1. Where to buy turmeric ?
Turmeric seems to be a lot easier to get these days. You will find fresh turmeric root in most decent supermarkets fruit and veg sections.
And you will also find the powdered version in the herbs and spices aisle.
It will probably be in the small fruit and vegetable stores too if you want to help out the little guy.
You can get most supplements online or in a health food store.
2. Is curcumin and turmeric the same ?
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. It is responsible for most of the health benefits associated with turmeric.
There is around 3-4% curcumin in turmeric. So in effect they are the same thing but if you were to take a curcumin supplement (in other words the curcumin is extracted from the turmeric) this would probably be more efficacious than taking a turmeric supplement according to some people.
Personally I prefer to make my own turmeric powder/paste/cubes from fresh turmeric.
3. What is turmeric powder ?
Turmeric powder is simply turmeric root or rhizome that is dried and then ground up to form a powder.
4. Where does turmeric come from ?
When Turmeric is used for health and beauty, it comes from the root or rhizome of an herbaceous plant the is indigenous to tropical regions of the world, mainly south east Asia and the Indian sub continent.
5. Does turmeric thin blood ?
Some research suggests that it does thin blood. It is thought to inhibit platelet aggregation which can result in thinning blood. Although this has not been proved categorically. If you are taking blood thinning medication it is best not to take a turmeric supplement. Or consult your doctor if you are thinking about taking them.
6. What does turmeric taste like ?
Raw fresh turmeric has an earthy somewhat bitter taste. It’s not really recommended to be eaten as is and is best taken as part of a mix of other ingredients as in smoothies, curries and so on.
7. Are there any side effects ?
No, if you stick to a recommended dosage there are no side effects. With this said, if you have a pre-existing condition you may want to reduce or stop taking turmeric. Eating it in foods is considered fine and has no side effects.
8. Does Turmeric stain the skin ?
In a word no. I have used sesame seed with turmeric added as a moisturizer for about 12 months now and it has not stained my skin. It would appear to make sense that it would stain the skin as it is used to color foods and give mustard a distinctive yellow color but this is not the case.
I have read that some people claim it has stained their skin but this may be because they did not use pure turmeric and may have used a product that had a coloring agent in it. Again, another reason to use fresh turmeric in all your skincare products.
In these cases, the people involved said that they would wash their face or take a shower and the color would be washed away. So the coloring does not stain the skin as such but is on the surface.
9. What is the best Dosage of Turmeric ?
Eating turmeric as part of food is fine. So in theory you could have turmeric for breakfast, lunch and dinner and there would not be any side effects. Whether you would want to do that is another story.
As far as taking it as a supplement goes, the University of Maryland states :
The daily intake of Turmeric for adults is as follows :
Cut root: 1.5 to 3 g per day
Dried, powdered root: 1 to 3 g per day
Standardized powder (curcumin): 400 to 600 mg, 3 times per day
Fluid extract (1:1) 30 to 90 drops a day
Tincture (1:2): 15 to 30 drops, 4 times per day
It does not have a recommended dose for children and it is unlikely that children would need to take turmeric as a supplement for health issues but certainly there is no harm in introducing them to a tasty turmeric inspired curry !
Reference : https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric
10. How to eat turmeric
Eat it in meals is by far the best and most enjoyable way to consume turmeric. There are plenty of recipes mentioned here.
Other than that, take a supplement every day. This may make sense for some people as you can’t make food that has turmeric in it everyday.
But you can also make plenty of drinks with it too, so it is possible to get your turmeric hit without supplements.