Many high quality studies show that it has major benefits for your body and brain.
Turmeric is the spice that gives curries its yellow colour. It has also been used for millennia in the East to dye cloth and as a paste to decorate the body .
Recently, science has started to back up what in Asia they have known for a long time… that it really does contain compounds with medicinal and healing properties. These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high, it’s around 3%, by weight.
Most of the studies on this herb are using turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin itself, with dosages usually exceeding 1 gram per day. It would be very difficult to reach these levels just using the turmeric spice in your foods although doing so is still beneficial. The studies require above 1mg per day dosages in order for it compete with and/or replace pain killers, anti-inflammatories and anti-depressant drugs, to name but a few.
Therefore, if you want to experience the full effects, then you need to take an extract that contains significant amounts of curcumin.
Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream so it is best to consume black pepper with it, which contains bioperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%.
Organic Turmeric with BioPerine 120 Veg Capsules
I personally prefer to swallow a few whole peppercorns along with my curcumin supplement in order to enhance absorption, or make sure the supplement you buy has bioperine as an ingredient .
Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with fatty foods.
2 Cups of Organic Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Hemp Milk or Rice Milk
1 tsp. ground Turmeric
1 tsp. grated Ginger
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 Date (or 1 tsp. raw honey)
1 pinch of Black Pepper
Optional: Add chia seeds, cloves, banana etc. to your liking.
Pour all ingredients into blender
Blend until smooth.
Drink up and Enjoy!
Add ice if you would like a chilled drink or heat the mixture slowly for a hearty warm beverage. If you come down with the flu, warm Turmeric Milk is an ideal healing and soothing drink.