⏩ Turmeric User Guide: How to Get Turmeric into Your Daily Life
Turmeric is amazing.
As we discovered together last week, it is scientifically proven to fight fatigue, heart and cardiovascular conditions, various cancers, inflammation, immune system issues and more.
I created this users guide to tumeric for you because it will change your life and you can start using it TODAY for huge energy benefits (and we’ll get onto that in just a minute)…
Now, while the science and research I presented in my post last week – 10 Scientifically Proven Benefits to Turmeric – makes the benefits of turmeric irrefutable…it has raised a lot of PRACTICAL questions:
- What is turmeric
- Where do I find it
- How do I cook with it
- Can I take a supplement instead
- How much do I need
- …and so on.
In this guide I’m going to answer those questions and more for you in what is really my Turmeric 101.
Turmeric User Guide: How to Make Turmeric Part of Your Everyday Life
WHAT IS TURMERIC?
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and looks a little bit like a knobbly old finger from a witch in a kids book.
Or more accurately, it looks like this:
Turmeric has a rough brownish skin and a deep orange flesh, and it smells awesome.
It’s from the ginger family and looks a little bit like a smaller, more knobbly, orange looking root ginger.
Turmeric has a peppery, warm and slightly bitter flavor and a mild fragrance that is a little like orange and ginger mixed together (which is why it makes such a great tea – more on that too in a bit…)
It’s really lovely.’
Nutrient Content of Turmeric
It is a great source of the alkaline minerals and vitamins manganese, iron, vitamin B6, copper & potassium and also contains a lot of fiber for its small size!
Nutrition Data for Turmeric (2tsp)
But the real star of the show is the curcumin – a diarylheptanoid which is the chief curcuminoid in turmeric.
The oil in turmeric has huge anti-inflammatory benefits, but more powerful and the main beneficial part of turmeric is this yellow/orange curcumin molecule.
THIS has the power to change your life.
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A Diabetes Cure? Just 1 of 1000+ Studies on the Power of Turmeric
In just one example of the studies I showed you in my Guide to Turmeric last week turmeric was 100% successful at preventing pre-diabetic patients from becoming diabetic over the course of a 9-month intervention (research published in the journal Diabetes Care – see this research paper here).
This incredible study involved 240 volunteers who all had the signs known to be pre-diabetes. At the beginning of the study, they were split into two groups and were assigned either a curcumin tablet or placebo.
After the 279 days of the study, 16.4% of the placebo group had gone on to develop Type II Diabetes.
And as for the turmeric group…
Absolutely NONE went on to develop Type II Diabetes.
Not a single person. ZERO.
In other words, in this sample group turmeric had a 100% success rate at preventing pre-diabetic patients from going on to develop type 2 diabetes.
This is just one study (of thousands) that proves the power of turmeric.
Which leads to the obvious question…
WHERE CAN I BUY TURMERIC?
Turmeric is readily available in most grocery stores in the UK, Europe, Australia, NZ, USA and Canada and I would certainly imagine it’s pretty much everywhere in Asia!
The reason you haven’t seen it before or noticed it is because:
a) it looks weird
b) recipes rarely call for it
c) when they do they often tell you to buy powdered (which is fine too, more on that in a minute).
➞ Fresh Turmeric
As mentioned, you can get turmeric in most grocery stores.
I’ve seen it in Tesco, Waitress, Morrison’s, etc in the UK, in Coles & Woolworths in Australia and in Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Albertson’s etc in the USA.
You can also buy it online with Amazon (of course, is there ANYTHING they don’t sell?) retailing turmeric here for example.
Note: when handling turmeric, be aware it WILL stain clothes, skin, surfaces, chopping boards etc. You can wash it off your skin and surfaces easily enough – but it won’t come out of clothes.
There are also companies like Real Foods in the UK and Ripe n Raw Organics in Australia
To get to the point: it’s easy to find now you know how important it is!
➞ Powdered Turmeric
This is also absolutely fine, but I would always say fresh is best (tired of hearing me say that yet?).
