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Fresh Turmeric Vs. Powdered   0  0   

Posted by Kerrstarr (Walnut Creek, Ca, Usa) on 09/07/2011

HI. I notice everyone talking about using turmeric powder, but I'm really curious about using fresh turmeric. Is there better bio-availability from fresh? If so, how much fresh should I use compared with powdered herb?

I guess this question leads me into other questions about herbs as well. My intuition tells me that I'm generally better off using fresh if and when I can. Am I correct in thinking this?

Also, I get that some herbs are not necessarily water soluble, so would be more effective in a carrier medium. I'm not opposed to making my own tinctures. I'm guessing that with fresh herbs, the oil/water solubility thing is less of an issue. But in the use of dried, how do I determine which herbs are better used as a tea, and which as a tincture? I realize that this is a pretty big question, and maybe I should have broken it down into 3 or 4.... Does anyone know where to find this type of information, other than years and years of study?

(I'm having terrible allergies after relocating form across the country to a totally different climate, and kind of wanted a quick answer about turmeric, but this leads into my general questions about herbs, so I had to ask....)


Replied by Rob
Manhattan, Ny
There seems to be a growing consensus that Turmeric is generally poorly absorbed and that added Piperine (black pepper) enhances it's absorption. We're seeing more Turmeric products with this addition.

In terms of flavor and cooking, fresh Turmeric and Ginger both possess large differences over the dried versions... With Fresh often preferred for it's more complex flavor. I don't know if the therapeutic value is any greater... the general rule for Turmeric is 1/2 tsp dried for 1 inch of the fresh root or 1tsp fresh minced root.

Replied by Lee
New York, Usa
To Rob from Manhattan, I'm looking for a good naturopath in NYC. Would you have any recommendations? Thanks so much. Lee
Replied by Rob
Manhattan, Ny
sorry Lee, I don't know of any good Naturopaths..

however Dr. Zhang comes highly recommended for diseases such as Lyme or Hepatitis and autoimmune diseases....

best, to ask as many people as possible... Sometimes asking around at your local health stores is a good idea... if you get more than a few recommending the same person then it may be a good lead....

Replied by Lee
New York, Usa
Hi Rob, Thanks for the speedy reply. I live in NY only part time right now, but will be there full time in a few months. So I don't have a good health food store either - I still rely on the ones in my hometown. If you have any thoughts on good ones in the city I'd be very grateful. Thanks very much. Lee
Replied by Ollytempe
Px, Arizona
Kerrstarr- It is all relative to each individual herb. Some herb contain the desired constituents when fresh and others when dried. As far as solubility, this depends on the chemical profile of the herb and which constituents you desire to extract. Different menstruums (carriers) may include water, alcohol, oil, and glycerite.

When preparing Turmeric, water and alcohol are suitable menstruums. Dried is the traditional way its used but some recent companies do tincture (alcohol) it fresh at 45% alcohol at a ratio of 1:1. I could not find a reference to the ethanol percentage used when tincturing dry but from the looks of it i'd say anywhere from 30-40% would be suitable at a ratio of 1:2 (Alcohol:herb). Turmeric may also be used in a decoction (boiling herb in water).

When studying herbs it is best to buy books from trusted herbalist and study one herb at a time. Each is unique in its own way.

-Daniel, Herbalist

Replied by Maryanne
Winthrop, Massachusetts
You could check bulkherbstore. Com, or Both have extensive articles and other info, as well as an online store. Good luck!

Gangrene, Gout, MRSA   1  0   

Posted by Steve (Cleveland, Ohio, United States) on 05/13/2013

[YEA]  I understand that everyone is unique and someone may be adversely affected by anything. I can't recall ever hearing of turmeric causing any harm. My daughter, who is in poor health, diabetic, blind etc. Never took care of herself and took the toxic poisons her doctor prescribed, developed gout in her foot, which turned into osteomyelitis, and MRSA, and gangrene which became life threatening. A doctor who I can't name insisted that part of her foot must be removed or she would die of the infection. I had reached a point of frustraion with the so called medical field that I cannot begin to describe. I literally researched 24-7 for natural remedies and for my daughters specific case, came up with the following. "SOUP"! Any vegetable soup, 1 heaping teaspoon of Turmeric, 1 heaping teaspoon of crushed oregano leaves, 1 medium to large "HEAD" of garlic sliced by hand no more than 1 hour prior to consumption (the allicin loses it's potency rather quickly), 1/8 cup of freshly ground golden flax seed (all organic). This was eaten every day! Along with the soup, she used oil of oregano 4 drops in a little water 3 times a day, (70% carvacrol content). Be careful not to slosh the water around so the oil stays pooled in one place. Drink it down quickly without disturbing the oil, it is very spicy.

