Before you buy turmeric tablets for your health, there are some important things that you need to look for.  First thing to consider is the dosage.

As an ingredient in a multi-nutritional supplement designed to be taken every day to prevent nutrient deficits, improve immune system function and possibly reduce the risk of chronic diseases, the curcumin found in turmeric is a good ingredient.  Most natural health experts recommend a small dose of about 50mg per day.  At higher doses it can cause nausea and diarrhea.

The value of single ingredient turmeric tablets is questionable.  Many supplement companies recommend very high doses, typically for use as a natural anti-inflammatory.  A better choice is to combine a number of natural anti-inflammatories that could actually be present in the diet.  There would never be 300-500mg of curcumin in the diet.  Yet that is the dosage that some companies recommend.

There are no studies concerning the safety of long-term use of doses that high.  The reason that manufacturers suggest a dose like that is because the compound has low bioavailability.

Little, if any, curcumin enters the bloodstream when turmeric tablets are taken orally.  Other ingredients can be used to enhance bioavailability, such as piperine, for example.  But, the best way to insure that the antioxidant reaches the upper intestine, where it can pass through and into the bloodstream is to protect it with an enteric coating. 

Other nutrients, such as resveratrol and carnosine, need to be protected in this way, as will.  The coating allows for the use of a low dosage that will still provide health benefits. 

While some sources suggest that high doses do not cause serious side effects, one study showed that it can cause iron depletion and anemia.  This is because curcumin is a natural chelating agent. 

Chelating agents are beneficial to our health, because they break down hazardous heavy metals, such as lead and mercury.  They can also rid the body of aluminum.  There is some evidence indicating that small amounts of aluminum build up in our brains and lead to conditions like Alzheimer's. 

But, chelating agents also alter iron metabolism and suppress the production of a protein necessary for the body to use the iron.  That's why there is a risk of iron deficiency at high doses. 

At low doses, if properly prepared, turmeric tablets are safe and may reduce a person's risk of various health problems, particularly those that are often considered age-related.  When combined with a healthy diet and regular physical activity, a multi-nutritional supplement that includes curcumin may help you live a longer, healthier life.  Think of it as insurance.

Curcumin has been the subject of numerous scientific studies.  It was used in traditional medicine to treat infection, arthritis and stomach ailments.  Today, researchers are trying to develop turmeric tablets for use against some types of cancer.  Just remember that not all health supplements are the same and shop for quality.  Otherwise, you might be wasting your money. Visit my website today to learn about a multi-nutritional supplement I've discovered that I'd like to share with you.

Source by Gordon P Hall