloating?? Thanks!

    • admin 15/08/2014, 18:18

      I rather doubt that the turmeric is the direct cause of the bloating. However, bloating can be caused by die-off of certain ‘bad’ or overgrowth of bacteria such as H pylori (Helicobacter pylori) or candida both of which turmeric is often prescribed for. I can only suggest what I would do to narrow it down and that is to stop the turmeric for a week and observe whether the bloating is reduced. If it is, take 1 capsule a day for a week, then increasing to 2 daily the next and so on. Observe what is happening.

      Try to figure out if the bloating is in the transverse colon or the stomach. If you are not sure of those locations, look up online for graphics. Most people are way off when asked for the location of the stomach. Hint: it’s not behind the belly button or below it.

  • admin 29/07/2014, 13:39

    Hello May…Pain is stressful so I am not surprised that your BP goes up. Turmeric, ginger and garlic are part of classic ingredients used in Indian and some Asian cooking. So, why not? Just be sure that you take it with some form of fat or oil to help make the turmeric bio-available. Just a little…a few drops is all that is necessary. Also, research shows that adding some black pepper (clack, not white) works synergisticly with turmeric due to the piperine found in black pepper.

  • Katie Munn 23/07/2014, 18:04

    I have a question re. my husband. He has high blood pressure, but has taken prescription medication before and it has a lot of side effects. I would like him to try the turmeric instead. I’m wondering what dose he would start off at and what dose he would maintain at. He regularly workouts and is maybe 15 lbs. overweight, which is why his bp is high. I know once his weight is back down his bp will also go down. Also should I also give him the cayenne pepper capsules as well? Thanks, Katie

    • admin 29/07/2014, 13:32

      Hello Katie…Yours is another post I missed. For some reason, the blog system is not notifying me timely. To your question, but first please read my disclaimer here: The pharma world has successfully influenced the medical world to lower BP standards as well as cholesterol levels. With each drop, this equates alone in the US, to millions of dollars more yearly in the pharma pockets.
      That said, and assuming you have read my disclaimer, I really cannot tell you to drop the meds and try turmeric and cayenne…a) I don’t have enough information re your husband (age, meds etc) and b) I risk having my blog blocked and legal problems.
      I am supposed to advise you too that always follow your doctor’s advice (because they are all knowing gods), never question them nor think for yourself regarding your own (or your husband’s) health. Uh huh…roll eyes. But all that is covered in the disclaimer.
      What I can tell you is, research online for possible interactions with his meds and turmeric (xxxmed +turmeric as well as xxxmeds +cayenne) so you can make an informed decision. And…personally, if I was taking meds, I ‘personally’ would never stop cold turkey, but wean myself off and replacing with natural methods…keep a log about my observations. And I would make necessary lifestyle changes, ie. quit smoking etc etc.

      Btw, research shows that adding a little black pepper with turmeric works synergisticly and enhances the bio-availability of the turmeric because of the piperine found in black pepper.

      I can also tell you that if you have a closed minded doctor, look for another one who has one foot at least in the naturopathic/alternative health world and the other in the med/pharma world. You would have a better chance at a balanced opinion and an openness to first trying natural methods.

      I hope you ‘got my message’? ;-)

  • hani 22/07/2014, 20:25

    Dear admin, i am taking turmeric in powder form. its half tea spoon three times a day with water for depression. i feel some stomach burnning. and i read somewhere that long term use of turmeric may cause ALCER. so what do you suggest about it? Thanks..

    • admin 22/07/2014, 23:31

      Hello Hani,
      I never recommend taking turmeric just in water. As my post states, it MUST be taken with some sort of fat/oil to for it to be better absorbed. Keep in mind that turmeric is a supplement and like ‘most’ natural supplements such as vitamins or minerals, it should be taken with some food source. There are exceptions, of course and borage and evening primrose capsules come to mind. These should be taken on an empty stomach for better absorbability. Studies have shown that taken with a little black pepper greatly enhances the bio-availability of turmeric.
      I always suggest using a medium such as whole milk or whole, real yogurt (full fat content). I am certain this will be helpful to you in reducing the burning sensation you experience – although turmeric is not ‘spicy’. If you do not use dairy products, then any ‘milk-like’ drink such as oat or rice milk…either with just a small amount of fat added – 1/4 tsp. or so works as well. It can be stirred into soups, muesli, salad dressings, scrambled eggs…you name it.
      Turmeric is also used to TREAT ulcers, however, some people have very sensitive stomachs and may – when using very high theraputic doses – may develop an ulcer. However, the dose you mention does not fall into this category.
      If you are taking it for depression, I think you may want to look into St. John’s Wort (an old English word for herb) which is often recommended in Germany and other Euro countries for mild to moderate depression. Light exercise, even just walking regularily helps to elevate mood. Here is a link which suggests other natural methods for depression…all of which I can recommend. Hope this helps!

