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Turmeric for dummies

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 18, 2011 at 1:41 AM

I'd like to start incorporating tumeric in to my diet for inflammation. My husband is diametrically opposed to curries so I really don't want to make two dinners.

What's an easy/quick way to take it besides just taking a big awful dry spoonful or in water?

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on January 03, 2012
at 03:11 AM

Yeah, I just started adding it to curry seasoning (which I know already has some in it) and putting it in a mug of stock. It's a nice hot beverage.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

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on January 02, 2012
at 10:43 PM

Glass, that is totally awesome.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on January 02, 2012
at 09:04 PM

OMG DONT DO THAT!!! LMAO

2b2c2e4aa87e9aa4c99cae48e980f70d

(1059)

on November 20, 2011
at 07:41 AM

I have put shredded turmeric in kombucha at the secondary fermentation stage with nonproblem. Next time I will shave it thinner to get maximum flavor extraction.

2b2c2e4aa87e9aa4c99cae48e980f70d

(1059)

on November 20, 2011
at 07:38 AM

Matthew does soaking in a turmeric bath stain your skin yellow? What about bath towels, etc?

6a252f02f4d6b9c79c3f1fbb24a52107

on November 19, 2011
at 04:39 PM

You can use a capsule filler, I use one similar to this for cinnamon. http://www.cap-m-quik.com/

2b2c2e4aa87e9aa4c99cae48e980f70d

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on November 19, 2011
at 03:25 PM

I agree with te raw, it tastes gingery and looks like carrot; your husband wouldn't even know it was there. I grate some into my kombucha.

2b2c2e4aa87e9aa4c99cae48e980f70d

(1059)

on November 19, 2011
at 03:10 PM

How do you fill the tablets without making a mess?

A089b683ee0498f2b21b7edfa300e405

(3895)

on November 18, 2011
at 05:57 PM

Check out your local asian grocery stores for some fresh turmeric root. You can even dehydrate it and powder it yourself.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on November 18, 2011
at 05:47 PM

Apparently the amount that would go in to a curry is found to be effective as well. That said, I'm planning on taking about a tsp a day.

Bcb2f5436d11467e89123680c046b858

(1356)

on November 18, 2011
at 05:02 PM

Bright-yellow French's mustard still contains turmeric - although probably not nearly enough to be an anti-inflammatory.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on November 18, 2011
at 04:43 PM

I don't taste strong flavor from the stuff I've bought here in flyover land. Maybe it came on the slow boat from India? I dunno. But it always tastes mild to me.

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

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on November 18, 2011
at 02:32 PM

@AshleyRoz - I also make my own kombucha - have never tried turmeric in it - I suspect it would inhibit it somewhat though as turmeric is used as an anitseptic, but hey if you have an extra scoby give it a go.

Df45ff15a3b093b7f22f0fec5ae1237a

(260)

on November 18, 2011
at 01:55 PM

We toss vege in it with other spices and roast. I supplement it as well.

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on November 18, 2011
at 11:22 AM

Fun fact - American-style mustard originally used turmeric to give it that yellow/orange-y color.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on November 18, 2011
at 10:34 AM

Place a handful of turmeric in a bath full of hot water and soak in it for an hour. Just lay back in the water and feel all of the turmeric goodness being absorbed through your skin. j/k

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on November 18, 2011
at 10:33 AM

Place a handful of turmeric in a bath full of hot water and soak in it for an hour. Absorb all of the turmeric goodness through your skin. j/k

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on November 18, 2011
at 05:35 AM

Great idea. I wonder if it would inhibit kombucha fermentation... Hmmmm. Wheels are turning.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on November 18, 2011
at 05:24 AM

Love the meatloaf idea, Kewpie.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on November 18, 2011
at 04:56 AM

Interesting. I didn't know it was easily found raw. I'm going to look in to it. Might try lacto-fermenting it instead of using lemon juice. It might taste good with my gingered carrots from the nourishing traditions book.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on November 18, 2011
at 04:54 AM

It's 3 bucks for 8oz of it at my local Cambodian market. As alluring as supplements sound, I figure I might as well just get used to the taste.

