Turmeric with Black Pepper for Anti-inflammation
by Tarla Dalal
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Want to stay healthy? Turn to Turmeric with Black Pepper for Anti-inflammation. Turmeric powder which is an important spice in most Indian spice box should be included daily in our diet.
The compound ‘curcumin’ in it serves the purpose of preventing inflammation in the body and helping you go healthy a long way.
But there is a catch. Curcumin is easily metabolized in the body and so not much is available for absorption. Freshly ground black pepper shows its magical touch here. It abounds in a compound ‘piperine’ which prevents the curcumin from being metabolized easily and enhances its absorption in body.
Curcumin also needs some kind of fat for its absorption. So turn to healthy fats like ghee or olive oil.
1 serving of Turmeric with Black Pepper for Anti-inflammation at least 3 to 4 times a week is recommended.
Enjoy how to make Turmeric with Black Pepper for Anti-inflammation recipe with detailed step by step photos below.
- To make turmeric with black pepper for anti-inflammation, combine the turmeric powder, black pepper powder and ghee in a small plate and mix well.
- Serve the turmeric with black pepper for anti-inflammation immediately.
Turmeric with Black Pepper for Anti-inflammation recipe with step by step photos
Turmeric powder is a spice known for its health benefits since ages in Ayurveda. It’s the compound ‘curcumin’ in turmeric which possess the so-called nutritional attributes. However curcumin is poorly absorbed in the body as it is easily metabolized.
Thus its combination with black pepper came into limelight. Freshly ground black pepper contains a compound viz. ‘piperine’ which inhibits the metabolism of curcumin and thus makes more of curcumin available to the body. Thus piperine increases the amount of curcumin being absorbed in the body too.
What more? You also need to add a dose of fat in this combo, as curcumin is fat-soluble and is absorbed the most in presence of a fat like ghee or coconut oil or olive oil.
There is no specific ratio of turmeric powder to black pepper to be consumed in reality. It is said that the average content of curcumin in turmeric ranges from 4-7% and average content of piperine in black pepper ranges from 2-7%. A ratio of 100:1 of curcumin to piperine is recommended. However this quantity seems to be very small. Since it is difficult to get perfect ratios of these bioactive compounds, to make it simpler it is said that even 1/20th of pepper powder is enough to increase the bioavailability of curcumin from turmeric powder. This means that 1 tsp of turmeric powder (2 g) can be combined with 1/8th tsp of freshly ground black pepper powder (250 mg).
Turmeric powder helps to relieve inflammation in the body thus protecting various oragns like heart, liver, kidney etc. along with bones. Turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties are knwon as a cure to Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Turmeric is a good source of iron, thus helps prevent anemia.
It anti-bacterial property helps in fighting cold and cough.
Curcumin in turmeric has been found beneficial in prevention and treatment of cancer.
Turmeric can be looked upon as a detoxification agent as well.
For Turmeric with Black Pepper for Anti-inflammation, take turmeric powder in a small bowl. Read Benefits of Turmeric Powder in detail.
Add 1/8 tsp of freshly ground black pepper.
Add 1 tsp of melted ghee. Using melted ghee is important, otherwise mixing becomes very difficult. Alternatively you can also use coconut oil or olive oil.
Mix well using a spoon.
Serve Turmeric with Black Pepper for Anti-Inflammation immediately. Serving immediately is important else it will solidify.
If you have liked Turmeric with Black Pepper for Anti-Inflammation then also try other anti-inflammatory recipes like Warm Lemon Water with Turmeric, Anti-Cancer and Anti-Inflammatory Spinach Juice and Ginger Tea for Cold and Anti-Inflammation.
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