Turmeric FAQ

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Turmeric does not ‘thin the blood’ – it can slow clotting (coagulation) time.

Doug English (Vet): “Turmeric added to food has minimal effects and I don’t worry pre-surgery. Things like aspirin. ibuprofen, alcohol, sugar have far more potent effects. Most vet practices use a NSAID as a pain killer during surgery without any thoughts on blood clotting and these have a much greater effect! Trillions of Indians have a daily intake of turmeric and nobody worries there.”

Turmeric does not stay in the system past several hours (depending on metabolism). As a precaution, you can cease turmeric powder the day prior to surgery, and all being well, recommence as soon as you are eating. Turmeric will help your healing and recovery. Here is an article, written by a sceptical New York Surgeon, whose patient was taking home made turmeric capsules while in hospital http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1910028,00.html (two pages)

Here is an article, written by a sceptical New York Surgeon, whose patient was taking home-made turmeric capsules while in hospital. Click HERE for the link to the Article.

Judith Jenness  · Edited Let me clarify some vocabulary:

An anticoagulant substance slows the clotting mechanisms of the blood.Slowing the clotting also =increasing clotting time.Lots of people still call this “thinning the blood” which strictly speaking, isn’t accurate. It’s common usage, though.Different medications (and foods and herbs and YES, Turmeric) affect coagulation in different ways. Some of them over lap, and some of them are very mild in their effects, and variable from individual to individual. Some of them can have profound effects.HERE’S THE TAKEAWAY:In general, if you are already prescribed medications to change the coagulation function of blood in your body, you MUSTA) Be very aware of interactions and that they can exist.B) Work very closely with your physician, NP, vet…whatever prescribing professional you use.C) If you have doubts or questions, then don’t add turmeric to your regimen until you are sure that it is the right, safe thing to do for you specifically.

If using the cooked paste, start at 1/4 teaspoon and work the turmeric dosage up as required. Remember a little, often will be better than a large dosage once a day.

Doug English (Vet); “A tablespoon of dry turmeric will have more curcumin than the diluted, cooked powder in the paste – but the curcumin in the cooked turmeric will be better absorbed. As always the original amount of curcumin % will vary, absorption will vary, so one can never say accurately that one = x 4 times. There is no need to be pedantic and stress about doses, because the dose will never be accurate (numerous variables, affecting the biochemistry) so just cook it up to make it more absorbable, always use pepper to  magnify the effect and make sure there is an oil/fat to dissolve it (alcohol if you must). If you don’t want to cook then cope with less utilisation.

To increase your turmeric dosage, then take more often, rather than taking single, large amounts that cannot be absorbed. All this working out doses is ridiculous since it is largely a foodstuff with few problems and variable rates of absorbtion. Just use it as often as you can.

An analogy: leucopenes from foods like tomatoes: are you getting enough from one or three? how long do you have to cook them to increase bioavailability? What temperature? There is no way that every variable has been, or will be, scientifically measured and being a food nobody worries, just consume regularly. Similar with turmeric!”

For more info on Turmeric Dosage click HERE.

If using the cooked paste, start at the same dose guide for the powder and work the dose up as required.

Doug English; “A table spoon of dry turmeric will have more curcumin than the diluted, cooked powder in the paste – but the curcumin there (cooked) will be better absorbed. As always the original amount of curcumin % will vary, absorption will vary, so one can never say accurately that one = x 4 times.

There is no need to be pedantic and stress about doses, because the dose will never be accurate (numerous variables, affecting the biochemistry) so just cook it up to make it more absorbable, always use pepper to markedly magnify effect, make sure there is an oil/fat to dissolve (alcohol if you must).

If you don’t want to cook then cope with less utilisation.

To increase dose, then give more often, rather than single, large amounts that cannot be absorbed. All this working out doses is ridiculous since it is largely just a foodstuff with few problems and variable absorbtion. Just use it as often as you can.

An analogy: leucopenes from foods like tomatoes: are you getting enough from one or three?

how long do you have to cook them to increase bioavailability? What temperature? There is no way that every variable has been, or will be, scientifically measured and being a food nobody worries, just consume regularly. Similar turmeric!”

You have to cook Turmeric to maximise absorbtion and effects.

heat turmeric powder Golden Paste

By Jill Moore

Yes but you will need to use a lot more to get the same result (at least 3 times the volume) and it must also be used with oil and pepper to aid utilisation. Cooking turmeric enhances its bio-availability (absorption). Raw turmeric rhizomes is not digestible to mammals, and the curcumin component cannot be absorbed without the step of cooking.

HAVE SOME FRESH TURMERIC RHIZOMES – WHAT CAN I DO WITH THEM?

By Liz Wallis

You can slice, shred or chop the fresh rhizomes to add to Indian dishes (or whatever you’d like to put it in). If you freeze any, slice it thin first.

To plant, put in a 10-12″ diameter pot under 1-1/2 to 2″ of soil. You can plant a whole small rhizome or cut larger ones up into several pieces with a bud in each piece. Lay each piece horizontally in its pot with at least one bud up, cover with soil and keep moist and warm.

