I have a friend, who is also a soon-to-be business partner that turned me on to the benefits of Turmeric in the summer of 2018. Before then I had never even heard of Turmeric, or all the benefits of incorporating this spice into my daily diet.
So after hearing about this spice, naturally I did some internet research on if I added this spice to my diet would it benefit me. What I had failed to do at the beginning was find out how much of this spice I need to consume to make it count.
If you have ever had turmeric you will understand it is not a very good tasting spice. So I was adding it to everything I was meal prepping with. Now on my day-to-day routine I only use turmeric in my lemon water first thing in the morning. I add about 1.4mg per pound of body weight which is what the WHO (World Health Organization) has determined to be an acceptable daily intake.
Turmeric has a multitude of benefits, for me I personally take it for its powerful anti-inflammatory effects. I workout a lot, so my body gets inflamed, tossing around weight your body can become swollen (for you bros I wrote swollen not SWOLE).
In some studies there has been links to help slow heart disease, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s from low grade inflammation. I am not an expert nor have I reviewed any of these studies, I have just come across these benefits a few times in the information I’ve digested, so I wanted to mentioned it.
Some other benefits I saw was turmeric may reduce knee pain and improve function for those who suffer from osteoarthritis. Others have found that may be beneficial to reduce your cholesterol and improve quality of life for those suffering with chronic kidney disease.
Like I mentioned previously I tried to consume 1.4mg per pound of my body weight as part of my day-to-day diet. I have it first thing in the morning and mix it in with my lemon water drink According to Healthline.com some of their research has found effective dosage for the following problems to be promising:
- Osteoarthritis 500mg twice a day for 2-3 months
- High Cholesterol 700mg twice a day for 3 months
- Itchy Skin 500mg three times a day for 2 months.
Their site goes on to say that high dosages for an extended period of time is not recommended since the long-term research is lacking. I would also suggest if you are going to take a high dosage of turmeric for your taste purposes only, try to take it in capsule form. It is not a very tasteful spice according to my taste buds.
Must Take with Black Pepper
The most active component in turmeric is curcumin which gives Turmeric its benefits as a spice. Naturally curcumin does not absorbed very well. This is where black pepper comes in. By taking black pepper with turmeric the pepper contains active components to help enhanced the curcumin’s absorption. (1) The ratio I use is 100:1 so roughly 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper to 1 teaspoon of turmeric for easy measuring purposes will get you enough black pepper to improve the absorbing rate of curcumin.
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