How much turmeric / curcumin should I be taking?

17 May 2021
Depending on the form of curcumin you take, your body may not absorb much of it. This limits its effects. For example, if you take turmeric with water, you will absorb very little of it. This is due to its low solubility in the gut.

One way to increase its solubility is to take it 30 minutes before a meal. This is because curcumin is fat-soluble. Additional ingredients can also enhance the absorption of curcumin; you will often find curcumin formulated with piperine, which is a black pepper extract, lipids and Vitamin D. However, with Yellow Root curcumin, there is no need for any added ingredients – our groundbreaking technology overcomes curcumin’s solubility barrier.

The amount of curcumin can vary between supplements, but the World Health Organisation (WHO) deem 1.4mg per pound (0-3 mg/kg) of body weight to be the recommended daily intake for curcumin.

What is curcumin?

Curcumin is a chemical compound known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects [1]. It is the main active ingredient in turmeric root and is what gives turmeric its bright yellow colour. Making up 3-5% of turmeric, curcumin has played a starring role in many studies which have shown significant results in the investigation of its beneficial properties.
Turmeric in hand  

How much turmeric should I take per day?

In the form of an extract and supplement, turmeric contains a higher concentration of curcumin than you would find in turmeric root powder. The most popular form of turmeric supplements usually includes around 150-250mg of curcumin per serving.

If you buy pure turmeric root powder and there is no information about its contents, you may not be getting enough curcumin to reap the benefits. Liquid curcumin is much more effective due to its increased solubility, making liquid turmeric more effective. Make sure to check products and supplements before you buy them.

When should I take curcumin?

Like most supplements, it is recommended that you take curcumin with a meal as it increases absorption when paired with healthy fats. This also reduces the likelihood of having any stomach irritation that can occur when taking supplements on an empty stomach.

How long does it take for curcumin to work?

This will depend on the reason behind your consumption of curcumin. For example, it may have a quicker impact for someone looking to aid weight loss than for someone trying to ease inflammation.

While curcumin has shown to be an effective supplement for helping with weight loss, joint pain and chronic inflammation [3] more effective than curcumin powder. Shop Yellow Root today and begin to #FeelBetterNaturally.