  • Anne 15/07/2014, 13:15

    Hi Admin
    In your opening sentence you refer to 1.5g being a teaspoon of turmeric (powder I assume) which you believe to be a high dose. I use fresh root, about 4g in weight each morning in a smoothie. I would like to know how much curcumin might be in this as I have been unable to find the answer so far. Can you help please. Thanks.

    • admin 22/07/2014, 23:48

      Hello Anne,
      So sorry I missed your post. 1.5g of turmeric powder is a recommended dose. A high dose is considered between 2-3g. I agree with you that it is very difficult to find info regarding fresh compared to dry. Going on the standard COOKING (volume) use with herbs, approximately 1 teaspoon of dried herb roughly equals 3 teaspoons of fresh. This reflects the water loss once the herb is dried. It think it is safe to assume that it would be similar with fresh root to powdered turmeric. At least it is something to go by.

  • james 18/06/2014, 04:58

    Is mixing honey, coconut oil and turmeric ok? just wanted to be sure that I am getting the benefits of turmeric.


    • admin 26/06/2014, 17:01

      Hello James,
      I have been away for a few weeks, so was unable to answer your comment. Yes, honey, coconut oil and turmeric is fine. Thanks for commenting!

  • Kay Hunter 12/06/2014, 19:55

    For nine years, I have used turmeric, purchased in a bag, from the Indian Grocery Store. Starting with yellow milk, with 1 teaspoon; I have progressed to a breakfast banana shake, with 1 tablespoon. With recent fleme in my throat, and coughing, I came to your website to investigate the possibility of “over-dosing” my lovely arthritis medicine breakfast. I was shocked to find that that indeed I was going over-board. Since my double knee replacements, nine years ago this month, I refused to take Celebrex, and my doctor questioned what I would use. When I mentioned curry, he began to tell me about turmeric in “yellow milk”, and told me that results could take 2-3 months; however, I found it was effective sooner, and I could stop the Aleve after a couple of weeks… and have taken it ever since, increasing the dosage if there was bone pain. Several times over the years, I experimented by stopping the turmeric for several days, and always went back. The shake, I call Elvis, contains almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, banana, 1 T. peanut butter, 1 inch fresh ginger, 1/2 t. ground cinnamon, and 1 t. turmeric. (…was 1 T., until I read your website) Turmeric is causing a little sneezing and runny nose, but I put it into safflower oil and scrambled an egg in it, served with a little cheddar cheese. [Sorry, but I have a history of over-doing some other things: way too much tuna for many years=>mercury poisoning, 3 kiwis=>rash & diarrea, too many oysters=> allergy to oysters & shrimp]

    • admin 26/06/2014, 17:14

      Hello Kay,
      Sorry I could not get back to you sooner…I was away for a few weeks. Yes, 1 tablespoon daily long term is not a good idea. Sometimes less is more which is often the case. Many natural solutions work via accumulative effect or over the long term, but not so well in massive doses (long term).
      You mentioned phlegm and coughing. I would suggest it is the milk. Milk is known to produce phlegm which is why it is recommended to avoid all milk products when some one has a cold or bronchitis. There are delicious alternatives such as oat ‘milk’ or rice etc…which are not milk but milky-like and are great in shakes. Your Elvis sounds delicious. But I wonder if the turmeric was causing the sneezing and runny nose. Try eliminating all milk products for a few weeks and observe. Then reintroduce yogurt and reevaluate. Thanks for your comments!

  • Germain 12/06/2014, 19:48

    Hi. I currently take Red-Yeast-Rice extract + Omega 3 Fish Oil + CoQ10, and this lowers my cholesterol according to my Dr., but does nothing for my sugar levels. If I start using Turmeric, could I get off of the R+O+CoQ10 regiment?

    Thank you!