We also soaked her foot in hot water with lots of betadine for an hour a day. We fortunately found a doctor who was willing to work with us. A pic line was put in for antibiotic administration. The antibiotics that could be used were limited because my daughter had terrible reactions to many of them. We were told the antibiotic therapy, (if it worked at all), would take six months or longer. Within a month an MRI showed it wasn't gangrene any more but osteomyelitis. A couple of weeks later, it was gout, and MRSA. A month later her white blood cell count had gone down and the pic line was removed. She was on oral antibiotics for another month and then a topical ointment to heal the skin on her foot. As an aside, DON'T SMOKE! Smoking drastically reduces the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream and hampers healing. Most bad bugs are anaerobic and do not survive in the presence of adequate oxygen. No more MRSA, her primary doc stopped lisinopril ( it causes gout). Hope this helps someone. The BIBLE tells us, all plants are for food and for medicine, and it DOESN'T say, no salt.

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hi Steve from Cleveland - Your daughter is very blessed to have you as her dad! My diabetic brother went along with what the doctors said and had a partial amputation of his foot which led to other complications. This must be happening all the time. I have written down the ingredients for the soup - it sounds like it would be good for so many things. Thanks for sharing your story. I wish all the best for you and your family. Take care, Bess
Replied by Gillian
Andalusa Spain
I am sorry for all the pain your daughter is going thru and good for you not giving up and for being such a great mom.

I don't know if this would help, and please check to make sure it is safe for her to do the following. I had a tooth infection and I put goldenseal, sprinkled from a capsule on it, and brushed the area, and put some in a tea bag and put it on the infection. ( I also brushed the area with kosher salt and gargled with salt water, however it only got better when I used goldenseal. ) In 2 or 3 days infection was gone.

She might want to also take it internally, but make sure it is safe for her to do so.

Good luck to you both and I will keep you in my prayers.


Replied by Andrea C
Hi I'm sorry your child is suffering xx Colloidal Silver kills M.R.S.A, they use it in Hospitals in the UK, and I saw a youg woman who contracted it badly in her foot healed this way in Hospital. Use Colloidal Siver undiluted and gently swab the affected area. Then put Colloidal Silver on a sterile dressing and cover the affected area, if you're unable to wipe the site of infection, depending on how large the site of infection is, use a plastic, not metal ever, spoon or container, to drizzle enough to run over the wound, or spray using a plastic spray bottle. Cover the dressing with a clean plastic bag to protect the dressing, change it 3 times a day. Spray it on the Gangrene as well to fight any infection at the site, or stop any infection occuring. Put 1 drop of food grade hydrogen peroxide in distilled water only, 3 time's a day, day 2, 2 drops of hydrogen peroxide in the water, increase it by 1 drop 3 times a day every day. This will promote oxygen supply to the affected area, bicarb (baking soda) half a teaspoon before food will also help withe oxygen supply, or can be given with out food.

I woul also give her the Siver to drink to help fight the infection from any of her problems and to fight the infection that causes Osteomyelitis. A table spoon (plastic. 1 table spoon=15mililetres) four times a day as well.

Love Andrea C xxxxxxx

General Feedback   1  0   

Posted by Elaine (Thailand) on 08/30/2014

I have just made a batch of tumeric and cayenne capsules, how many should I take a day? Are they safe to give to my children ( 11 and 7 ) and can my husband take them while also taking aspirin (he had a heart attack 11 years ago). I read that the tumeric is a natural blood thinner, therefore could he stop taking the aspirin?

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Elaine,

Are you trying to treat something specific with the turmeric and cayenne (other than with your husband)?

