Friday, September 26, 2014

5 Turmeric Smoothie Recipes That Are Sure To Boost its Bioavailability

I have already written in the past about the amazing health benefits of turmeric and about the fact that turmeric may be the natural rival to dangerous depression medication. And while turmeric is a powerful and effective compound for treating a wide range of diseases, studies have revealed that turmeric has low absorption and rapid metabolism that lead to relatively low bioavailability in the body. In this post I will show you exactly how to greatly improve turmeric’s bioavailability in your body to super boost its miraculous health benefits!

What can we do to increase the bioavailability of turmeric in the body?

Here are few suggestions:

1.    Black pepper – On my previous article about the top 8 super healthy food combinations, I’ve mentioned that piperine, which is the key chemical in black pepper, aids the absorption of curcumin, which is the active ingredient in turmeric, and thus increases the amount of curcumin that the body can absorb. So if you are cooking with turmeric, be sure to add some black pepper to the food.

2.    Mixing with fats – One of the main reasons behind the low-availability of curcumin in the body is due to its low solubility in water. Therefore you can mix turmeric with oils, such as coconut oil, flaxseed oil, olive oil etc.

3.    Mixing with quercetin – Quercetin is a plant pigment (flavonoid) that is found in many plants and foods, such as red wine, red grapes, onions, green tea, apples and berries. Quercetin inhibits a certain enzyme that deactivates curcumin. Fruits with a dark red or blue color have the highest quercetin content. These include cranberries, blueberries and black plums. Vegetables that include quercetin are red leaf lettuce, raw kale, chicory greens, raw spinach, sweet peppers, snap beans and raw broccoli.
While turmeric can be added to many dishes, the curcumin is extremely sensitive to heat, and roughly 85% is destroyed when turmeric is boiled for 15 to 30 minutes. So another effective way to add turmeric to your diet is by adding it to your smoothies.

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