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Jun232011

Turmeric in Your Diet? (Poll)

Here's a Q&A from my site about turmeric and its most active component, curcumin. Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory spice, and I recommend it in both its whole and supplement form.

How do you incorporate turmeric in your diet? If not one of the following, please share in the comments!

Curious about turmeric tea?

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Reader Comments (26)

We buy ground turmeric in bulk, and empty capsules, and my husbands fills the capsules as meditation (being careful not to get the HIGHLY STAINING spice on his clothes!). Much cheaper than buying the pre-filled "supplement" capsules.

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMK

I put ground turmeric in my smoothie every morning. Along with blueberries, bananas, romaine lettuce, and rice milk. And juice too - carrot/beet/lemon/ginger/turmeric (the fresh root). I swear I don't get arthritis pain anymore because of it...

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSP

I had non-elective surgery several years ago, and used high potency turmeric pre & post for several weeks. My outcome was excellent; I needed to be in the hospital only overnight, and the healing process went very smoothly. I typically use this "golden" spice as a rub for chicken, and a spicy concoction I make for potatoes. Turmeric is truly one of nature's gifts!

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMWD

Since turmeric is a cooking spice I put it in my eggs every morning and of course it's added to almost all of the Indian food I make.

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjjdiogenes

We buy turmeric in bulk and keep it in a shaker on our condiment tray. We daily sprinkle a good amount onto our salads, and into a glass of vegetable juice, as well as soups and stews. I'm enjoying learning here what other readers use it for. Thanks for the inspiration!

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVickieLH

I mix tomato juice with 1 tsp of turmeric, 1tsp of olive oil and 1/2 tsp of black pepper.

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

I recently learned about the values of turmeric. Try my latest.. Magnificent Mash! The Phytogreen range also includes turmeric, available in capsules. www.holigans.co.za

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohannette

I add turmeric to a low sodium vegetable juice cocktail that I drink every day. I call it my Healthy Mary!

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June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn Kay

Turmeric is part of daily diet (as spice in curry) for me/us.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHealth Blog

I take standardized turmeric (because Dr. Weil states on his website that the dried spice does not work for conditions) 3 times a day, in conjunction with evening primrose oil and standardized ginger for my joints, and have not had any pain since starting this regime. I walk 4 miles a day 6 days a week, and lift weights 3 days a week with absolutely no pain. I used to run 10K everyday for 10 years, and I believe this to be the source of the pain. However, upon taking Dr. Weil's advice about the 3 above mentioned supplements, I am happy to say that I am pain free.

I do also use turmeric spice, which I purchase in bulk, from Mountain Rose Herbs. I especially love it on steamed kale and brown rice, and I also use it in scrambled tofu, and on various other vegetables.

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterorganicwench

I make a lot of fresh veggies for my 1.5 yr old. I have started to put turmeric on the veggies I prepare each week including one of my favorites Old Fashion Creamed Corn! It is GREAT with turmeric spices!

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Use it as a main spice in most of our food but I think we should start taking it as a supplement too.

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

I put ground turmeric in everything.....rice, quinoa, eggs, spaghetti sauce, tagines, grilled vegetables....

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVivian

Both supercritical extracted whole turmeric extract, and in any appropriate dish. I don't usually use it in a curry blend. Also fresh if I can find it.

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterN zemp

Although Indians are known for their curries and having turmeric in it, that isn't the only way to use turmeric in your food. Curry has a very strong flavor due to the cumin, coriander and peppers in it.
We Persians have much milder tasting food. We don't use curry but most of our food has several dashes of turmeric in it. Without all the other spices, turmeric is a relatively mild and non flavor altering spice. We use it a lot like the Italians use garlic, to take the edge of gamey smelling meats and poultry, to enhance the meal and to keep the food healthier.
Try it in stews, soups and rice. My favorite is adding it to chicken sauteed with onions and cranberries. The cranberries and turmeric play well against each other.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheri

I like curried tofu, but I don't eat it every day. I also want to take daily cinnamon, since it's supposed to help regulate blood sugar levels; and it's also not easy to get that everyday just using it as a spice. So I mix them both into a paste with peanut butter and molasses.

I teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon turmeric, mixed in with 1 Tablespoon molasses; then mix in 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter. Blend thoroughly with a spoon; it will have the consistency of silly putty. That makes about 7 teaspoons full, enough for about one week. (Which is about 1/8th teaspoon each day of turmeric, and another 1/8th teaspoon of cinnamon.) I keep a small container in the fridge, but it will last a week even without refrigeration. (So I assume, since neither peanut butter nor molasses require refrigeration.) Then I just eat it straight. It tastes pretty good - sweet and spicy, slightly exotic, but not bad at all. Sometimes I'll also add some ginger and licorice, or other spices. Other people might not need the cinnamon in their diet, but it's harmless really does help to make the turmeric more palatable.

Capsules would work too, but it's cheaper to just mix up a paste and it's also easier. Plus, it's hard to find capsules without gelatin, and I prefer not to eat gelatin since it's made from assorted parts of dead animals.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Use turmeric in food, but since its bioavailability is so poor, also take one of the BCM-95 supplements, the formulation of which is supposed to yield 5 or 10x absorption. Have noticed that my chronically achy arthritic knee seems much better both after exercise and upon awakening.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Living here on Kauai - I get fresh turmeric ...very cheap...at the farmer's market every week. Every night I
make a tea with boiled water poured over an overflowing teaspoon of grated turmeric....and an overflowing teaspoon of fresh grated ginger..together.......an amazing treat!!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSelina

I use turmeric as pain relief. I make a paste out of it using water and rub it on the painful area, such as my lower back. It is a great anti-inflamatory. I also use in my cooking as well!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSanju

I put a dash of it while cooking to most things. I add a little to pasta water and rice water while they cook. I add it to egg dishes and tofu and rice pilafs.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKori Smith

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