When I am treating an adult with turmeric, I give 4 capsules 3-4 times a day. I have given 2 turmeric capsules 2-4 times a day for a child around the age of 10. I have given 1 capsules 3-4 times a day for a child as young as 4. I would not hesitate to give it to a younger child for a specific need. For a child that cannot swallow capsules, I mix turmeric in yogurt, honey or applesauce.

If I just wanted to get some turmeric in someone for its general healing properties, I would probably only give one dose a day. I have read about people using as much as a Tablespoon at a time, which would be 12-15 capsules! That is a lot!

Turmeric works best when taken with some fat and some black pepper, though I don't always do that. Turmeric should also be taken with plenty of water. I have read it can be constipating, so be watchful of that. I have never seen that happen in my family, though.

A little cayenne goes a long way. When I am dealing with an acute situation, I take 1/2 - 1 teaspoon at a time (2-4 or 5 capsules.) But my husband and I both find that capsules of cayenne cause us some digestive distress. I prefer to take it in some juice, though it is very hot, because the body seems to accept it better if it starts in the mouth (digestion starts in the mouth and tummies don't like surprises! ) I don't think I have ever given a child a cayenne capsule, though I am not saying I never would. I have just not had a need to.

I have not researched blood thinning abilities of turmeric. However, cayenne is reported to do this. If the doctor has put your husband on an aspirin, I would not recommend taking your husband off the aspirin without checking with him. I think it is possible he would not need the aspirin. If you could get a copy of Dick Quinn's book, "Left for Dead, " he did use cayenne and some other herbs instead of heart medicine following a heart attack and surgery. It is a fascinating book.

I would watch for excess bruising if your husband takes the aspirin and blood thinning herbs.

Hope that helps!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Elaine
Dear Mama to Many:

Thank you for replying to my question. Thankfully my family and I are in good health so I was looking at it as a preventative measure.

I have read about the benefits of taking turmeric and my Mum who is a regular reader of this wonderful site told me that to get the most benefits it is best to take it with pepper. Therefore also reading about the healing effects of cayenne I wondered if I could mix the two together ?

We live quite an active out door life and being in Thailand I worry about skin cancers etc. It's not always easy to make sure the children have enough sun protection and I worry about how harmful most sun creams are.

After reading about how tumeric can prevent and slow down cancers I wondered if this was something I could give my family daily? Would you recommend this even though we have no specific needs?

My children will drink a daily glass of fresh vegetable juice ( although sometimes bribery is necessary ), but it would be great to know what extra natural supplements I could give them to keep them healthy.

Thank you for recommending Dick Quinn's book, I will look out for it.

Hope you have a great day! Elaine

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Elaine,

I think it is fine to take cayenne with turmeric...both are wonderful herbs. The recommendation to take pepper with turmeric is for black pepper, though. Black pepper has piperine in it, which is what increases the effectiveness of turmeric. Cayenne does not have that, at least as far as I can tell from my herb books. But turmeric and cayenne are still both great herbs. Cayenne is considered a catalyst, and for that reason may help turmeric work better, but not quite the same as the black pepper.

I think cayenne and turmeric are both great taken regularly, even if no specific need is present.

It is possible that putting the turmeric into the vegetable drink you make will mask the taste significantly. I was making myself a comfrey-cucumber drink daily with turmeric in it and I could barely detect the turmeric!

I understand your concern about the use of sunscreen. My family does not use it at all. I am quite convinced that sunshine is good for you. We are careful to avoid getting sunburns. Especially when the weather begins to turn warm, we are more careful with hats and protective clothing. But even so, my children all end up sun tanned by the end of summer. I even have two red-headed/fair skinned children that will tan quite nicely if their skin is allowed to acclimate to sunshine gradually each season.

It sounds like you are doing many things that will help your family to stay well--vegetable juice, healthy spices, sunshine and being active outdoors. I have read some that a poor diet makes one more likely to get skin cancers (and other cancers) than that actual sun exposure. An older relative of mine had many skin cancers over the years on his back, but he always wore a shirt! Of course, I do think it wise to be careful not to get sunburned.

If you come up with a yummy juice recipe that your children love (or perhaps at least tolerate well), be sure to share it here! :)

Have a great day!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Elaine
[YEA]   Dear Mama to Many

I totally agree with you, like you, I think there's nothing better than sunshine, fresh air and a good diet!

I've used the pet section on this site to treat our dogs, wouldnt it be great if there was a kids section where we could share remedies and concerns.

