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How much turmeric is too much?

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Created September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Turmeric greatly improves my sluggish digestion and impossible constipation, and I take a tablespoon with each meal. It is a fact that certain spices such as cinnamon and cloves can cause significant liver damage if used in excess. How much turmeric is too much? (I am a recovering alcoholic, so I want to minimize my potential for liver damage as much as humanly possible.)

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432 · November 12, 2012 at 8:39 AM

I am a scoundrel, but I am a FREE scoundrel. Farewell you little c.u.n.t!

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2688 · November 12, 2012 at 5:17 AM

You want to make sure you get enough choline. Will help your liver out. Good luck with recovery. I know a few people who got sobriety through AA. It gave them their lives back.

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10490 · November 12, 2012 at 4:31 AM

Rendering threads nonsensical after people were nice enough to respond to all your questions isn't very nice to the community. If you don't want to post anymore, that's fine, but why take away the knowledge base we've already created? Not cool, man.

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4306 · November 02, 2012 at 2:47 PM

this page says cinnamon prevents liver damage: http://www.livestrong.com/article/486636-cinnamon-and-liver-damage/ comments?

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68 · September 05, 2012 at 3:34 AM

Oh so you don't think that Caveman didn't eat some fruit for breakfast? You think they just had protein and fat the whole time? I am not telling him to take some tylenol, I am suggesting a fiber supplement. Ever heard of aloe vera? Or psyillium husk? Both completely paleo. And food combining does affect the digestive tract. Just look it up. Juice fasting may not be 100% paleo, but in times of healing the gut you need to do what is available. But I am sure that plenty of people who are eating paleo have either fasted or juice fasted. It is food that we all eat, it's pure.

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2026 · September 02, 2012 at 2:51 AM

short answer: black pepper has chemicals that help the absorption of the chemicals in turmeric

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41471 · September 01, 2012 at 7:33 PM

The title should totally be: Turmeric vs my liver. ;)

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4875 · September 01, 2012 at 6:58 PM

And the first hit on your google for liver flushing is from Quack Watch...

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4875 · September 01, 2012 at 6:57 PM

You might be on the wrong website. Straight sugar for breakfast? Juice fasting? Food combining woo? Fiber supplements? I wouldn't recommend any of this. Kefir and bone broth are a much better idea for digestive health.

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4875 · September 01, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Why black pepper?

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388 · September 01, 2012 at 4:47 PM

There are a lot of turmeric tea recipes that I've seen. If you google it you could probably find a lot. That's how I found the recipes that I've used (though I don't have the specific recipes on hand). Some involve things like coconut milk, honey and black pepper. :D If course you can just put it in your food, too. :)

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496 · September 01, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Zaitz - I have it the exact way you do!!! Lemon,turmeric,water!!! You need the lemon or it won't be as *nice*, turmeric is anti-inflammatory as well and good for your skin btw

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5381 · September 01, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Its a bioactive herb with many phytochemicals, and theres good odds its processed in the liver (ie it could be bad). You could always try a little oral magnesium to aid your digestive speed.

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432 · September 01, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I'd say start with half a teaspoon and see how you feel.

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432 · September 01, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Its not tasty. Mix with water and lemon juice. Do this only with food or you'll irritate the stomach.

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5150 · September 01, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Always take your turmeric with black pepper. I honestly would not worry too much about turmeric and hepatotoxicity. But if you're worried about it, take magnesium. Magnesium is good for the liver AND improves digestion and pooping.

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2026 · September 02, 2012 at 2:51 AM

short answer: black pepper has chemicals that help the absorption of the chemicals in turmeric

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4875 · September 01, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Why black pepper?

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407 · September 01, 2012 at 1:04 PM

I am going to try this. I think there is still a tupperware full of turmeric in my spice cupboard from some experiment long ago. I am also an alcoholic, still attempting to recover.

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2688 · November 12, 2012 at 5:17 AM

You want to make sure you get enough choline. Will help your liver out. Good luck with recovery. I know a few people who got sobriety through AA. It gave them their lives back.

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175 · September 01, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I take turmeric every morning.

