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How should you take turmeric for inflammation?

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Sarah Achleithner
You should take turmeric for inflammation by combining it with black pepper to enhance curcumin absorption [1]. 
Research shows that curcumin (the main ingredient in turmeric) may be beneficial for decreasing inflammation associated with certain conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, IBD, arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases. 
It’s suggested that turmeric is effective when taken at dosages of 500 - 2,000 mg/day, or measured at 1.4 mg/pound of body weight [2]. Turmeric can be taken as a supplement or enjoyed as a spice, but extracts are the most potent forms.
Turmeric root, powder and pills in wooden bowls on a blue background

References:

  1. Gupta, S. C., Patchva, S., & Aggarwal, B. B. (2013). Therapeutic roles of curcumin: lessons learned from clinical trials. The AAPS journal, 15(1), 195–218. https://doi.org/10.1208/s12248-012-9432-8 
  2. Amalraj, A., Pius, A., Gopi, S., & Gopi, S. (2016). Biological activities of curcuminoids, other biomolecules from turmeric and their derivatives - A review. Journal of traditional and complementary medicine, 7(2), 205–233. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtcme.2016.05.005