Once again, thank you for your advice it is much appreciated!

Hope our paths cross again soon :) Elaine

EC: Hi, we do have an Infants and Childrens section, found under the Ailments tab.

Replied by Elaine
Thank you EC I found it :)

Posted by John (Tampa, Fl) on 08/08/2013

Is it safe to eat the skin on ginger root and turmeric root?

Posted by Benghiman (La Houssiere, Vosges, France) on 02/02/2012

There is much on the subject of turmeric and its pros and cons. Turmeric is the base of curcumin - and it is curcumin that does the work.

Many clinical studies now say that curcumin may be useful for the prevention and treatment of several diseases, including cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease. 500 mg Curcumin with 5 mg Piperine builds the immune system, is anti-tumor, antioxidant, antiarthritic, anti-amyloid, anti-ischemic and anti-inflammatory*.

Curcumin Has Biological and Medicinal Properties*

"All evidences accumulated so far clearly indicate that curcumin protects against cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes, the major ailments in the West. This natural remedy has also shown preventive as well as therapeutic effects against Alzheimer's disease, MS, cataract formation, AIDS and drug-induced nonspecific toxicity in the heart, lungs, and kidneys. Further testing of curcumin in humans is underway to confirm these observations. A clinical development plan for using curcumin to treat cancer was recently described by the NCI. Studies also show that in countries such as India, where curcumin is consumed on a regular basis, the profile of cancer incidence is very different to those regions that do not, such as in The West. How curcumin produces its therapeutic effects is not fully understood, but they are probably mediated in part through the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action of curcumin. It is quite likely that curcumin mediates its effects through other mechanisms as well. Over a dozen different cellular proteins and enzymes have been identified to which curcumin binds. High- throughput ligand-interacting technology and microarray technology have begun to reveal more molecular targets and genes affected by curcumin."

This extract is taken from Curcumin Biological and Medicinal Properties. Authors: - Bharat B. Aggarwal, Indra D. Bhatt, Haruyo Ichikawa, Kwang Seok Ahn, Gautam Sethi, Santosh K. Sandur, Chitra Natarajan, Navindra Seeram, and Shishir Shishodia. July 2006. (With permission)

The following is an extract of an interview with Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD, who is Professor and Chief of the Cytokine Research Section at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he currently holds the Ransom Horne, Jr. , Endowed Professorship in Cancer Research. He has published more than 500 original articles in peer-reviewed journals. This interview was published ©2009 Natural Medicine Journal 1(4), December 2009.

Q: Is it true that there are absorption issues with curcumin and that the dosage needs to be high to produce a therapeutic affect?

A: I think there is a bit of a misconception regarding the absorption and dosage of curcumin. Remember, curcumin is a dietary agent, not a drug. It should not be tested as a drug because if dosages reach the drug level, it could become toxic. We have found that curcumin is circulated quickly and is taken up by tissues very quickly. Within 10 to 20 minutes it is already in the brain. When it is tested as a drug, researchers are looking for curcumin in serum but they don't find it because it has already been taken up by tissues. In 2008, Marczylo and colleagues demonstrated that very little curcumin was found in plasma and urine in rats after they were given curcumin; however, curcumin was found in intestinal mucosa, as well as liver, kidney, and heart tissue.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins reported that as little as 500 mg of curcumin per day resulted in a 60 percent reduction in polyps, whereas Celebrex at the same dose, which is very cardiotoxic, only resulted in less than 30 percent reduction in polyps as shown by physicians at M. D. Anderson. If bioavailability were an issue, we would not see these results. We have cancer patients at M. D. Anderson who are just on curcumin. They don't have to be given chemotherapy or radiation, just curcumin alone, and we are witnessing significant results. There are more than 1,000 patients on curcumin right now at M. D. Anderson. Absorption of curcumin is not as big of an issue as people may think.

