Straight out of South Asia, turmeric contains all the benefits that our body needs to stay healthy. Want to know more about this orange spice? Read this article.
Turmeric is considered the most powerful spice in the world because of all its properties and virtues. Here’s what you need to know about the peculiarities of this precious plant.
Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is used in India for over 4000 years. This is a medicinal spice because its health benefits are innumerable. The American Medical Library states that turmeric can cure over 600 diseases, thanks to its main component: curcumin. This spice is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer, detoxifying, it protects from premature aging, cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and cures gastrointestinal disorders.
But there are some things you should know about this spice to better use it and make the most of all the benefits it provides.
The human body is not able to absorb this spice easily. At the time of absorption, only a microscopic amount enters the body and bloodstream.
Turmeric & Black pepper
You can improve the bioavailability by consuming simultaneously black pepper and turmeric because pepper has the ability to boost the bioavailability of curcumin and thereby facilitate its absorption by the body. Thus, turmeric will bring more benefits for the body than if it was eaten alone. Scientific studies explain this phenomenon by the presence of piperine in black pepper, a molecule responsible for increasing the bioavailability of turmeric.
Turmeric & Fats
Turmeric has the distinction of being fat soluble, that is to say, it is better absorbed when combined with fat. But be careful, we’re talking about healthy fats, such as coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil … Healthy fats allow a better distribution of curcumin in the body through the blood. Its action is then tenfold.
Turmeric & Heat
According to a study by Dr. Sukumar, famous oncologist form Baltimore, heat has the power to boost the bioavailability of curcumin. It is recommended to consume turmeric in a hot dish or a hot drink. Black pepper also has heating characteristics, so if consumed with turmeric, the body heat will allow easier absorption.
Recipe for better absorption of turmeric
Mix a teaspoon of turmeric with a pinch of black pepper, add some coconut oil or olive oil, heat the mixture to low heat and consume it preferably on an empty stomach for best absorption. You can spread it on bread, or mix it with vegetables.
Turmeric is not recommended in case of gallbladder disease. It must also be used with caution in combination with certain medications because it could impact their effect. Always seek medical advice before consumption.
Turmeric acts as a powerful blood thinner, so it is not recommended for pregnant women and should be avoided in case of surgery or treatment with anticoagulant substances.
This spice has heating properties so it should be avoided in case of hot flashes.