In my blog today, I want to talk about the best ways to take turmeric in order to maximise its absorption into the body so you gain the most benefit from the powerful anti-cancer properties of its curcuminoids.
Duration 9.55: Published July 2017
Here are some of the key points from Dr. Alan Mandell’s insightful video:
1) Curcuminoids are powerful antioxidants which block the action of free radicals (i.e. unstable molecules that can damage cells). They are also anti-inflammatories and pain relievers, antiseptics and antibacterials. Curcuminoids also lower blood sugar and blood pressure, and decrease levels of LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol), while raising levels of HDL (‘good’ cholesterol). Their ability to reduce blood sugar levels make the curcuminoids in turmeric extremely beneficial for diabetics as there are strong links between uncontrolled diabetes and cancer. (https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/diabetes-and-colon-cancer-an-emerging-link.html)
2) Most people who take turmeric in powdered or capsule form don’t get the real benefit from the curcumin because unless it’s absorbed quickly, the liver will naturally filter it out of the body. There are three important ways to take turmeric in order make it more bioavailable and so enable it to have its powerful effects:
- Black pepper is a great way to increase turmeric’s bioavailability. By adding ⅛-¼ tsp of black pepper to turmeric, absorption is helped by up to 2,000%. Some producers of turmeric capsules recognise the importance of black pepper in curcumin absorption and so include it in the mix.
- Turmeric is a fat soluble food and so should be taken with healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, walnut oil etc. When turmeric is used with fats, it bypasses the liver and so digests differently.
- If cooking with turmeric, the high heat provided by cooking oil, particularly coconut oil, also increases its bioavailability.
3) Your dosage of turmeric should depend upon why you’re taking it and so Google is always a good source of information to help you decide the right amount for you. However, the standard daily dosage in powdered form is 1.5g and 700mg-1,800mg in capsule form.
4) Turmeric also acts as a blood thinner, stimulates uterine contractions and menstrual flow, and, as we’ve seen, lowers blood sugar levels. As with any medicine not prescribed by your doctor, you should consult him or her before taking turmeric, particularly if you’re intending to do so in high doses and before embarking on a regular regime.