Turmeric has been used historically as a component of Indian Ayurvedic medicine since 1900 BC to treat a wide variety of ailments. Now research has identified curcumin as responsible for most of the biological activity of turmeric. In vitro studies have suggested a wide range of potential therapeutic or preventive effects associated with curcumin. Numerous clinical trials in humans are studying the effect of curcumin on various diseases including multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, cancer, psoriasis, and Alzheimer's disease, among quite a lot of other problems

The medicinal properties of curcumin obtained from Curcuma longa L. Is reported by some, disputed by others, to be the cause of poor bioavailability due to its rapid metabolism in the liver and intestinal wall. In studies, the effect of combining piperine, a known inhibitor of hepatic and intestinal glucuronidation, was evaluated on the bioavailability of curcumin on healthy human volunteers. When curcumin was given alone to these volunteers after a dose of 2 g curcumin alone, serum levels were either undetectable or very low, due to its rapid absorption by the brain and body. Concomitant administration of piperine 20 mg produced much higher concentrations. The increase in bioavailability was 2000%. The study shows that in the dosages used, piperine enhances the serum concentration, extent of absorption and bioavailability of curcumin in humans with no adverse effects.

Studies suggest that curcumin may have anti-tumor, antioxidant, antiarthritic, anti-amyloid, anti-ischemic and anti-inflammatory properties. Anti-inflammatory properties may be due to inhibition of eicosanoid biosynthesis. In addition it may be effective in treating malaria, prevention of cervical cancer, and may interfere with the replication of the HIV virus. In HIV, it appears to act by interfering with P300/CREB-binding protein (CBP). It also prevents liver damage. A 2008 study at Michigan State University showed that low concentrations of curcumin interfere with Herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) replication. This effect was shown to be independent of effect on histone acetyltransferase activities of p300/CBP. A previous (1999) study performed at University of Cincinnati indicated that curcumin is significantly associated with protection from infection by HSV-2 in intravaginal infections.

Curcumin acts as a free radical scavenger and antioxidant, inhibiting lipid peroxidation and oxidative DNA damage. Curcuminoids induce glutathione S-transferase and are potent inhibitors of cytochrome P450.

A 2004 UCLA-Veterans Affairs study suggests that curcumin might inhibit the accumulation of destructive beta-amyloid in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients and also break up existing plaques associated with the disease.

There is also circumstantial evidence that curcumin improves mental functions; a survey of 1010 Asian people who ate yellow curry and were between the ages of 60 and 93 showed that those who ate the sauce "once every six months" or more had higher MMSE results than those who did not.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that curcumin, amongst only a few other things such as high impact exercise, learning, bright light, and antidepressant usage, has a positive effect on neurogenesis in the hippocampus and concentrations of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), reductions in both of which are associated with stress, depression, and anxiety.

Many pre-clinical studies suggest that curcumin may be useful for the prevention and treatment of several diseases.

The Anticarcinogenic effects of curcumin are being shown on an increasing and, almost, daily rate!

Its potential anticancer effects stem from its ability to induce apoptosis in cancer cells without cytotoxic effects on healthy cells. Curcumin can interfere with the activity of the transcription factor NF-%u03BAB, which has been linked to a number of inflammatory diseases such as cancer.

A 2009 study suggests that curcumin may inhibit mTOR complex I via a novel mechanism.

Another 2009 study on curcumin effects on cancer states that curcumin "modulates growth of tumor cells through regulation of multiple cell signaling pathways including cell proliferation pathway (cyclin D1, c-myc), cell survival pathway (Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, cFLIP, XIAP, c-IAP1), caspase activation pathway (caspase-8, 3, 9), tumor suppressor pathway death receptor pathway (DR4, DR5), mitochondrial pathways, and protein kinase pathway (JNK, Akt, and AMPK)".

Curcumin has recently been shown to have phyto-estrogenic activity that might contribute to anti-breast cancer activity. In the murine model of breast cancer metastasis, Curcumin inhibits the formation of lung metastases probably through the NF-kappa-B dependent regulation of pro-tumorigenic inflammatory cytokines.

We at Home Cures have had experience of our Curcumin Piperine being effective, in conjunction with Serrapeptase, in the control of fibromyalgia, also known as MS or ME. Also, in older people a remarkable "rejuvenation" is evident.

In short, with much clinical and usage evidence, curcumin has significant advantages over turmeric. If, as in India and some areas of China, where the diet is significantly curry based, thus a regular ingestion of curcumin is evident, the trumeric intake is continual it is a good thing. For us in the West, where the intake is almost insignificant, it is curcumin that is required.

