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Why & how to make 'golden paste' (Turmeric)

 

SHTC assistant teacher, Pat Bettridge introduced me to Turmeric "Golden Paste" over a year ago. I take a big dollop in warm milk every evening before bed, and sometmes dueing the day too. Not only is it amazingly good for you but it tastes very yummy too - especially with a teaspoon of honey!

 "A teaspoon a day keeps arthritis,  diabetes and cancers at bay!"

The anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and detoxing properties of Turmeric have been the subject of  recent studies into how it can be used to prevent andtreat  Alzheimer’s and cancer, and more.

1. Anti Inflammatory

Chronic inflammation is at the root of many diseases. Curcumin, - *the 'magic' compound contained in GOOD QUALITY turmeric , has been found  to be just as effective as many anti-inflamatory medicines (1)

2. BRAIN FUNCTION & MEMORY LOSS

 Researchers have found that curcumin*  boosts the levels of  BDNF (a growth hormone) and can prevent ot even reverse many brain diseases especially those related to aging such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons (2) 

3. REDUCES THE RISK OF DEVELOPING CANCER

Recent reearch is showing that Turmeric may be one mother earths natural anti-cancer food.  Not only can it prevent cancer growth, but inhibits the development and spread as well. 

For more info, do a web search for: "Turmeric and Cancer: How a Cooking Spice Can Cure a Dreaded Disease"

4. IMPROVES DIGESTION

A teaspoon a day stimulates the gallbladder, reducing bloating and prevents inflammation of the digestive organs. However, when suffering from a gallbladder disease consult your doctor before taking (4)

5. PROTECT YOUR HEART & BP

Curcumin has shown to reduce LDL (or bad) cholesterol, prevent blood clotting, and remove plaque build-ups in the arteries. (5) It also lowers blood pressure -again check with your doctor if on any heart or blood pressure medication before taking Turmeric in large  quantities or if you already have low blood pressure.

6. LESSENS THE EFFECT OF ARTHRITIS

A large amount of people claim that Turmeric eases their condition,mainly becaause of its anti inflammatory properties, which also reduces pain. Some have said it works better than the drugs perscribed by their doctor and without any of the associated side effects.   - again have a chat with  yourdoctor before stopping your medication and tell him/ her you'd like to give this a go for a month to see how you go. Perhaps your doctor willsuggest lessening the dose of the medication slowly until you have taken the Turmeric for about a month, which is when you would start to expect seeing improvement.

7. DELAYS AGING AND IMPROVES LONGEVITY

Curcumin - one of Turmerics active compounds blasts 'free radicals 'which are associated with the signs of ageing. As it  decreases our risk of heart disease and cancer, it lengthens our lives too.

These benefits are only  SOMEof the major benefits - I have noticed my hair is thicker, my knees don't creak any more, my mind is sharp, i get less fatigued :)

HOW TO USE TURMERIC

From what I have read / heard about this, there are a few 'conditions' to get the best benefits

1. The Turmeric MUST be of good quality and contain a high proportion of CURCUMIN. Some supermarket turmerics (eg spice rack variety) hardly contain any curcumin.  Generally 2% curcumin or over is considered ok. i found this one which is 3.7%  also available in smaller and larger quantities.

2. It must be heated /cooked for 5-10 minutes to break down the 'chains' of molecules, to allow it to be absorbed by your body.For this reason takeing  capsules of raw powder probably will not have the same effects as described above 

3. Even when cooked, curcumin alone is not so readily absorbed by the body,but adding FRESHLY GROUND BLACK PEPPERCORNS means that the curcumin will be absorbed. Pat adds some pepper to the paste when she makes it and I add another couple of twists of the grinder into whatever i am taking the Turmeric paste with - eg stews, smoothies, milk - great in your morning porridge too!  Adding black pepper increases its absorbtion by 1000 times!!! 

4, Once made, the paste must be stored in a fridge and used within 2-3 weeks. It gets a strange metallic taste when it goes off, so you will know when this happens :)

5. Do not omit the OIL from the recipe. Oil must also be present to absorb the Curcumin.  Coconut oil is antiviral and anti inflammatory so is a good oil to use. Some people use olive oil instead.

 Sometimes I add ground ginger  or cinnamon too. 

HOW TO MAKE IT. Here is just one recipe, but you willf ind many more on the internet. Remember you must use GOOD quality Turmeric powder (High % curcumin over 2%), coconut oil and fresh ground black pepper essential. Turmeric paste will stain, so wear old clothing. Thoroughy wash the jar(s) you are using to store the Turmeric, preferably sterrilise in boiling water. 

 


In India, turmeric has been used and crowned the “Queen of all Spices” for over 2500 years. Although it was first used as a dye, over the centuries its true healing powers slowly came to light.

Long known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and detoxing properties, recent studies reveal how this natural wonder can treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer, too.

Here are 7 proven ways on how turmeric can improve your health and happiness. I’m sure that after reading this article you will start adding this miracle spice to your diet every day.

1. FIGHTS INFLAMMATION NATURALLY

Chronic inflammation is believed to be the culprit of many of our modern diseases. Curcumin, or turmeric’s active compound, is found to be a potent anti-inflammatory compound which matches or even exceeds the effectiveness of many anti-inflammatory drugs available. (1)

2. PROTECTS YOUR BRAIN

Cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s are often linked to decreased levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is a type of growth hormone. Researchers have found that curcumin positively influences the levels of BDNF and may delay or even reverse many brain diseases or age-related decline of our brain functions. (2)

3. REDUCES THE RISK OF SEVERAL TYPES OF CANCER

Turmeric may be one of the most potent natural anti-cancer substances out there. Not only can it prevent cancer growth, but inhibits the development and spread as well and may even hold the natural cure for this dreadful disease. (3)

For more info, also read: Turmeric and Cancer: How a Cooking Spice Can Cure a Dreaded Disease

4. IMPROVES DIGESTION

Eating turmeric on a daily basis stimulates the gallbladder, reduces bloating and gas, and prevents inflammation of the digestive tract. However, when suffering from a gallbladder disease, turmeric should not be taken on a daily basis to avoid overstimulation, which can make things worse. (4)

5. PROTECT YOUR HEART

Curcumin has shown to reduce LDL (or bad) cholesterol, prevent blood clotting, and remove plaque build-ups in the arteries. (5)

6. SOOTHES SYMPTOMS OF ARTHRITIS

Although more research is needed in this field, many people report various improvements of their condition. It helps them fight chronic inflammation and reduces the pain too. Some even claim curcumin supplements work better than many OTC or prescribed drugs available on the market today. And without any side-effects. (6)

7. DELAYS AGING AND IMPROVES LONGEVITY

Free radicals and inflammation are believed to play a major role in aging and curcumin affects both. And given that it also protects our heart and fights cancer, which are 2 of the biggest killers in today’s world, it obviously benefits longevity too. (7)

These benefits are only the tip of the iceberg of what turmeric can do for you.

To improve overall health and happiness, add 1 teaspoon of turmeric to smoothies, juices, soups, curries, stir-fries, homemade cultured sodas, and dressings on a daily basis.

FYI: curcumin, or turmeric’s most active and healing compound, is poorly absorbed by our body. Luckily there are a few ways to up the absorption by up to 2000 percent. Adding a pinch of black pepper is one of them. Click here to discover 3 more ways to up curcumin’s absorption to make sure you get the full benefits of adding turmeric to your daily diet.

Sources include:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19594223
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.137...
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18462866
https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeri...
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19233493
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22407780
http://www.immunityageing.com/content/7/1/1