It is a fact that turmeric is a standout amongst the most health beneficial flavors on the planet. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, and because of this the turmeric has a yellow color. Additionally, as per a research, curcumin is the reason why turmeric has a wide array of therapeutic properties.
Study abstracts kept at the National Library of Medicine, the database is also known as MEDLINE, affirm that turmeric and curcumin offer more than 600 potential health benefits of turmeric.
Despite of the fact that turmeric is recommended as part of any diet, there are few things that you have to know, in order to reap most of its benefits.
CURCUMIN IS NOT EASILY ABSORBED IN THE BODY
According to a number of animal and clinical studies, curcumin absorption in the body is so low that it represents an issue as you cannot completely take advantage of its health benefits. In other words, according to these studies, regardless of the dosage, the concentrations of curcumin in blood plasma, urine, and peripheral tissues, are extremely low.
HOW TO INCREASE TURMERIC’S BIOAVAILABILITY
Fortunately, there are a few simple tricks that are very effective in raising turmeric’s bioavailability.
- Always mix with black pepper
Several people know that besides providing a number of health benefits, blackpepper is likewise a powerful turmeric adjuvant.
According to NutritionFacts, “If people are given a bunch of turmeric curcumin, within an hour there’s a little bump in the level in their blood stream. We don’t see a large increase because our liver is actively trying to get rid of it. But what if the process is suppressed by taking just a quarter teaspoon’s worth of black pepper? Then you see curcumin levels skyrocket. The same amount of curcumin consumed, but the bioavailability shoots up 2000%. Even just a little pinch of pepper—1/20th of a teaspoon—can significantly boost levels. And guess what a common ingredient in curry powder is besides turmeric? Black pepper.”
As per a study called Influence of Piperine on the Pharmacokinetics of Curcumin in Animals and HumanVolunteers, it was shown that the co-administration of piperine and curcumin to human subjects increased bioavailibity of curcumin by 2000%.
- Add a healthy fat to turmeric
Turmeric depends on fats, in order to be fully absorbed in the body. When combined with healthy fats, for example, coconut, ghee or olive oil, curcumin is directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system partly bypassing the liver.
- Heat increases turmeric’s bioavalibility
Dr. Sukumar said that curcumin is the powerful ingredient in turmeric, which, despite its power, cannot be easily absorbed by the body without assistance. So, this is where the sauté pan and a little warm oil come into play.
Dr. Sukumar also said: “I use it [turmeric] in every sauté, just a quarter teaspoon, a half teaspoon is enough. But you don’t have to use it sparingly – use it lavishly.The better way to take it, I feel, is to use it in your cooking very extensively. If you have any sauté, just sprinkle it in. The moment you heat oil and add turmeric to it, it now becomes completely bioavailable to you.”
At the end, in order to increase the effectiveness of turmeric, it is strongly recommended to do these 3 things:
- In order to activate the turmeric, you should heat it
- Combine it with some freshly ground black pepper to increase its absorption by 2,000%.
- You can mix turmeric with some healthy fat to avoid the metabolic processes in the liver.
As per the University of Maryland Medical Center, the permissible dosages of turmeric are:
- Cut root: 1.5-3g
- Dried, powdered root: 1-3 g