You can also get this practically anywhere on Earth in any shop, store or online. Just make sure you keep it sealed, away from light, heat and preferably in the fridge.
Don’t be afraid to use copious amounts if you’re using the powdered form.
I’ve compared cutting up about 1 inch of fresh into making tea and then making tea with the powdered, and you’d be surprised at how much powder you need to use to get the same strength of flavor.
HOW DO I COOK WITH IT?
When cooking fresh turmeric, I would always recommend peeling it, as the skin can be a little tough.
In terms of using fresh or powdered turmeric in your meals, here are some ideas to get you started (and a few recipes to follow):
1. Use in Soups: as you can see on the recipe below, turmeric is fantastic for having in blended soups. Generally speaking, add the chopped, fresh turmeric at the same time as you’d add garlic, and once you blend it in, it gives the soup such depth. I love it. Officially my new favourite thing.
➞ Recipe: Turmeric & Lentil Anti-Inflammatory Soup
2. Use in Smoothies: just as easily as you can blend into soups, you can blend turmeric into smoothies. It adds a really nice warmth and spice to any smoothie, especially nice in winter!
➞ Recipe: The Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie
3. Add to Juices: turmeric can be put through a juicer just in the same way as ginger to give you a concentrated hit of that incredible goodness.
➞ Recipe: Alkaline Immune Booster Juice
4. Use in Dips: a little turmeric root or powder can easily be blended in when you’re making dips such as hummus, baba ganoush or the dip below.
➞ Recipe: Butternut Squash & Tahini Dip
5. Make Indian Golden Milk: this variation (to make dairy free) of this amazing Indian, warming, soothing drink is just delicious.
➞ Recipe: Indian Golden (Almond) Milk / Turmeric Latte (courtesy of Choosing Raw)
6. Toss with Roasted Veggies: this is a beauty because you can both roast turmeric to make it soft and full of flavor, or you can just sprinkle powdered turmeric all over your roast. Easy!
➞ Recipe: Simply add turmeric, chopped, to root vegetables when roasting, OR, sprinkle powdered turmeric over the veggies (or BOTH!)
7. Grate into Salads: this is my super-trick for practically anything (works especially well with broccoli – if your kids won’t eat broccoli, try grating it into stuff. They won’t notice and you can put heaps in!).
➞ Recipe: Cool Quinoa Summer Salad
8. Add to Stir ‘Fried’ Greens: turmeric tastes fantastic in stir fries, especially with leafy greens like kale and chard.
➞ Recipe: Greens & Squash Stir Fry
9. Make Turmeric & Ginger Tea: this is a deliciously refreshing way to get this powerful spice in your life! Plus you can have cool in summer and warm in winter! Win-win!
➞ Recipe: Option 1: Turmeric & Ginger Refresher Tea & Option 2: Creamy Coconut & Turmeric Tea
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HOW MUCH TURMERIC DO I NEED EACH DAY?
At this stage, there isn’t enough research or evidence to give us a specific daily or weekly intake of turmeric in food form; however, research clearly indicates that regular consumption of this spice may offer important health benefits.
My personal approach is to supplement daily with a turmeric supplement, and include it in my diet through the actual food at least 3-4 times per week.
TURMERIC SUPPLEMENT BUYERS GUIDE
From all of my research, it appears there are a couple of things to look out for when choosing a turmeric supplement it is important to consider bioavailability (i.e. your body’s ability to use the nutrient in the form you consume it).
The trouble with most curcumin ingredients is that they are extremely poorly absorbed.
However, there is one form of curcumin called the phytosome form which was developed by the researchers in Milan and has been shown to be absorbed 29 times better than a standard curcumin extract.
So look for a curcumin/turmeric supplement that is in the phytosome form!
(Thanks to Ben Greenfield for this tip)
Note about Black Pepper (Piperine)
There is a big belief out there that turmeric is useless without a little black pepper. This has been wildly overstated. There are a few reasons I’m skeptical (tiny samples in the study – 8 humans), no follow-up research since 1997 despite millions of dollars of research conducted into turmeric since, the influence of funding from supplement companies and so on).
