Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. It's what gives "curry spice' and mustard its yellow color. It contains a medicinal compound called curcumin which is the main active ingredient. It has a powerful anti inflammatory effect and is a very strong anti-oxidant. Unfortunately curcumin is poorly absorbed by the body. It helps to combine it with black or cayenne pepper which contain peperine, a natural substance which enhances the absorption by 2000% ! Also being fat soluble, adding a fat such as coconut oil helps also.
I first started taking curcumin a few years back when I was suffering from MCL issue with my knee. With the advice from the nutritional guru: Mitch from my local health food store "Love's Whole Foods", I began taking curcumin supplements. Within three days the inflammation was reduced considerably and most of the pain subsided. I was amazed and begin researching more about this wonder herb. I begin consuming "Golden Milk" which consists of a turmeric paste, cayenne pepper and non-dairy milk with a little coconut oil.
1/4 cup turmeric powder (buy bulk at health food stores).
!/4 cup filtered water.
A pinch of cayenne or black pepper.
1 tbs unrefined organic coconut oil.
On warm heat mix together until a thin paste is formed.
It should only take a few minutes, DO NOT BURN IT.
Let it cool and store in a small glass jar (jelly)
When ready to consume, warm a non dairy milk(8-10 oz.) in a pan until it just starts to steam.
Add 1 -2 tsp of paste to the milk into a recycled glass bottle (I use the same bottle because it will stain it.) Shake it up! Enjoy.
If you are dealing with inflammation try drinking one bottle twice a day to see amazing results.
I like adding it to my post workout smoothie to aid in inflammation.
Here a few of the benefits of consuming it:
*Relieves arthritis and sore muscles
*Helps in detoxing the body
*Alleviates pain and fever related to illness
*Improves brain function
*Helps prevents and treats cancer
The benefits of turmeric are too many to list, check out some videos from NutritionFacts.org.
When working out of town I bring along some homemade gel-tabs filled with powder mix from the paste recipe: turmeric and cayenne pepper. In case of of unexpected sprains etc.
Have a great week.