Whether you are new to turmeric or you’ve enjoyed its benefits for years, you’ve probably come across some of these important facts about it:
However, curcumin is poorly absorbed in the body.
Piperine, the active compound in black pepper, can significantly improve the bioavailability of curcumin (3).
And so, you should combine turmeric with black pepper to maximize turmeric’s benefits.
But there is a catch!
While piperine is good for making more curcumin available in the digestive system, your body needs healthy fats to absorb that curcumin in the gut and maximize its benefits. (This blog goes deeper into this topic.) And that leads us to…
How NOT to eat turmeric
Just two things to keep in mind:
Don’t eat turmeric without black pepper
Don’t eat turmeric without healthy fats.
These are not rules, just guidance :). Take any chance you get to consume turmeric. But if you can pair it with healthy fats and some black pepper, do it.
Don’t stop taking your turmeric supplement. Simply take it with a quality olive or coconut oil, or with an avocado, or with some cashews.
How to eat turmeric
Here are 5 ways to eat turmeric that help your body absorb more of the beneficial curcumin:
1. Cook with it
Add it to soups, curries, rice dishes, and eggs. Just be sure to add a few grinds of fresh black pepper, and use a healthy oil to cook with.
2. Add it to a smoothie
3. Enjoy a soothing, restorative turmeric milk
4. Try raw turmeric
It is easily found in ethnic stores, and some Whole Foods carry it too. Cut it into thin sticks or shave thin slices directly into salads with some avocado and black pepper. Pickled raw turmeric is a treat.
5. Turmeric on the go
Snacking is a great opportunity to give your body something nutritious and tasty. Get some delicious Golden nutrition bars for a turmeric boost on the go. They contain turmeric, black pepper and healthy fats from cashews.
Turmeric contains compounds with incredible medicinal properties. Nature also provides ways for our bodies to get the most benefit from turmeric.
Simply combine turmeric with black pepper and healthy fats.
This will help your body absorb significantly more of turmeric’s beneficial compounds.