Best way to use tumeric is in small amounts in your cooking daily. It is a lipophilic polyphenol meaning it needs fat to be absorbed; it is less likely to be effective in a tea for example as compared to a cooked dish where butter is used to fry onions.
If you suffer from joint pain, starting every morning with a few minutes of lower back exercises may not be enough. What you eat is vitally important too. This is particularly true for those who have raised blood glucose, remembering that half of diabetics are totally unaware they have a problem until perhaps they become impotent, or their leg becomes lame.
It's a complex problem but there are some simple things we can all do to improve our immune systems and reduce the inflammation that affects all our organs, including our spines.
Don't take anti-inflammatories on a regular basis, they have awful side effects, but do include some turmeric daily in your cooking. It adds a marvellous flavour too.
Turmeric is an orangey spice that is a member of the ginger family. Curcumin is one of the active ingredients, and there are certainly others less well studied. Research reported in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that you cannot overdose the spice when taken in your food and there are numerous reports confirming its anti-inflammatory properties as a Cox-2 inhibitor.
Researchers reporting in the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists report that extensive studies stretching over fifty years have shown very promising results for many conditions, particularly those of the gastrointestinal tract from oral lichen planus in the mouth, to gastric ulcers and ulcerative colitis and proctitis of the anus; and a host of diabetic and autoimmune diseases, to mention a few.
More fascinating research published in the American Society of Pharmacognosy found that tumeric was effective in preventing joint inflammation provided you started taking it before, but not after the onset of the pain. This makes a strong case for using the spice daily in one's food; prevention remains better than a cure.
The best way to use tumeric for me is half a teaspoon daily in our eggs Hilton, it so easy, but in fact because of its benefits particularly for the diabetic we add it to many other dishes too. It is a small amount but imparts wonderful flavour to a breakfast that can eventually become a little dull.
Mind you, not nearly as dull as most of the breakfast cereals; just why were corn flakes invented?
Always there are those greens and legumes that are in season. Today it's broad beans and leeks with freshly picked kale to come. This is the breakfast that stays with you; it provides satiety. That means no reaching for snacks and colas mid morning.
Researchers reporting in Biomed Res Int discuss how curcumin modulates certain molecular pathways enabling it to help prevent tumours. Doctors are now saying that it is no longer if you get metastatic disease, but when.
In short, the best way to use tumeric to promote well-being and prevent disease is daily in your food.
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