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  • Writer's pictureDr. Maya Pande

Another Way to Decrease Inflammation- Turmeric!

Turmeric with curcumin for inflammation

Last week I talked about the benefits of Omega 3. Another natural way to reduce inflammation is taking turmeric and curcumin.

What's Turmeric? It's a non-spicy yellow spice that's used in most Indian dishes. I had it every day growing up. What's Curcumin? It's found in black pepper.

We're now learning that, in addition to staining your clothes (it is really impossible to get out!), turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, especially when combined with Curcumin.

As you know, too much inflammation isn't a good thing. And it can develop through physical stress - like a repetitive strain injury or an ongoing illness; chemical stress - too much unhealthy food, or mental stress - like toxic relationships or 2020. Inflammation can lead to joint pain, and can set the stage for other conditions, like arthritis and certain cancers.

Studies have also found that turmeric and curcumin extracts contain agents that block the formation of the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly reduce brain function in Alzheimer's disease.

Turmeric has over 2 dozen anti-inflammatory compounds so it's worth while to add to your daily diet since you don't always know when you have inflammation. Actually, I'm pretty sure you do, unfortunately. It's being quite the year.

To decrease inflammation you should take 1000 mg of Turmeric with Curcumin every day.

While adding it to your food, smoothies and making the tea recipe below will help, it's hard to 'eat' that much turmeric - too much of it has a very earthy, dusty, unappealing taste.

Adding a good supplement will help up your daily dose.

Turmeric Tea

Boil 4 cups of water

Add 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.

Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup. Add honey, lemon and/or ginger to taste.

Please avoid taking the pill form until you've talked to your medical doctor if you have any of the following:

  • Pregnant and/or breastfeeding

  • Gallbladder disease

  • Kidney stones

  • Bleeding disorders

  • Diabetes

  • Iron-deficiency

Turmeric can also help dogs! Click here to read my recipe for turmeric paste for dogs.

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