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Turmeric Food Facts
OK, so you have heard of turmeric and know it is good for us. You probably have also seen health claims for golden milk and that is it good for our bodies.
Interesting…..Not a cure-all? A recent report in the American Cancer Society's Journal of Medicinal Chemistry cautions that turmeric may have limited therapeutic benefit. There are no double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials on curcumin to support its status as a potential cure-all… at least not YET. More trials are on the way though.
A couple of cautions: turmeric and curcumin supplements can decrease blood sugar levels and interfere with certain medications including blood thinners and diabetes medications.
Dosage and how to use it: Most studies use 1 to 2 grams (1,000- 2,000 milligrams) of turmeric or curcumin daily, in divided doses. If using the spice, 1 teaspoon of turmeric is approximately 3 grams. Adding pepper – white or black – increases our body's absorption of turmeric.
Your Recipe: GOLDEN MILK
Dr. Andrew Weil's recipe for Golden Milk incorporates the benefits of ginger, a natural anti-inflammatory, and black pepper, which enhances the absorption and the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric.
Makes 2 servings
Per serving: 30 calories, 2 grams fat, 0 saturated fat, 170 mg sodium, 1 gram carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 0 sugar, 1 gram protein.
Liz Weinandy, M.P.H., R.D.
Besides being a member of the 614Fitness community, Liz is a Registered Dietitian and staff dietitian at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. She has published numerous articles on diet and appears often on local television.