Do you know that turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory? Well, turmeric has therapeutic properties; it can be used to assist in fighting disorders such as osteoarthritis, tendinitis, liver cirrhosis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and many other blood-related and digestive disorders. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-cancerous properties. Its nutritive quality is because it has iron, Vitamin B6, manganese, fiber, potassium, and copper.
How turmeric is best absorbed is a factor to be considered before consumption. It has a low bioavailability, that is, it’s difficult for the body to absorb it. Turmeric has a lower impact on the blood vessels when taken alone because it is poorly absorbed in our bodies. Without certain elements, the active component in turmeric known as curcumin will have difficulty making its way past the stomach, into the small intestine and finally into blood vessels where its benefits can be realized.
How Turmeric Is Best Absorbed
The following tips will improve how turmeric is best absorbed into the body.
Mixing with Black Pepper
Freshly ground black pepper improves curcumin’s bioavailability. The active ingredient in black pepper (piperine) greatly makes curcumin more bioavailable. When including turmeric in your diet, black pepper can also be included.
Mixing with Fats
Turmeric is always fat soluble i.e. it easily dissolves in fat. For it to be absorbed by the body, some fat such as coconut oil can be included.
Its absorption is enhanced through heating to increase solubility. An example is boiling for around 10 minutes. It will be easier to consume when added to a cup of hot water or tea. It can also just be added to hot foods.
Mixing with Foods Rich in Quercetin
Quercetin is a flavonoid found in red grapes, apples, onions, Serrano pepper, and citrus fruits. The flavonoid has an enzyme (sulfotransferase) that inactivates curcumin. Adding turmeric to the quercetin foods increases it absorbability in the body.
Golden Milk Tea or Golden Milk
This is a beverage where turmeric is a key ingredient. The recipe has the following ingredients:
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 cup / can of coconut milk
1 cup of hot water
Half teaspoon black pepper/cayenne pepper
Half teaspoon ginger
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
A quarter teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon raw honey
All of the ingredients are blended until smooth. They are then transferred to a saucepan and simmered for 2 to 3 minutes. Drink the concoction immediately.
How turmeric can be absorbed by the body can be answered by the tactics mentioned above. The key strategy is overcoming glitches causing low bioavailability of curcumin. Some of the tips are very easy such as fat and black pepper. Curcumin is also important to the body and the ones mentioned above will help you absorb it better.