Have you seen all the references to the spice turmeric in the news recently? Are you taking turmeric capsules for one or more of it’s health benefits? If so, you may not be absorbing all of the beneficial curcumin from your turmeric. I posted last fall on some of the health benefits of turmeric: 8 Reasons Turmeric is the Star of Your Spice Drawer.
Here’s some new info on turmeric: recent research shows that curcumin, the the active compound in turmeric, is fat soluble. This means it only dissolves in fat, or when combined with fat. So popping those turmeric capsules with out eating some healthy fat too, won’t be doing you any good. Here are some tips to help ensure you are absorbing the curcumin from your turmeric.
According to Natural Society News, “Without fat, the active component in turmeric, curcumin, has a difficult time making it past the stomach, into the small intestine, and into the blood where it can offer the greatest benefits.”
Accessing Turmeric’s Curcumin
In India, where they use tons of turmeric, they almost always mix it with coconut oil, coconut milk, or ghee (clarified butter), all of which have a healthy, high fat content which helps access the turmeric’s beneficial curcumin.
- Try mixing 2 TBSP coconut butter or coconut oil with 1 tsp turmeric, and adding that mixture to your morning smoothie.
- Avocados are a great healthy fat, mix 1 tsp to 1 TBSP of turmeric into your guacamole.
- Olive oil is also a great healthy fat, add 1tsp of turmeric to your home-made salad dressing.
- Or sauté up your favorite veggies in coconut oil and add in 1 tsp to 1 TBSP of turmeric.
It is interesting to note that due to it’s recent popularity, the price of turmeric is starting to skyrocket. Consider buying 1/2-pound to 1-lb in bulk and storing it in your freezer or fridge to keep it fresh longer.
Be sure to check out 8 Reasons Turmeric is the Star of Your Spice Drawer. And please leave a comment to let me know how you use turmeric in your diet?