However, who knows, maybe this will be picked up and properly researched in the future with a positive correlation found.
For now – it can’t hurt. Use a little black pepper if you like. If you can’t or don’t have any – don’t stress.
In other words, it’s minutiae you can probably ignore.
5 SIMPLE STEPS TO GET THE BENEFITS OF TURMERIC EVERY DAY
Let’s MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Here are five simple steps to get more turmeric into your life:
- GO BUY SOME!: Make sure you just buy a heap of turmeric when you next go food shopping. You might not have your plan totally figured out just yet on how to cook with it – but simply having it in the house is the best first step
- GET IN THE JUICE & SMOOTHIE HABIT: not only is this the fastest, easiest way to get an incredible amount of greens and alkalinity in, but you can also add turmeric to practically any juice or smoothie
- GET GRATING: grating turmeric is a great way to sneak it into salads, stir fries, dips and practically any recipe, without anyone noticing!
- JUST CHEW IT: sometimes simple is best and if you’re struggling to remember to use turmeric or can’t seem to find the right recipes to add it to – just peel and chew on small chunks of it! It tastes great and you’re getting a great hit of it right then and there!
- SET A REMINDER: this could easily be one of those guides you read and think ‘Great, Ross, I’ll definitely do this!’ and then completely forget. Right now, set a reminder on your phone for seven days from now to buy some turmeric and your supplement if you haven’t already!
Enjoy and remember – I have got over 200+ alkaline recipes in my Alkaline Diet Recipe Books you can get right here with dozens of turmeric-containing, delicious meals!
Read Next: 8 Ways to Eat Turmeric Daily
Research Studies & References:
Amal S Abdel-Azeem, Amany M Hegazy, Khadiga S Ibrahim, Abdel-Razik H. Farrag, & Eman M. El-Sayed. “Hepatoprotective, Antioxidant, and Ameliorative Effects of Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) and Vitamin E in Acetaminophen Treated Rats. Journal of Dietary Supplements. September 2013, Vol. 10, No. 3 , Pages 195-209
Aranya Manosroi, Warangkana Lohcharoenkal, Parirat Khonsung, Worapaka Manosroi, and Jiradej Manosroi. “Potent antihypertensive activity of Thai-Lanna medicinal plants and recipes from “MANOSROI III” database”. Pharmaceutical Biology. November 2013, Vol. 51, No. 11 , Pages 1426-1434 (doi:10.3109/13880209.2013.796391). Accessed October 17th 2013.
Balasubramanian K. Molecular Orbital Basis for Yellow Curry Spice Curcumin’s Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. J. Agric. Food Chem., 54 (10), 3512 -3520, 2006. 10.1021/jf0603533 S0021-8561(06)00353-0, Web Release Date: April 20, 2006. 2006.
Cruz-Correa M, Shoskes DA, Sanchez P, Zhao R, Hylind LM, Wexner SD, Giardiello FM. Combination treatment with curcumin and quercetin of adenomas in familial adenomatous polyposis. i>Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2006 Aug;4(8):1035-8. Epub 2006 Jun 6. 2006. PMID:16757216.
Dorai T, Cao YC, Dorai B, et al. Therapeutic potential of curcumin in human prostate cancer. III. Curcumin inhibits proliferation, induces apoptosis, and inhibits angiogenesis of LNCaP prostate cancer cells in vivo. Prostate 2001 Jun 1;47(4):293-303. 2001. PMID:16280.
Hidaka H, Ishiko T, Furunashi T et al. Curcumin inhibits interleukin 8 production and enhances interleukin 8 receptor expression on the cell surface:impacgt on human pancrreatic carcinoma cell growth by autocrine regulation. Cancer 2002 Sep 15;96(6):1206-14. 2002.
Khor TO, Keum YS, Lin W, Kim JH, Hu1 R, Shen G, Xu1 C, Gopalakrishnan A, Reddy B, Zheng X, Conney AH, Kong AN. Combined Inhibitory Effects of Curcumin and Phenethyl Isothiocyanate on the Growth of Human PC-3 Prostate Xenografts in Immunodeficient Mice. Cancer Research. 2006 Jan; 66(2): 613-621. 2006. PMID:16423986.
