Pain, Dementia, Cancer, Arthritis
Turmeric, the herb that is the source of curcumin (obtained from its root), is not only a main ingredient in curry, it is anti inflammatory, relieves joint pain and appears to counter onset of Alzheimer’s. Although turmeric can be taken as a single ingredient supplement, its absorption is even better when consumed traditionally (and in non-traditional foods) as part of the diet with pepper, fats and oils.
Because of the way it is absorbed, smaller amounts, divided over 2-3 doses daily, will be more effective, advises The Epicurean Digest. When cooking with this orange-colored herb (as well as when searching for an effective dietary supplement), use fresh ground black pepper and oil to increase absorption and utilization.
Adults should take up to 1.5 grams daily as a preventive for dementia, cancer and arthritis, which is one slightly rounded teaspoon. Therapeutic doses are considered to be 2-3 grams.
The traditional source of turmeric is curry but for most of us this dish isn’t consumed enough for the amounts required. Some aficionados add turmeric to yogurt, muesli, salad dressings or other dishes throughout the day.
Others mix it with a little oil. One recipe calls for using a coconut oil with ½ teaspoon of turmeric and a few turns of the pepper mill. Repeat 2-3x daily.
Persons on diabetes or hypertensive medicine should be aware that this super food can lower glucose and blood pressure. Curcumin is a blood thinner and those on certain medications such as coumadin, warfarin or aspirin may want to curb their enthusiasm for therapeutic turmeric. Avoid consuming prior to surgery.