Best way to use turmeric

The best way to use turmeric is in small amounts daily in your cooking. It contains important lipophilic polyphenols meaning they need 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; or a sore develops that won't heal.

Turmeric for inflammation.

It's a complex problem but there are some simple things we can do to improve our immune-systems and reduce the inflammation that may be affecting all of our organs, including our spines.

Don't take anti-inflammatory medication for prolonged periods, as 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 writing in the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists[2] 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 colitis.

And a rectal itch is not always a sign of worms; proctitis of the anus.

And a host of diabetic and autoimmune diseases, to mention a few that will respond to dietary changes.

More fascinating research published in the American Society of Pharmacognosy found that turmeric was effective in preventing joint-inflammation provided you started taking it before, but not after the onset of pain[1]. This makes a strong case for using the spice daily in one's food; prevention as always remains better than a cure.

Best way to use turmeric

Turmeric and broad beans with butter.

The best way to use turmeric for me is half a teaspoon daily in our Eggs Hilton; it is 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 Eggs Hilton could never be as dull as most of the breakfast cereals; just why were corn flakes invented? Without a spoonful of sugar they are awful and fattening too; refined carbs always are.

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 need to reach 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[3]. Doctors are now saying that it is no longer if you get metastatic-disease, but when; such is the environment we have created, and our lifestyles.

In short the best way to use turmeric to promote well-being and prevent disease is to enjoy it daily in your food.

Fresh turmeric

Fresh turmeric, grated from the root is far better than the powdered-form and really little trouble to grow in a mild climate. It tolerates some frost and is a good deal easier than ginger.

Freshly grated turmeric root.


One of the great concerns with statin-use is that we are more likely to become diabetic, and that it will progress to the need for insulin[4]; and experience "acute glycemic complications."

It would appear that patients treated with statins are prone to becoming insulin-resistant.

What is clear is that use of herbs and spices like turmeric is a better way to help prevent these serious diseases of modern civilization; and the avoidance of refined carbs which are the real cause of dyslipidemia in any case, not eggs and butter.

South African children typically consume a cup of sugar per day, 48-teaspoons, and teenagers double that[5]. Is it any wonder that diabetes is soaring?

Furthermore there are numerous studies showing that added sugar reduces the absorption of many micronutrients including minerals such as calcium and iron; and vitamins too[6].

Take home

The take home of all this is that diabetics and those suffering from generalised inflammation need to become better acquainted with herbs and spices. And the best way to use turmeric is fresh from your garden, but the dried and powdered form is not bad.

Mature turmeric plant ready to be harvested.Turmeric nearly ready for harvesting.


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