Turmeric is the most powerful spice on the earth. It has specific yellow color and countless health-boosting properties. Its active compound is called curcumin which has potent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anticancer effects, according to numerous studies.
The National Library of Medicine claims that curcumin, the main polyphenol in turmeric, has over 600 healing effects.
However, there are some facts which you should be familiar with before starting to consume turmeric.
Human body cannot absorb curcumin easily
The human body is not able to absorb curcumin properly. More precisely, only a trace of the polyphenol is absorbed and enters the bloodstream. This is certainly not enough for the body to get benefits from turmeric.
Boost the bioavailability of turmeric
Here you can find some tips that will help your body absorb curcumin better.
Always use it along with black pepper
Black pepper can significantly enhance the absorption of curcumin in the body. Mix a quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder and the same amount of black pepper. Studies have found that even the smallest amount of black pepper has the ability to increase the level of curcuma in the body. Furthermore, it has been found that piperine, an active compound contained in black pepper, increases the bioavailability of crucumin.
Turmeric and healthy fats make an awesome combination
Turmeric is fat-soluble substance and it needs a healthy amount of fats in order to be properly absorbed. It is recommended that you add healthy fats to your turmeric dose to enhance the absorption of curcumin. You can choose coconut, olive or ghee oil to enable to lymphatic system to distribute curcimin directly into the bloodstream. A part of the curcumin will not enter the liver, and the metabolic enzymes will work on a small amount of the substance.
Heat increases the bioavailability of turmeric
According to Dr. Sukumar, heat has the ability to increase bioavailability of curcumin, and together with healthy fats, the combination is even more powerful.
Mix turmeric with black pepper
Add in healthy fat
Heat up the mixture
- Use 1-3 grams of dried turmeric root powder
- 5-3 grams of cut roots