Turmeric: A Household Remedy for Natural Pain Relief

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Do you love Indian food? Is turmeric an essential ingredient in your kitchen’s spice rack? If so, you have access to an effective natural remedy for pain. Turmeric contains numerous beneficial compounds with potent biological effects on the human body. Learn about the healing properties of this spice and how to incorporate it naturally into your diet.

The Case for Turmeric

A predominant chemical in turmeric is curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory that has been shown to reduce pain, making it an effective osteoarthritis treatment. Studies have confirmed that turmeric is as effective as numerous pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drugs, including corticosteroids, ibuprofen, and aspirin.

One of the main selling points of turmeric is that it’s a food, which makes it generally safe. Also, unlike most pain medicines, it has minimal to no side effects.

Improving the Bioavailability of Curcumin

The primary downside of curcumin is its poor bioavailability when taken orally. This means that a relatively small proportion of curcumin enters the bloodstream to have any effect. Unfortunately,most of the curcumin that you consume gets lost after digestion.

Supplement manufacturers have produced “turmeric extracts to compensate for curcumin’s low bioavailability.” These supplements concentrate and standardize the curcumin found in turmeric, increasing the amount the body can absorb. However, taking turmeric supplements can be costly, especially considering you probably already have it in spice form. Long-term use could burden some patients financially, and most insurance plans won’t cover this and other natural remedies.

If you can find turmeric paste, it’s a great alternative to the more expensive turmeric pills. You can also increase your curcumin absorption when you prepare and consume turmeric using the following methods:

Fat

The beneficial compounds in turmeric are fat-soluble. Try consuming a moderate amount of fat alongside whole turmeric root.

Black Pepper

Piperine, a chemical in black pepper, inhibits the metabolism of certain drug compounds, thereby increasing curcumin absorption. You can leverage this chemical process by pairing a small amount of black pepper with turmeric.

Heating

Lightly heating the turmeric concentrates and activates its beneficial compounds. Adding heat allows for significantly improved absorption rates.

Water

Turmeric contains compounds that are only water-soluble. If you gently boil turmeric, you cansignificantly improve its absorption.

Turmeric Paste: A Potent Healing Treat

You don’t have to use any of the previous methods in isolation. We recommend combining all four methods by creating turmeric paste, a delicious way to maximize this spice’s full potential.

Turmeric paste is incredibly versatile and can be taken throughout the day by the spoonful or as a healthy dip with your favorite meal. Plus, it’s simple to make and lasts a long time in the fridge.

 

Golden Paste Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup of Organic Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Cup of Spring Water
  • 1/3rdCup of Fat (Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Olive Oil, etc.)
  • 2 Teaspoons of Organic Black Pepper

 

Directions

  1. Combine turmeric and water in a pot and bring to a gentle boil. Don’t let it get too hot to prevent damaging the beneficial compounds.
  2. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the black pepper and fat.
  4. Cool and refrigerate.

Leverage the Healing Properties of Turmeric

Turmeric, when combined with other therapeutic approaches such as PRP injections from your local provider, can offer a safe and effective way to manage pain and enhance your quality of life. If you want more ideas on incorporating turmeric into your diet, talk to a nutrition counselor at Blatman Health and Wellness Center today.

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