In this article you can see how much is the recommended daily dosage of turmeric according to three sources.
According to the University of Maryland and Medical Center, these are the permissible dosages of different turmeric forms for adults:
5 – 3 g daily of cut root
1 – 3 g daily of dried, powdered root
400 – 600 mg, 3 times daily of curcumin (standardized powder)
Cut root is fresh turmeric and it will have moisture in it. It is great to make pickles or add it into salads.
Dried root is the most used way of turmeric. Turmeric powder is made by drying cut root and then making a powder.
Supplements are basically the standardized powder. The curcumin is extracted from turmeric and then concentrated to make standardized powders.
According to WebMD this is how much turmeric should be consumed:
500 mg of turmeric four times daily for disturbed stomach
500 mg two times a day of a specific turmeric extract for osteoarthritis
500mg twice a day of curcumin, a specific formulation of the turmeric constituent for rheumatoid arthritis.
According to Dr. Weil, you can take 400mg – 600 mg supercritical extracts 3 times daily. He is talking about supplements.
Summary of the above mentioned information:
Why the University of Maryland Medical Center and others suggest such a small dosage?
Patients who really need it are given high dosages. If experiencing back pain, you may need a high dosage for couple of days and feel better. But once you feel better, go back to the normal dosage.
So, there are two types of turmeric dosages:
Preventive, which is low and can be taken for lifetime;
Curative, which is recommended when having problems. Some of these curative dosages were recommended to cancer patients.
The large dosage of turmeric acts as a strong painkiller and helps you if you are suffering from, for example arthritis pain.
What are the possible side effects if taking large dosage for a long time?
When turmeric is used as spice, there are no side effects because there is a limited dosage. But, it is a different case when taking supplements of large turmeric powder amounts for a long period of time.
There are side effects when taking large amounts of turmeric powder for a long period of time, not right away. These side effects include stomach upset, diarrhea, ulcers. They can vary from person to person.
Do not be alarmed, because turmeric is very safe, but be careful of taking high dosage for very long period of time because it can cause problems.