    • admin 26/06/2014, 17:21

      Hello Germain,
      Sorry I could not get back to you sooner…I was travelling. In my opinion, I would not get off the R+O+CoQ10 because there are so many other positive benefits. Especially CoQ10…but if you can get Ubiquinol (worth looking up online) it will be more bioavailable to the body than CoQ10. Why not try turmeric and cinnamon (read my articles on cinnamon as well) and reevaluate the blood work? You may find the sugar levels are improving and you could perhaps consider alternating days or 1 week your protocol and the next week the turmeric and cinnamon. Are you walking enough and consistantly? This also improves blood sugar levels as well as cholesterol…besides all the other positive side effects!

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      Sent you an email but it bounced. Thanks for letting me know. The blog recently had a redesign and still needs tweeking!

  • Ann Farmer 02/06/2014, 12:24

    Hi Admin, hope you can help. I have suffered with RA and inflammation since October 2010. I have taken anti-inflammatory tablets, courses of Steroids and Paracetamol to keep it all at bay, but I do get bad flare ups. It is getting near the point where my Doctor will want me to take Methotrexate of which I have been putting off for as long as I can. Meanwhile I am drinking more Water, Exercising and Dieting in order to prevent the inevitable and now have come across reading of the wonder of Turmeric. I do not like the taste of Turmeric and Ginger of which I have just started to include in my diet and am confused of which sort of Turmeric to take i.e. (is the powder ok from a local Supermarket, or should I get Organic from a Health Shop, or indeed the Root and liquidise) and also to what dosage I need to be taking as medicinal. Also at the moment I am taking just one Naproxen Anti-Inflammatory tablet daily and it has now worried me that I have read some of the comment on here not to take this with Turmeric. I thought Turmeric was safe and just a food supplement. This morning I had a bowl of porridge mixed with half a teaspoon of Turmeric and had some Stevia sweetener over the top. (it was Yuk! by the way). I also take 3mg only of Predisenole Steroid tables as a gradual reducing programme down to only 1mg per day and Omprezole 40mg daily to protect the stomach. Could you advise me please on the daily dosage of Turmeric I can take, if the powder for the Supermarket is sufficient and how I can take it to mask the taste please. Thank you.

    • admin 02/06/2014, 19:13

      Hello there, Ann!
      So sorry about your problems with RA – a nasty autoimmune problem that causes the joint inflammation. I agree with you on avoiding Methotrexate. I will be contacting you per email this evening, but here is a hubpage that has suggestions about masking the taste:
      I understand your dislike of the flavour…it can taste rather earthy. I am fortunate in that I can take whatever my body needs to help it, no matter the taste. Taste of something is not a consideration – speaking for myself. I hope the above site inspires you. For myself, I love taking it stirred into real, natural (full fat) yogurt, I add a serious amount of cinnamon, some black pepepr (has a synergistic effect with turmeric and as such inhances its effect), a few walnuts, and whatever else I feel like, such as grated quarter of an apple or ginger. I use pure maple syrup or our local honey to sweeten. Personally, I dislike Stevia.

      The above link does not mention the importance of the presence of a fat or oil when taking turmeric. It is fat soluable and not water soluable. Without the presence of a fat, the medicinal properties are not bio-available. I have contacted the author and hope she edits the article to reflect that.

      Many people assume that a food supplement is ‘safe’. As a spice added to a food, this is not a problem. But ALL herbs or spices taken in medicinal doses must be considered against the pharma chemicals one is taking because they can either render useless OR highly enhance the pharma meds.

      If you do not have access to organic turmeric then the supermarket stuff is ok…until you can get the bio or organic type. I question the supermarket suppliers, which notoriously sell old stock and is expensive in such small bottles.

      Another option for you is to order curcumin (the main component of turmeric) in capsule form to avoid the taste dilemma. I am not a fan of such concentrated does, but for RA, it can be a good option as the doses are standardized. Check to see if black pepper is included (reflecting recent research that it boosts the effectiveness) or be sure to take it with a meal to which you have added pepper.

      Have another look at this article as I did answer some of your questions in it ie. medicinal/therapeutic doses. So glad you are reducing off the Predisenole.

      Look for an email from me later, dear regarding other suggestions for the RA. Thanks for your question.

