Do you think that the effectiveness of turmeric, especially its main component curcumin, has not been studied sufficiently?
Because not one, ten, or even a hundred but more than 7,000 studies have scrutinized how effective turmeric, as well as curcumin, is.
Innumerable health experts have hailed turmeric for its strong anti-inflammatory benefits. I personally believe if there’s one herb which can relieve acute inflammation and also provide long-term maintenance benefits, it is turmeric.
Everyone and I mean everyone, should add this herb to their wellness arsenal.
How can that be done? Glad you asked.
Here’s an easy and effective way.
Many people add turmeric to both veggie soups and curries, including me. Having turmeric this way provides some health benefits but not enough to fight inflammation. So what I used to do when I had acute inflammation was add 2 tablespoons of it in half a cup of water and quaff it down at one go. Turmeric, as you might know, has a very bitter taste.
But not anymore.
Instead of gagging a turmeric solution, now I use these turmeric bombs. They give you all the health benefits of this amazing herb without that powerfully bitter taste. What’s more, these pills have a couple of special ingredients, which enhance turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties.
I was introduced to this whole turmeric-honey pills concept by a friend, who’s a talented herbalist and an experienced nutritional therapist.
Tips for Making Turmeric More Effective
Anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric come from its main component—curcumin. The amazing thing about this ingredient is that certain other components can increase its bioavailability.
To make Turmeric Bombs even more effective, I’ve added these ingredients to it.
- Quercetin – blocks an enzyme that makes curcumin less effective
- Black pepper – has a strong alkaloid piperine, a compound that increases curcumin bioavailability by as much as 150%
- Fatty acids – increases turmeric bioavailability
Turmeric Bombs In Two Variations
One turmeric pill is made with honey and the other one with ghee or coconut oil.
As you can guess, swallowing honey variation is considerably easier and so they are more suited to children. Honey effectively masks the strong bitter taste that turmeric has. My recommendation is that you start with honey variation.
The other option, ghee/coconut variation, includes fatty acids, which make curcumin more absorbable, and is free of sugar. But these pills are a little harder to swallow compared to honey variation. This is because they have a rougher shape because they flatten out slightly on baking sheet. Additionally, they leave behind a slight taste when you swallow them.
Curcumin, the active compound of turmeric, has been studied by many researchers for its strong anti-inflammatory effects. As said above, these DIY supplements also have black pepper and quercetin, both of which have been shown to enhance curcumin bioavailability.
- Take a baking sheet and line it with unbleached parchment paper. Ensure your freezer has enough room for this cookie sheet.
- Turmeric powder can stain clothing, so wear a kitchen apron!
- Choose either of the above-mentioned binding agents. You require about 3 tablespoons. In case you opt for raw honey, melt it before using if it’s thick. This will make it pourable. You should treat ghee or coconut oil likewise.
- Stir turmeric with pepper, binding agent, and quercetin in a normal-sized bowl. With honey, you’ll get a pliable mixture. With oil, a relatively thick mixture, from which you can make pills.
- You will need “dough” in very small amounts when you use the honey variation. Roll dough and the mixture between the palms and place it on your baking sheet. On the other hand, in case of oil variation, scoop small pill shapes on your baking sheet using a spoon.
- Freeze them until they are firm. Next, transfer them to the storage container. Finally, put the container in your freezer.
- You should the turmeric pills as required. There’ no such thing as overdosing on turmeric bombs. That said, you may have an upset stomach if you take one too many oil-based turmeric pills. Taking too many of honey-based turmeric bombs is also not recommended because they contain sugar (even though it is unrefined).
If you don’t like getting your hands dirty, check out my review on this Turmeric supplement which has helped me relieve my chronic pain.