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on November 18, 2011
at 04:38 AM

Take after or with a fatty meal.

7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

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on November 18, 2011
at 02:13 AM

I take supplements - Life Extension brand Super Bio-Curcumin

C3edabc6267abec9b5f8178e5d73552c

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on November 18, 2011
at 01:52 AM

i honestly add it to everything, and it doesn't really change the taste as much.. just changes the color. It can be added to any sort of stir fried vegetables or rice. It is particularly good to add it to scrambled eggs since you don't even notice the color.

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66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

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on November 18, 2011
at 05:18 AM

I make Turmeric Tea: boil 2 cups water, at 1t turmeric, 1t cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne pepper and a few slices of fresh ginger, let steep, strain and sweeten with raw honey. Dam good tea and it can help with inflammation and a number of other things.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on November 18, 2011
at 05:35 AM

Great idea. I wonder if it would inhibit kombucha fermentation... Hmmmm. Wheels are turning.

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on November 18, 2011
at 02:32 PM

@AshleyRoz - I also make my own kombucha - have never tried turmeric in it - I suspect it would inhibit it somewhat though as turmeric is used as an anitseptic, but hey if you have an extra scoby give it a go.

2b2c2e4aa87e9aa4c99cae48e980f70d

(1059)

on November 20, 2011
at 07:41 AM

I have put shredded turmeric in kombucha at the secondary fermentation stage with nonproblem. Next time I will shave it thinner to get maximum flavor extraction.

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0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

on November 18, 2011
at 05:26 AM

I was going to suggest a new husband over taking turmeric straight from the spoon, if those are your choices, but that might not go over if you're fond of the man.

Kewpie's idea of burying it in meatloaf is probably the best compromise.

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on November 18, 2011
at 03:51 PM

Eat it with black pepper to increase bioavailability.

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on November 18, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Turmeric does have flavor if you use a teaspoon or more. It has a powdery taste and is quite obnoxious to me. When we make curry, the turmeric ends up getting cooked in the oil for a little bit. This dulls that odd flavor. I'm not sure if this removes the good properties from Turmeric, although I have heard that frying it in oil brings out the nutrients more, not sure which is true. Indians have been doing it that way for ages, so that's how I do it too!

I say just add a pinch to just about everything. It adds a lovely sunshine color!

Df45ff15a3b093b7f22f0fec5ae1237a

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on November 18, 2011
at 01:55 PM

We toss vege in it with other spices and roast. I supplement it as well.

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on November 18, 2011
at 03:25 AM

Turmeric doesn't really have a lot of flavor. It's usually added as much for color as for flavor. It could easily go into chili, meatloaf, chicken dishes, etc.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on November 18, 2011
at 05:24 AM

Love the meatloaf idea, Kewpie.

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D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on November 18, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Tea. I've been looking into getting more turmeric into me, and I keep seeing it paired with chai/warming spices and milk/coconut milk/almond milk and ginger and honey. Makes sense - it's a bitter flavor. Perhaps we could start by just adding it to a rich chai tea?

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on November 18, 2011
at 04:25 PM

Buy empty capsules and fill them with turmeric. It's really easy. This is really the only viable solution (for me, anyways) considering turmeric tastes like crap. You can buy a big bag of it at an Indian grocery store for only a few dollars.

2b2c2e4aa87e9aa4c99cae48e980f70d

(1059)

on November 19, 2011
at 03:10 PM

How do you fill the tablets without making a mess?

6a252f02f4d6b9c79c3f1fbb24a52107

on November 19, 2011
at 04:39 PM

You can use a capsule filler, I use one similar to this for cinnamon. http://www.cap-m-quik.com/

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on January 02, 2012
at 10:43 PM

Glass, that is totally awesome.