      • Dorothy 04/09/2014, 18:24

        Hi! I also have severe inflammatory intestinal and joint and back. I thought I was going to just add half tsp. powdered to my cup of tea with fresh ginger and honey. Not a good idea? Regular cup of tea just adding the powdered? I asked my coumadin nurse about this today and she said I could give it a try and have to return for a INH blood level in a week to see how I do with it. So what do you think? I have my tea, honey and fresh ginger every morning so could I add half tsp powered tumeric to that or no?? Thank you!! DOT

        • admin 06/09/2014, 21:06

          Hello Dorothy,
          Sorry about your health issues. I would say give it a try…but do not overlook the importance of some oil or fat source with it. You mention inflammatory intestinal…did you mean inflamed intestines, such as IBD or inflammatory colitis? That can be in whatever food you may take in within 15 minutes before or after drinking the tea. And a sprinkle or two of black pepper as I am coming up with more and more data on the importance of piperine in black pepper for increasing even more the bio availability of turmeric. The small amount needed should not pose a problem to the intestines. Just a grating of FRESH ground black pepper.
          After a week, try upping the dose to twice a day and see how that serves you. Please let me know!

  • Caitlin 24/05/2014, 22:44

    Thanks for the helpful post!

    • admin 28/05/2014, 00:35

      You are welcome. Glad it was helpful for you!

  • Shaba Kawn 23/05/2014, 08:49

    I have been taking 10 gram a day organic tumeric powder, in my smoothy, I feel great

    • admin 28/05/2014, 00:38


  • Healme 03/05/2014, 01:20

    Hi, i suffer from ocd/ ptsd. Do you think turmeric can help me? I have tried various treatments but to no benefit. Also can i use packaged turmeric powder thats used in indian curries. Appreciate any help

    • admin 08/05/2014, 01:06

      It seems that turmeric can be beneficial for ocd. I noticed this quote (link follows):
      ” In studies, curcumin enhanced neurogenesis by increasing the level of brain derived neurotropic factor (BDNF), a molecule at the forefront brain health today (and we’d argue food choices). BDNF not only encourages the birth of new brain cells, it also promotes connections to other brain cells and protects them from damage. Low BDNF is linked to serious brain illnesses such as major depression, OCD, schizophrenia, and dementia. ”
      The problem with curcumin (the main component in turmeric) is its bio-availability. It must be taken with oil or some fat present either in the food it is cooked with or somehow present. It seems that black pepper greatly enhances its bio-availability. Heated, as in curries seems also to improve its uptake according to studies. I take mine in yogurt with a few other ingredients and this is room temperature.

      So, I would think that taking turmeric would be worth trying because of improved BDNF…a super ‘side effect’ of turmeric!

      I am sorry you suffer also from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Though natural or pharmaceutical solutions may seem to help, it is still treating the symptoms and not the root of the problem. In my experience, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or Matrix Reimprinting (related to EFT but a deeper technique) has been very effective, and rather quickly compared to years of psychiatric sessions or years of drugs. Without going into much detail regarding either technique here, I encourage you to gather information on either technique (starting with EFT) and perhaps search for a practitioner in your area. I am confidant that you will be positively surprised. Be well!

    • Jim Bruin 19/05/2014, 05:59

      It depends on the underlying mechanism for your PTSD. Turmeric is an effective orexin inhibitor, so if you have too much Orexin it really helps. It has a half life of about 3-4 hours. Mix a half teaspoon in a glass of water and drink it down. It should start working within ten min. The effect is very noticeable, so you can tell right away if it works.

      If your PTSD is caused by too much cortisol, then you have several methods to treat it. You can block the effect of cortisol in the brain by increasing BDNF. An effective way to do that is the sport supplement beta-alanine. You can also block the effect of cortisol with a glucocorticoid receptor antagonist. The herb Cissus Quadrangularis works well for this. (Although I would take a CRF gene inhibitor with that too. A teaspoon of Quercetin does the trick.)

      • admin 28/05/2014, 00:42

        Thanks for your contribution. Sounds like solid advice…however in that glass of water or taken in some form with it MUST be some sort of fat/oil to make turmeric bioavailable. This could also be solved by taking the turmeric water with a meal or just after…as long as some fat/oil is in the food. In any case PTSD treated only symptomatically will not be a real long term help. The root cause (the psychological/emotional impact the trauma caused must be addressed as well). EFT and similar is a great help for that.

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  • SIVAKUMAR 01/04/2014, 17:21

    Currently I’m taking tumeric capsule 1500mg for each meal is it correct dose for diebetic patient, please advice me thank you.