Combine Surcumin with Serrapeptase 80,000iu and, according to one of my sources, 50% of all hospitals could be emptied!

Replied by She
Virginia, United States
Can you put ground turmeric in gelatin capsules and take on a daily basis? Would it be as effective as cooking with it or taking it with a liquid? Do you know if there is a supplement that has curcumin and peperin together?
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
Hi! We put ground turmeric into gelcaps and take them daily. I cannot say for sure that it works as well as if you cooked with it or took it in liquid, but I can say that we find it very helpful for what we take it for. (We take it to reduce the inflammation and itching from tick bites and it really helps a lot. ) This is the cheapest and easiest way for us to accomplish getting it into us. Hope that helps!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Kt
Compelled to remark here... I don't understand why one would go to the trouble putting the turmeric in capsules. I have a horrible reaction to capsules (hidden source of MSG). I sprinkle it on my food and sometimes mix it with a little warm water to drink. I also use equal parts of ginger.
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Mama to Many: We do that too, and I add a few grains of ground black pepper in there because it supposedly makes the effects more concentrated.
Replied by Ed2010
Ok I will give a recipe to drink Turmeric Powder, a delicioius drink.


  • 1 Tsp - Turmeric Powder
  • 250 ml - Butter Milk (incase you don't get butter milk, make your own by mixing 100 ml yoghurt and 150 ml of water)
  • 1/2 tsp - Cumin Powder - Optional
  • 1/4 tsp - Black Pepper Powder - Optional
  • Salt to taste

Mix everything throughly, so flavours of all the herbs blends well. Sprinkle finely chopped Coriander Leaves. Delicious drink is ready. You can change the ratios according to the desired taste.

Get Well Soon.

Replied by Courtney
Granite Bay, Ca
@Kt - People put Turmeric in capsules because they don't care for the taste. Also, they get a larger dose in a capsule vs. "sprinkling" it on food.
Replied by Kt
Hello Courtney--Didn't mean to upset anyone. Medicine doesn't always taste good. If turmeric is bing used for a medicinal purpose---to reduce inflammation---capsules contribute to inflammation because in making them a manufactured form of glutamic acid (MSG) is created. It doesn't seem worthwhile to be taking something that contributes to the reason you are taking it. Please note that large doses of turmeric contributes to constipation.
Replied by Just Me
The black pepper is not optional. It activates the main ingredient in turmeric.

Gum Disease   1  0   

Posted by Farhad (Canada, Ontario) on 02/09/2008

[YEA]  in the past few years my gums changed colour to a darker colour and my dentist told me my gums are receding my white teeth were yellow due to smoking .2 weeks ago i was told to use tumeric powder with my tooth paste when brushing since then my darker gum is changing colour to pink again in most spots and my teeth including 2front venirs are bright it strengtens gums and teeth but stains my hands only after product did what a $2 tumeric powder has done for me.thank you.

Replied by Sanjeev
Jalandhar Punjab- India
Very good I suggest you that you can also mix some quantity of black peeper with turmeric for any type of tooth problem. Thanks

How to Take Turmeric   8  0   

Posted by Amanda (Bath, Uk) on 07/18/2015

I take turmeric in the form of a cooked paste made with organic cold pressed coconut oil and freshly ground organic black pepper. My understanding is that the oil helps with the bioavailability of the turmeric and the black pepper helps to keep in in the system for longer. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory as well as analgesic, antiseptic etc., and with that in mind I personally would avoid taking it with honey as honey is an inflammatory.

I take my turmeric paste for aches and pains and eye problems all associated with Graves Disease. If I miss my Tumeric dose I find that my eyes become extremely uncomfortable and I get increase joint pain.

Posted by Minnie (Toronto, On) on 10/18/2014

I have been trying different ways of taking the turmeric and today tried mixing it into a paste of turmeric, black pepper and a little olive oil. I spread it on Triscuits and found it very good. Am I missing anything important doing it this way???

Replied by Kari
New York, Ny
That sounds very yummy and is an effective way to take turmeric powder! I am going to try it on a rice cracker.

Posted by Denise (Seattle, Wa) on 02/01/2013

I was told by a woman fro Inida that in India they take tumeric with a heated glass of milk. It works and tastes great! Two or three tablespoons a day. Add Lecithin if you choose to.

