Guys, let’s face it – turmeric is awesome! And, to be honest with you, I also think that turmeric is one of the most-studied spices! Yes, you got that right – this powerful and super healthy spice is the subject of over 7000 different pieces of research published by the National Institutes of Health.
There is very good reason for this – this powerful and amazing spice is used by ancient cultures as far back as recorded history goes, scientists wanted to know why it does what it does and all the different ways it does it. The human conditions it treats vary from cancer to high blood pressure to arthritis to cognitive decline to depression to protection of the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Did you know that many people around the world use this amazing spice as a natural pain reliever for centuries? Well, this remarkable spice has been proven to have many health benefits, without any serious side effects. The most active compound in turmeric – polyphenol has over 600 health benefits. Study, published in the journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine, has shown that turmeric is and powerful and more effective alternative to ibuprofen, when it comes to treating osteoarthritis.
As we mentioned before, the most significant and most powerful compound of turmeric of medicinal value is curcumin! Curcumin – it is a powerful antioxidant that seems to just know where it’s needed and fights toxins within and without. Turmeric is a versatile spice that can be added to almost anything, providing a tangy flavor. But, you should be very careful and read the information below, before you start using turmeric.
CURCUMIN IS NOT EASILY ABSORBED IN THE BODY
Here’s what you need to know – well, many different clinical studies have shown that the curcumin’s absorption in the body is so low, which is a bad thing and it means that you can’t take full advantage of its health benefits. Well, this actually means that (regardless of the dosage), the concentrations of curcumin in blood plasma, urine, and peripheral tissues, are extremely low.
HOW TO INCREASE TURMERIC’S BIOAVAILABILITY
Note: but, the good thing is that there are a few simple tricks that are very effective in raising turmeric’s bioavailability.
- Always mix with black pepper
Several people know that besides providing a number of health benefits, blackpepper is likewise a powerful turmeric adjuvant. The experts say that if people consume a bunch of turmeric curcumin, the results will show just a little bump in the level in their blood stream – after 1 hour. Well, this means that we can’t see a large increase because our liver is trying to get rid of it. But what if the process is suppressed by taking just a quarter teaspoon’s worth of black pepper? Then the curcumin levels be sky-high. Note: it’s the same amount of curcumin, but the bioavailability is increased up to 2000%. Even just a little pinch of pepper—1/20th of a teaspoon—can significantly boost the levels of curcumin in your blood stream. And guess what a common ingredient in curry powder is besides turmeric? Black pepper. A recent study, called “Influence of Piperine on the Pharmacokinetics of Curcumin in Animals and Human Volunteers”, has revealed that the co-administration of piperine and curcumin to human subjects increased bioavailability of curcumin by 2000%. This is really amazing, right?
- Add a healthy fat to turmeric
Did you know that turmeric depends on fats, in order to be fully absorbed in the body? well yes, and when it’s combined with healthy fats, for example, coconut, ghee or olive oil, curcumin is directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system partly bypassing the liver.
- Heat increases turmeric’s bioavailability
The famous Dr. Sukumar says that curcumin is the powerful ingredient in turmeric, which, despite its power, cannot be easily absorbed by the body without assistance. So, this is where the sauté pan and a little warm oil come into play.
“I use it [turmeric] in every sauté, just a quarter teaspoon, a half teaspoon is enough. But you don’t have to use it sparingly – use it lavishly. The better way to take it, I feel, is to use it in your cooking very extensively. If you have any sauté, just sprinkle it in. The moment you heat oil and add turmeric to it, it now becomes completely bioavailable to you.”
Bottom line: this is also very important for you to know – in order to increase the effectiveness of turmeric, the experts highly recommended these 3 things:
- In order to activate the turmeric, you should heat it
- Combine it with some freshly ground black pepper to increase its absorption by 2,000%.
- You can mix turmeric with some healthy fat to avoid the metabolic processes in the liver.