Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Power of Turmeric

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.  
Turmeric Paste:
 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 
*Prevents ulcers
*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

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.
Be kind.

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