Replied by Yukoncorleone
Binghamton, Ny, United States
2-3 Tablespoons a day? That seems like a lot. I take 1 tsp 2-3 times a day in warm milk when I notice my skin condition(s) flaring up, which in turn is mostly likley caused by my bad diet decisions.

Posted by Kay (Destin, Fl) on 02/21/2012

[YEA]  Another handy way to ingest Turmeric is to put the powder in your mustard or honey-mustard bottle; great on sandwiches and chicken-wings maranade. You can put a huge amount in your mustard without noticing much of a change in the taste. Add black pepper to enhance the healing benefits of Tumeric!

Replied by Kay
Destin, Fl
Oh, and you you aren't that fond of mustard, you can hide a tsp or two in a cheese omlet or make deviled eggs without noticing it!
Replied by Deedee
Skowhegan, Maine
[YEA]   We're already using coconut oil in our coffee. So I went one step further-and added a good sprinkle of turmeric, which was barely noticeable. We'll also add it to our scrambled eggs-which I also use coconut oil and black pepper anyways. It can also be added into smoothies/frappes type drinks. There are many ways to get it into the diet all day long without it being distasteful, the other night I added it to our rice. I also have some capsules, but it seems even easier to add it to food than trying to remember to take a pill...

Posted by Julie (Jackson, Ms) on 10/19/2011

[YEA]  I think the biggest drawback to turmeric capsules is the cost!! I just buy the powdered spice form and mix it with something else. You have to get used to the taste though! Here are a few ideas for making this wonderful spice taste a little better!!

Replied by Kay
Destin, Fl
I buy large jars (16 oz; 454 grams) of Tumeric at the Asian (Thai Food) store for only $7.99! My store keeper keeps the large jars in the restaurant supplies area, next to the large jars of curry powder and ginger, (not in the normal spice aisle).
Replied by Man
Sojournor In America
[YEA]   I have been using turmeric in water (pure/distilled with activated carbon post filtration) for a while because I read about the benefits of Turmeric. And today as was cooking up breakfast I considered making a new blend of Turmeric in water, and this time I added one teaspoon of 99.996 DMSO to see what would happen. I took a swig of it and the flavor is different. It seems easier to drink now. The DMSO seems to have countered the pungent-ness, (for a lack of a better word) of the regular drink. And knowing that DMSO is a transport substance, perhaps this Turmeric will benefit me.

Posted by 11185d (Jerusalem, Israel) on 10/12/2011

Hello! I drink turmeric all day long, mixed with water and apple cider vinegar.

I'd like to know how I can create a concentrated turmeric substance so that I do not have to consume as much product/have a more potent substance that I can use. Any ideas? Thanks!

Replied by Michelle
Cambridge, Cambs, Uk
Dear 1185d, you could try mixing the turmeric with coconut oil, then chilling it to make a tablet.

I also put it into hot coconut milk with honey.

Replied by Justsayin
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
@Michelle from Cambridge, Cambs, Uk, I'd love to know how you make the turmeric and coconut oil into pills!


Posted by Michele (London, Uk) on 10/02/2010

I just want to pass on something about turmeric that I read in David Servan-Schreiber's book _Anti-Cancer_ (pages 134-137). According to Dr Servan-Schreiber the research on turmeric suggests that is far more readily absorbed if it is dissolved in oil, and further if it is mixed with black pepper (! ).

Replied by Khulthum
Chicago, Il
Thanks so much for this info! I'll be sure to remember that, God-willing :)
Replied by Phillip
Kansas City, Kansas
I juice a couple 3 inch tubers in with my carrot, radish, celery, cauliflower juice. Add half a tsp cracked black pepper and a quarter tsp of cayenne. No Vegetable Juice on the market tastes better or is better for you in my opinion.