Lim GP, Chu T, Yang F, et al. The curry spice curcumin reduces oxidative damage and amyloid pathology in an Alzheimer transgenic mouse. J Neurosci 2001 Nov 1;21(21):8370-7. 2001. PMID:16240.
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Rhode JM, Huang J, Fogoros S, Tan L, Zick S, Liu JR. Ginger induces apoptosis and autophagocytosis in ovarian cancer cells. Abstract #4510, presented April 4, 2006 at the 97th AACR Annual Meeting, April 1-5, 2006, Washington, DC. 2006.
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Risks and precautions:
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the use of herbs can interact with other herbs or medications.
Therefore it’s important to talk to your doctor before taking ginger or turmeric. You should not take ginger if you suffer from a bleeding disorder or take blood-thinning medications (such as warfarin or aspirin).
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This is an odd question, but since turmeric stains easily, does it stain your teeth like coffee can?
I have been following your emails, workshops and webinars on following an alkaline diet.
I have a question regarding the turmeric ginger tea, which I have started taking since three days.
I’m a patient with an autoimmune disorder (psoriasis) and since its chronic I’m on a immunosupressant (PSORID). The problem is I start feeling a little dizzy and I think I get a low bp when I take a cup of turmeric ginger tea. I want to continue taking this magic drink which will help treat my fatty liver too.
Hi Ross, just by coincidence, Kitchn has a piece on Tumeric today. Here is the article link:
Diaspora web site has some good info on the ir Tumeric Health Benefits tab
Can you tell me what is the best turmeric to buy in capsule form and from which company
Thank you so much
Elaine in PA
I really really like Thorne Research’s Meriva product: https://www.iherb.com/pr/Thorne-Research-Meriva-500-SF-60-Capsules/68447?rcode=WML162
I have been told that taking Tumeric with black pepper is even more effective in fighting breast cancer. What are your views?
SUPER common question – and while I’d kick off saying it doesn’t *hurt* to include some pepper with your turmeric…this is a common myth.
There was a study published in 1999 that showed that piperine (a compound in black pepper) enhanced the amount the body could absorb curcumin (the most anti-inflammatory compound in turmeric) by 2000% or something crazy. Very exciting.
Except, the study was funded by a supplement company who, at the time, were trying to patent the combination of curcumin + piperine. So very unreliable data.
The main skepticism for me comes from not just the funding of the study but also, since this was published in 1999, there have been almost a further thousand studies on curcumin and turmeric (whole) and their therapeutic use, and none of them have used piperine to enhance their results.
Again – it doesn’t hurt, and generally speaking, in about 70% of the recipes where I use turmeric, I’d also naturally use black pepper…BUT…it’s not something to be worried about. Turmeric/curcumin will work just fine on it’s own too!
Working on the principal that more is better we were adding organic turmeric powder to everything cooked by frying it with onions and garlic then cooking whatever we were going to eat… This was fine until I developed a rumbly tummy, gas enough to inflate a balloon and, fairly soon, explosive, loose stools. After a few weeks thinking I had a tummy bug I Googled onions and turmeric and realise do was overdosing. I had pretty well given myself IBS, so now have had to cut back drastically on turmeric and onions…. What would be a safe daily amount per person, using powder. Not interested in supplements – too pricey and probably not available here in France. Be interested to have your comments, Ross. Best wishes.
Hey Merle – there is an upper limit of everything. Even greens! Remember the observational study I mentioned regarding cruciferous vegetables and goitrogens? The lady who ate an incredible amount of bok choi and bok choi ONLY for months? She proved it for us – you can even eat too many greens!
I would be wary of ensuring you’re limiting the right thing – you’ve mentioned turmeric AND onion, that’s two variables.
I have some questions and some comments:
1) how much turmeric were you consuming
2) how much onion were you consuming
3) was the turmeric powder organic
4) can you really really have a think – were there any other variables that could have contributed?
