Maybe you’ve heard about curcumin and how beneficial it is. It has an ever-growing, extremely impressive list of studies to its name.
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The latest research shows it can help with depression.
And growing research suggests curcumin is:
- reduce pain
- protects your liver
- anti-carcinogenic (colon, prostate, and breast)
- anti-microbial: bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites (it’s been shown to be helpful against Epstein Barr, staph and HIV just to name a few)
- protects your heart better and more safely than aspirin and lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, and A1C
- healing to the Gastrointestinal tract
- prevents progression of type 2 diabetes in at risk patients
- improves peripheral blood flow
- increases visual acuity
- more effective than NSAIDs in Rheumatoid Arthritis and post-operative trauma
- protects your brain from the plaque that causes Alzheimer’s
Convinced that curcumin is worth adding to your regimen? You should be!
There’s just one problem…With most capsules, absorption is lousy.
Sure, you could eat a lot of turmeric, the spice it comes from. I’m all for eating whole foods. But turmeric only gives you about 2-3% of the therapeutic value of curcumin. And you probably don’t want every food you eat tasting like curry, or your fingers and your kitchen stained a lovely coppery gold.
We know that absorption is better in what’s called a liposomal or phytosomal form, meaning bound to fats. So some companies put fats into the capsule, usually from soy or sunflower. But uptake is still questionable.
So you have 2 choices to get all those amazing benefits:
- (the hard way) Empty the capsules and add them to hot liquid, blended with healthy fats like pastured butter, MCT oil, or coconut. After all, that’s how turmeric has been used traditionally in India, as in curries made with ghee (clarified butter) and coconut milk. There’s a lot of wisdom in those traditions.
- (the easy way) Buy Designs for Health Curcum-Evail, which already has the right kinds of fat blended into the capsule. Dosage can be anywhere from 1 capsule daily (take with food), to 8, for people fighting cancer or other illness or injury.
If you go with the first approach, remember it needs both heat and fat for best absorption. I have added it to my morning coffee, which I make “Bulletproof” by blended pastured butter and *MCT oil. But there are many ways to get curcumin in. You can blend it in tea, hot cocoa, soups or stews, just to name a few.
Give it a try and tell me what you think! Your body, mind and spirit will thank you.
Two additional notes:
- You may read that pepper (piperine) is essential for absorption and uptake. Not exactly. It helps with absorption in the intestines, but not on the cellular level, which is more important. So while I used to recommend it be taken with pepper, I no longer believe this is important.
- I have probably invested (and wasted) close to $1000 testing various forms of curcumin myself, including many liposomal forms. Let me save you that frustration! Please don’t waste your money on something you can’t absorb. Use this one instead, and get results.
Want help figuring it out, or want me to send you some? Shoot me an email or give me a call.
January 2016 Update Thanks to my friends at Natural Stacks for alerting me to this: A report published in the International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology reviewed hundreds of published studies and concluded:
“Curcumin is an effective agent for the prevention and treatment of most chronic illnesses, including neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and neoplastic diseases.”
“Research also found that curcumin elevated mood and happiness just as well as the prescription drug Prozac – with none of the suicidal side effects of the controversial drug.”
As I said: VERY IMPRESSIVE!
Healthy Hot Cocoa
Make a batch ahead of time, and store in a jar. Also makes a lovely homemade gift!
1/2 cup raw unsweetened *cocoa powder
1/2 cup grated *raw cocoa butter
1/2 cup *xylitol or more to taste (you could use sugar, but xylitol has health benefits and won’t spike blood sugar)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon *vanilla powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of salt
6 capsules (250mg each) of *curcumin, emptied
Mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a bowl. No refrigeration necessary.
Directions: Put 2 heaping tablespoons in a mug. Add boiling water and dollop of full fat coconut milk (I like Thai Kitchen Organic). Stir and serve.
*Pick up from my waiting room, have me ship, or order most of these from Bulletproof