Why You Should Make Golden Paste and How to Use It

Vibrant golden turmeric is one of the most powerful healing spices on the planet. Research continually uncovers impressive health effects of this rhizome in fresh and powdered states.

You’ve probably heard about some of the benefits: turmeric (specifically the chemical curcumin it contains) can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, regulate blood pressure, and promote healing within a huge range of inflammatory conditions.

Even if you already cook with turmeric or take curcumin supplements, you can still consume a more potent version of this amazing spice by preparing a mixture known as ‘golden paste’ at home.

Why You Should Add Black Pepper and Oil to Turmeric

 

Curcumin, on its own, is difficult for the body to absorb. However, the combination of certain compounds in black pepper and a healthy fat allows your body to absorb as much fat-soluble curcumin as possible (up to 2000 percent enhanced absorption).

Golden paste (recipe below) combines turmeric with water, a small amount of black pepper, and virgin oil. It’s an excellent way to reap the many benefits of turmeric.

Here are a few conditions that may benefit from increased turmeric consumption:

  • Arthritis. Studies have found that turmeric is highly effective at reducing inflammation in the body, most specifically the joints. More importantly, turmeric also exhibits the potential to slow down the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Drinking golden milk daily can be highly effective at reducing the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, and may reduce degeneration of joints.
  • Type II diabetes. Those who are prediabetic can significantly improve their blood sugar levels with curcumin. Additionally, the healthy fats in virgin oil promote satiety, making golden paste a great dietary addition for those with concerns about their blood sugar levels. If you already have diabetes and are on medication, talk to your doctor before consuming large quantities of turmeric, as it can be highly effective at lowering blood sugar levels and may adversely interact with prescribed medications.
  • Wound healing. The antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric and coconut oil make golden paste a good ointment for minor wounds. You can also mix in tea tree oil, vitamin E, aloe, beeswax, arnica, and/or thyme oil for enhanced healing power. Of course, use this as you would Neosporin. For serious wounds, seek the help of a professional.
  • Cancer. Curcumin exhibits the potential to stop precancerous changes from developing into full-blown cancers. In countries where citizens regularly consume 100 to 200 grams of curcumin a day, populations have much lower rates of certain cancers than in countries with less turmeric-centric diets. Curcumin has been specifically shown to be highly toxic to breast cancer cells. Adding curries and golden paste to your regular diet may be highly beneficial in terms of cancer prevention.
  • Digestive issues. Not only does curcumin stimulate the gallbladder to produce more digestion-boosting bile, but it may be helpful for keeping ulcerative colitis at bay. For those with leaky gut/IBS, turmeric is gentle and can reduce the digestive inflammation associated with these conditions.
  • Skin conditions. You can even apply the paste directly to your skin to calm the symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. It also helps to ward off infections and accelerate wound healing. Just beware: applying the paste to your skin might cause you to sport a golden hue for a little while.
  • Alzheimer’s. According to research, the curcumin in turmeric has tremendous potential to fight the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. It has the ability to destroy the beta-amyloid plaques that plague the brain in this disease.
  • Gout. Curcumin may reduce the activity of the enzyme partly responsible for creating excess uric acid, which in turn lessens the pain and inflammation often experienced by those suffering from gout.

Getting excited about the potential benefits of golden paste? Try this simple recipe to make your own golden paste at home:

 

Golden Paste
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup ground turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. Black pepper
  • 2 Tbls. extra virgin olive or coconut oil.

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, simmer the water and turmeric for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Stir the mixture frequently to avoid sticking, adding more water if the paste becomes too thick.
  3. Remove the paste from the heat, and stir in pepper and oil.
  4. Let cool, then transfer to a jar and refrigerate.
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Tasty Ways to Use Golden Paste

Once you prepare a jar of golden paste, you can begin to take 2-3  ¼ tsp. doses throughout the day to reduce inflammation and promote healing. If you’re struggling to mask the intense flavor of the paste, try some of these taste-taming ideas:

  • Stir ¼ tsp of paste into 2 tbsp. peanut butter, and spread it on toast or crackers.
  • Stir ¼ tsp of paste into a small dish of plain or vanilla yogurt (add an optional drizzle of honey).
  • Stir ½ tsp. of paste into a cup of brown rice during cooking.
  • Blend it into a smoothie. Or a soup. Or a salad dressing. The flavors of golden paste are such that a small quantity mixed into complementary foods will leave the flavor unaltered while significantly boosting the food’s health profile
  • Drink golden milk, which is a chai-like drink combining warming spices, golden paste, and the warm milk of your choice. Another option is stirring the golden paste into hot water with lemon and honey to make a soothing turmeric tea.

For you hardcore turmeric-lovers out there, you could take a few small spoonfuls straight throughout the day. If you’re a little less hardcore, mixing the paste with some raw honey (try manuka honey for an extra health boost) can make your daily spoonful a bit more palatable.

Do you use golden paste? What’s your favorite way to consume it?

Written by Jordyn Cormier and Terita Heath-Wlaz

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