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Dr. Buchert’s Favorite Spice

Spicing Things Up!!

Liquid Gold- CURCUMIN!

When talking about Turmeric or Curcumin, the more the merrier is what we say!! ie- Don’t be shy with your Turmeric! Add it to almost anything you are cooking to enhance the health benefits of your food.

This spice tops the charts with having the MOST research and MOST health benefits! The health benefits are too many to count, but curcumin is commonly known for helping with arthritis, anti-cancer benefits, helping with healthy brain function and even Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
Who isn’t concerned with those all-to-common and serious health issues??
One of the reasons Curcumin is so beneficial to the body is because it has an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. Curcumin , the active ingredient of Turmeric, can be just as effective at its anti-inflammatory effects as some of the intended anti-inflammatory drugs on the market, and it’s safer! Seems like a no-brainer, right?! This spice is a very powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants help protect us from oxidative stress, AKA— AGING and DISEASE!

“ Preliminary studies suggest ingestion of turmeric extract may help stabilize or even prevent colorectal cancer.
Growing evidence suggests that turmeric may help protect against   Alzheimer’s disease . The main constituent of turmeric, curcumin , appears to block the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in mice. Studies of Indian populations, whose diet is rich in turmeric, show that rates of Alzheimer’s disease are very low in these groups. More research is needed to confirm or disprove the effectiveness of Turmeric for Alzheimer’s disease prevention.
The  curcumin  found in turmeric may also prevent oxidation of  cholesterol , reduce the progression of atherosclerosis, and protect against heart attack and stroke.”
Turmeric doesn’t taste bad, but I also would not describe it as tasty, but who cares when it offers so much health protection-right?! Dr. Buchert and I even love adding Turmeric to our coffee. A few dashes of Turmeric, a few dashes of cinnamon, and a teaspoon of Brain Octane- throw it all in the Vitamix for a few seconds and enjoy!
We also just learned a new way to maximize the absorption of turmeric—
Curcumin boiled in water ! We are super excited to know about this!!
Why should you consider this? Well turmeric root from the grocery store only has about 3% curcumin in it, and get this- curcumin is only 1% absorbable as is . Natural productcurcumin supplements have a standardized amount that is typically 95%, which is good, but since curcumin is still not very well absorbed, many curcumin supplements will be mixed with oils and/or black pepper- to enhance a bsorption and make this fabulous nutrient more bioavailable. YIKES…. any amount is better than nothing, so I am glad researchers have figured this out so we can receive more benefit.
Boiling dramatically increases the bioavailabilty of curcumin . This causes a large amount of the curcumin molecules to be absorbed in the water and therefore absorbed by us when we drink it.
Instructions for boiling :
  • Bring 4 cups of water to a gentle boil in a glass or stainless steel pot.
  • Add 2- 6 caps of curcumin 500mg (-ish) and bring to a boil for 15 minutes, leave covered, stir frequently.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Pour off yellow water for drinking; discard the sediment that remained in the bottom.
  • Drink within 12 hours
  • You can do this up to twice a day.
You can use this powerful curcumin water as a base for your smoothies or just enjoy as a drink. You can flavor with stevia, lemon, or a digestible-grade essential oil like peppermint (Brittany, our health coach, can give you more information on that if you need guidance).
Turmeric is very safe, but if you do have liver disease, you should talk to your doctor before starting this supplement. If you are planning on having surgery, you should stop this supplement 2 weeks prior. Talk to your doctor before taking turmeric while pregnant or breastfeeding.
As always, there is so much more that can be done to help optimize health! Turmeric can do wonders, but don’t you want to know more about ways you can preserve health or restore health?
We love teaching you things you can do to improve your health!! Click on the ” get started” tab below to learn more about a Functional Medicine approach to your health.
Renee NP and the Mint Health Team

Roasted “Cheesy” Vegetables

  • Brussels- (remove ends and slice in half)
  • Broccoli florets (2 heads)
  • Mushrooms
  • Asparagus (1 bunch, cut in 2 inch pieces)
  • Butternut squash (half- 1 inch cubes)
  • Fresh minced garlic 3-4 cloves
  • Turmeric 2 tbsp
  • Nutritional Yeast 1/4 cup
  • Coconut Oil 2 tbsp (melted)
  • Sea Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Toss veggies with coconut oil, the turmeric and nutritional yeast.
Line pan with parchment paper
Roast in the oven on 350 for 20-25 minutes
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