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Taking Turmeric? It’s Not Doing Squat Unless You Are Taking Other Things Too
If you are taking turmeric or curcumin supplements because you know that they are super beneficial, good for you!
If you aren’t, now would be a good time to start. There are three active curcumioids that are found in this spice and all of them have powerful healing capabilities. Curcuminoids contain anti-inflammatories, anti-cancer, anti-tumor, and powerful antioxidants that prevent premature aging.
Because of all of these compounds, curcumin can help lower body fat levels and help to avoid inflammatory diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, pancreatitis, and even certain types of cancer.
Does this all sound too good or too easy to be true? Well, in a way, it is. The catch here is that curcumin has a low bioavailability. This means that your body has a hard time absorbing curcumin, which means that you don’t get very much out of the supplements you may be taking. Of course, you could try to consume even more of it, hoping that you can get your body to absorb more, but wouldn’t it be easier to simply increase the bioavailability of curcumin?
You can greatly increase the bioavailability of curcumin by simply adding a few things to your diet when you take your supplement.
Does that sound easy? It is! Keep reading and find out which foods you can take to turn those curcuminoids from a drop in the bucket to a waterfall!
1. Black Pepper
Yep, we are talking about the same black pepper you probably have sitting on your kitchen table right now. When we add black pepper to turmeric, we increase the bioavailability of curcumin by as much as 2000 percent! You don’t have to take a mouthful, just a little pinch will do the trick. Just swallowing one peppercorn with your turmeric supplement will give you all the bioavailability you could ever want!
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Of course, if pepper just isn’t your thing, you can also use fat as a means of making your supplement more available for your body to use. Turmeric is a fat soluble compound which means that it “piggybacks” on fat molecules to make its way through the body. You can add freshly ground turmeric into healthy fats such as your meat sauces, salad dressings, and dips. Or you can consume your supplement with a fatty meal or just drink a glass of milk to wash down that capsule and your body will soak up that curcumin along with the fat!
3. Heat Things Up!
Another great way to get that turmeric into your body is to heat things up a little. Just adding a half a teaspoon to any cooked dish, such as soups, casseroles, sauces, meat, or rice will give you all the curcuminoids your body can stand and then some! The moment you heat up that food and add turmeric to it, it instantly becomes bioavailable to the body.
Now, if you thought that you were going to have to do something complicated to get the benefits of turmeric, you are probably shaking your head thinking that it can’t possibly be this simple. But it is! Mother Nature made things pretty easy, overall, so that we could live healthy, happy lives with bodies that last a lifetime!