All About Turmeric


No matter where you are in your relationship with turmeric, be it an occasional golden latte or a daily shot with the works, let this serve as encouragement to keep that relationship going.  Superfood doesn't even begin to cut it where turmeric is concerned.  Derived from the cured rhizome of the perennial herb curcuma longa from the ginger family, it's been used for centuries in the treatment of inflammation in many Eastern medicine and culinary traditions.  It can be taken in a variety of ways either as an oil, a fresh pressed juice, a powder, or a capsule and it can be ingested or used topically with equally beneficial results so go with whatever you find most appealing.  When taking it orally it is best paired with black pepper oil and a lipid such as olive oil to increase the bioavailability of curcumin, the main anti-inflammatory ingredient in turmeric.  The piperine in black pepper oil inhibits certain digestive enzymes allowing the curcumin to stay in the body longer increasing absorption by upwards of 2000%.  The addition of olive oil helps with absorption since curcumin is fat soluble so taking it with a fat helps it to reach the intestines intact so that it can go out into the bloodstream from there.  Curcumin has been shown to be as effective in reducing inflammation as cortisone with the added benefit of zero toxicity.  Barring any allergy to turmeric, the addition of turmeric to the diet will only produce beneficial results.  Even if you don't show a substantial anti-inflammatory benefit there are still the benefits of antioxidants, anticarcinogenics, and antimicrobial agents in turmeric.  It can be added to the diet liberally and most people find that the easiest way to add it is in its liquid form.  You can either add a shot of turmeric to warm nut milk for a decadent golden latte, add a shot to your daily green juice, or just go straight for the shot itself.  Add a pinch of black pepper oil to any of the above and your body will thank you!

NutritionAbby HantelComment