Benefits of Turmeric

The benefits of turmeric or indisputable.  The biggest problem though is getting the active ingredient, called curcumin, to absorb properly in our system.  Curcumin is in the same family as ginger.

Benefits of Turmeric

  • Anti-inflammatory: More and more health practitioners and researchers are realizing that inflammation is the source of most disease, even if the inflammation is not directly noticeable.
  • Ease Arthritis Pain and Increase Flexibility: Some claim it can be compared to 800 mg of ibuprofen daily without the negative side effects.
  • Liver Health: It slows or delays liver damage that could develop into cirrhosis.
  • Alzheimer ’s disease: It helps reverse the symptoms as well as helps eliminate cognitive decline normally associated to regular old age.
  • Digestion: It has been used to successfully relieve the pain and inflammation associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
  • Anti-oxidant: It helps promote heart health, memory, and boost the immune system. It has the potential to deliver more antioxidants then even vitamins E and C. Amazingly, it can deliver even more anti-oxidant power than grape seed or pine bark extracts. Its strong enough to scavenger the hydroxyl radical considered the most reactive oxidant.

Pill or Powder Won't Matter if its not Absorbed

Whether you choose to use the powder or purchase a capsule, turmeric’s problem is the curcumin has a rough time entering the stomach and getting into the small intestines where it could be absorbed into the blood. So before purchasing turmeric, it's important to know two tricks for getting the most beneficial absorption.

  • Turmeric is fat-soluble. When something is fat-soluble, that means it dissolves in fat. In order to make the most of turmeric, you must take it with a bit of fat. A healthy fat such as coconut oil should be consumed with the turmeric to not expose the curcumin to harsh stomach acids on it way to the small intestines.  Other healthy fats that can be added are ghee, olive oil, goat, almond or cow milk.
  • Consume turmeric or curcumin with black pepper. “Adding black pepper to turmeric or turmeric-spiced food enhances curcumin’s bioavailability by 1,000 times, due to black pepper’s hot property called piperine,” says nutritionist Stacy Kennedy.

Simple Ways to Add it into your Routine

My favorite ways to make sure I am getting all the benefits of turmeric in my diet are as follows:

  • Sprinkle turmeric and black pepper on an avocado.
  • Dissolve it in a tablespoon of coconut oil before adding it to a smoothie.
  • Fry up some scrambled eggs in coconut oil and add turmeric and black pepper to the omelet.
  • Combine turmeric and black pepper with your rice or stir-fry dish.
  • When sautéing vegetables in a healthy oil (or simply onions), add turmeric and black pepper to the mix.
  • Steam cauliflower and drizzle warm coconut oil over the top before sprinkling with turmeric and black pepper.
  • Make a tea by mixing ½ teaspoon of ground turmeric to two cups of hot water.  Simmer 10 minutes then strain.  Add a teaspoon of coconut oil or other healthy fat.

Golden Milk

The most popular way to get the health benefits of turmeric into your diet has been to make Golden Milk.  Not listed under the simple ways, but not difficult either.  First, make a turmeric paste (below), then add 1/4 teaspoon of paste to a cup of warm milk.  Remember to add some healthy fat as well, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or ghee. Optional - Add cinnamon, honey or maple syrup for sweetness.

  • Turmeric Paste – Put ½ cup water in pan, add ¼ cup turmeric powder and a sprinkle of black pepper, cook for approximately 5 minutes and continue stirring until it becomes a creamy paste. You can keep the paste in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.