Saturday, March 1, 2008

How Much Curcumin Is There In Turmeric?

A common question about the potent antioxidant curcumin found in turmeric is, can I get enough curcumin to have a health effect just from the spice turmeric? Just how much curcumin is there in turmeric?

Ayurvedic medicine has taught for centuries that you can get a direct health benefit from turmeric, but Ayurvedic medicine never uses turmeric by itself. Modern herbal medicine, on the other hand, recommends the curcumin derived from turmeric by itself, and usually recommends curcumin with relatively few other natural products.

To get a 500 mg dose of curcumin, you need to consume a full ounce (28 g) of turmeric. Turmeric is only about 2 per cent curcumin.

That's a lot. And you'd need to consume it every day.

Most people find it much easier to use curcumin supplements. Remember, if the supplement is labeled as containing curcumin and tumeric, only 2 per cent of the weight of the turmeric consists of curcumin.

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