5) did the issue subside? And if so, did you stop the turmeric and onion at the same time?
It concerns me a little bit when a sudden symptom arises and gets put to a specific food – and then that food is eliminated. It may not be cause and effect, it could just be a correlation. There is a chance that you got a bug, and the bug naturally went away – regardless of the turmeric and onion. The good news is, and you’re always good(!) – is that you’re taking the *right* approach which is to KEEP the turmeric, but try a lower level. That’s my suggestion to you.
I suggest everyone get 1cm of fresh root or 1 tsp of powdered (always organic) per day. This is enough for a health benefit. If you do add a little more here and there thats no problem.
Finally – and this is not that relevant to you now – but it’s a bug bear of mine 🙂 – please be careful with the term IBS. It doesn’t exist. It’s a term used to group hundreds of digestive issues and is very vague and leads a lot of people down the wrong path. People google and read that doing X will solve ‘IBS’ because it worked for someone…but IBS could be a thousand different things each requiring their own solution.
Anyway, that’s an aside as I don’t think this will be an issue for you.
Both my daughters are working with western medicine, and their concern is my intake of turmeric. I use about an inch a day, in juices usually. Their concern is it being a blood thinner? Is daily amount to be restricted?
My, personal and only, problem is that being back in the states it is $6.99 per pound, as opposed to a big bag, 1+ pound for $1 in Puerto Rico!
Most clinical trials on turmeric and curcumin exclude individuals who suffer from a bleeding disorder or are on anti-coagulants. As a result, curcumin’s anti-platelet activity has not been conclusively examined in humans.
The blood thinning concern comes from animal and experimental studies that prove both curcumin and turmeric have blood thinning properties. The general medical consensus is that turmeric can thin the blood and should be avoid two weeks before surgery.
But, one inch a day wouldn’t be any more of a problem than someone taking aspirin on a daily basis. So I wouldn’t worry about it.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do regarding cost. It’s not grown plentifully in the U.S. so the cost (due to demand) goes up. You probably noticed the quality isn’t too great either. 🙁
I get my turmeric on Amazon. Check the reviews. There are several good suppliers with great reviews showing timely delivery with fresh turmeric.
Thank you for being you and offering up so much great information. Your generosity is very much appreciated. Concerning one persons comment on needing to consume tumeric with pepper and a fat for maximum benefit is this true? If so any suggestions for a vegan on fat source? I want to make a tea so pepper in tea sounds well, gross.
Thank you Ross!
I think the reliance on fat and/or black pepper to be consumed with turmeric is overstated. They don’t use fat or pepper with it in any of the studies, which you’d think they would if there were a strong correlation. BUT it doesn’t hurt and I love fat, so it’s all good! Coconut oil would be my preferred choice.
Ii have been using turmeric for a coule of years now – 1 teaspoon twice a day with black pepper and a little olive oil and honey.
But I have been told I have gall stones now. I think this is a result of taking the turmeric. How do I get rid of the stones and then regulate the situation from there.
I guess the question is: what are all the other pieces of your “puzzle”. Do you have a genetic predisposition to gall stones? What else, other than turmeric, is in your diet? What is your stress levels?
Just trying to be helpful, Good luck.
Turmeric is actually used to prevent gallstones! It stimulates bile production. But, once you have gallstones you should avoid turmeric as it can contract the gallbladder (part of how it increases bile secretion) which can create/increase pain.
Gallstones are made up of cholesterol particles, calcium deposits and other substances found in bile. So they are formed when cholesterol, calcium bind to each other and become lodged in the gallbladder.
You might look at your diet. Are you consuming a lot of meat and dairy? Eggs? Try to avoid any high cholesterol foods for now. Other things that contribute to gallstones include age (over 40), lack of exercise, being overweight, high triglycerides, as well as eating a poor diet. There is also evidence that high levels of estrogen are a factor. They mess with hormones and increase cholesterol levels. Chemical beauty or cleaning products, chemicals in water supplies, and chemicals added to processed foods can mimic estrogen and result in the same hormone issues.
