Turmeric has many wide-ranging benefits, perfect for all ages and great for pets too, everyone always says "Why didn't I start sooner!" - click HERE to learn more.
To fully unlock turmeric’s powerful healing potential, you need to understand how... and you can do this yourself with 3 simple ingredients you get from the store and mix in your own home...
Your 3 Basic Ingredients MUST Include:
- Turmeric Powder
- Healthy Fat / Oil
- Black Peppercorns
Curcumin is the yellow pigment, an antioxidant found in turmeric and is its key active constituent (most researched so far, many more are being noted, 100s of ingredients).
Curcumin holds the key to many of turmeric’s health benefits BUT despite its power, it is not easily absorbed by the body without assistance. Like eating a raw potato.
Find the best quality turmeric powder from a reputable organic health food shop and buy in bulk to save yourself money. Get the Curcuma longa variety if mentioned, has the highest curcumin value at about 5%.
ONLY buy pure 100% turmeric powder. No mixes, no 95%-whatever, no gimmicks, no BS
Make sure you buy GOOD QUALITY turmeric powder which has NOT had the CURCUMIN removed.
Don’t try to snaffle a bargain or fall for some hype - there's a lot of questionable stuff out there and "turmeric" is definitely hyped up. You don't want a blend, just straight turmeric. Organic certification is a pretty good assurance for decent quality, storage and handling.
We have built a list of reputable suppliers - see if your area is here.
2. FAT / OIL
Turmeric is oil soluble, so oil is needed to dissolve the turmeric in the stomach and allow the body to absorb the turmeric powder. It is not water soluble, so that fact makes almost every turmeric drink you see a waste of money.
It must be VIRGIN/EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE, COLD-PRESSED, RAW/UNREFINED COCONUT OIL or LINSEED/FLAXSEED oils only. You can use micronised linseed, or powdered coconut oil as secondary.
Coconut oil is mostly lauric acid which is a medium chain fatty acid and is not an omega oil but is non-inflammatory and has numerous health benefits.
Linseed oil, and better still, ground or micronised linseed/flax has a good omega 3:6 ratio which is non-inflammatory.
MOST other oils have an omega 6:3 ratio which is too high and puts them in the inflammatory group. AVOID processed vegetable oils which will increase inflammation and cause damage.
If your oil is NOT cold-pressed (virgin or extra virgin) then it will be inflammatory because of the chemicals and heat used to produce it INCLUDING olive, coconut and linseed oils.
ALWAYS USE: VIRGIN/EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE, COLD PRESSED/RAW/UNREFINED COCONUT OIL or LINSEED/FLAXSEED oils only
BUTTER or LARD or other suitable oil/fat such as salmon oil, lamb fat, macadamia oil, avocado oil can be used for appropriate species (NOTE: macadamia and avocado oil are suitable for humans only) - SO if the oil/fat is a non inflammatory type and suitable for the species then it is okay to use.
Turmeric is also alcohol soluble, so if there is no oil (or fatty meal) to include it with you can take it with a nip of your favourite tipple to help increase its effects. True story.
NOTE: Oil will also remove stains from turmeric on the skin. Neat dish detergent will do the trick on bench-tops and clothes - rub it in and allow to sit for a while before wiping off or throwing in the wash. Find out more here - how to remove turmeric stains.
3. BLACK PEPPER
Peppercorns contain an enzyme called piperine which enhances absorption in the digestive tract and slows metabolism through the liver, allowing the body time to take up the benefits of turmeric.
Freshly ground black pepper is best, pepper will also store in the freezer or if it is encapsulated - such as in oil or in the Golden Paste.
Other peppercorns will also contain piperine but the black peppercorns are the most economical and easiest to source.
Do NOT use finely pre-ground meal - it will have little to no value
Find out a lot more about pepper here - all about peppercorns.
CAYENNE PEPPER is not suitable as a substitute - it is from the Capsicum family and does not contain piperine at all.
We strongly advise against the use of any extracts.
NOTE: Piperine will also slow up other substances, allowing your body to absorb more, so remember to check with your doctor if you are on regular medication.
Finally, HEAT is best!
Studies have shown that adding heat to the turmeric (ie. simmering it in water for 7-10 minutes) increases its solubility 12-fold (remember its solubility, not absorption). The verdict is still not out on how much it impacts the absorption. But this may be the reason why taking turmeric with warm milk (golden milk) is considered great!
One of the BEST ways to consume (and absorb) turmeric is to add it to your food on a regular basis. For some GREAT ideas - click here to see ways to include turmeric.
Please note: commercial turmeric capsules/pills are NOT RECOMMENDED for use with animals
In most cases, we advise against the use of turmeric and/or curcumin capsules, pills, supplements, tonics, drinks, etc.
Turmeric is a plant. It is food. It is not a drug or meant to be a pill. Eat it naturally like a food and regularly to keep the curcuminoids in your system. Like topping up with water, keep it natural.