Breakfast: 1/2 tumbler of dried coconut flesh (no preservatives) mixed with 2 egg yolks + glug of kefir + 1/3 teaspoon of turmeric with fresh ground black pepper. Keeps me going for hours.

A tablespoon seems alot. I'd put that much in my meatloaf recipe, which gives about 10 portions - any more and the recipe becomes too turmeric.

Sounds like you're supplementing with the spice, rather than just making it a normal part of your diet. I have looked into turmeric on the evidence-based paleo-style blogs, and I don't think any of them give warnings about too much of the stuff. Glad I could be of "help".

ps. Congrats on getting to grips with booze.

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261 · September 01, 2012 at 1:13 PM

I don't know how much turmeric is too much. But I can tell you that I've been taking turmeric every day, 1 or 2 teaspoons. I put it in my morning scrambled eggs and on potatoes, carrots and pumpkins. I also use ginger and cinnamon. No problem so far and my general inflammation seems to be reduced.

Of course is not just turmeric or cinnamon to work magic but just a piece of a perfect puzzle. At least for me.

Michael.

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1085 · September 01, 2012 at 12:38 PM

How do you take a tablespoon of turmeric a day? Just wondering as I would like to do this but the thought of choking down a tablespoon all at once frightens me.

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496 · September 01, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Zaitz - I have it the exact way you do!!! Lemon,turmeric,water!!! You need the lemon or it won't be as *nice*, turmeric is anti-inflammatory as well and good for your skin btw

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432 · September 01, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I'd say start with half a teaspoon and see how you feel.

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432 · September 01, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Its not tasty. Mix with water and lemon juice. Do this only with food or you'll irritate the stomach.

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388 · September 01, 2012 at 4:47 PM

There are a lot of turmeric tea recipes that I've seen. If you google it you could probably find a lot. That's how I found the recipes that I've used (though I don't have the specific recipes on hand). Some involve things like coconut milk, honey and black pepper. :D If course you can just put it in your food, too. :)

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10 · August 19, 2013 at 5:53 AM

Re: "And the first hit on your google for liver flushing is from Quack Watch."

QuackWatch IS the QUACK--Stephen Barrett, that is.

Do your homework... and BE THOROUGH! He's a shill for the medical industry and is a criminal, a liar and CANNOT be trusted. He attacks GOOD REMEDIES. He's not an honest man and has been sued and lost and his lack of credibility was exposed. He sued someone for exposing him and, as I recall, the judgment was against him because of his documented history of deceit and illegitimate attacks. He's one of the things that's wrong with the Internet.

You've been warned.

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10 · June 03, 2013 at 7:26 AM

I have been taking 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric twice daily in warm milk, First one in the morning in my cappuccino coffee,easy to drink ,its something you get used to and at night just a glass of milk in the microwave for 2 min and add the turmeric,stir and drink,tastes fine. I have chronic pain in my lower back and it seems to be doing the job.

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0 · May 15, 2014 at 6:21 AM

Cant tell the exact amount of turmeric that will damage your liver, but I have seen the results of excess turmeric tea. When drunk in excess amount turmeric tea can damage liver, for those who are prone to liver diseases. This may also effect to those facing from gallbladder disease, who take drugs for diabetes or stomach or blood thinner medications.

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0 · May 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM

I think it's unlikey that turmeric will cause liver damage since it's very beneficial to the liver. You'd probably suffer from other effects first (diarrhoea, or example) before that happens.

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0 · July 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM

I take two tsp of turmeric in my smoothie. You can't even taste it. I do that along with one tsp of cinnamon. Can't taste that either. For high or low blood pressure try cucumbers. Look it up on google. If you want to do a liver flush, colon flush or kidney/bladder flush go to "herbdoc.com" But

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0 · June 13, 2013 at 7:46 PM

If you are looking to eat more spices, check this product out: http://www.amazon.com/Super-Spices-Detox-Spice-Supplement/dp/B00BD8P65W/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top It has turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger and cayenne all combined and then individually wrapped like little tea bags. I have at least one everyday. It says you can drink it with hot water and lemon but I usually just mix it with my breakfast yogurt.

