Turmeric has become very popular lately and with a good reason as it was proved to have over 600 potential health benefits due to its primary polyphenol known as curcumin. But a big problem with turmeric is that curcumin isn’t easily absorbed. More clinical studies showed that the concentrations of curcumin in blood plasma, urine, and peripheral tissues, if detectable at all, are extremely low regardless of dosage size. In case of low absorption rate, you will not benefit of its medicinal properties. Fortunately, there are simple tips that you can use to boost turmeric’s bioavailability. Discover them in the post today!
- Mix Turmeric with Black Pepper
According to some research influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers demonstrated that when piperine was co-administered with curcumin and given to human subjects the bioavailibity of curcumin increased 2000%.
- Combine Turmeric with a Healthy Fat
Consumed together with healthy fats, such as coconut, ghee or olive oil, curcumin can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system thereby in part bypassing the liver.
- Use Heat to Increase Turmeric’s Bioavalibility
The better way to use turmeric is to use turmeric in every sauté. When you heat oil and add turmeric to it, it becomes completely bioavailable.
In order to maximize the effectiveness of the turmeric do these 3 things:
- Activate turmeric by heating it up.
- Boost turmeric’s absorption by combining it with some freshly ground black pepper.
- Mix turmeric with a healthy fat to bypass the liver.
University of Maryland Medical Center recommends the following dosage:
- Cut root: 1.5 – 3 g per day
- Dried, powdered root: 1 – 3 g per day