You have probably been hearing and reading a lot about turmeric and its potent healing characteristics, right? But, did you know what makes it so healthy and how to ensure it is completely absorbed by the body? Namely, according to Longevity Box, turmeric has curcumin, an active ingredient which is the main “culprit” for its yellow color and strong healing capacity.
Though this plant has a lot to offer for our health, we need to know how to properly consume it to ensure optimal absorption in the body, i.e. with what to combine it. You can achieve this if you take it with another simple, yet important ingredient, i.e. black pepper.
Why Combine Turmeric with Black Pepper?
Black pepper is a well-known and commonly used spice in different cuisines throughout the world. But, many use it as a natural cure too. One of its healing powers is the fact that it acts like an adjuvant, particularly when you combine it with turmeric. When you consume turmeric along with black pepper, you enhance the bioavailability of turmeric for staggering 2000 percent. Wow!
To achieve this, you only need a pinch of black pepper whenever you use turmeric. Another excellent way in which you can elevate turmeric’s bioavailability is by mixing it with a healthy fat. Let us learn why…
Turmeric & Healthy Fat
When you mix turmeric with a healthy fat, you will better its absorption as turmeric is known to be fat-soluble. This healthy fat can be olive or coconut oil or ghee. The curcumin from turmeric will directly enter the bloodstream through the lymphatic system and bypass the liver.
Heating up the turmeric, i.e. using it in cooking is another method to boost the spice’s bioavailability. Add it to curries, soups, baked goods, roast, etc.
Recommended Turmeric Dosages
Dried and powder form- 1 to 3 grams per day
Freshly-cut turmeric- 1.5 to 3 grams per day