Posted on: May 27, 2016 at 9:16 am
Last updated: September 14, 2017 at 4:39 pm

Below is a video that explains the importance of knowing how much turmeric and curcumin you should be consuming. While both of these spices are extremely beneficial to our bodies as they have anti-inflammatory properties and help with the removal of toxins, too much of these spices does more harm than it does good.

Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

Curcumin refers to the active compound that’s found in turmeric. This compound contains various medicinal properties that aid our body in various ways.

Curcumin has very powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help target harmful toxins in our bodies and remove them from our system.


Turmeric has also been found to prevent depression and Alzheimer’s disease. This is because the compounds in turmeric stimulate neurotransmitters in the brain keeping the brain active and helping with the growth of new neurons. This activity in the brain also improves memory and can make you smarter.

How much turmeric should I take?

Turmeric and curcumin are safe to consume but it’s important to keep track of how much of it you are adding to your diet. While eating turmeric is widely known to have a number of health benefits, consuming this root should be done in moderation.

Curcumin can trigger gall-bladder pain if you have too much of it. And consuming too much turmeric can induce the development of kidney stones. Even moderate amounts of turmeric can increase kidney stones in those who are prone to developing them.

In Dr. Greger’s video below, he lists the amount of turmeric you should have in your diet. You should always be wary that too much of a good thing can quickly turn into a bad thing. This is very true for curcumin and turmeric.

In addition, it is always important to be aware of specific medical conditions and how they might influence your diet. Having said this, if you are unsure about how much turmeric is good for you, you should consult this with your doctor and see if you might have a condition that could prevent you from consuming this spice.

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Who Shouldn’t Consume Curcumin or Turmeric?

Doctor’s Note

This is the last installment of a 6-part video series on the power of spices in general and turmeric in particular. I started out discussing the role spices play in squelching inflammation and free radicals in Which Spices Fight Inflammation? and Spicing Up DNA Protection. Then out of the lab into the clinic with attempts to test the ability of turmeric extracts to treat joint inflammation with Turmeric Curcumin and Rheumatoid Arthritis and Turmeric Curcumin and Osteoarthritis. My last video, Boosting the Bioavailability of Curcumin, discussed ways to improve the absorption of these anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds.


More on gallbladder health can be found here. And those who are susceptible to kidney stones should try to alkalinize their urine by eating lots of dark green leafy vegetables.


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