Turmeric is one of the healthiest herbs in the world! It contains curcumin, which is its main active ingredient. Curcumin stimulates more than 150 potentially therapeutic functions and possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.
This natural ingredient is the number one ingredient for reducing inflammation in the body.
But you must make sure you consume it in the correct way:
-- First, buy powdered turmeric from a trusted manufacturer, which is ecologically grown. Besides powder, turmeric can be found in fresh form, whose root resembles the root of ginger.
-- The best use of turmeric (which is soluble in oil) is combined with oil for optimal absorption of nutrients. It is commonly prepared with cold pressed coconut oil or olive oil.
-- The daily recommended dose of turmeric is from 3 to 10 grams. However, you can increase the amount to about 1 tablespoon overtime.
In order to gain maximum effects, you need to consume this dose daily, or at least three times a week.
Children younger than 6 years of age should consume reduced dose to half (1/2 teaspoon) once a week for a start, and then gradually increase the dose to suit individual.
In case this spice causes any digestive problems or side effects, consult a doctor.
Important: Combine turmeric with pepper because pepper increases the efficiency of turmeric. Use this combination and gain even better benefits.
Note: Never eat this combination on an empty stomach!
If you have gallstones, consult your doctor before starting to consume turmeric.
You must not combine this spice with drugs against blood coagulation, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or warfarin because turmeric also thins the blood.
What is the best form to consume?
Many people add turmeric to a cup of milk in order to get the most popular turmeric combination called gold milk or golden honey.
Turmeric tea is also very healthy and popular, here is its recipe.
-- 1 glass of hot water
-- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
-- ¼ of a teaspoon of powdered turmeric
-- Juice of half a lemon
-- Honey (optional)
-- Little bit of cinnamon
Method of preparation:
Once you heat the water, add the turmeric, honey, coconut oil and lemon juice in it. Give the mixture a good stir. Turmeric should sink at the bottom of the cup, so make sure you stir before drinking it.
Another advice: The best way to store turmeric is in dark glass bottle placed in a dry area (never in the fridge) because it will lose its color and taste if exposed to sun light.