How to Use Turmeric as an Anti-Inflammatory

How to Use Turmeric as an Anti-Inflammatory

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.

DIY Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Paste


  • 1/4 cup ground turmeric
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Pinch of black pepper


  1. 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.
  2. Store it in the fridge.
  3. 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:

2017-06-20T09:32:14+00:00 September 2nd, 2014|Nutrition, Pain Management, Recipes|

About the Author:

For over 20 years Dr. Tick has dedicated herself to researching evidence-based holistic treatments for pain and inflammation. A multiple-book author, including the highly acclaimed Holistic Pain Relief - An In-Depth Guide to Managing Chronic Pain, Dr. Tick empowers her patients to live free of pain and full of life. She is the first holder of the prestigious Gunn-Loke Endowed Professorship of Integrative Pain Medicine at the University of Washington and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington in the departments of Family Medicine and Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine.

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