I often recommend turmeric to my patients. It’s an absolute super food. Turmeric root contains a powerful anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin, that’s being studied for natural pain relief. Research also suggests that turmeric may help to preserve brain health and even help make new brain cells.
If you aren’t familiar with turmeric, it’s a root. It comes from the ginger family and is commonly used in curries. I love added it to soups, sautéed vegetables and even scrambled eggs.
For natural pain relief, you may consider using concentrated turmeric or curcumin supplements. Or you can make the recipe below to get the anti-inflammatory benefits in an affordable way straight from your kitchen.
How to Improve the Absorption of Anti-inflammatory Curcumin
To help your body absorb the curcumin from your turmeric powder, you should combine it with both black pepper and a source of fat, such as coconut oil. This combination helps the anti-inflammatory compounds get absorbed in the bowel. Heating the turmeric can also help to activate the analgesic properties of turmeric.
This simple paste can be made, stored in the fridge and used throughout the week. I love adding it to almond milk with a bit of coconut oil in a warming golden milk recipe. However, you can just as easily stir your paste into stir frys and soups or blend it into smoothies.
- 1/4 cup ground turmeric
- 1/2 cup of water
- Pinch of black pepper
- Combine the ingredients in a small pot, and cook on medium for 10 minutes. Be careful not to let it burn. You want to have a thick paste at the end.
- Store it in the fridge.
- To use, add 1 heaping teaspoon twice per day in water or non-dairy milk. Add a bit coconut oil to help with absorption.
Chew on this
Eat more turmeric for natural pain relief without the risky side effects of painkillers. It’s easy to incorporate into meals, but if you’re feeling stumped, try any of the delicious recipes below:
- Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric and Cumin – These make a delicious main dish alternative to meat. Serve it with a veggies, brown rice, or quinoa for a complete meal.
- Vegan Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup – This warming curried soup is perfect for chilly fall evenings or winter.
- Turmeric Ginger Tea – Sip this homemade tea while you read a book. It’s the ultimate self-care luxury.
- My Favorite Vegetable Curry – This recipe is a family favorite in my household. It’s quick, easy and super tasty. Make enough so you have leftovers for lunch the next day!