Turmeric Rhizomes are tropicals so they need lots of moisture. Don’t drown them but keep the soil damp. You should see a shoot coming out of the soil within a couple of weeks. After that, treat them as you would any other tropical plant – heat, light, moisture.  It will go dormant over the winter if the temperature drops below about 65F/18C, and will probably die below about 50F/10C.

NO. The piperine (the component you want) will be evaporated from the preground pepper – that’s why it is recommended you grind it fresh.

  • BLACK PEPPER – peppercorns contain a substance called Piperine affects a specific enzyme pathway in the liver to slow the metabolism and excretion of the curcumin. This allows time for the curcumin to be taken up into the blood stream. Utilisation of turmeric can be increased by up to 20 times, by Piperine.
Fresh ground black peppercorns are recommended because you can control the freshness of the Piperine.
Other peppercorns will also contain Piperine but the black peppercorns are the best source, also easiest to find.
Please note, Piperine will also slow up excretion of other substances so check with your Doctor/Vet and pharmacist if you use regular medication.
Pharmaceutical interactions with Golden Paste:
http://turmericlife.com.au/drug-interactions-turmeric-golden-paste/
Freshly ground black pepper is best, but if you can’t manage to add the pepper at the last minute, that’s OK. Add a couple of extra grinds and try to keep your pepper coarse (chunky).
Pepper will also store in the freezer or if it is encapsulated – such as in oil or in the golden paste.
If using a lot, grind up coarsely with coffee grinder and store in small packs of ziplock bags, in the freezer, for easy use.
Do not use finely pre-ground black pepper (as for pepper shakers) – it will have no value.
CAYENNE PEPPER is not suitable as a substitute – it is from the capsicum family and does not contain Piperine.

Warnings do apply to pregnancy. Since there have not been studies about the efficacy of turmeric supplements on a pregnancy, doctors usually advise their patients to avoid it for this period.

**Turmeric also plays a role in pregnancy and birthing in India . Traditionally, it is said that taking turmeric when pregnant will ensure that the child will always have beautiful skin 16 . (However, turmeric is a mild uterine stimulant, so there is a chance of over stimulation; it is essential to consult a healthcare practitioner before taking any herbs during pregnancy.) Turmeric taken in the last two weeks of pregnancy in warm, organic milk helps to expedite a simple birth, while increasing the health of the mother and child as well. Turmeric is also an analgesic (pain reliever) and is sometimes used in natural childbirth to decrease pain**

Remember though, turmeric has been used in  recipes for thousands of years, and Asian women have not been told to avoid their traditional cooking for the length of their gestation.

Turmeric is NOT compatible with some types of CHEMO, so please check with your Doctor or your pet’s Oncologist if this applies to you.

Turmeric is not advised if you/your pet is undergoing RADIATION THERAPY. Wait until the course is done. Turmeric has a protective effect against radiation damage – thus undoing the work of the radiation.

You can google ” xyz and turmeric ” or ” xyz and curcumin ” to see if your drug is listed.

You can also check this cancer website out for more info: About Herbs

If you buy the 95% curcumin, you are buying an extract from turmeric. The body can’t utilise this much at once … in fact the companies know this and count on a small portion of it being absorbed. And then you must consider that curcumin when still in the whole food (turmeric) has other components that work alongside it when digested, to give you a better result.

When your body prepares itself to take food, the brain sends the signal to the stomach to get ready to digest. You consume turmeric with oil, pepper and other food – you get maximum absorption and maximum health benefits.

And the turmeric powder or paste can be tailored to suit your needs – taking little and often keeps it in your system – it’s also very beneficial to feed animals turmeric this way.

If you take a pill with a glass of water, some gets absorbed and the rest is excreted through normal bodily functions – it’s convenient and it does help. Tablets and capsules do have their place but it is smarter (and more money savvy) to source good quality turmeric and take it as powder or paste with your food.

In a word … NO. The three recommended oils are there because they are known to be non-inflammatory and do have other health benefits of their own.

For more information on oil Click HERE – 3 Basic Ingredients.

Turmeric is oil and alcohol soluble (dissolvable) but it is NOT soluble in water.  Thus, oil or alcohol (Methylated Spirits – also known as De-natured Alcohol or Rubbing Alcohol) will remove stains.

If the stain is from dry powder you will need to first use oil or alcohol.  If it is from the Golden Paste, it already has oil added – so go straight to the steps below (you can apply some Methylated Spirits beforehand if you want).

Bench-tops and plastics – Use undiluted dish detergent. Rub detergent in and allow to sit for 10 minutes then rinse off.

Clothes – as above and allow to sit for 30 minutes,  then throw into a cold wash – sunlight should take care of the last remains of colour.