Posted by Robert (Martinez, Ca) on 02/01/2010

[YEA]  Turmeric needs a good fat to be absorbed in the body.That being said, as a daily preventive protocol I take the following: 2-tsps. turmeric powder with 1/2-1 tsp. of cayenne pepper & mix into 1/2 glass of coconut milk,(not the water). If you cannot tolerate the heat add apple juice or eat an apple after drinking.The cayenne potentizes the turmerics' effect by 400 times.There is an abundance of research data on these items on the net.The coconut milk that I use is 100% & no preservatives, full fat content, purchased from asian markets. There is a new product out in some health food stores that is coconut kefir which is a good idea, however it contains carageenan which is used to stimulate the growth of cancer cells in lab experiments! It is used in many food items as a thickener.This data from a noted neurosurgeon turned nutritionist. By the way, the standard white mushrooms which include the brown crimini & portobello, contain a substance which cannot be removed by cooking, that is used to grow tumors in lab research. This data from a renowned mycologist whose book on fungi is used in some colleges as a textbook, although the cancer reference in not mentioned in the book, the author mentioned this at a seminar & he consequently was threatened for divulging this info.

Replied by Man
Sojournor In America
[YEA]   I am wondering about turmeric in DMSO and distilled water. The solvent being DMSO. Perhaps the solvent properties of DMSO would help the turmeric active ingredient to get into the cells too? I just put a teaspoon of DMSO in to a quart (glass) of distilled water with a teaspoon of turmeric powder and tasted it and it is quite different than without the DMSO. The question is would reason, logic and common sense say add an oil like EVOO and shake up? Or would the solvent properties of DMSO be sufficient for the transport of the nutrient?
Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc
Hello "Man from Sojoumor"

You say you desire turmeric to enter all the cells and wonder if DMSO is OK to accomplish that purpose...and you ask if "reason, logic and common sense" permit such a combination (or use another oil).

I'm an advocate of DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide). In years past, I would get a nutritional IV drip and the MD (an complementary medical doctor) would add 25 to 50 cc of DMSO as a final addition to the depleted IV bag.

So that was a direct shot of DMSO into the blood stream. Probably 10 times I had such an IV over three years. (I'd smell pretty rank for a day...the price you pay for using DMSO.)

I sometimes mix the DMSO (a tablespoon) with a good oil (MCT) and drink straight. Tastes terrible of course.

So...back to "reason, logic and common sense".... (probably the last two being the lesser included in the first)....I've never used turmeric combined with DMSO and taken orally but if I wanted to get turmeric into as much of the cells as possible, I know factually that DMSO is a solvent and carrier and DMSO will not harm, so I'd try that. In fact, I might just do it. Why do you want the turmeric dispersed? I know it has many good health qualities; but what exactly do you want to accomplish with the turmeric into the cells? Ridding the cells of something?

But if I just wanted to be super careful, I'd just try a small dosage. Say one quarter of a teaspoon full. Then in a few days, I might try a bit more. Etc. etc.

Posted by Briana (Chicago, Il) on 11/10/2009

[YEA]  I created the following recipe because I was trying to take several superfoods listed on this site every day and I couldn't stand the taste of the Blackstrap Molasses or the Turmeric. So I drink two cups of Molasses Chai a day:

Start with 8 oz of hot water. Then add one chai tea bag (a tea blend including chai spices). While the tea steeps mix in 1 Tbsp of blackstrap molasses, 1 Tbsp of honey (raw is better), 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 dashes of turmeric. At this point stop to stir in the turmeric to dissolve the water soluble portion. Then add some milk (about 1/4 cup). U can substitute soy/rice milk etc. Mix in the milk and remove the tea bag. Add 1 Tbsp of coconut oil (virgin is better) and mix to dissolve turmeric in CO.

Other than looking kind of funny because it will have a yellow tinted layer of oil on the top it will taste fine. Don't forget the vanilla it masks the flavor of the molasses. If it still tastes bad to you then put in less BSM, turmeric, and/or VCO until you get used to the flavor.

Replied by Francesca
Hayward, Ca
[YEA]   Briana, Thank you for your recipe! ! I just started taking BSM a couple of days ago and did not know how I was going to continue with it because the taste is so strong it makes me gag. All I could think of when I consumed it was burnt rubber. . . Yuck! I tried your recipe and it was actually pretty good and quite enjoyable. . . Much, much more tolerable than taking it straight. Peace, Love and Health to you!
Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
Hi Francesca, I hate the taste of Blackstrap Molasses as well, no idea how anybody can like it. As I don't drink milk or coffee, I follow the advice that I got somewhere to drink it with a bit of lime juice. Much better. And if you put it in the fridge for a while after dissolving the molasses in hot water it tastes great in the summer!

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