Try the Golden Paste recipe, by Dr. Doug English
This is the number one Golden Paste (G.P) recipe, tried and tested by hundreds of thousands of members and their pets in the Turmeric User Group and spread around the world. Try it yourself - it's quick, cheap and easy.
In most cases, we advise against the use of turmeric and/or curcumin capsules, pills, supplements, tonics, drinks, etc.
This recipe may be used for humans as well as other animals
Please note that some turmeric suppliers have begun to sell "raw" turmeric powder. You'll know it's raw if you see that wording on the packaging or their advertising. If the brand you buy is advertised as raw, you will need to extend the cooking time to at least 30 minutes (not the 7-10 minutes mentioned in the recipe). In the past, turmeric has always been cooked in the process of converting it to a powder. Some vendors are now skipping that step in order to appeal to "raw food" practitioners. This is still fine to use, but it does require the longer cooking time to provide sufficient digestibility. Raw turmeric is poorly digested, so little of the active components are available for absorption before it's excreted.
- 1/2 cup (125 ml / 60g) turmeric powder
- 1 cup water (250 ml) plus extra water in reserve, if needed
- 1/3 cup (70 ml) coconut oil (use raw, unrefined, cold-pressed)
OR linseed oil (flaxseed)
OR olive oil (use virgin / extra virgin)
- 2 - 3 teaspoons freshly cracked (ground) black pepper
Note: the amount of pepper has been increased since May 2016, on Doug English’s recommendations and review of greater success in a large number of cases using the extra pepper. Omit pepper if you cannot tolerate it. The absorption of turmeric will still be improved by cooking it and adding oil, but it will be less effective without the pepper.
Cracked pepper and ground pepper refer to the same thing. How finely it's ground is up to the user. If you like to have crunchy bits of pepper in your golden paste, then grind it less finely. If you don't (and that's probably most of us), grind it more finely.
Just starting out on Golden Paste? Start small, just 1/4 of a teaspoon twice a day and build up
1) Bring the turmeric and water to a boil in a saucepan, then lower heat and simmer until you have a thick paste. This should take about 7-10 minutes and you may need to add the extra water along the way for good consistency.
2) Add the freshly cracked (ground) pepper and oil AFTER cooking, when it has been removed from heat and cooled down (still warm to touch but not burning), about 10 minutes later.
3) Stir in well to mix the oil in everywhere and allow to cool again (if coconut oil is hard, it should melt in the mixture).
Do not use pre-made pepper meal (pre-ground pepper that you buy for pepper shakers). The active ingredient in black pepper (piperine) is oxidised when exposed to the air and also degraded by light, so not much is left in the pre-ground pepper purchased in the store.
Do not add honey or any sweeteners. Sugars are not necessary and they provoke inflammation.
Try 1/4 of a teaspoon, twice a day (with food and water), and build up to 3 - 4 times a day, for the first 4-5 days.
If you need more effect, increase to 1/2 - 3/4 of a teaspoon 3 - 4 times a day. You don't need much. Some move on to a full teaspoon for even more effect. See what your body needs and feed small amounts routinely to keep it in your system. As Duggie says: "Little and often is best".
When adding turmeric to your diet for the first time, if there are any signs of loose stools or upset stomach then you may wish to reduce your serving to 1/8 tsp or so, and remain at a lower amount for a longer period. It will eventually pass and your gut microbiome will soon benefit.
The Golden Paste will keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge. Do not leave it out at room temperature.
Freeze a portion if you think you have made too much to use within 2 weeks. It has become popular to use silicon moulds to store the excess mixture in. It is then easy to pop out a single serve later on.
If you don't like the earthy taste you can find some ideas here to add it to your diet.
Or you may like to try our own turmeric treat the Turmeric Life Power bars, made to work.
The thing about cinnamon and the "cat pee" smell...
Some dogs may smell a little like cat pee after starting Golden Paste. We're not exactly sure why, but it will eventually go away. One way to eliminate or at least reduce the odor is to add Ceylon cinnamon to the golden paste.
- Add 1 tablespoon to the recipe above, at the end of cooking
Use Ceylon cinnamon. Do not use cassia cinnamon
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