According to pharmacist Le Kim Phung, former lecturer of Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy, turmeric contains antioxidant polyphenol compound curcumin and alkaline turmeric essential oil to help reduce acidity in gastric juice. Golden turmeric also helps to heal sores, scar scarring, anti-inflammatory, is an effective medicine for stomach pain.
JECFA (International Expert Committee on Food Additives) and EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) recommend curcumin in safe turmeric preparations to a maximum of 3 mg per kilogram of body weight. Use, if you weigh 50 kg, the maximum consumption should be 150 mg curcumin a day (equivalent to 5 g of turmeric powder).
The amount of turmeric used as a food preparation spice is considered safe, but if higher doses can be detrimental to health. “People who consume 500 mg of curcumin (equivalent to 15 g of turmeric) or more have signs of diarrhea, headache, itching, long-term use that may damage the liver and damage cells,” Phung said. Oral administration of curcumin will not benefit health because the body’s ability to absorb curcumin is poor, easily eliminated. Pharmacist Phung advised to consume only a small amount of turmeric or fresh turmeric combined with piperine (substance in black pepper) to increase absorption of curcumin into the body by up to 2,000%. Using fresh turmeric or turmeric powder to store fish, meat along with a little black pepper is enough to bring health benefits.