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12 Mind-Blowing Reasons You Must Add This Spice To Your Life
Turmeric is perhaps the super spice of the 21st century. With its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging compounds, it seems as if there is nothing that this spice cannot do.
Although this spice has been around for centuries, and used as both a food flavoring and as medicine in Ancient Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, it has only recently made its debut in the Western world.
The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been well-studied in the past few decades. No matter how much you think you know about turmeric, chances are there are plenty of things that you have yet to discover.
One of the things few people seem to be aware of is that curcumin has been shown in numerous studies to have a low absorption rate by the body. Luckily, this can be fixed fairly easily. Simply mix your turmeric (either powder or supplements) with one of the following fixes:
- If you are adding your turmeric to food dishes, add some black pepper as well. Studies have shown that the absorption rate of curcumin, when black pepper is consumed at the same time, is increased more than 2,000 percent.
- Add some quercetin. Quercetin is a flavonoid that is found in many foods such as onions, apples, green tea, berries, red wine, and red grapes. Quercetin stops the production in the body of a particular type of enzyme that deactivates curcumin. So if you take supplements, you can simply take them before or after a meal that includes foods like cranberries, blueberries, broccoli, spinach, snap beans, red leaf lettuce, kale, and sweet peppers.
- Add it to some fats. One of the main reasons that turmeric has such a low-availability of curcumin is that it doesn’t mix well with water. This is why you will see that we recommend mixing turmeric with a glass of warm milk. You can also mix it with any other fatty substance, such as coconut oil, flax seed oil, or olive oil.
Adding any of the above foods or substances will greatly increase your body’s ability to absorb and use the turmeric that you take.
Want to know more? Keep reading about the 12 reasons why you should add more of this unbelievable spice to your life.
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