What is Turmeric Paste?
Turmeric has long since been used in ancient traditional medicines for its healing benefits. In India, it is a staple in numerous dishes, while in other Asian countries, it is used as a spice in various cuisines. Turmeric is a rich source of vitamins and antioxidants that it is considered a superfood.
Golden turmeric paste is a turmeric-based concoction and another more effective way to benefit from turmeric. With turmeric paste, you can incorporate it into your meals and drinks, and it is easier to incorporate at that too. Add it to your curry recipes, into smoothies, or even in your milk. You can also make turmeric tea and even turmeric rice.
How to Make Your Own Golden Turmeric Paste
If you want to fully feel the benefits of turmeric in your daily diet, making your own turmeric golden paste is easy.
You will need:
- 1/2 cup of organic turmeric powder
- 1 cup of purified water
- 1/3 cup of any healthy oil (suggested: olive oil, linseed oil, coconut oil)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
In a pan, mix in the water and turmeric powder. Turn on the heat slowly and stir constantly until the ingredients are mixed well together. This should take about 6 to 10 minutes. You can adjust the texture of the golden paste to your by adding water or turmeric powder.
When you’ve achieved the right consistency, pour in the ground black pepper and the healthy oil. Mix well and let cool.
You can then store the turmeric paste in a clean jar with tight lid. Its shelf life is at 1 to 2 weeks so you can refrigerate this.
Perhaps you might wonder why there’s a need to add black pepper and healthy oil into your golden paste when you can already have a paste with turmeric powder and water. Black pepper and healthy oil promote the faster absorption of turmeric in the body.
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has low bioavailability. This means that much of it is metabolized in the body even before it is absorbed. For this reason, its effectiveness lessens. With the help of piperine, the active ingredient in black pepper, curcumin can be effectively utilized and more of its nutrients are distributed to the body. The black pepper in the golden paste also prevents it from spoiling easily.
The addition of healthy oil into your golden paste also has the same purpose as black pepper. It augments the absorption of turmeric in the body. The fat in these healthy oils facilitates for the direct absorption of curcumin into the bloodstream. Just make sure to choose a healthy oil like olive, linseed or coconut oil.
Health Benefits of Golden Paste
With turmeric powder, black pepper and healthy oil combined to make the golden paste, its health benefits are compounded and much more potent. Here are the benefits that golden paste offers:
Its anti-inflammatory properties help in reducing the symptoms of arthritis, peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis, and other inflammatory diseases. Compared to anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat these conditions, turmeric paste can be used long term without any harmful side effects.
Golden paste boosts the immune system so the body is more resistant to infection. And because turmeric has antibacterial properties, it also fights viral activity in the body.
Studies have shown that both curcumin and piperine, especially the former, help fight cancer. Research shows that curcumin kills various cancer cells linked to breast cancer, liver, colon, among others.
Golden paste is also seen to help treat the symptoms of depression, manage weight problems, relieves pain, improve memory, and prevents cognitive disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
With so many innovative ways to incorporate golden paste, there shouldn’t be a reason why you can’t take advantage of its health benefits. Make your golden paste now and enjoy!