Turmeric Could Be Useless
You may have heard a lot about turmeric over the past few years being a preventative for cancer and treating inflammation but did you know that it actually works better if you have it with black pepper?
Because black pepper contains a compound known as piperine and piperine actually helps with the absorption of turmeric’s active ingredient ‘curcumin’. In fact, it enhances bioavailability by up to 2000%. That’s incredible! It’s important to know that when we ingest turmeric (to get the benefits from the curcumin it contains) much of this curcumin gets metabolized before it can do any good, before it gets absorbed by the body. So it’s crucial that we add in some black pepper to the mix.
The double-bonus with regards to adding pepper to your turmeric is that the piperine in black pepper is a natural analgesic so it can help to relieve pain.
So all these years I’ve been making turmeric tea (recipe to follow) I’ve been missing out on all the amazing benefits of the curcumin in the tea. Now when I make a curry or a pot of this delicious golden tea I’ll be adding black pepper.
So what else do we need to know about this fascinating yellow spice that’s been a big part of Indian food and culture for centuries? Well there’s plenty!
Turmeric may help slow down ageing because of the antioxidant curcumin which turmeric contains. Curcumin can help with oxidative damage from free radicals (oxidative damage is responsible for ageing and many diseases). So in short without getting too sciencey (and there is plenty of science to support this) we need antioxidants from the foods we eat to help us age gracefully.
Prevent Liver Disease
Turmeric has the ability to detoxify the liver naturally and can help prevent liver disease. The liver’s role is to detoxify the blood by producing enzymes and with the help of turmeric, it can increase the production of enzymes needed to break down and decrease toxins in the body. Turmeric is best when eaten raw but if you’re the type who doesn’t like eating it that way, it can also be taken in pill form or may be added to your food in powder or paste form to dishes like curries, stir fried, smoothies and salad dressings. You can also just grate it right in there.
Perfect Supplements Liver Detox Support also contains turmeric so this is another great way to get your daily dose!
According to researchers from the University of Maryland’s Medical Centre, turmeric’s powerful antioxidant properties can help prevent cancer causing free radicals (prostate, skin and colon cancers), reducing some of the damage they can cause to the body. Turmeric can boost the activity of the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that can treat both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Most people with rheumatoid arthritis who are consuming turmeric as part of their diet experience great relief from joint stiffness, inflammation and pains (but again, remember to add black pepper).
Reduce Cholesterol Level
If you want to lower LDL naturally and prevent the dangerous effects of cholesterol on your heart and blood vessel wall then consume turmeric as a food seasoning.
Turmeric contains a substance known as lipopolysaccharide, which helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents also help strengthen the immune system. A strong immune system lessens the chance of suffering from colds, flu and coughs. If you do get a cold, a cough or the flu, you can feel better sooner by mixing one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm water and drinking it once daily. Keep reading for my tea recipe – it’s a great cold n flu elixir!
Fight Infection and Boost Immunity
Nutritionists and health experts has given emphasis on how important it is to have a strong immune system. A healthy immune system not only does it help ward off the dreaded cold, cough and chest congestion but it may also help prevent other bigger health issues and diseases such as cancer. Turmeric can boost immunity and fight infection because of its anti inflammatory properties.
People across the globe use turmeric in their cooking. If you haven’t really given much consideration to this little yellow spice, maybe it’s time to ‘spice things up’ and start reaping the rewards that turmeric can bring? You can start off with a simple tea (my cold/flu elixir)…
Recipe for Turmeric Tea – serves 2
Hot water 2-4 cups
¼ -½ tsp organic turmeric powder
A good crack of black pepper
A pinch of cayenne pepper
1 lemon juiced
A few drops of organic stevia or raw honey (if you like it a little sweet)
Boil your water
In a large pot add the water and the rest of your ingredients
PS – this stuff is addictive, I did warn you