TURMERIC FOR HUMANS
by Pie Pony
11 January 2014 at 09:57
Firstly, I am neither a Medical Doctor or a Veterinarian. Even if I were a doctor I could not advise without examining and diagnosing properly. Any advice I offer is my personal opinion gained from reading research studies and articles,looking up jargon laden terms in order to comprehend what the analysis of data means and how that applies to conditions within my own body or the bodies of my family, whether human, furry, hairy,feathered.or scaly. Then it is trial and error.
Turmeric is oil soluble, there needs to be oil in the digestive tract in order for the turmeric to be absorbed by the body. Black pepper contains piperine which helps to boost bio-availability.
It is recommended that a good quality cold pressed oil or coconut oil/butter and some grinds of black pepper be taken together.
Why should you use Turmeric as a whole plant, that is, as fresh root of turmeric cooked, or as ground Turmeric/Haldi powder?
Because whole plant rather than extracted turmeric has an holistic effect.
Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin but has much more to offer, turmeroids, volatile oils and some very difficult to spell protein chains. The amazing amino acid chains work in synergy and produce an affect within the body that is available on a daily basis.
Many capsule manufacturers recommend that you stop the capsules periodically.
Some of the newer manufactured turmeric capsules do include piperine but many do not, and if capsules are taken then this should be with food in order for the oils/lipids in the food to bind and absorb the capsule contents.
Warnings and precautions are applied, partly to avoid expensive litigation, but cancerresearch.uk suggests that warnings apply to manufactured capsules, pills and tablets rather than to turmeric as a food.(Although awareness and observance does still apply.)
Advisories apply to pregnancy, although for the past 6000 years, millions of Asian women have not been told to avoid all forms of traditional cooking for the length of their gestation.
If you have a condition that ,for example, warfarin, also known as coumadin, is prescribed for, you do need to self educate about your condition, take responsibility, speak with your General Practitioner or Specialist and ensure that including broccoli, ginger, curries and a host of other ingredients, are not to be avoided.
Ask what signs to watch out for and how to check correctly.
A nutritious diet is important for everyone, but more so for those already diagnosed with serious health issues. Including good balances of vitamins and minerals with the correct ratios for the body to utilise the food as fuel to build immunity and manage to repair the damage from the disease or illness, and the prescribed medications, is something every doctor will recommend.
Monitoring the inr/blood clotting rate and noting changes and spikes is something to work through with your doctor.
For some people warfarin as an anticoagulant may be reduced or phased out since turmeric will help to prevent the blood from clotting which could result in embolism. There are side effects attached to warfarin but turmeric will also offer benefits in detoxing the liver, helping to maintain cholesterol levels in a health promoting way, protect the heart and has many other advantages.
Whatever the diagnoses, it is important be aware and observant, knowledgeable about the meanings of changes,symptoms and indicators that you should seek professional guidance for.
I chose to write 'warfarin' because of the contra-indications for turmeric capsules. Turmeric is usually fine with most prescribed medicines and is given to very weak patients with bowel cancer who are taking cocktails of chemical drugs, to protect them from some of the radiation damage and mitigate the side effects of the medicines.
People are used to popping pills like ibuprofen (and many brand named products), to clear a headache, without reading the leaflet detailing damage to liver, kidneys, gastric tract or considering that a brisk walk in fresh air and a glass of water would be a healthier option. People even see words like “Extra” on a pack of tablets and assume that their headache must be a migraine and they must need to take the maximum dose and probably one for luck as well.
Then they compound the problem with a toxic chocolate/candybar, not even a dark real chocolate but a sugar laden poison, as a sympathy gift to themselves. We may all know someone like that.
Even without the oil and pepper, a teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of water will clear a headache!What dose should I take ?
There is no actual dose that can be recommended, because it varies with each individual.
When we discuss amounts to add to horse feed, sometimes a small Welsh pony will require a larger maintenance dose than a Shire Horse might.
