Have you heard about the turmeric takeover?
If you haven’t you probably don’t know that turmeric is the most studied spice of all time, and has so many applications, it’s mind-boggling.
Unfortunately, though it is known for its many health-giving benefits, people complain about its price, but as we’ll see there is a clever way to get around the damage it can do to your pocketbook.
Some might say, “Doesn’t it pay to just buy your turmeric capsules in bottles at the store?”
What many consumers don’t understand is that much of what is at the store or online is actually laced with dangerous chemicals and from a source that is not always clean.
So, this, and the typical way pills and extracts are processed, should make you certainly consider that what you make at home may be much better than what you buy over the counter, as long as you get your turmeric organic from a trusted supplier.
Here is something that you may not know:
Even in early America, spurious turmeric was sold by quacks as the real turmeric with healing powers. While this sort of fraud may not be a rampant practice now, the risk of the not-the-best kind or contaminated or treated turmeric is a reality since the FDA refuses to regulate natural supplements and only deals with issues they may cause after the face.
This is why consumers should know about the varieties, the way turmeric is processed and the final available product, if they want to make the most of this healing herb.
Before we head to explore how you can make the right turmeric capsules at home, let’s find out more about how to best use turmeric.
What Kind of Turmeric is Best for Health?
Turmeric is a herb that is native to most parts of Asia and some Pacific islands as well. The most known varieties, however, are Puna, Madrasi, Guntur, and Majal. The product that you would normally get in supermarkets is usually mixed with certain other local varieties of the herb.
Why it is important to find out all this is because not all the varieties of turmeric possess a high amount of curcumin. Since, curcumin is the compound that gives turmeric its rich color, as well as all the medicinal properties it can boast of, only the varieties that have a high amount of curcumin, are preferable. However, there are other things that may be making an integral part of the turmeric that you buy. There could be contaminants like salmonella in there, and toxic metals like lead, even if your store claims it to be organic.
Any turmeric powder that has 2.5% to 4% curcumin content and has been tested clear of contaminants is an excellent choice.
Not all facilities and processes of obtaining turmeric powder from the turmeric root are the same. The processes of sterilization, as well as extraction, can involve a score of dangerous chemicals by non-organic manufacturers. If you are taking a supplement, this risk grows manifold.
Even certified organic is only up to 95% organic. These, unfortunately, are not governed by USDA. So, what you use as a cooking spice may often be purer than what you take as a supplement since the former doesn’t go through processes involving harmful chemicals.
Substances as ethylene oxide (ETO) and EDC, both of which are carcinogenic in nature, are used to extract bioactive curcumin before it can be turned into pills. Another common chemical that some pill makers use is dicalcium phosphate (DCP), which can cause symptoms like insomnia, diarrhea, itching and even liver dysfunction in many cases.
Since it is a non-organic form of curcumin, it is indeed treated with ETO and EDC, carcinogens that can stay in the body for up to 100 years.
This form is the easiest to procure, can be 100 % organic, and is governed by USDA for safety verification. Thus, it is the best you can get. Just make sure that you don’t buy spent turmeric from Indian grocery stores since it has 0% curcumin.
What are the Health Benefits of Turmeric Curcumin?
- It’s a great antioxidant that fights free-radicals, thus impeding the process of ageing
- Anti-inflammatory properties that help fight inflammation of all kinds
- Helps relieve the symptoms and decrease the progression of arthritis (RA)
- Helps control blood sugar levels, thus helpful in controlling diabetes
- Is a great analgesic
- Works great for healthy skin and hair
- Promotes brain function
- Prevents neural decay
- Prevents cardiovascular diseases
- Can stop the progression of or prevent Alzheimer’s
- It helps prevent cancer of the stomach, colon, breast, etc.
- Helps in fighting symptoms of depressions
Now that you know what kind of turmeric is best for health and what benefits it offers, let’s see how you can make turmeric capsules on your own.
Now you know the kind of turmeric you need to buy, making capsules out of it is absolutely easy.
All you will need is organic turmeric powder that contains anything from 2.5% to 4% curcumin, gelatin/vegan capsule shells and finely ground black pepper.
Why black pepper?
Because piperine increases the bioavailability of curcumin. In other words, it increases the absorbency of curcumin into the body. And, one very important thing that you need is a capsule machine to make sturdy capsules.
Procuring this kind of empty capsules is easy. You can find these on a variety of online stores. You can also make a choice as to whether you want beef gelatin capsule shells or vegan shells. Both of these are available in different sizes. Capsule machines also available online for very much affordable prices.
You can find turmeric powder as well as ground black pepper at your local spice store/supermarket. 00 is usually a great size to swallow as well as to work with. The space it encapsulates is enough to accommodate ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder and pepper powder mix.
It would be ideal if you take a small scoop to fill in the capsules. When working with this vibrant spice, take it for granted that your hands will absorb a lot of color. Do keep a clean dry run to keep wiping your hands every now and then.
Usually, a 1 level teaspoon of turmeric makes 4 capsules of 00 size. Each capsule will contain roughly 700 to 900 mg. Keep the proportion of the two spices around 3 tablespoons of turmeric powder to 2 teaspoons of ground pepper.
As you set up the machine according to the instructions provided in the manual, put the longer cap of the capsule into the base, and the shorter into the cap holder. Pour in half a tablespoon of the mixture into the longer cap. Fill the powder with the scraper. Compress the powder, so that some more can be accommodated. Do this till the cap is properly filled. Remove all excess powder. Now place the cap holder onto the base, so that the bodies are fitted together. Gently take the capsule out of the machine until you have a supply that should last you for a few weeks.
Of course, this process can be done without the machine too. It is only going to be a bit messier, but works all the same and goes a bit slower.
Take these capsules as a supplement 3-4 capsules daily, or as advised by your physician, and you are going to notice some nice changes to your health, brain, and beauty. History and modern science prove it.
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