Another benefit of turmeric that many don’t know about is how effective it is in promoting liver health. The main ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been used to treat liver diseases for over 100 years, but legitimate scientific research into its effects have not been conducted until recently.
Researchers believe that it is the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of curcumin that make it so beneficial to liver health. Studies have shown that curcumin reduces liver damage caused by:
- Ethanol (the type of alcohol that you drink)
- Iron overdose
- Liver disease (such as cholestasis)
- High toxicity levels
- Cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
Curcumin has also been found to reduce the risk of developing liver cancer. It does this by reducing the effects that human carcinogens, such as thioacetamide, have on the liver.
An excellent way to get your curcumin for the day is to make turmeric water.
- 1-2 cups of water
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- boil water, and add ¼ teaspoon turmeric and let it boil for 10 minutes.
- When you let it cool and drink it, you’ve created a 12% solution.
Turmeric & Oil/Fat
Another great way to eat it is to mix turmeric with some oil or fat.
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 pinch black pepper
- Mix the ingredients and heat in a saucepan (don’t boil). Drink while warm.
When you combine turmeric with fats, it’s more easily absorbed (7-8x better absorption). You can also try throwing it in a soup, curry, or any recipe of your choosing since most recipes have fat in them, the turmeric benefits will flow into you easily and get to work.