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
More and more health practitioners and researchers are realizing that
inflammation is the source of most disease, even if the inflammation is not
Arthritis Pain and Increase Flexibility: Some claim it can be compared to 800
mg of ibuprofen daily without the negative side effects.
Health: It slows or delays liver damage that could develop into cirrhosis.
’s disease: It helps reverse the symptoms as well as helps eliminate cognitive
decline normally associated to regular old age.
It has been used to successfully relieve the pain and inflammation associated with
Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
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
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
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
- Steam cauliflower
and drizzle warm coconut oil over the top before sprinkling with turmeric and black
- 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
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.