    • admin 02/04/2014, 01:22

      Most sources suggest that for addressing serious to chronic issues (including diabetes) that it is a good idea to start with a low dose of 1 g (1000mg) (half a level teaspoon) three times a day with meals. It may take 6 to 12 months, but then each person is different. Ayurvedic tradition suggests trying this lower doses first before using 1.5g (1500). More is not necessarily better. This is a principal of traditional methods…be that herbal, naturopathic or Ayurvedic.

      Please note the cautions in my article concerning using turmeric with diabetic chemical medications. Of course, NO treatment will be effective without serious lifestyle changes…which I hope you are following. I am assuming that as a diabetic you know what to avoid, importance of exercise…walking etc.

      Wishing you the best of health!

  • Christy Theiler 21/03/2014, 22:28

    Actually I am interested in that question regarding the yellowing of the teeth & how to deal w/that. I have not started taking turmeric yet but I want to. I want to start w/a very small dose & work up. I need to get the dosages & I also want to get the correct dose that would be correct for my dog who is about 13, between 75-85 lbs., part lab, part golden. She has the beginning of cateracts, arthritis, & she is loosing her hearing. Would appreciate any info you could give me. we are sort of going through the age thing together!!!!

    • admin 22/03/2014, 14:52

      Hello Cristy,
      The information I have regarding dogs is 10 mg to 20 mg dried turmeric per 10 lbs. (roughly 5 kg.). This amounts to 1/8 to 1/4 level tsp. Remember that turmeric is a food supplement, so exact, to the microgram measurements are not necessary. Always start with the lower dose and keep in mind that it must be taken in the presence of some sort of oil to help make it bio-available. This can be full fat yoghurt or a drizzle of olive oil over their food. You will have to be inventive as to how you can administer it. I read that some people give capsules hidden in food, for example.
      There is also some evidence that black pepper works synergistically with turmeric to make it more bio-available as well.

      Small amounts of pepper will not hurt your dog. In fact, large amounts must be taken before any problems such as diarrhea may occur. The amount of pepper is significantly less, like a sprinkling on the food well mixed in.

      Turmeric is not to be taken with NSAIDs pain-relieving agents called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This is true for animal or human. I think you will find this site useful: .

      As for your question regarding staining teeth, I have not found that a problem with me. I do not take like I hear that some do, as a tea in hot water with coconut oil mixed in (for the necessary fat presence). This for me, obviously will stain teeth. I take it in full fat yoghurt (I don’t advocate those low fat anything products) as I mentioned before.

      Hope this helps!
      (My Tosca will be 14 in October and experiencing similar as your dog.)

  • mike 12/03/2014, 02:57

    How do you prevent your teeth from staining? Mine stained terribly so I stopped using

    • admin 12/03/2014, 10:13

      How have you been taking it and how much, Mike?

  • Murugappan 10/03/2014, 03:34

    Hi Admin,

    In the details under cautions you have stated ‘high doses..”. Appreciate your advise on what constitutes high dosage. I am taking curcumin 500mg tablet per day. Is that considered high dosage? I also taking cholesterol lowering and blood thinning medication.

    Thank you.

    • admin 10/03/2014, 11:52

      Hello Murugappan,
      Not knowing the reason for you taking the curcumin, I really cannot answer that. However, I think you should have a look at this site, that is specific to curcumin. Towards the end, he mentions turmeric…which as you know is the whole spice and curcumin is the so-called active ingredient.

      As I mentioned, not knowing your reason for taking curcumin I wish to mention that numerous studies have maintained that it is not necessarily the high dose of curcumin but “suggest that low, regular doses of turmeric are beneficial, especially in cancer prevention”.

      I am, in general, an advocate of the synergistic effect of ALL the constituents of a plant etc. This is a holistic herbal view in general, unlike the medical lab view that ignores the rest as ‘inactive/ineffective’ and concentrates on an ‘active’ ingredient – something that is against traditional/natural medicine.

      This has in the past resulted in a market flooded with ‘active’ ingredients without any natural buffer anymore, which in some cases has resulted in very bad side effects. The medical/pharma industry then decides to ban the whole plant, posturing that it is dangerous for the public. It is also a clever ploy to discourage the public from seeking natural solutions.

      Turmeric is less problematic in this aspect – but curcumin doses etc are still much studied and debated. Doses are really just guidelines.

