Turmeric, the yellow coloured spice also known as curcumin, has a long history of medicinal use.
Green Med Info credits turmeric with benefiting over 600 health conditions , including “multi-drug resistant cancer, destroying cancer stem cells, protecting against radiation-induced damage protecting against heavy metal toxicity and preventing and reversing Alzheimer’s Disease and associated pathologies”. There is also strong evidence that turmeric impacts on long term general health and wellbeing, and potentially, longevity.
Optionally adding either ginger or cinnamon increases its anti- inflammatory properties, while blackpepper markedly increases the intake and effectiveness of the curcumin in the body.
To cheaply and easily gain the benefits of turmeric, you can try the following:
- Buy a bag of turmeric powder in bulk from your local eastern (Chinese, Indian etc) food store. (ideally organic). Generally the more yellow the turmeric is, the greater its positive effect.
- Buy a bag of either ginger or cinnamon powder
- Buy a pot of natural honey ( clover honey is usually cheapest and un-creamed makes it easier to spoon out!)
- Top up your peppercorn grinder with black peppercorns
- Put one heaped teaspoon each into a small pottery cup or bowl of the turmeric, cinnamon (or ginger) and honey
- Grind a small amount of black peppercorns into the bowl.
- Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for 10 seconds only (honey heated for longer will be extremely hot and dangerous and 10 seconds is just sufficient to melt the honey)
- Stir the powder into the honey until it is a smooth paste
- Check the heat of the mixture before eating, and then eat by the teaspoonful! (you may need to wash the spiciness of the ginger or cinnamon down with a drink afterwards)
One of the supplemental advantages of taking turmeric in powder form in this honey mixture is its very positive impact on gum health. Oral health can have a profound positive impact on your whole of body wellbeing
I would suggest optionally supplementing your powder mix with a capsule a day of turmeric.
Livestrong notes that Turmeric is safe for consumption, and curcumin supplements are generally considered safe. However, prolonged intake of high-dose curcumin extracts may cause stomach upset and, in extreme cases, ulcers. Curcumin supplements may also interact with certain medications and should not be taken by individuals on blood-thinning drugs or by diabetics without doctor supervision.