Turmeric is gaining in popularity and for good reason!
The yellow pigment found in turmeric, which is also responsible for the majority of its medicinal properties is called “curcumin.”
According to study abstracts from the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database known as MEDLINE, there are more than 600 potential health benefits of this healing spice.
Although adding turmeric to your meals is a very easy way to improve your health, there are a few things you need to know about that.
Curcumin Isn’t Easily Absorbed!
Although there’s a wide array of health benefits related to curcumin, its absorption in the body is still a big issue. As found in many animal and clinical studies, the concentrations of curcumin in blood plasma, urine and peripheral tissues are considerably low, in some cases hardly detectable at all. This low absorption rate reduces your chance of reaping the most of turmeric’s health benefits.
How to Increase the Bioavailability (Absorption) of Turmeric?
Luckily for us, there are very simple methods that can easily improve turmeric’s bioavailability.
1. ALWAYS MIX WITH BLACK PEPPER
Black pepper can not only help enhance turmeric’s bioavailability, it is also a great medicine in itself. It is also a highly potent turmeric adjuvant too. A study entitled: “Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers” has shown that the bioavailability of curcumin increases by 2000% when it’s mixed with only a quarter of tsp of piperine (the active ingredient of black pepper).
2. ADD A HEALTHY FATS TO TURMERIC
Due to the fact that turmeric is fat-soluble, it’s highly advisable to combine it with fat in order to reap most of its health benefits. The thing is that curcumin is absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system, partly because it circumvents the liver, when combined with healthy fats, such as coconut, ghee or olive oil. Unless exposed to metabolic enzymes, curcumin stays in its free form and remains longer in the body.
3. HEAT INCREASES THE BIOAVAILABILITY OF TURMERIC
Dr. Saraswati Sukumar recommends adding a half teaspoon of turmeric in a sauté because the heat increases the bioavailability of turmeric.
“The better way to take it, I feel, is to use it in your cooking very extensively. If you have any sauté, just sprinkle it in. The moment you heat oil and add turmeric to it, it now becomes completely bioavailable to you”, states Dr. Sukumar.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the recommended turmeric daily dosage is:
– Cut root: 1.5-3 grams
– Dried, powdered root: 1-3 grams