Known as the ‘golden spice’ of India, turmeric could just be one of the most effective and powerful nutritional supplements on the planet. There are literally dozens of high quality published studies showing it has incredible benefits for the brain and body.
In case you didn’t already know, turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color and it has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.
Turmeric contains compounds called curcuminoids. The most active form is called curcumin and as you’ll soon find out it has some very powerful anti-aging health benefits.
But first, a little history lesson.
THE HISTORY OF THIS SUPER SPICE
The first instances of turmeric being utilized by humans dates all the way back 4000 years ago. It initially made its appearance to the Vedic culture in India where it was utilized as a culinary spice with religious significance.
By 700 A.D., it had made its way to China and East Africa started using it just 100 years later. By 1200 A.D. West Africa also caught on—and soon it began spreading rapidly all over the world.
The initial allure of the spice was solely for its taste. But there are records showing that at around 250 B.C, turmeric was being used as an ointment to help relieve the negative symptoms from food poisoning.1 People knew very early on that this was no ordinary spice... that it had several special healing properties.
Some fun facts you probably didn’t know about turmeric...
Here are 6 Good Reasons to add turmeric to you (or your animals) diet:
1. Skin Health
Can help in the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions and speed up wound healing.
Alleviates pain and movement constriction in arthritic humans, horses, dogs and cats.
Builds up resistance to infection and speeds up curative effects of medicine, and noticeably shortens virus activity.
6 Turmeric Benefits - Turmeric Life
Lots of evidence in published literature of positive effects of turmeric on various types of cancer cells.
Decreases amyloid plaque (an abnormal protein) in human brains. Also works well in improving the activity level and socialisation in old dogs.
6. Liver Detoxifier
Increases the levels of glutathione (a major anti-oxidant and conjugating agent) in the liver which is used to detoxify and eliminate harmful compounds.
Number One Golden Paste (GP) recipe that has been tried and tested by thousands of TUG users across the globe.
This recipe may be used for humans as well as animals.
1/2 cup (125 mls/60gms) turmeric powder
1 cup water (250 mls) PLUS 1 cup water in reserve, if needed
1/3 cup (70 mls) Raw/Cold Pressed/Unrefined Coconut/Flaxseed-Linseed Oil, Virgin/Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2-3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Please Note: the amount of pepper added has recently been increased (May 2016) on Doug English’s recommendations.
Omit pepper if you cannot tolerate it. The absorption of turmeric will still be improved by cooking the paste AND by the inclusion of oil, BUT remember it will be less effective without the pepper.
Place turmeric and water in pan, stirring over gentle heat until you have a thick paste. This should take about 7-10 minutes and you may need to add additional water along the way.
Add the freshly ground pepper and oil AT THE END of cooking. Stir well (a whisk is ideal) to incorporate the oil and allow to cool.
The Golden Paste will keep for 2 weeks, refrigerated
Freeze a portion if you think you have too much to use within two weeks.
Use for Golden Milk, Smoothies, stir into Yogurt, add to your dinner plate as a condiment… AND don’t forget your pet’s dinner plate or your horse feed … run wild!