The state of health, any toxins from prescribed medicines, living or working in a polluted area, age and condition may have led to chronic arthritis in some whilst others still have good joint health.
Social habits such as smoking or drinking a little too much alcohol on a regular basis and many other factors will determine how much work the turmeric has to do in order to initially detoxify the body.
Another factor to consider is that of geology, soil conditions and mineral content will vary and influence the growth and quality of the turmeric plants being grown.
I found that sometimes I recommend much greater quantities of turmeric than others suggest, because the turmeric powder I can now source most easily is half as powerful as that I previously bought from a supplier who no longer stocks Haldi powder.
Look for a deep rich yellow towards orange colour, buy the best quality that you can afford but if you have to buy according to price, it will work,you will adjust the amount you use and find the point of improvement within your body to gauge your own daily maintenance dose.What is important is that you take little and often every day
, if you are taking two heaped teaspoons of turmeric powder a day, this can be split into smaller quantities 4 times a day or 6 times a day.Start small and increase your dose rate over a 2 to 3 week period,build tolerance, when you feel and observe an really noticeable improvement then stay at that dose rate for your maintenance daily.
If people around you have viral coughs, colds, influenza or even h.i.v., or if you are facing a stressful period of work physically, emotionally or both, then increase your dose rate for a week or so to ward off infection, by taking extra small doses in between your normal routine, rather than by increasing the amount ingested at a single time, then return to your 'daily maintenance rate'.
Why add oil ?
Turmeric is soluble in oil and a good quality cold pressed oil such as olive oil or a coconut oil or coconut butter will allow the body to absorb the turmeric powder in the small intestine.
As a rough guide you will use approximately 10 to 15 ml to the rounded teaspoon of turmeric powder, but a little more oil is better than not enough oil to allow for absorption.
Avoid processed vegetable oils as they will increase inflammation and be unhelpful in the long run.
Look for genetically modified free oils, avoid those crops that are most likely to contain gmo product, such as soya, corn and rape/canola, unless they are cold pressed and state gmo free.How much black pepper should I add ?
Research shows that the addition of black pepper ground from a peppermill boosts the bio-availability to the body.
How much to add varies, whilst we usually just refer to black pepper, there are categories of quality.
Even from the same pepper bush the peppercorns from the highest sunlit branches might qualify for
status as Tellicherry peppercorns.
So of course if using a high value, high piperine and volatile oil peppercorn you will need less than if you use a peppercorn of a lower quality.http://www.bulkpeppercorns.com/black_peppercorns
“Black Tellicherry Peppercorns or Tellicherry Garbled Extra Bold peppercorns are larger in size and renowned for their high quality. They are exported from the town of Tellicherry on the Malabar Coast of India.Piperine content of 6.6% and a volatile oil content of 4.7%.”“Black Malabar Peppercorns are grown in the coastal areas on the southwest side of India. The peppercorn farmers in these areas are known for their devotion to producing the highest quality peppercorns.
Malabar pepper has a higher Piperine content. They have a certified Piperine content of 7% and a volatile oil content of 4.5%.”
There are websites which explain what to look for in quality peppercorn and the health benefits.http://www.thenibble.com/zine/archives/ ... p#overview
“Remember when salt was either iodized or kosher? Now, if you aren’t serving beautiful salts from the seven seas plus artisanal varieties smoked over chardonnay barrels, coconut shells and kaffir lime leaves,you’re as exciting as a host who pours tap water. It’s the same with pepper. As a college student, when we first started Mastering The Art of French Cooking with Julia Child et al, there were black peppercorns and white peppercorns. We were schooled never to use anything sold pre-ground: Piperine, the chemical compound that provides pepper’s pungent (hot and biting) qualities, and the volatile oils that deliver its aroma, begin to dissipate thirty minutes after grinding exposes them to air. Grinding by peppermill or mortar and pestle—or even hand-crushing, we learned—was the only way to go.
