Turmeric is not only found on your spice rack nowadays, but this potent little superfood has also well and truly established itself as a highly beneficial supplement to introduce into your everyday routine. So, what is it about this yellow powder that has us all falling over each other to get our hands on some? Is it a fleeting hype, or does it have the legs to stand the test of time and remain in our daily lives for a few many years to come? Is turmeric good? Well, let’s not hang around and dive right in to finding out more.
If you wanted to know a little more information about the benefits of turmeric, there is a dedicated blog post, so do check it out!
Is it safe to take turmeric every day?
Yes, but this very much depends on the volume of mg found in the dosage of turmeric, generally speaking if you don’t ingest higher than 2,000mg a day you’ll find it is effective with little to no side effects. With one daily tablespoon of turmeric powder containing the following, you can make your own decision if this is a supplement you wanted to introduce to your routine.
- 9g protein
- 1g fibre
- 4g carbohydrates
- 196mg potassium
- 7mg iron
- 3g fat
- 29 kcal
This is an example of an approximate amount on each tablespoon, this may vary depending on the quality of the turmeric you have. If you have any concerns with understanding how effective and beneficial turmeric will be for you, it is best to consult with a doctor or medical professional to avoid any unwanted reactions.
Generally speaking, turmeric is a great addition to your daily routine, however if you are requiring taking it for long-term its best to seek some advice as there may something better suited for your needs.
What is bad about turmeric?
Taking large amounts of turmeric can lead to a number of negative side effects. This can range from an upset stomach, acid reflux, dizziness, and headaches. Large doses of turmeric will also lead to more severe concerns with the significant increase levels of urinary oxalate which over time will lead to higher risk of frequent formation of kidney stones to develop. If you find you suffer from gallbladder problems, it’s also recommended you avoid taking turmeric as it can cause a bile duct obstruction.
There are still many ongoing studies taken to establish the long lasting results of turmeric and whether it interferes with already existing health conditions or medicines, for peace of mind, ensure you always check with a GP it is still safe to use turmeric.
How much turmeric should you take a day?
As I have already mentioned, research has shown that an effective number of turmeric doses is roughly between 500-2,000mg each day. This can vary on a few things, for example, the quality of the supplement product you take will indicate on the packaging how much each capsule contains. Not forgetting how your diet will also alter the actual amount of how much turmeric you ingest each day, if you have any concerns with the fact, you may be taking too much turmeric start by stop taking your supplements whilst you consult with your doctor. There are also other foods you can team with your turmeric if you feel as though you are not gaining enough from the superfood. Try eating more foods containing healthy fats, such as avocados, nuts, seeds, and oils, all of which will help you gain optimal absorption and really notice a difference.
If you are wanting to know more about how much turmeric to take a day, check out our blog post which goes into a little more detail for you.
Is turmeric bad for kidneys?
Yes, turmeric can be bad for your kidneys if you take a dosage that is too high for a long time. By taking a higher amount of such a potent spice you will be increasing the levels of oxalates in the urine which results in the risk of kidney stones developing on a regular basis. This change in kidney function will also have a knock-on effect for other organs, such as your liver causing an imbalance in the enzymes that reside in the liver walls and can make the blood thinner. Therefore, it is of high importance you consult with a doctor before taking any form of turmeric supplement to bypass any negative side effects.
Is turmeric good for immune system?
Yes absolutely, turmeric is praised for being a natural alternative to help provide a boost to the immune system. It is often believed by many, including medical professionals to include an increase in turmeric into your everyday routine during the winter months. This will help keep any signs of cold and flu symptoms at bay, not to mention the highly impressive results you see when taking turmeric supplements during times of extreme stress.
Is fresh turmeric better than powder?
Yes and no, there’s no denying that the taste of fresh and powder turmeric varies in some way but can also affect how its consumed. Fresh turmeric has a warm, earthy, and slightly peppery bitter taste that can be used in cooking or in the most popular way, mixed with warm milk to make a turmeric latte. You will also find that the extract of curcumin found in the turmeric root extract can also lose its potency once the processing happens trying to turn it into powder form.
Having said that, whether you use fresh turmeric or powder, it really boils down to your lifestyle and finding the easiest way to incorporate it into your day. Many find taking a supplement containing a high-quality powder turmeric works effectively for them, others for example, find using it in their cooking a much more effective way. My feelings on this are finding the right form for you and sticking to your routine will gain you optimal results from such a potent and beneficial spice.
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