Turmeric is a superfood that has long been hailed for its numerous health benefits, which many people swear by.
Turmeric has been used in traditional medicine for centuries to treat sprains, bruises and inflammation in the joints and stomach, and scientists now understand how it works. This warm, bitter plant owes its distinctive yellow hues to its rich concentrations of curcumin, a compound with proven anti-cancer, antioxidant and analgesic properties. One study featured in The Korean Journal of Pain, for instance, discovered that curcumin could decrease inflammatory pain in rats.(4) Another study, published in Surgical Endoscopy, concluded that curcumin could improve postoperative pain and fatigue.
While there’s no denying that turmeric is a truly wonderful and beneficial superfood, it does suffer the unfortunate side effect of having poor bioavailability. This means that the body has difficulty digesting, absorbing, and getting the most out of the nutrients of turmeric.
Luckily, there’s one easy way to get around this. You don’t even need to make a trip to a specialty grocery store for you to increase the bioavailability of turmeric; you just need to pop out some black pepper.
This bright orange spread can be consumed straight from the jar (for a total of 1 tablespoon daily) for maximum effects. We love spreading it on toast, at the first sign of a cold, and having it with a cup of hot tea!
Note: Since turmeric has been shown to increase production and flow of bile, those with common bile duct blockage or gallstones should avoid this herb
Anti-inflammatory Turmeric-Honey Spread
Put all the spices in a small glass jar.
Melt coconut oil (for easy mixing) and add to the jar to mix.
Add honey and mix.
Store this natural remedy on the counter, for easy spreading and away from heat.
Take one tablespoon per day.
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