Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, and it provides strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer potential. No other food in the world can do better in relieving inflammation than this powerful root.
But, if you do not use it properly, you will not get any of its benefits. So, make sure you learn the best ways to use turmeric.
Organic turmeric powder is offered in every healthy food store, and it is a lot easier to dose. Fresh roots are available in bio stores. Turmeric is a close relative to ginger, and it is prepared in the same way.
Turmeric is fat-soluble, meaning you should combine it with organic fats to provide an optimal absorption of nutrients. Raw and organic coconut oil and olive oil are the best option.
The recommended daily intake of turmeric is 3-10g, but you can increase this dose gradually.
Use a tablespoon of turmeric every day. For optimal results, take it every day. If you are unable to do so, use it at least 3 times a week.
There is a different dosing for elderly and children younger than 7. They should take half a teaspoon once a week as their first dose, and then increase the dosing that fits them best. If you notice any undesirable reactions or experience indigestion, consult your doctor.
Use turmeric and black pepper together to get the maximum benefits. Black pepper makes turmeric more bioavailable, and it increases its absorption by 2000%.
Never ever consume turmeric before you eat or drink anything.
If you suspect of having gallstones, ask your doctor whether you can add turmeric to your dietary plan, because turmeric stimulates bile production, and may make the problem even worse.
Do not take it with drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, or warfarin, because turmeric is a blood thinner.
The best way to use turmeric
Adding turmeric to a cup of warm milk is the most popular way of using the mighty spice.
We give you a great recipe that was created by Dr C Anderson:
Combine a quarter teaspoon of turmeric and half a teaspoon of olive oil. Stir in some fresh ground pepper. Take the mixture alone, or add it to your soups and salads. If you are adding it to other dishes, make sure you add it at the very end, because nutritionists do not recommend that you cook it for long. You can also just add it to some warm water. It is easy to use it this way.
- 1 cup warm water (never use hot water)
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 1/8 tsp honey
- 1 tsp coconut oil
Stir turmeric, lemon juice, honey, a tablespoon of coconut oil into a cup of warm water. Drink it while it is still warm.
If you are dealing with a specific ailment, and need to use more of your turmeric, focus on its main ingredient. You can find curcumin capsules in healthy food stores. Be careful, these are quite strong, and you need an expert opinion before you use them.
Add turmeric to your dishes. It is easy and super practical, plus your food gets an amazing yellow color. Keep in mind that this spice does not alter the taste of your food. Use it in both sweet and spicy dishes. Add turmeric to your rice dishes, fruit salads, salad dressings, veggie meals, sauces, coucous, potatoes, pancakes, cakes and whatever you prefer. All you need is half a tablespoon of turmeric. Do not add too much, because you will not like its taste.
If you do not like using turmeric this way, consider using capsules. Buy empty capsules from any pharmacy, and fill them with turmeric powder. Take 2-3 capsules every day with your meals. Vegetarians can use gelatin-free capsules.
Keep your turmeric powder in dark glass bottles. Store them in a dry place. Be careful, you should never keep your turmeric in the fridge. You should also keep in mind that the spice loses its color and sharpness when exposed to direct light.
Source: Healthy Food Team