The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, may have health benefits and anti-inflammatory properties. When it comes to gout, evidence of turmeric’s benefits is limited.

Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when serum urate crystals build up in the joints, leading to inflammation and pain.

The primary goal in managing gout is to reduce uric acid in the body. While turmeric may have anti-inflammatory effects, it does not directly address the underlying cause of gout.

This article looks at the potential benefits of turmeric for gout.

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Researchers are exploring the potential benefits of turmeric for gout, and evidence supporting those benefits is limited. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties.

Some research suggests that curcumin may help reduce inflammation and pain associated with gout. However, more studies are necessary to confirm these effects and determine the optimal dosage and duration of use.

Read more about the benefits of turmeric.

There are two ways a person can incorporate turmeric into their diet. They can either take turmeric supplements or add it to their food.


People who want to take turmeric in supplement form should look for standardized extracts that contain a high concentration of curcumin, the active compound in turmeric.

They should follow the supplement packaging instructions or consult their doctor for the appropriate dosage. Dosages can vary depending on the concentration of curcumin in the supplement, so it is important to follow the recommended dosage to avoid potential side effects.

Read about turmeric’s side effects.

Adding turmeric to food

People can add fresh turmeric root, turmeric powder, or turmeric paste to their food. They can also open turmeric capsules and mix the powder into food.

Some ideas for including turmeric in the diet include:

  • adding turmeric powder to curries, soups, stews, or sauces
  • mixing turmeric powder into smoothies or juices
  • brewing turmeric tea by steeping grated fresh turmeric root or turmeric powder in hot water
  • using turmeric paste or capsules as directed on the product packaging

Studies suggest that curcumin has poor bioavailability, meaning the body cannot easily absorb it. However, a 2017 study noted that piperine, the major active component of black pepper, can increase the bioavailability of curcumin by 2,000%. Therefore, people may wish to include black pepper when consuming turmeric in food, where possible.

There is no universally agreed-upon optimum turmeric or curcumin dosage. This is due to variations in formulations and individual needs.

People should consult a doctor to determine the appropriate dosage for their specific circumstances. The doctor will consider factors such as health conditions, existing medications, and potential interactions.

Curcuminoids are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as “GRAS,” meaning they are “generally recognized as safe.” Clinical trials suggest that dosages of 4,000–8,000 milligrams per day (mg/day) are safe for people to consume.

The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that the acceptable daily intake of curcuminoids is around 1.4 mg per pound of a person’s body weight.

Turmeric may interact with certain medications, including blood thinners, antiplatelet drugs, and stomach acid reducers. If someone has underlying health conditions or is taking medications, they should speak with a healthcare professional to ensure there are no contraindications or potential adverse effects.

While turmeric and its active compound, curcumin, have potential health benefits, they are not a substitute for medical advice or prescribed treatments. It is best for a person to consult a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen to ensure it is safe and appropriate for their needs.

Pregnant people may wish to avoid taking turmeric supplements, as there is insufficient evidence of their safety during pregnancy.

Find out more about turmeric’s safety during pregnancy.

Gout management involves a comprehensive approach that usually includes some combination of the following:

  • Taking medications: A healthcare professional may prescribe medications to manage gout symptoms, reduce inflammation, and lower uric acid levels. Common medications include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), colchicine, and corticosteroids.
  • Managing weight: Excess weight can increase uric acid levels and the risk of gout attacks. Achieving and maintaining a moderate weight may help reduce flare-ups.
  • Staying hydrated: Drinking ample water throughout the day can help flush out excess uric acid from the body. It is best to aim for at least 8–16 cups, or 2–4 liters, per day.
  • Making dietary modifications: People can amend their diet to reduce purine intake, as purines contribute to uric acid production. A person may wish to limit or avoid high purine foods, such as organ meats, seafood (especially shellfish), red meat, and sugary beverages.
  • Avoiding alcohol: Alcohol, especially beer, increases the risk of gout attacks. It is best to limit or avoid alcohol consumption to help manage gout symptoms.
  • Limiting sugary beverages: High consumption of sugary drinks, such as soda and fruit juices, has been linked to an increased risk of gout. People should choose water, herbal tea, or unsweetened beverages instead.
  • Applying a cold compress: Placing a cold compress or ice pack on the affected joint during an acute gout attack can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
  • Elevating the joint: If a gout attack affects the foot or ankle, elevating the joint can help reduce swelling and pain.
  • Getting physical activity: Engaging in regular physical activity can help a person maintain a moderate weight and promote overall well-being. However, it is best to avoid intense exercise during gout attacks to prevent further discomfort.

Find a guide for how to eat well with gout.

Turmeric or curcumin supplements should not replace conventional medical treatments for gout. However, people can use them as part of a comprehensive approach to managing gout with guidance from a doctor.

People with gout may benefit from dietary modifications, lifestyle changes, and medication.