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0 · May 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Hi all you need to cook turmeric out so i suggest that first measure out one teaspoon full per glass of water, its best to start small dose first, add pepper and some honey its makes it easy to take, make sure you bring the water to the boil first the add your turmeric pepper and honey boil it for 10 minutes let it cool of and fill bottles put in fridge and drink a glass full per day.

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0 · March 30, 2013 at 10:44 PM

I have serious gluten intolerance, hepatitis C from major surgery after damaging my liver and pancreatic bile ducts from a surfboard accident. Have have had high blood pressure for about 10 years; no herbs seemed to help, after 3 yrs. of trying. Have had scary heart palpitations--emergency rm. blood tests always showed a magnesium deficiency over the past couple yrs. Had one seizure three wks. ago and that blood test still showed a mag. deficiency. Since, I've now cut out all corn products that was causing great inflammations and arthritis. Now taking slow release magn. and a fizzing magn. called CALM (all these when I remember--trying twice a day). Combined turmeric, powdered ginger, powdered beet, and bee pollen together (about two full teas. a day--a.m. and p.m.). I have much more energy, my mind is more clear, I haven't taken any blood pressure medicine in one week and my readings are: 102/71, 110/75, 123/79, 111/75, 112/75, 103/68, (one really low 85/62), 135/80, 116/77, 123/75, 118/69... I believe the combination food supplements I described and the magn. have improved my health all the way around, plus giving up the corn products (#1 for causing inflammation according to some books).

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0 · February 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Turmeric can be dangerous in large quantities... it can cause nauzea, diarhea and liver demage as well as make gallbladder problems worse as it stimulates production and release of bile. Everything in moderation is best. About quarter teason two-3 times a day is plenty for health, more doesn't mean better.

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68 · September 01, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Take milk thistle for your liver.

As far as improving your digestive system: Give yourself a weekend to do a juice fast. Drink nothing but water and freshly squeezed juice (or you can buy sunsweet's prune juice, its 100% natural not from concentrate). This will give your digestive system a break, I am sure it needs one if you are having some issues. After your fast start out your mornings by drinking 1 liter of water before you have any bit of food, coffee, tea, etc. Make sure it is purified and luke warm. This will go straight down to your intestines and allow a rapid evac! Then start your breakfast off with just fruit. Dont mix certain fruits though. The fruits you don't want to mix are acid fruits with sweet fruits. You can however mix acid fruits with sub acid fruits. Sweet fruits can be mixed with sub acid fruits as well. If you are eating a melon make sure not to mix them with anything, not even other melons.

Starting your breakfast with a melon fruit is another sure sign of having to go to the bathroom shortly after. Melons will get absorbed directly into the intestines.

When you eat fruit in the morning though make sure not to eat anything else for about an hour. This will allow the fruits to make things move smoothly throughout the digestive tract.

Also look into using psyllium husk. I personally have not used it, but it will absorb all the toxins in your body and push it straight out. Make sure to drink plenty of water though as it will bulk up quick. Do more research on the husk though. I am doing some myself.

As far as recovery your liver look into liver flushing. People have done liver flushes and it has cured their cancer! The liver is a fascinating organ because it can heal so quickly. Liver flushes are safe and effective. Here is a link: http://bit.ly/UjbUkC

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4875 · September 01, 2012 at 6:57 PM

You might be on the wrong website. Straight sugar for breakfast? Juice fasting? Food combining woo? Fiber supplements? I wouldn't recommend any of this. Kefir and bone broth are a much better idea for digestive health.

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4875 · September 01, 2012 at 6:58 PM

And the first hit on your google for liver flushing is from Quack Watch...

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68 · September 05, 2012 at 3:34 AM

Oh so you don't think that Caveman didn't eat some fruit for breakfast? You think they just had protein and fat the whole time? I am not telling him to take some tylenol, I am suggesting a fiber supplement. Ever heard of aloe vera? Or psyillium husk? Both completely paleo. And food combining does affect the digestive tract. Just look it up. Juice fasting may not be 100% paleo, but in times of healing the gut you need to do what is available. But I am sure that plenty of people who are eating paleo have either fasted or juice fasted. It is food that we all eat, it's pure.

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