Is there a reasonable curcurmin dosage?


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The research dosage of turmeric, or curcumin, for upset stomach is 500 milligrams four times daily, according to WebMD. The dosage in studies for osteoarthritis is 500 milligrams twice daily of Meriva, a specific turmeric extract made by Indena, or 500 milligrams four times daily of a noncommercial product.

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A dosage of 500 milligrams twice daily of the specific Indena curcumin formulation was used in studies for rheumatoid arthritis, states WebMD. While turmeric is an unproven treatment with no standard dosage, it may be helpful in relieving upset stomach and reducing the pain of osteoarthritis. Studies show it works as well as ibuprofen for pain reduction. Turmeric is likely safe when used orally or topically for up to eight months. Some individuals can experience side effects such as nausea, dizziness, stomach upset and diarrhea.

Turmeric is a spice and a main component of curry powder, explains WebMD. Curcumin is a chemical in turmeric that may help to reduce inflammation. Studies show that curcumin may stop the growth of tumors and help stabilize colorectal cancer. Diabetics should be cautious when using curcumin because it may decrease blood sugar levels. High amounts of turmeric may prevent iron absorption, and turmeric may be a cause of infertility, making it difficult for some individuals to conceive.

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