How To Use Turmeric For Pain
Have you heard about the pain relieving qualities of turmeric?
Many quality studies show turmeric has major health benefits for your body & mind.
In India turmeric has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.
Recently science has supported these claims finding turmeric has a large number of health benefits including:
- Improved brain function
- Lower risk of brain diseases (like dementia)
- Lower risk of heart disease
- Lower risk of cancer
- Improves depression
- Powerful antioxidant properties
- Natural anti-inflammatory properties
It is these anti-inflammatory properties that can help to relieve your pain.
Remarkably a study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis found that curcumin was even more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug.
Why does turmeric work?
Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin – that is what gives turmeric that striking yellow colour.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects & is a powerful antioxidant.
Turmeric (therefore curcumin) is natural, affordable & available from most grocery stores.
So what’s the catch?
Most of the studies examining the health benefits of turmeric were based on a dosage of around 1 gram of curcumin each day.
Curcumin only makes up around 3% of turmeric by weight & it is poorly absorbed by the bloodstream.
If you want to know how to use turmeric for pain – good news – science has found a way to help you (which backs up what the Indians have known for years).
Cooking with turmeric might help you to unlock some of the health benefits.
A British study found that people who cooked with a teaspoon of turmeric everyday demonstrated a slight change in their genetic code that may lower the risk of developing cancer.
Why would cooking turmeric help?
Turmeric is fat-soluble – so by binding to fat it is easier for your body to absorb.
Studies have also found that piperine – a substance found in black pepper – helps the absorption of curcumin by up to 2000%.
So cooking with turmeric the way the Indian’s have for thousands of years may help to activate the pain-relieving power of turmeric.
If nothing else – it is a great excuse to eat some yummy healthy Asian style food.
You can always eat a good old curry – try to opt for lower fat varieties that have a tomato rather than a cream base.
For more general advice on the chronic pain diet, you might like this.
Need a little more inspiration for cooking with turmeric?
To help you get your culinary creative juices flowing, we list 6 healthy & delicious turmeric recipes for you to try.
Wonderfully simple & tasty. This variation on fried rice includes protein-rich eggs, broccoli & sesame seeds. You could add some extra chia-seeds for little omega-3 boost.
This yummy cabbage curry can be thrown together in around 15 minutes. As well as the health benefits from turmeric, cabbage contains a raft of vitamins & minerals great for chronic pain including magnesium & vitamins A, B12 & C.
Although a little high in fat – this delicious pork dish could be a turmeric filled alternative to a Sunday roast. Increase the number of beets & carrots & throw some extra vegetables on your plate to increase the nutrients in the meal.
This great Jamie Oliver recipe is ready in around 30 minutes. The healthy chicken dish is high in protein so perfect to help your body produce natural pain relieving chemicals – endorphins.
This variation on the traditional split pea soup is loaded with good fats, quality protein & vitamins & minerals. The added bonus – it is also very easy to make!
Fancy a warming, relaxing & pain-relieving drink? Sounds good right? Why not try this deliciously simple Spiced Golden Milk?
Turmeric may not be a silver bullet for chronic pain but science shows turmeric has numerous health benefits.
Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
It is the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric that help to relieve pain.
Although it is difficult to get enough curcumin from turmeric – cooking it with fats & black pepper will help your body absorb the compound.
There are a huge variety of easy, healthy & yummy dishes you can make which include turmeric – so why not sprinkle some in next meal time?
Have you cooked with turmeric? Do you have a favourite turmeric recipe?