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Turmeric is a must-have in every Indian kitchen. It is used in the preparation of almost all types of vegetables as this herb enhances the taste of food.

Additionally, whenever there is an injury due to any reason, one is advised to apply turmeric paste on it. It is believed that applying turmeric paste reduces inflammation. In this article, we will find out whether turmeric can really reduce inflammation as well as how and in what quantity to use turmeric to reduce swelling.

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  1. Can turmeric reduce inflammation or swelling?
  2. How long does it take for turmeric to reduce inflammation?
  3. How much turmeric reduces inflammation?
  4. How to have turmeric for inflammation?
  5. Ways to have turmeric to reduce inflammation
  6. Turmeric tea for reducing inflammation
  7. Precautions
Doctors for Does taking turmeric for inflammation really work

Due to the properties present in turmeric, it is used in Ayurvedic medicine to reduce internal and external inflammation of the body. Apart from Ayurveda, it is also commonly used in households as a natural remedy to reduce inflammation in the body due to the properties present in it. This inflammation can be of any kind, such as arthritis, bruising, wounds, etc.

An element called curcumin is present in turmeric. Curcumin is known to be an inhibitor of inflammation. Doctors advise people with arthritis to drink turmeric milk so that the swelling in their joints can be relieved. Apart from this, many doctors also consider turmeric to be a great immunity booster.

Several studies have proved that turmeric helps prevent and reduce joint inflammation. It reduces pain, stiffness and swelling associated with arthritis. As such, you can use turmeric as an anti-inflammatory.

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How long the swelling will be cured by turmeric depends on the severity and condition of the swelling. In some cases, it may take around 4 to 8 weeks for the swelling to get better. However, you may notice an improvement within 4 to 8 weeks.

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About 400 to 600 mg of turmeric may be taken three times a day, as prescribed by a doctor, to reduce pain and inflammation in severe conditions such as osteoarthritis. Some studies have even advised patients with gout to take 1 g of turmeric daily. A 500 mg dose two times daily can also be taken. But keep in mind to not take more than 2,000 mg of turmeric in a day as it can cause side effects.

You can take turmeric in any form to reduce inflammation. Whether it is chopped or ground, mixed in water or used to enhance the taste of food, it still provides the same benefits.

It is important that you consume turmeric every day to receive its benefits. Remember, the body may face difficulty in absorbing turmeric. In such a situation, doctors recommend taking turmeric with black pepper or olive oil.

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You can consume turmeric in many ways to reduce inflammation, such as:

  • Consuming turmeric with milk is considered best.
  • While making juice of vegetables and fruits, add 1 pinch of turmeric.
  • Turmeric roots can be used to prepare soup.
  • Add turmeric to rice or other whole grains while cooking.
  • While using butter, mix a little turmeric in it.
  • You can also consume turmeric in the form of tea.

Turmeric tea is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation and other problems caused by arthritis can be overcome by its consumption. To prepare turmeric tea:

  • Pour two cups of water into a pan.
  • Now add 1 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder and boil it.
  • Let it boil for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Strain it and drink it after adding lemon or honey for taste.

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Do not consume turmeric in excess. According to the World Health Organization, 1.4 milligrams of turmeric should be consumed per pound of body weight. High doses of turmeric can be harmful to you in the long run.

If you consume turmeric in excess, it can cause problems like vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and dizziness. If you are suffering from a serious condition, then modify your dosage only on the advice of the doctor. It is said that turmeric not only reduces inflammation but also gives relief from pain.

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