Last post, I showed Evidence that Turmeric Beats Prozac, Ibuprofen, and More (such as Lipitor, corticosteroids, Metformin, and a whole host of other anti-inflammatory drugs)….all with no-side-effects. Turmeric golden paste is a powerful way to get these benefits. Updated Aug., 2016.
Traditionally turmeric is used in curries in India where there are much lower rates of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other chronic diseases than in the West. Our daughter visited India last year and found the spice remains widely used wherever she traveled.
So, many are asking, “How do I take it and how much?”
Below is an easy-to-prepare Golden Paste recipe, plus 7 different ways to use it in food. Also, some thoughts on dosage.
And don’t miss the scientific reason black pepper is added to make turmeric highly bioavailable. Amazing how thousands of years ago they figured that out without double blind trials.
Scientists now tell us that turmeric is anti-inflammatory, in that it can reduce pain and fever, much like Tylenol or Ibuprofen. And it acts like those latest anti-inflammatory drugs called cox-2 inhibitors: Celecoxib and Vioxx. Both of these medicines have serious side effects and Vioxx has been withdrawn by the FDA for safety reasons. On the other hand, turmeric as a dietary constituent is safe and well tolerated! (source)
A host of scientific investigations have also looked at the ability of turmeric (curcumin) to fight cancer. Curcumin kills several types of cancer cells in the laboratory. In animals, curcumin prevents or slows cancer in the skin, breast, liver, stomach, duodenum and colon. Curcumin also has anti-angiogenic properties; translation: curcumin seriously slows new blood vessel formation in tumors, causes asphyxiation of tumors and thus preventing their growth and metastases.
WHY BLACK PEPPER BOOSTS TURMERIC BLOOD LEVELS
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and responsible for its golden color, but it is not readily absorbed by the body. Once ingested, most of the curcumin gets quickly metabolized before it can get absorbed.
Piperine (the heat in black pepper) helps make curcumin more bio-available as it temporarily slows the liver from removing it from the blood.
We now know that the bioavailability, serum levels, and levels of absorption of curcumin all improved dramatically when both are present.
One study found that when even 2 g. (a good dose) of curcumin was ingested, serum levels stayed very low. However, when 20 mg. piperine was added to curcumin the bio-availability increased by 2000%!
And it doesn’t take much. Even just a little pinch of black pepper – 1/20th of a teaspoon – can significantly boost levels.
WHAT IS NEEDED FOR MAKING TURMERIC GOLDEN PASTE:
- 1/2 cup turmeric powder (125 mls) – Use organic powder.
- 1 cup water (250 mls) or a bit more to get desired paste consistency
- 1 teaspoons ground black pepper (7.5 mls) (or even 1/2 tsp. if pepper is too irritating)
- 1/4 cup (70 ml) cold pressed Olive or un-refined Coconut oil – enhances the bio-availability of curcumin another seven to eight-fold
When eaten with fat (virgin olive or coconut oil or meat drippings) as is done in India, curcumin can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system thereby partially bypassing the liver.