For your hands and fingernails, massage in some veg oil (baby oil or moisturiser will also do it) then wash off with warm soapy water

Carpet is a tricky one. Jill Moore recommendations are as follows:

“If the carpet is a good one, call in a stain specialist. DO NOT use bi-carb soda (baking soda) as it reacts with turmeric and produces a reddish stain which is hell on earth to remove!

For wool carpet try blotting the stain with some warm water, a little dish detergent and some methylated spirits/rubbing alcohol mixed in a bucket. Rinse with clean water and blot dry.

Nylon carpet is harder. It seems to want to suck up all that turmericky goodness! If you want to have a go, I have been told (but not tried) that blotting with lavender oil will lift the stain. Blot with water to rinse out and blot dry.

If you have mostly removed the stain but there is still a faint bit there, spritz lightly with a 3% hydrogen peroxide and leave for 24 hours. TEST FIRST on an inconspicuous spot.”

Doug English (Vet); “Of course it does! Turmeric is anti inflammatory and enhances the immune system and supports good health.”

Turmeric powder included in food every day is most beneficial: It supports the digestive, immune and circulatory systems. It supports organ health. It is anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti inflammatory, anti oxidant – and so much more. It is an excellent preventative measure and is safe to consume daily for a lifetime.

A healthy person or animal will not require as much as an animal or person using to combat pain or illness.

Click HERE to Read about Turmeric Benefits

This website bases its knowledge on the experience of Doug English and his team using turmeric powder. We know it is successful and safe to use with animals. There are no studies about the safety of using 95% curcumin extracts with animals.

Doug English (Vet):  “Digestion and intestinal health are improved by black pepper. Hydrochloric acid is necessary for digesting proteins and other food components.

Most digestive difficulties are the result of a lack of hydrochloric acid rather than too much. Black pepper stimulates the taste buds and alerts the stomach to increase hydrochloric acid secretion, improving digestion.

Without adequate amounts, undigested food can sit in the stomach for prolonged periods, leading to heartburn and indigestion. Undigested food may also pass into the intestines where it can become a food source for unfriendly bacteria, producing gas, irritation, diarrhea or constipation.

Black pepper can act as a diuretic, reducing bloating in the intestinal tract where it promotes digestive health through its antioxidant effects. The outer layer of the peppercorn can even stimulate the breakdown of fat cells, releasing energy and keeping you slim.

Trial  it – with and without.

Also, combining turmeric and cardamom would be worth trying.”

Footnote by Jill Moore; The volatile oils of Cardamom have anti inflammatory and anti spasmodic actions, which work together to improve digestion. Cardamom partners well with Turmeric – but is NOT a substitute for Peppercorns (Piperine).

Time varies on how long the cat pee smells emanates from the skin. It should be over after a couple of weeks but some people report the ‘pong’ going on for a month … or two … You can add a little cinnamon to the turmeric mix to alleviate the smell coming from the skin.

Make sure you source some Ceylon Cinnamon (Cassia Cinnamon is the most commonly sold – it is higher in coumarin which can cause allergies and other side effects).

Click HERE to learn more about possible toxicity issues with your pets.

Great tip from Aileen Shackell “I use 2/3 of a 33g pack of organic ceylon cinnamon to 2 cups turmeric powder when making the paste, approximately, though it’s not an exact science. Add enough to make it smell definitely of cinnamon anyway.”

Trickle a small amount of turmeric onto the top of a glass of cold water. DO NOT STIR. Leave it for 10 minutes and let it settle. Turmeric with nothing added to it will have a yellow tinge to the water but still be fairly clear, and some turmeric will be on the bottom of the glass, some still floating on top. (This is because turmeric is not water soluble.) If your glass of water looks murky, then that indicates your turmeric has additives which might be dye and flour.

Here’s an example of some different results (Photo courtesy of Karen Preece)

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Image by Karen Preece

 

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Image by Karen Preece

So … the ‘water test’ is NOT an indication of good quality but it is an indication of additives.

If you want to know if your turmeric contains curcumin, the best way is to ask at the point of sale. The retailer can ask their supplier. Organic turmeric will have its curcumin intact as it may not, by law, be tampered with and still call itself organic.

Our LIST of recommended Turmeric Suppliers can be found on this page >> Where to Buy Turmeric Powder

By Judith Jenness on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 2:26pm

Worried about the calories in the golden paste? I’ve fielded a couple questions of late with concerns that the fat in the GP could be a problem for weight loss/gain or intolerance of fats.

Here’s the good news…by my calculations , 1 teaspoon of the golden paste has less than 10 calories , all from the oil you use. (I used coconut oil for my calculations…olive oil has 2 calories more/T than coconut.)

So if you are taking a moderate amount of the golden paste per day, or giving a moderate amount of it to your animals…you are probably ok.

Let me break it down:

1T coconut oil = 117 calories.

One recipe of GP requires 1/3 cup or 5.3 T which equals 620 calories.

1 T=3 tsp

One recipe of GP usually ends up making approximately 1.5 cups= 12 oz = 24 T = 72 tsp. 620 calories / 72 tsp =8.6 calories per teaspoon of the wonderful golden paste.

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