First Lemon Water, then ACV Drinks and now Turmeric Tonic. If you’ve seen the recipes, here’s what you need to know about those home remedy tonics that are popping up all over:
To actually get the anti-inflammatory benefits of Turmeric, it MUST be combined with fat and pepper.
My bf has been inspired by reading the book “Anticancer” and has been cooking us what we tongue-in-cheek call the anticancer stew 😉 Drawn from the book: Mix 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and a generous pinch of black pepper to add to veggies, soups and salad dressings.
We add a lot more to our dish, but the above is a good ratio to sprinkle on a bowl of roasted veggies.
Now Black Pepper doesn’t exactly sound appetizing in a tonic, but Ginger at least helps the Turmeric penetrate the intestinal barrier.
You might try this:
1 cup of warm or hot water
Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp ginger
1 tsp pure maple syrup (optional)
For oil they suggest either olive, canola or linseed, so you can try one of two things. Eat the oil with a spoon and then drink your tea or water, or find the oil that has a neutral flavor to you and blend it with your drink to make it frothy.
WHY add Turmeric at all???
“Turmeric is the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory identified today. It also helps stimulate apoptosis [cell death] in cancer cells and inhibit angiogenesis [development of new blood vessels that tumors need to grow]. In the laboratory, it enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapy and reduces tumor growth.
Take note: to be assimilated by the body, turmeric must be mixed with black pepper […] Ideally, it must also be dissolved in oil […]”
If you don’t do that, you’re just drinking yellow-orange water 😉