Everyone around the world know that turmeric is good for us.
But the question is why? What makes turmeric so much useful and valuable for our health?
An active “ingredient” of turmeric is curcumin which gives its yellow color and it is one of at least three curcuminoids that can be found in this spice. Curcuminoids are well known for their resistance of illnesses and the help they provide to fight the symptoms.
- anti-tumor properties
Curcumin has a connection with acting against infections and illnesses. With the increase of your turmeric consumption you directly help your body fight against inflammatory illnesses such as pancreatitis and irritable bowel syndrome, chronic illnesses like diabetes and Alzheimer’s, and believe it or not even cancer.
But there is one thing you should pay attention at !
Curcumin has a low bioavailability.
What Does It Mean?
To say it more simply, bioavailability is the measure of how much we absorb into our bodies. Furthermore, if curcumin has low level of bioavailability then our bodies do not get all that it has to offer. Because of this, should we eat more of it? The answer is no.
We need to find a solution and the right way to increase the curcumin’s bioavailability. You should use these following tricks :
1. A Little Fresh Black Pepper?
Black pepper has got medicinal properties and added to turmeric it measurably increases the effect that turmeric, especially curcumin has on our health. Recent studies have discovered that when people eat turmeric there is a slight fall of curcumoids. But when we add black pepper into our food the level of curcumoids rise.
“The same amount of curcumin is consumed, but the bioavailability rises to 2000%. With a just a bit of pepper—1/20th of a teaspoon—can significantly rise levels,” says Michael Greger, M.D. a physician, author, and professional speaker on public health.
2. Healthy Fats
In order our bodies to absorb and truly realize its healthy qualities turmeric should be consumed with fat. Eating pure turmeric is a good idea; the natural oils that can be found in it (fresh, dried or as a powder) make the bioavailability of curcumin stronger which means our body benefits from it.
“If it doesn’t dissolve in the right way, curcumin has a problem getting into the bowels, where most of the immune system lives,” -explains Dr. Joseph Mercola, a health philanthropist and best-selling author.
3. Turn Up The Heat
Cooking can be the solution to this statement. Turmeric reacts on heat and with this you can have all its benefits.
“I often use turmeric while I am cooking, a half teaspoon is enough. But you don’t have to use it poorly – use it plentifully . According to me the best way to take it is to use it in your cooking frequently .If you have any fry, just sprinkle it in. At that exact moment when you heat oil and add turmeric to it, it becomes completely bio-available to you.” – explains Dr. Saraswati Sukumar, oncologist and pathologist at the Johns Hopkins Center.
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