Turmeric Capsules — Make your own daily dose

Filling a gel capsule with turmeric

Turmeric powder can be easily filled into plant or animal gelatin capsules as a dietary supplement

Turmeric is a root from South Asia with a long list of beneficial uses, including as a yellow dye. Turmeric is a good source of curcumin a natural biochemical that scientists have studied for potential medical applications.

Research has shown that Turmeric has proven Antibacterial and Antifungal properties. It has also been shown to have Anti-inflammatory benefits as well.

Preliminary scientific research is also suggesting that Turmeric may yield other health promoting effects as well, such as:

Anti-cancer properties

Anti-neuro-degenerative disease properties such as for: Alzheimer’s disease

Lowering blood cholesterol levels

Anti-atherosclerosis properties that may promote heart health.

To fill a gel capsule with turmeric, fold a small piece of cardboard in half, sprinkle turmeric powder into the cardboard’s fold and slide the turmeric off the cardboard and into the capsule. Or use a small funnel to fill the capsule.  Indian grocery stores are good places to buy turmeric powder in bulk.

A standard dose, according to the NIH, is capsules from 400 milligrams to 3 grams divided over the course of a day. Overuse may lead to side effects including stomach upset, nausea and diarrhea. Turmeric may also cause heartburn in people with ulcers.