People have a lot of different ways to say the word – turmeric. It doesn’t matter how you pronounce it though, turmeric is here to stay. It’s one of the most popular health foods today. But did you know that if you don’t consume turmeric in a certain way, you probably won’t absorb it right too? If you read along, we’re going to talk about two ways in which you can absord turmeric better in all its goodness. If you’re interested, keep reading.
The how to’s of Turmeric
It’s something that a lot of people are asking today. Should I be having turmeric? And it’s because it’s such a popular topic right now, but a lot of people don’t realize that turmeric is not easily absorbed. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin. Curcumin is responsible for a lot of the health benefits. Unfortunately, curcumin is something your body does not want to absorb. So we need to figure out ways that your body can absorb it. And there are two scientifically proven ways on how to do that. So let’s get into it.
Adding Black Pepper
It’s not a complicated thing. A study was done where black pepper was added to turmeric and the absorption was boosted significantly, 20 times as much. Now what can you do? So let’s say you’re having a turmeric tea latte and adding black pepper may sound like a little bit too much. You don’t want a spicy kick to your latte. The thing is you don’t have to add too much black pepper. In the study, they used a quarter teaspoon, that’s actually not that much, but you don’t even have to add a quarter teaspoon. You could add a pinch to your turmeric tea latte and that will make a significant improvement to your absorption level.
When it comes to something savory, adding black pepper is easy. For example, you’re making sauteed veggies with some turmeric. Add a little bit of black pepper to it, and you will absorb the turmeric a lot better. Number one was very simple, the same will go with number two.
Number two is to add some fat. The compound in turmeric that’s responsible for the health benefits, curcumin, is fat soluble. If you have turmeric without fat, you’re not absorbing it as much as you think. Let’s say you’re having a turmeric shot, there are a lot of these shots that they sell at different juice bars. Turmeric with juice isn’t any better though. Having some fatty nuts on the side will help a whole lot better. Now, let’s say you’re having turmeric tea. A lot of people have it with just plain hot water, which won’t also be effective. Adding a little bit of coconut milk will do the work. The coconut milk will help make a signifcant difference in optimizing the benefits of turmeric.
When it comes to savory things, adding fat is a lot easier. Making curry that contains turmeric in it is one way. You can add a little bit of coconut oil if you use oil or add coconut milk or add some nuts like cashews. Add something with fat and your body will be able to benefit from the turmeric more effectively.
Now for maximum benefits, adding both black pepper and fat to your turmeric will also work. Doing this will surely give you a real boost in absorption. Brainstorm recipes or do some research on some exisiting ones that you can tweak or do some changes in. Incorporate the use of both black pepper and healthy fats with turmeric in your own recipes. If you’re going to try something new, the control will be up to you on how much black pepper and fat are you willing to combine with the turmeric. Let your preference be the whole judge. You’ll be the one consuming all of it after all, together with all the goodness of turmeric and the shortcuts you learned by consuming it the right way.
What are some of your favorite ways to use turmeric?