Did you know turmeric is one of the most powerful foods in the world? It is! This wonderful root food is packed with nutrients to help fight cancer, depression, inflammation, and even arthritis. The curcumin content is what makes this such a great addition to your diet. Here at Nettie’s Living Naturally we even incorporate turmeric into many of our soaps for natural color too!
Cancer & Tumor Growths: Studies have shown promising results that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) can reduce the growth of tumors by slowing the growth of new blood vessels in tumors and maybe even prevent cancer (especially in the colon).
For The Dogs: If you have a pet I’m sure you’ve heard about Golden Paste! If not- here’s the scoop! Golden paste has been used for years topically to heal wounds and slow tumor growths on dogs. Recipe at the end!
Depression: There’s a link between low brain- derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and depression. Curcumin boosts BDNF! Eating healthy fresh foods in general can be beneficial in helping to curve depression but add some turmeric to your diet when you can to get that extra boost!
Inflammation & Arthritis: Arthritis and inflammation go hand in hand unfortunately. However, curcumin has been proven effective in some types of arthritis! In this study ( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22407780 ) 45 Rheumatoid Arthritis patients were divided into 3 groups. Each group was given either 500mg of curcumin, 50mg of diclofenac sodium or a combination of both. The group that was given curcumin reported they had reduced pain and inflammation!
Important note: Turmeric doesn’t have very much curcumin (by weight maybe 3%) so it’s important that if you’re trying to truly reap the benefits you grab a supplement as well as a source of piperine such as fresh black pepper to absorb it. Black pepper increases curcumin bioavailability 2000%! Most supplements have both included but be sure to check the label!
The recipes! Note that all edible recipes include black pepper and a fat. These are critical to absorption.
Honey Turmeric Chicken
12 oz of chicken (breast,thighs, whatever you want!)
1 1/2 tablespoons local raw honey
2 cloves of garlic, minced/ finely chopped
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons of oil (olive, coconut, avocado)
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper an salt to taste
Mix garlic, honey, turmeric, 1 tablespoon of oil, and pepper together.
Cover chicken with mixture.
Cook chicken in a skillet on medium heat. Add the other tablespoon of oil to your pan. Cook until well done (165°f) then enjoy!
Makes 1 smoothie
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen pineapple
1 teaspoon coconut oil or your favorite oil
1 cup coconut milk or similar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract for flavor
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
Pinch of fresh cracked ground black pepper
Stevia to sweeten to taste
Instructions: Blend all ingredients in a blender to create a smooth texture. If you want a more firm / more fluid smoothie you can adjust the amount of coconut milk. Enjoy!
Golden Paste for the dogs (or you!)
You can add this to any recipe!
1/2 cup – Turmeric powder
1 cup – Water
2 teaspoons – Fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup – Organic, cold pressed coconut oil or Olive Oil or MCT Oil.
1. Mix the turmeric with the water in a pan
2. Add 1 cup water
3. Stir on medium-low heat until it forms a paste (5-10 minutes)
4. If the paste is watery, simply add more turmeric powder or too thick add more water.
5. Next, add the pepper and coconut oil to the paste and stir in very well
6. Allow the paste to cool. The paste can be put in a jar and should live in the refrigerator for no more than 2 weeks or it will grow mold!!
Small dogs under 15 lbs – start with about 1/4 tsp per day
Medium dogs 15-45 lbs – start with 1/2 tsp Large dogs 45-90 lbs start with 1 tsp XL dogs 90+ lbs you can give 1 1/2 tsp per day.
Topical Paste for tumors ( skin not broken!)
2 tablespoon Turmeric
1 teaspoon baking soad
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon of oil
Kick this up a notch with a couple drops of pure lavender essential oil and black seed oil.
Turmeric Paste For Open Wounds
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 tablespoon Manuka Honey
1 capsule of bromelain
1 tablespoon aloe vera (Raw! No added chemicals)
Turmeric is a natural blood thinner, so some precautions must be taken when using the product. Dogs on blood-thinning medications may not be candidates for using turmeric. As with all supplements, consult your veterinarian before adding turmeric to your dog’s diet, especially if he or she suffers from a chronic illness.