Putting My Turmeric into Capsules, and Why
I added more turmeric to my diet. I knew it had a long tradition of use in Indian cooking… it’s in curry powder, for example. Why did I want to do this? It seemed to me that it might be a help to my health, based on a variety of articles I read. Here’s one: Dr. Mercolas’s video and page about turmeric. This is a sales page for particular brand of turmeric but I still thought it did a good job of talking about the spice. That brand looks just fine, too, but I am so frugal that I wanted to get the turmeric loose and then put it in capsules myself.
Here are a couple of other articles I read: a list of turmeric’s health benefits and this one from Mark Sisson, a primal writer.
My Process of Preparing Turmeric for Use
I started by buying a one-pound bag of organic turmeric powder, Frontier brand, from Amazon. I really like Frontier spices and have found them to be of good quality, so that part was easy. Frontier offers non-organic turmeric for a lower price, but considering that a bag would last a good while, I opted for organic. The label listed no other ingredients… had to go to the Frontier website to read the back of the bag.
You can also get a smaller jar of Simply Organic turmeric powder, and then see if you want to do more.
I aleady had a big jar of organic curry powder at home, so the first thing I did was combine some turmeric with curry powder… I make curry about once a week. Well, my husband noticed the flavor difference and didn’t much like it, so I could only get away with a small addition of turmeric to the curry powder!
Next, I pulled out some empty OO gelatin capsules that I had on hand, put some turmeric powder in a shallow bowl, and filled the capsules with as much powder as I could easily push into them. I added one capsule a day to my diet without figuring out how much that was. Did it help my health? I don’t know but it certainly did no harm.
When I ran out of the capules, I would make a new batch whenever I got around to it. I did end up with yellow fingers for a while whenever I filled the capsules.
Gelatin Capsules or Vegetarian?
So far, I’ve always used gelatin capsules but I am going to shift to the vegetarian ones next time I order some. Gelatin capsules are made by manufacturers who boil connective tissues of cows, pigs, and maybe other animals, for a long time, using various chemicals as part of the purifying process.
Relatively recently, vegetarian capsules have come on the market, and they are available from a variety of sources. They are made from inert vegetable cellulose, and I’ve seen some claims that they digest more easily.
So I will be choosing empty vegetarian capsules (called vcaps or vegecaps sometimes) after this. I’ve noticed them in 0 and 00 sizes. That link is to a search at Amazon I did on empty vegetarian capsules. The items that are first listed are exactly that, but later Amazon also lists some gelatin ones, so read the titles!
How Much Turmeric Will I be Taking?
I will experiment. I had been taking one capsule a day, may up it to two.
I did a little research and you may well be right. I didn’t make the time to research it fully because I would rather eat a little plastic than pork which is common in gelatin caps. But actually I do sometimes eat gelcaps as they are often called. As you have no doubt noticed, life is full of compromises.
Vegetable capsules are basically plastic!!!
When I’ve done it by hand, I’ve just put in however much I could get into a capsule easily. Not exactly hard science but turmeric is forgiving in terms of how much you consume at a time.
How do I determine how much a Tumeric to put in each capsule when doing it by hand?