How To Make Golden Paste and Optimise Turmeric Absorption
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 | Admin
Golden paste (also known as turmeric paste) is a turmeric-based paste that maximises turmeric's much-studied capacity to heal the body. Turmeric is a proven anti-inflammatory (which is said to be the root of disease) and has shown great potential in healing many conditions and diseases.
Curcumin is the active compound within turmeric that holds the key to many of its health benefits. However, it can be difficult to obtain these health benefits as a lot of the curcumin that is ingested gets metabolised before the body absorbs it. Black pepper and healthy oils/fats are said to increase the bioavailability of curcumin and increase absorption.
So, turmeric works better when combined with other foods - which is where golden paste comes in. Golden paste is easy to make and consists of four ingredients: turmeric, black pepper, a healthy fat/oil and water.
1) 60g (125ml) turmeric powder: this is the main ingredient and it forms the bulk of the paste. Click here to buy our organic turmeric.
2) 70mls Oil: turmeric is oil soluble, so oil is needed to dissolve it in the stomach and allow complete absorption. Best to use: virgin/extra virgin olive oil, cold pressed/raw/unrefined coconut oil or flaxseed oil.
3) 2-3 teaspoons ground black pepper: black peppercorns contain an enzyme called piperine which enhances turmeric absorption in the digestive tract. Click here to buy organic peppercorns.
4) 1 cup of water (250ml)
Bring the turmeric and water to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer until you have a thick paste. This should take about ten minutes. You may need to add more water.
Add the ground black pepper and oil at the end of cooking when the water and turmeric mixture has cooled down to just warm. Stir well.
Start with a small amount - 1/4 teaspoon 2-3 times a day. Always listen to your body.
The paste should last for two weeks in the fridge. Use the paste as a base for turmeric latte, turmeric tea or add it to water, smoothies, salad dressings, rice or use as a condiment. This recipe can be used for humans and animals (horses and dogs). We know we have many customers that use golden paste with successful results.
Everything in this recipe is a natural ingredient, but care should always be taken when making any changes to your diet. It is always important to have support whilst starting out on your turmeric journey. Consult the advice of a health professional or nutritionist. Also, there are groups on social media platforms like Facebook where people share their golden paste experiences. If you have any questions - don't hesitate to get in contact.
Want to know more? Click here for blog article 'Turmeric: The Science Behind The Health Claims'