Turmeric is simply one of those superfoods. It has amazing health benefits, and because of this, many people believe that taking a turmeric supplement is all that they need to do. Not so.
To really absorb turmeric, and increase its bioavailability in the body, it must be taken with some fat. Why? Because of the simple fact that turmeric is a fat-soluble food. In order for the stomach to absorb it, and for the body to truly experience all of the health benefits it has to offer, it must be taken with fat.
Fat-soluble simply means that turmeric dissolves in fat. Without fat, the active component in turmeric, curcumin, has a hard time making it past your stomach and into the small intestine and the blood where offers the greatest benefits.
So, what can you do to make sure you get all of turmeric’s health benefits? Here are some great ideas for food combinations. Try one today!
1. Black pepper:
Piperine is the key chemical in black pepper. It actually helps the body absorb curcumin. This also helps to increase the amount of curcumin that the body can absorb. To get this health benefit, simply cook with both turmeric and black pepper.
2. Add to fats:
As stated before, because turmeric is fat-soluble, it should be consumed with fats. Try mixing turmeric with oils, sprinkling on fatty fish, or adding to marinades that contain oils.
3. Mix it with quercetin:
Quercetin is a flavonoid that is found in plants. You have probably heard the term a lot if you drink wine because you can find flavonoids in both red grapes and red wines. You will also find these flavonoids in onions, green tea, apples and berries.
When mixed with flavonoids, you really bring out the health benefits. Try mixing it into dishes that contain a red wine sauce, onions or even berries–such as . You can even sprinkle some into your green tea.
It is important to note that turmeric is actually very sensitive to heat. About 85% of the curcumin in turmeric is destroyed when it is boiled. So, go easy on the temps when using.
When you increase turmeric’s bioavailability, you increase its health benefits. Every system in your body can benefit from ingesting this powerful spice. It is wonderful for digestion, long term health and even for your metabolism. A pinch of turmeric each day can increase metabolism and help you burn more calories all day long.
Try one of the ideas above and see the difference turmeric makes in your health!
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Recipes with Turmeric:
• Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette
• Barbecue Sauce
• Roasted Onions
• Green Beans with Turmeric Glaze
• Ras Al Hanout
• Spicy Tomato-Olive Soup
• Masoor Dahl
• Apricot-Rice Pilaf
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