Why You Should Be Eating Turmeric (And How to Consume It Properly) | Turmeric Paste Recipe
Updated: Jan 31, 2019
Turmeric, a plant in the same family as ginger, is one of the most incredible healing foods on Earth. Its medicinal uses date back nearly 4000 years to the Indian Vedic culture. Yes, a plant was used as medicine to treat a variety of health conditions. Imagine that!
Turmeric has since been the subject of several quality, peer- reviewed research studies, which support its medicinal (and preventative) uses. Today, this vibrant orange root remains widely recognized for its natural healing properties and can be incorporated within the diet in many delicious ways. Don’t forget to combine with an adjuvant for the full benefit (see below)!
Optimize The Body With Turmeric
The most exciting benefit of Turmeric comes from its key bioactive compound, Curcumin. This compound is an incredibly powerful antioxidant, making it a popular and scientifically supported choice to fight inflammation, and inflammation- related conditions.
Chronic inflammation within the body has been labeled as the ‘silent killer,’ as it is a breeding ground for diseases such as obesity, diabetes, joint conditions, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. This inflammation slowly creeps in over time through daily stressors that we are exposed to such as processed foods, environmental toxins and emotional stress. Consuming foods such as Turmeric, with potent anti-inflammatory properties is imperative to offset this burden.
Some of the many ways Turmeric can benefits our bodies:
Adjuvants to Increase Absorption (4 ways)
An adjuvant is simply a substance that helps to increase the potency or effectiveness of another. Curcumin is poorly absorbed by the body when Turmeric is consumed alone. The good news is that there are 4 easy ways to overcome this:
1. Combine with black pepper. Black pepper contains a compound called Piperine, which increases the absorption of Curcumin by nearly 2000%! Just a few sprinkles will do, which even makes it possible to sneak it into sweeter recipes such as a Turmeric Latte. You won’t even taste it, I promise :)
2. Combine with fats. Curcumin is fat soluble, which means it can only be absorbed in the presence of fat. Add a touch of coconut oil to that latte, or just make sure the meal you are consuming has some fats!
3. Combine with Quercetin- rich foods. Quercetin is a compound found in many plant foods such as onions, peppers, apples and green tea. A curry meal (contains Turmeric) with onions and peppers is a great option.
4. Warm it up. The bioavailability of Curcumin within the body has been shown to increase when it is warm. However, refrain from blasting it with heat, as some studies suggest the compound is deactivated when exposed to long duration, high heat. Try adding this spice towards the end of your cooking procedure.
Turmeric Paste Recipe:
This is my #1 hack to making Turmeric a consistent component in my diet. This paste is versatile and very easy to make. Whip up a batch at the beginning of the week, then throw a tbsp or two in a latte, a dinner meal, muffins, etc when you have the opportunity. The possibilities are endless, really.
½ cup water
⅓ cup turmeric powder
In a small saucepan, add water and Turmeric powder.
Cook on low heat, while consistently stirring for 6-8 minutes until a thick paste has formed (consistency of pumpkin puree).
Transfer to small glass jar (4oz is a good size) and let cool on the counter for 15 minutes.
Once cooled, cover and refrigerate for up to 10 days.
And there you have it. Food as medicine in full swing with this one. Try out the Turmeric paste, combine with an adjuvant, and reap the benefits. Your body will thank you!
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