Therapeutic dosage of curcumin or turmeric for health alignments as per recommended guideline


wide range health beneficial effectsIn our earlier article we have written about the way of home preparation of turmeric for better absorption in your intestine. In present researchers have found more interest in whatever you call turmeric or curcumin due its wide range health beneficial effects. You should know that curcumin is the key compound of turmeric and it plays the major rule in effectiveness of turmeric. It is obvious question is in mind that what percentage of curcumin, a specific amount of turmeric have? And what amount of curcumin will help in different health condition? One thing you must know that your intestine poorly absorb curcumin the most compound of turmeric. We also mentioned that there are some critical factors in absorption and processing of curcumin in your intestine in our earlier article.Here we have picked some therapeutic dosage of curcumin or turmeric for health alignments.


Usually in two ways turmeric or cucumin is used, as preventive or wellness dosage and therapeutic dosage. Individual may use smaller dose a preventive or wellness dose.Therapeutic dosage is used when an individual requires special doses usually a higher dose than normal dose. For that reason one should not continue therapeutic dosage for long time.

Therapeutic dosage of curcumin or turmeric for health alignments: (1)

Crohn Disease 1.08 g/day, 1 month + 1.44 g/day, 2 months Lower Crohn’s Disease Activity Index and inflammation
Ulcerative proctitis 1.1 g/day for 1 month + 1.65 g/day for 1 month Significant reduction in symptoms as well as inflammation
Rheumatoid arthritis 1.2 g/day; 2 weeks Improve joint swelling, morning stiffness, and walking time
Osteoarthritis 0.2 g/day; 3 months Efficacious in the management and treatment of osteoarthritis
1 g/day; 8 months Efficacious in the long-term management of osteoarthritis
Cardiovascular health/Atherosclerosis 0.5 g/day; 7 days Reduced serum lipid peroxides and total serum cholesterol levels, and increased HDL cholesterol
Acute coronary syndrome 0.045, 0.09, 0.18 g/day; 2 months Reduced total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, and increased HDL cholesterol and triglyceride
Diabetes 1.5 g/day; 9 months In type 2 diabetes mellitus Participants showed a better function of Beta cells in the pancreatic islets of the pancreas, with higher HOMA-β and adiponectin for regulating glucose, and lower C-peptide and HOMA-IR. Improves glucose/insulin interactions

Remember therapeutic dose of curcumin or turmeric for health alignments is for specific health condition. And for that reason individual should not continue therapeutic dose more than recommended period. You may divide daily dose in three times in a day. And if you are using curcumin for intestinal purpose, you don’t need to combine with piperine or black pepper.

Therapeutic dosage of curcumin or turmeric for various health alignments as per recommended guideline

Curcumin to turmeric weight percentage puzzle:

Curcumin is the yellow pigment of turmeric. We have mentioned in earlier that curcumin is the most effective compound of turmeric. For that reason, many researches focus on curcumin rather than turmeric. You know how much curcumin, you should take in a day or at a time. But question is how much curcumin does turmeric has by weight?

One more crucial factor comes here, percentage of curcumin varies with turmeric. And it depends on facts including types of spices, soil of cultivation, process adopted by manufacturer. Nutrient loss also occurs in production process adopted by manufacturer and for all these reason you need to check certification of manufacturer or supplier.

For such reasons you can grow your own turmeric in garden to get fresh and better quality of curcumin. You can grow even in flower pot with a fertile soft soil. It hardly grows to 2-3 feet in height with a soft trunk. All you need a small spice of good quality turmeric root, put it in soil of a pot and moisten the soil at an interval.  It will grow to a bigger bunch of root. And the root of turmeric is the subject of interest.

You can consider nearly 3% or above of curcumin by weight in turmeric as good. Pure turmeric powder had the highest curcumin concentration, averaging 3.14% by weight. (2)In that way 1.5 tsp of turmeric which is around 5 gm of turmeric that contain 3% of curcumin by weight contains 0.15 g of curcumin i.e. 150mg.

In fresh turmeric root there will percentage of water also. And for that reason percentage of curcumin in fresh raw turmeric root will be little lesser than turmeric powder.

However due to high soluble oxalate content of turmeric powder people with tendency of developing kidney stone should avoid turmeric. Apart from that individual with unhealthy gut or increased intestinal permeability should avoid food with high oxalates more specifically soluble oxalate.(3)

And lastly if you find this article as really helpful, we will be really glad to know.

Disclaimer: Information provided here are generalised information for 
knowledge purpose only,not intended to provide one to one health 
consultation/information. Different people may have different health 
condition. Having medicinal value, turmeric or curcumin may act 
differently on people with different health condition. Hence it has been 
advised to consult with health care provider before application of any of 
above guidelines.
1. Subash C. Gupta, Sridevi Patchva, and Bharat B. Aggarwa, Therapeutic 
Roles of Curcumin: Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials, The AAPS Journal, 
January 2013, Volume 15, Issue 1
3.Sumana Ghosh Das,Geoffrey Peter Savage,Total and Soluble Oxalate Content 
of Some Indian Spices,Plant Foods for Human Nutrition 67(2):186-90 · April 
Bikramjit Konwar

Author: Bikramjit Konwar


18 Responses

  1. According to the American Botanical Council, many bright yellow turmeric powders may currently be adulterated with synthetic dyes which may pose health risks and that the replacement of natural curcumin with synthetic curcumin is a deliberate practice. Both products are susceptible to economically-motivated adulteration. We should only buy turmeric powder or curcumin supplements from companies with strict quality control procedures.

    1. Yes, Strict quality control, ingredient disclosure, source is even better and certification are very much needed. Thanks for your comment, keep posting.

  2. The goodness of good old spices from our culture is always there, we just need to understand the right amount and usage of it. I did not know much about curcumin, thank you for sharing this.

  3. Wow.. this is so exhaustive. Had no clue turmeric can effect so many things. You suggested growing your own turmeric. Does the plant need a lot of looking after. Can we keep it in an apartment?

  4. Ancient Indian spices are often ignored unknowingly by our generation. Turmeric is a super powerful food and you said all about that. Thanks for sharing this detailed post.

    1. Scientists are giving more interest in turmeric due its healing properties. How preparation matters to be benefited. I have linked herewith to required combination with it. Thanks for your input Poonam

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