People are coo-coo for turmeric! I’m not even kidding.
They have heard about the multitude of health benefits from this ancient culinary spice (reduces inflammation, lowers blood sugar, natural blood thinner, eases muscle aches, impedes free radicals, anti-tumor activity, etc.) and they are putting turmeric into everything:
- Into smoothies
- Onto salads
- Drinking it as tea
- Taking it as a supplement
And, you may be doing this too.
But guess what?
If you are taking turmeric in any of the above ways, you will NOT gain access to the full benefits of this highly medicinal culinary spice.
Here are a few things to note about taking turmeric correctly.
First and foremost turmeric needs to be combined with black pepper (piperine) to enhance absorption in the intestines.
Black pepper triggers the pancreas to start producing digestive enzymes. How many of you are putting black pepper into your smoothies? Yuck! That sounds gross.
Instead, add turmeric and black pepper into your favorite foods. Like I did in this recipe for Curried Carrot Ginger Soup.
The healing constituents of turmeric (curcuminoids) are fat-soluble.
If you don’t take it with fat, you’re losing out on many of the healing properties. And, the body eliminates turmeric quickly if it’s not combined with fat.
That means if your turmeric tea is simply prepared with water, you’re going to miss out on most of it’s benefits.
Instead of tea, try this Immune Boosting Golden Mushroom Milk instead.
Heat it Up!
Last, but not least, when this spice is heated the curcuminoids are more bioavailable to us.
There are specific foods (and herbs and spices) that are best eaten cooked, and turmeric is one of them. There is a reason why it was added as a seasoning into many traditional recipes.
Also, something else to consider is that for thousands of years humans combined turmeric with many other culinary spices, not just black pepper. Some of the other herbs and spices traditionally combined with turmeric were fenugreek, cumin, cardamom, ginger, cayenne, and coriander.
An example of a classic culinary combination that includes turmeric is curry powder.
So, the next time you reach for those turmeric (curcumin) capsules or have the urge to throw it into a smoothie, consider putting that health-promoting spice into a cooked dish instead.
Like this yummy Curried Lentils with Burdock Root
If you want to learn how to correctly use culinary herbs as medicine, all of the delicious details are inside in my FREE downloadable guide:
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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