Turmeric and Arthritis – In traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurveda medicine, turmeric is used to treat arthritis. A 2006 study found that turmeric helped to reduce join inflammation and in a different study in 2006 turmeric was found to also have anti-arthritic effect. In 2012 a further study provided evidence that curcumin might even be more effective for rheumatoid arthritis than other anti-inflammatory drugs.
Turmeric for Digestive Issues – Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder to produce more bile, which may aid digestion. The German Commission E, a scientific advisory board equivalent to the TGA, approved turmeric for digestive problems.
In 2006 a double-blind, placebo controlled trial found curcumin helpful for keeping ulcerative colitis in remission. A further paper in 2013 paper concluded that curcumin is “a very promising new therapeutic option for the treatment of gastrointestinal and hepatic diseases for which at present therapies are largely unsatisfactory.”
Cancer – there were almost 300 studies which showed the effects of curcumin on cancer cells that were used as a reference for a research paper from 2008 and it showed that curcumin has anticancer properties and may be a beneficial aid in the treatment of some cancers. The article concluded that “curcumin can modulate multiple cellular signalling pathways and interact with numerous molecular targets. Thus, it may have the potential to act against a large number of cancers…The safety, low cost, and already proven efficacy of this ‘age old’ natural medicine makes it a promising agent for the treatment of an ‘old-age’ disease like cancer.” Curcumin could thus provide a useful component of dietary or pharmacological treatment aimed at reduction of the incidence of and mortality from cancer.
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The turmeric based paste which is taken orally provides health benefits due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used for arthritis, skin health, immune system and even cancer.
Golden Turmeric Paste
- 1 Packet of Organic Golden Turmeric Paste Mix
- 1 1/2 cups pure filtered water
- 6 tablespoons virgin coconut oil or Ghee (organic if possible)
- Place the water & Organic Golden Turmeric Paste Mix in a heavy based saucepan (preferably Stainless Steel). Stir mixture over a medium heat for 7 – 10 minutes until a thick paste has formed.
- Remove from heat and whisk in the coconut oil until fully blended.
- Transfer the Golden Turmeric Paste to a glass jar with a lid, and store in the refrigerator.
- Use 1/2 – 1 tsp of this paste to make your Golden Milk.
Note: A teaspoon of this paste can also be used in cooking any of your favourite dishes.
Standard Maintenance Turmeric Paste Dose
¾ tsp per day (it is better to take small quantity of ¼ tsp 2-3 times a day rather than one single large dose once a day).
- This mix is not suitable for animals as it contains Cinnamon which is toxic to some animals (please see our Organic Golden Turmeric Paste Mix for Animals).
Turmeric Paste is Tri-Doshic
Here are some great ways you can use your paste:
Take it as it is: If you love the taste of turmeric this can be a great way to take your turmeric paste. Take small quantities 2-3 times a day.
Add some honey: Some people may not like the taste of the turmeric paste on it’s own. In such a situation adding good a quality honey may make the taste more enjoyable. Use organic honey if possible and add to the cup after paste and liquid are blended. (Cooking or overheating honey can be carcinogenic)
Manuka honey is considered to be best. Adding pure honey to paste enhances its already existing health benefits. Just mix the paste with honey (based on taste).
Caution – avoid in case of inflammation and sugar related disorders.
Add to warm milk: Golden milk / turmeric milk is one of the most popular ways to take turmeric in daily diet.
Add to hot water: Add a pinch of ginger (dry or grated), a tsp of paste and a tsp organic honey to a cup of hot water. This is a great drink for anyone suffering from a sore throat or upper chest discomfort through the cold and flu season.
Add to salads: A small amount of turmeric paste does not alter the taste of salad but ensure you get its benefit.
Add to smoothies: A super antioxidant boost to any of your favourite smoothies or protein shakes.
Add to your favourite curries: 1 – 2 tsp stir fried with some onion and garlic before adding the remaining curry ingredients will add a hit of aroma and flavour to any dish.
Add it to rice: Turmeric paste can easily be added to rice. You can add after you have cooked the rice while it is still warm and moist (this enables a smooth distribution of the paste).
Use it with dry fruits: If you are a dry fruit lover, just warm the paste a little, then add the dry fruits of your choice.
Protein and Energy Balls: Just another layer of health promoting flavour
Turmeric tea: You can add turmeric paste to warm cup of water, add honey and your quick and easy turmeric tea is ready.
Add it to warm soups: Adding small quantity of turmeric paste to warm soup does not alter the taste and you get all of the health benefits of the turmeric paste. Try mixing it with a dollop of yogurt and spoon over your favourite soup.
Golden Milk Recipe (Turmeric Latte):
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon Golden Turmeric Paste
- 1 cup coconut/cow/goat/almond/rice milk
- Raw organic honey to taste (optional, give it a try as it is liquid gold)
Directions: Gently heat a cup of your favourite milk with 1/2 – 1 tsp of Golden Turmeric Paste in a heavy based saucepan, without bringing it to the boil OR add it into your milk frother for a tasty creamy Turmeric Latte.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: During pregnancy and while breast-feeding, turmeric is likely to be safe when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food. However turmeric is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts during pregnancy as It may promote a menstrual period or stimulate the uterus, putting the pregnancy at risk. Do not take medicinal amounts of turmeric if you are pregnant. There is not enough information to rate the safety of medicinal amounts of turmeric during breast-feeding so it is best not to use it in medicinal amounts.
Gallbladder problems: Turmeric can make gallbladder problems worse. Do not use turmeric if you have gallstones or a bile duct obstruction.
Bleeding problems: Taking turmeric might slow blood clotting. This might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with TURMERIC
Turmeric might slow blood clotting. Taking turmeric along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.
Surgery: As Turmeric may slow the clotting of blood. It might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using turmeric at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Diabetes: Curcumin, a chemical in turmeric, might decrease blood sugar in people with diabetes. Use with caution in people with diabetes as it might make blood sugar too low.
A stomach disorder called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Turmeric can cause stomach upset in some people. It might make stomach problems such as GERD worse. Do not take turmeric if it worsens symptoms of GERD.
Hormone-sensitive condition such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin, which may act like the hormone estrogen. In theory, turmeric might make hormone-sensitive conditions worse. However, some research shows that turmeric reduces the effects of estrogen in some hormone sensitive cancer cells. Therefore, turmeric may have beneficial effects on hormone sensitive conditions. Please use cautiously if you have a condition that might be made worse by exposure to hormones.
Infertility: Turmeric may lower testosterone levels and decrease sperm movement when taken by mouth by men. This might reduce fertility. Turmeric should be used cautiously by people trying to have a baby.
Iron deficiency: Taking high amounts of turmeric may prevent the absorption of iron therefore Turmeric should be used with caution in people with iron deficiency.
The information provided is for informational purposes only and should not constitute medical advice.