A few years later, at Kalustyan’s spice market in New York City, we learned the difference between Malabar and Tellicherry peppercorns,grown on the southwestern coast of India—on the same vine! Then,what we thought of as “gourmet” peppercorns appeared on the scene. Pink peppercorns* arrived from Reunion, a French island southwest of Mauritius in the in the South Indian Ocean (and a stop for yachts en route to South Africa). Green peppercorns—actually unripe black peppercorns—appeared from India. Milder and fruitier than black corns, each added a very different pepper flavor plus bright color to dishes. “
Prevention is always better than cure
, why would you consider waiting until you feel really sick or diseased before beginning to protect your body,mind and quality of life?
Turmeric does offer truly remarkable healing, but it is asking a lot of a small amount of food spice to undo the damages and easier to prevent than to cure and repair, although most of us do not seek a cure until we feel pain.
For anyone who has a relative who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's,Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancer, Diabetes, Rheumatoid or Osteo Arthritis etc. Turmeric will help to protect and build immunity to all of those diseases, so start early and take a shot glass full of turmeric at least once daily to prevent taking horrendous drug regimes later in life.
When you visit your General Practitioner, you might be allowed 10 minutes to explain the problem, be examined and have a diagnosis and prescription. Family doctors who know your family history and are part of your community do still exist but are becoming rare. G.P.'s are under pressure to earn money for the medical practice and to see as many patients as possible. The NHS then pays the practice based on the number of patients registered to it. A G.P. Covers a wide range of symptoms and is a 'jack-of-all-trades', if you have a particular condition and take the time to read and inform yourself, then you will probably know more than your doctor, and even when you see a specialist, you know your own body better than anyone else can.
Sayer Ji of http://www.GreenMedInfo.Com
has taken a great interest in following the research studies on turmeric published for peer review, he has collated the information,written jargon free articles and made videos for youtube. GreenMedInfo shares the knowledge he has acquired and his website is well worth a visit.
GreenMedInfo also has a turmeric dedicated facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Turmeric ... 6159827095
Here is a video from GreenMedInfo to help you get started finding out what medical science has to say about diseases, illness and conditions that have particular interest to you.http://youtu.be/s2AZOMu0bVA
I believe that Health is an industry for profit, including the British National Health Service.
Pharmacuetical companies patent products and sell those globally, not always in the interest of patients as much as shareholders. An enlightening and interesting read is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
******************************************************************Turmeric recipe: how to make the paste.
Take 1 cup turmeric powder, mix with 5 cups pure water and simmer over medium-high heat for at least 7 to 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
You will notice a thick paste form. If it get's too dry while cooking you can add additional water.
Grind black pepper corn, 6 to 8 grinds per teaspoon of turmeric powder approximately. For a cup this might be 60 to 90 pepper grinds.
Turn off the heat and while cooling, glug Olive Oil (or coconut oil) about 10ml to 15ml per teaspoon of turmeric powder. 120 - 150ml to a cup but more is better than not quite enough, play with quantities.
Once cooled, put into a glass jar and put in fridge.
This is good for two weeks, it will keep for 4 weeks, but 2 weeks in a fridge is plenty.
Add 1 teaspoon of the turmeric paste to 1 cup. hot milk
(cow, goat, soy, rice, almond, or any combination),
maple syrup or honey to taste (or educate taste buds to fore go sweet flavours)
and 1 tsp. of almond or sesame oil or coconut or olive oil.
Gently heat without boiling and stir. Or warm the milk and stir in pre-made paste.
(Whole organic dairy milk is recommended because it contains Calcium and Magnesium.)
Add turmeric paste into gravy, add to stir fries and most main courses, or spread the paste on toast or stir into a natural full fat yogurt.
Ideally increase the daily turmeric from 1 teaspoon of powder twice daily add an extra ½ teaspoon per serving until you feel a change of pain relief and free movement....then maintain that dose rate as your maintenance amount.
( a teaspoon of paste does not contain a whole teaspoon of powder)