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A089b683ee0498f2b21b7edfa300e405

on November 18, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Turmeric has a strong Ginger like flavor. If you use ginger anywhere, you can sub a little Turmeric for it. Thinly cut Raw turmeric root soaked in lemon juice can be stored like pickle and had as a condiment. Turmeric powder in any food will impart yellow color and alter the taste a little, Go for the capsules if that is not to your liking.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on November 18, 2011
at 04:56 AM

Interesting. I didn't know it was easily found raw. I'm going to look in to it. Might try lacto-fermenting it instead of using lemon juice. It might taste good with my gingered carrots from the nourishing traditions book.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on November 18, 2011
at 04:43 PM

I don't taste strong flavor from the stuff I've bought here in flyover land. Maybe it came on the slow boat from India? I dunno. But it always tastes mild to me.

A089b683ee0498f2b21b7edfa300e405

(3895)

on November 18, 2011
at 05:57 PM

Check out your local asian grocery stores for some fresh turmeric root. You can even dehydrate it and powder it yourself.

2b2c2e4aa87e9aa4c99cae48e980f70d

(1059)

on November 19, 2011
at 03:25 PM

I agree with te raw, it tastes gingery and looks like carrot; your husband wouldn't even know it was there. I grate some into my kombucha.

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Medium avatar

(10611)

on November 18, 2011
at 03:43 AM

Turmeric is what's for dinner here, but it's easy to spot and you won't be fooling your husband by saying you added mustard. You could add it to your own food, the same way you use seasonings like pepper. I'll put it on a green salad, or sprinkle it on top of soup or a stir fry.

Bcb2f5436d11467e89123680c046b858

(1356)

on November 18, 2011
at 05:02 PM

Bright-yellow French's mustard still contains turmeric - although probably not nearly enough to be an anti-inflammatory.

9ffe43c6c5990ed710c7c49b12d6ee7f

on November 18, 2011
at 11:22 AM

Fun fact - American-style mustard originally used turmeric to give it that yellow/orange-y color.

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7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on January 02, 2012
at 08:33 PM

I've struggled with turmeric because I don't like the taste very much. I like Mark Sisson's creamy turmeric tea but I don't want to drink coconut milk too often, and it doesn't taste good to me with just water.

I just tried some in my beef stock and it's really good to me. So that's another way to try it, if you regularly drink bone broth.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on January 03, 2012
at 03:11 AM

Yeah, I just started adding it to curry seasoning (which I know already has some in it) and putting it in a mug of stock. It's a nice hot beverage.

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on November 18, 2011
at 04:40 PM

I used to put it in my chocolate milk. The flavors are very compatible, but you need to keep stirring between gulps because it doesn't stay on suspension.

I have done it recently with coconut cream based chocolate, and it tastes great again, but no constant stirring it needed.

For a while I just made a paste with olive oil and ate it that way. I'd get the capsule medicine, but it's too pricey.

The best idea for convenience on the cheap is to buy raw turmeric root, and just cut pill-size pieces off of it. But it goes moldy in the fridge. I didn't try freezing it, maybe next time.

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8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on November 18, 2011
at 03:01 PM

I get capsules/supplement form from Vitacost.com. They have a house brand that seems great. I know pill-popping is frowned up, but whatever. It's how I get mine!

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on April 08, 2014
at 11:35 AM

What about turmeric in smoothies? What could the combination of fruits and veggies be with the fresh root?

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on March 11, 2013
at 07:35 PM

I add curry to dressing for salad with olive oil or add to Already prepared dressing

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on November 18, 2011
at 03:45 PM

How much would you need to eat? I was under the impression you needed a fairly high dose of curcumin for it to be effective.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on November 18, 2011
at 05:47 PM

Apparently the amount that would go in to a curry is found to be effective as well. That said, I'm planning on taking about a tsp a day.

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