      If you are taking curcumin intending to maintain or improve your health only and not for a medical issue, then I think you are better served taking whole spice – turmeric powder from a reliable organic source. Watch this site for info on how to check if your turmeric is pure or adulterated.

      Hope this helps!

      I will contact you regarding the rest of your question.

  • mags 03/03/2014, 09:44

    Do i have use extra virgin coconut oil or is it ok to use a cheaper coconut oil

    • admin 05/03/2014, 10:04

      Sorry, missed this one mags. Just be sure that the coconut oil is not ‘refined’. Extra virgin coconut oil is really a marketing ploy designed to attract those used to the distinct labeling of olive oil and justify a higher price. Coconut oil is either organic or not or refined. There is no extra virgin…it is bs.

      The refined (refined, bleached, and deodorized) is referred to as RBD oil and is used in some industries and cosmetics and is the cheapest in some poor countries and is used for cooking. Not good.

  • mags 26/02/2014, 23:20

    Me again will go off soya and try the oat milk or almond by safe mix was thinking of pseudomonas that’s colonized but would not have a bad effect n M S or cellulitis no more problems heart and so on thanks for your help.

  • Evone 26/02/2014, 12:09

    Hi I just found your site and would like to ask.. If I were to buy
    Turmeric roots and boiled them, then let them dry could I then grate them or put them in a food processor and make them into powder and get the same awesome effects you are describing? Please answer quickly my mind is about to go lol.

    • admin 26/02/2014, 19:37

      Hi Evone,
      In answer to your question about fresh raw roots – frankly, I don’t know. I have made a tri-lingual quick search online and I find nothing that suggests that fresh is better than dried or even how to process them to make ones own powder. But why would you do that? Seems like a huge effort when you could get quality dried online from a reputable seller. I suggest Mountain Rose Herbs (I have no affiliation with them) because their name seems to pop up frequently.

      The only thing I found about fresh is that it is milder and less ‘musky’ than the dried. This is to be expected as the fresh will have water content. Drying concentrates the product, hence the flavour is more concentrated. However, I noticed some seem to prefer the fresh when blending a smoothie and often it seems to be blended with fresh ginger root. But here I think we are talking about a food product with some mild benefits and not serious doses.

      I don’t think I have helped you much…sorry.

      • Frank Tull 30/06/2014, 18:44

        I have been putting tumeric in capsules for some time for lowering my blood sugar. It is noticeably beneficial. My question is similar to Evone’s. I live in the Central American country of Belize where Tumereic (yellow ginger root) is available in the local farmers market. It would be beneficial to know if this local fresh tumeric could be beneficial. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
        Thank You,

        • admin 30/06/2014, 20:58

          Hello Frank,
          Good question, but I still can’t give any more information regarding fresh turmeric than what I answered to Evone. Fresh or dried will be beneficial but as to what amounts of fresh to reach the equivalent of dried – for health purposes – still seems to be elusive. Wish I could help you on that but another tri-lingual search did not bring up any fresh information (pardon the pun). So sorry!

  • mags 25/02/2014, 15:12

    I have read that turmeric kills off pseudomonas i also have M S and cellulitis have been taking coconut oil for a week now and my energy as shot up looking up turmeric ginger cinnamon need to be lactose free taking soya can you recommend a safe mix please.

    • admin 26/02/2014, 19:52

      Hi Mags,
      Thanks for your comments. Glad you have more energy…coconut oil certainly helps! Frankly, I avoid soya and the whole commercial hype regarding it. Have a look here . I did not quite understand what you meant by ‘safe mix’. Do you mean amounts of the spices you mentioned or regarding the soya? I can’t diagnose or prescribe, however depending on your general health (low/high blood pressure, insulin problems etc.) have a look at my articles on these spices. They can be mixed together. If you decide to reduce the soya intake, look for oatmilk (my favourite). Also, not knowing how extreme your lactose intolerance is, look into goat yoghurt and milk products such as fresh cheese. It seems that those with mild to somewhat intolerant have no problem with it. Goat milk yoghurt is quite nice and most people cannot notice the difference.

      Hope this helps.

      • Shaba Kawn 23/05/2014, 09:25

        Cashew milk or cream is a great soy replacement, simply blend (good quality blender) cashews and water

        • admin 28/05/2014, 00:37

          Great suggestion. Works with blanched almonds too. I found using very cold water added to the blender a little at a time produces a thicker product.


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