The world is changing! A huge part of this change is in the ways we are consuming food, water and herbs. One of the most potent and popular herbs being used today might surprise you: Turmeric.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a spice with a vibrant golden color. It has been used for centuries in many cultures, particularly in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. It has been used as an enhancement to medicinal, religious, cultural and culinary traditions. Turmeric is quickly becoming one of the most popular herbs, and it is clear why.
Turmeric contains an active compound called curcumin, which is believed to be responsible for many of its potential health benefits. Some of the well-researched health benefits of turmeric and curcumin include:
From my perspective, the younger generation is leading the way in this herbal revolution as herbs and spices are gaining traction as healthier options to chemicals and additives.
Tip: Black pepper contains a compound called piperine, which can enhance the bioavailability of curcumin.
Here’s how this enhancement occurs:
Inhibition of Enzymes: Piperine inhibits certain enzymes in the liver and intestine that would normally break down curcumin before it has a chance to be absorbed. This inhibition allows more curcumin to pass through the digestive system intact.
Increased Intestinal Permeability: Piperine has been shown to increase the permeability of the intestinal lining, which can further facilitate the absorption of curcumin molecules.
Improved Blood Flow: Piperine may also enhance blood flow in the digestive tract, which can aid in the transportation of curcumin into the bloodstream.
The combination of curcumin and piperine has been studied extensively, and research suggests that the presence of piperine can increase the bioavailability of curcumin by several hundred percent. This enhanced absorption can lead to higher levels of curcumin in the bloodstream and tissues, potentially increasing its beneficial effects.
Here is a fun, easy recipe to help you get started on your Turmeric-loving journey:
MATCHA LATTE WITH TURMERIC
- 1/3 cup canned light coconut milk
- 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- 1 pinch ground cardamom
- 1/2 – 1 Tbsp maple syrup*
- 1/2 – 3/4 tsp matcha powder
- Whisk all ingredients except matcha powder in a small saucepan and warm gently. Then whisk in matcha with 15 ml hot water in a small bowl or mug until smooth. Then pour the mixture into the saucepan and whisk again to combine.
- Alternatively, you can mix all ingredients in a milk frother and turn on the warm setting to mix and heat.
- Enjoy this healthy boost immediately!
Turmeric is one of my favorite herbs and is an easy, fun way to get some powerful, herbal healing into your eating/drinking/supplement routine.
Have fun with this bright yellow-orange root!
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to bring the benefits of Turmeric into your daily routine, consider our Truly Turmeric w/Black Pepper. The black pepper increases the bioavailability of curcumin. This product does not contain any fillers, just pure Turmeric goodness! You can find it by the single bottle or bundled in a 3 pack for extra savings.
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