You probably weren’t familiar that more than 7,000 studies have been carried out on turmeric efficiency as well as its active component curcumin.
The anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric are well-known and are widely suggested by health practitioners, blogs, as well as wellness publications. As this highly-pigmented herb should be part of everyone’s kitchen, there’s a simple guide below to help you include turmeric into your diet.
DIY Turmeric Supplement
Turmeric can be added to curries and vegetable soups on a regular basis, but, it would be far more beneficial if consumed in larger concentration. In need of acute inflammation remedy, you can simply add a couple of tablespoons of turmeric in half a cup of water and gulp it down. In case you’ve tried turmeric before, you’ll be familiar with its bitter taste.
These turmeric bombs are a great way to enjoy the benefits of turmeric minus the bitter flavor. What’s more, they contain two special ingredients which work together with the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric.
The concept of turmeric-honey pills was first presented by Anna Matriotti, an experienced herbalist, nutritional therapist and president of the Washington chapter of the American Herbalist Guild during her presentation at the 2015 Green Gathering, a herb/wild-crafting workshop.
How to increase the efficacy of turmeric
Due to the fact that the bioavailability of curcumin, the anti-inflammatory compound in turmeric can be increased with certain ingredients, the recipes for Turmeric Bombs below contain:
- Quercetin, a bioflavonoid, prevents an enzyme that lowers the activity of curcumin.
- Black pepper contains the powerful alkaloid piperine, which has showed an ability to raise the bio-availability of curcumin up to 150%.
- Fatty acids have also demonstrated the ability to increase the bioavailability of turmeric.
Two Types of Turmeric Bombs
Two types of turmeric bombs are included here: one made with honey and one with coconut oil or ghee.
The first one, i.e. the honey variation is easier to digest, so it is more adequate for children. The honey also disguises the turmeric bitter taste when the pill is swallowed, so starting with this option is highly recommended.
The advantage of the second option (the one with coconut oil/ghee) is being sugar free and also including the fatty acids that stimulate curcumin absorption. But, as the pills even out slightly on the baking sheet into rougher shapes, it makes them more difficult to swallow. In addition, these have a mild flavor when swallowed.
Turmeric Bombs: DIY Turmeric Supplement
- 1/3 cup of organic ground turmeric (recommended brands available here at Amazon and here at Thrive)
- About 1 Tbs. of quercetin powder (about 10 capsules, emptied) available here
- A big pinch of finely ground black pepper
- Binding agent, choose ONE of the following (you need about 3 Tbs.)
- Raw honey
- Coconut oil, available here
- Grass-fed ghee, best price available here at Thrive
- Unbleached parchment paper, available here
Apply some unbleached parchment paper on your baking sheet. In advance make space in your freezer to put the cookie sheet for a few hours when the Turmeric Bombs need to set.
Turmeric powder leaves hard stains and since the powder can get on your clothes in case you stir the mixture too vigorously, wearing an apron is always advisable.
Select only one of the binding agents. You need around 3 tablespoons. If you choose raw honey and it is thick, melt it first in a saucepan over very low heat until it is pourable. Do the same with the coconut oil or ghee so it is liquid, but not hot.
Stir together the turmeric, quercetin, pepper, and binding agent in a bowl. When using honey, you should get a thick and pliable mixture. When using coconut oil, you should get a thick mixture to form pills with.
If you are preparing the honey variation, pinch off small amounts of the ‘dough,’ roll it between your palms, and place it on the baking sheet. If you are making the oil variation, use a spoon to scoop small pill shapes onto the baking sheet.
Freeze the pills until firm, then relocate them in a storage container and keep them in your freezer.
When needed take the turmeric bombs. It’s a good thing that you can’t have too much of them. Be cautious that if you take a lot of the oil-based pills, the fat content may upset your stomach. If using the honey version, bear in mind that it does contain sugar – unrefined and enzyme-rich sugar though.