1. How much to take: The most common amount of turmeric recommended is 1 teaspoon full. This is what most health and nutrition experts advise and is also in line with the University of Maryland Medical Research Center's safe recommendation of 1-3g per day.
2. How often to take Turmeric: Curcumin the active compound in turmeric stays in your system for approximately 6-8 hours so it's important to split your daily dose throughout the day. Morning and evening work best.
3. Black pepper: Turmeric needs to be consumed with black pepper as it is not easily absorbed by your body. Curcumin is quickly metabolised and excreted by the liver before it has a chance to be absorbed and made available for your body to use. Piperine, a natural compound within black pepper helps to increase the absorption and bio-availability of curcumin by up to 2000%.
4. Consumed with Fat: The active compounds in turmeric are fat soluble so it's important that turmeric is taken with food. Fat soluble nutrients bind to fat before they can be absorbed through your digestive lining. Most meals are fine but taking turmeric with something very low in fat like a banana would not be effective.
5. Make sure your turmeric is high quality and pure: As turmeric has increased in popularity it is now in high demand and there are a lot of low-quality supplements that are not tested for purity and contain additives to speed up production.