What can you do? To avoid surgery and the remove of your gall bladder, lose weight–especially around your belly. Be more active. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. This means lots of greens, good easy to digest fats like coconut oil or MCT oil and avocados. Stick to veggies and some fruit (low glycemic) and drink lots of water.Avoid or severely limit sugar, grains, dairy, processed foods, alcohol, and coffee.
You can also take lipase with meal. It’s a fat enzyme that would reduce the impact on your gallbladder. Bile salts or ox bile (500–1,000 milligrams) with meals would also improve gallbladder function and the breakdown of fats.
I took turmeric tablets and at the end of the week I felt dizzy and read somewhere that it lowered blood pressure. Will try every other day. I thought the pipeline theory had been discredited.
Shirley: You are correct. Turmeric can lower blood pressure and should be used carefully if that is a concern. Only take it under a physician’s care if you are taking HP medication.
Regarding piperine: it hasn’t been discredited, but hasn’t been verified. Only one study was ever conducted back when it started to become popular.. It was financed by a company who sells turmeric capsules. After the study, they trademarked the piperine, using the study to market and promote their brand of turmeric. As a result, anyone using it in their formula needs to license it. 🙁 They pushed the study so dramatically, that it caught on via the Internet and has now fallen into the realms of “truth” with everyone quoting someone who swears it’s true.
Renee this is absolutely bang on correct, thanks for posting.
Turmeric is a Super Food… Me & Wifey take it every night before going to bed mixed into hot milk with ginger & pepper- The health benefits are amazing- To sum up a few; Strong detoxifier, Aids in Fat burning which results in normal body weight, Cures aches & pains, Strong anti-inflammatory are few of the numerous health benefits of this amazing root. My advice rather than going for supplements make it part of your diet.
Few things to remember:-
Always take it with Freshly crushed Black Pepper & any healthy fat- Full Cream Cow’s Milk works for us!!!
Don’t overheat or boil for too long- We just simmer the milk & turn it off just before it starts to boil.
To reap maximum benefits consume daily if possible.
Turmeric is one of the most researched spice & that itself is a proof of it’s potent health benefits!!!
You can find exactly how it works for specific conditions with a bit of research… It works for us & many more who consume it in a right way & regularly so do give it a try- Turmeric will have an amazing effect on your health in multiple ways & as with all natural therapies & products there are no dangerous side effects if consumed moderately!!!
Cheers to a glass of hot turmeric milk everyday!!!
The only problem is raw Tumeric is very hard to get off false teeth, fortunately mostly where you have chewed the tumeric 🙂
I add tumeric to homemade hash browns along with other spices Inlove my hash brown wuth tumeric.
thanks for all the information you share with us 🙂
I have a question: will turmeric increase blood pressure?
Also, I know it for a fact that turmeric stain CAN be removed from clothes. You need to expose the stain to full sun and after a while it is gone. I have removed quite a few turmeric stains that way.
All the best,
This sums it up nicely 🙂
Good one, thanks Ross!!
It’s super easy to peel both ginger root and tumeric root –
Use a spoon! Seriously – just hold root in one hand, scrape using spoon in the other hand.
No peeler required!
And don’t forget, turmeric is used in prepared mustard!
I felt a little uncomfortable and could not fully appreciate this offer for Turmeric recipes’
I was looking for a print out manual, PDF form to download in minimal time. I got lost in the shuffle of material listed above. Please keep it simple, You are a Gem, no need for fluff.
I don’t feel there is fluff in here. Can you let me know which parts you’d have cut if you were writing it?
Thank you very much for the information. I struggle with rheumatoid athritis (at age 26) and i am going to try this definately!
My question is: I read that they are researching to use tumeric as a contraceptive. If i use tumeric will it affect my fertility as i am still young and planning on having more children still soon. But would love to use it if it does not have that effect.
I have not heard that, in fact the opposite. One of the main and most common fertility issues is inflammation and immune over-stimulation and curcumin helps with both of those.
Many people with fertility issues are on turmeric capsules daily.