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Home Town: Tehachapi, California, USA
Living In: Princeton, Oregon, USA
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Does anyone use turmeric for inflammation? If so, how do you use it, mixed in something or in gel caps? What foods do you like it in?

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Last updated: Jan. 25, 2013 5:54 am
Posted: Jan. 24, 2013 2:08 pm
Commented by: manella
Jan. 24, 2013 2:21 pm
Hi petey,i use 1 teaspoon with a glass of water or juice,my daughter takes the pills.
Jan. 24, 2013 2:25 pm
sorry GEL CAPS,not pills.
Jan. 24, 2013 2:29 pm
does it taste awful? Because i put some in my lemonade and it tastes FOUL! LOL
Jan. 24, 2013 2:42 pm
Try it in water drink it down real fast,would taste foul in lemonade,cause it's bitter.Keep taking it,it does help.:)
Jan. 24, 2013 2:52 pm
I use it in soups and salad dressings. It will turn your spoons and pans yellow. I also use it in crackers and tortillas. Again, it stains my pins, but, yes, it does work.
Jan. 24, 2013 2:58 pm
I just made chicken corn soup and added it. I also add it to boiled potpie, baked chicken potpie, and rice. Gives it a nice yellow color. Can also put in gravy, stews, chili. Like others careful because it does stain things yellow, including your fingers.
Jan. 24, 2013 3:05 pm
You guys are great! I really appreciate all the tips. I have been in a flare for the entire month and have really been suffering. I'm looking forward to seeing if this gives me some relief!
Jan. 24, 2013 3:08 pm
As any natural remedy, it's not as "fast acting" as pharmeceuticals, but it does help.
Jan. 24, 2013 3:11 pm
Chicken/turkey gravy, chicken/turkey soup. I try to use it as much as I can because I have fibromyalgia, so I try to add it to whatever I can. I have never noticed a taste difference, but then I just use enough to get that nice, yellow color, or when adding to darker recipes (chili) you don't even notice the color.
Linda (LMT)
Jan. 24, 2013 3:11 pm
I make a tea out of it. I also add slices of ginger in it which too is good for inflamation. The recipe for tea I found called for 1 tsp. of ground tumeric to 4 cups of water. Bring to boil and let simmer for 10 minutes. I have been fortunate enough to find fresh tumeric now and use that. I just slice up a root into a pot of water and use my judgement. If you can find a product called Zyflamend by New Chapter it's worth it's price! Started to use it and can really feel a difference. Best so far.
Jan. 24, 2013 3:12 pm
Cream sauces also, especially for fish or chicken.
Linda (LMT)
Jan. 24, 2013 3:13 pm
I should note when I make the tea I drink some warm and the rest I don't mind at all cold. You really have to get alot in you, a cup is nothing. If you can find a supplement try it, you'll get more in you. I don't care for it in foods.
Jan. 24, 2013 3:16 pm
Linda (LMT), that sounds great. I love ginger..also good for digestion. Am going to try that. Need to make a run to my local health food store as I am out of ginger. Also, love sugared ginger for a snack..gotta like ginger tho..cause it is pretty intense. I love ginger, so no problem there.
Jan. 24, 2013 3:27 pm
I have fibromyalgia, so whenever I cook, I try to figure out if I can add some tumeric to it. Even added it to potato and macaroni salad and no one knows. Oh..salad dressings too! Once you start thinking about it, the list goes on and on as to what you can add it to.
Jan. 24, 2013 3:35 pm
I bought a liniment for someone that has RA and she used it on her wrists and knuckles and says it was amazing. Worked almost immediately. She couldn't even hold a toothbrush. The name of it is called Pau and the manufacturer is Aldrtz. Good luck to you Petey.
Commented by: Buon Appetito
Jan. 24, 2013 3:49 pm
I have been drinking it in my tea every morning with cinnamon and honey as a health benefit. You can use it in almost any type of rub or sauce just be careful not to get it on your counter it is also a die. I also use it in curry powder.
Commented by: Buon Appetito
Jan. 24, 2013 3:51 pm
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Jan. 24, 2013 3:53 pm
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Jan. 24, 2013 4:15 pm
Yum Don. Saving all of these.
Jan. 24, 2013 4:16 pm
Opps..fingers stumbled..meant sorry.
Jan. 24, 2013 4:18 pm
Thanks for posting these Bon Appetit.
Jan. 24, 2013 7:24 pm
The best way to use turmeric is when you are pan searing any kind of meat or poultry in a pan with onions and garlic. then add water and let the meat cook. That is the way Indians and middle easterners use it, and they use it in their food everyday. You can also add it to your rice while the water is boiling so it won't foam. Other than that curries are an excellent way to use uo your turmeric, most yellow curry pastes and powders already have turmeric in them.
Jan. 24, 2013 7:46 pm
Thanks foodiemonster. Great tips. I am going to copy all these down!
Commented by: Mykaela
Jan. 24, 2013 8:22 pm
Turmeric works wonders for inflammation. Number one, though, if you are working with it in the powder form, IT WILL STAIN. BAD. So just be very careful to keep skin contact to a minimum, obviously along with clothing contact. I would mix it with orange juice if you have the powder. If you have capsules, that's great too. I don't think one is more effective than the other.
Jan. 24, 2013 8:29 pm
good to know mykaela. I went ahead and ordered some capsules cuz it seems it will be the easiest way to get it down consistently while I learn to cook more with it
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Jan. 24, 2013 8:49 pm
if you like mustard, add the powder form to some mustard, can barely taste it in there. FIL ate some every day with his lunch, said he felt some relief after a period of time.
Commented by: Sweettreats
Jan. 25, 2013 12:38 am
The best thing for inflammation is MSM. I have been taking it since I was diagnosed with Lupus in 1998. It's the only thing that I have found to take away the pain from my arthritis which is a side effect of Lupus. I started taking 2000mg once a day. I take 3000mg as it works best for me. It does take some time to build up in your system but this stuff is all natural and it works. I got my step mother, dad and mom to all try it and now they take it daily. My doctor even old me I don't know what you are doing but it is working and keep it up. Surprised me because doctors don't seem to like all natural alternatives. I turned to MSM after the prescription medicine my doctor prescribed me was making me sick. I stopped taking my medicine and only take MSM. It has been my lifesaver. I was skeptical at first but I am so glad I gave it a try. I buy it from since it comes in a large bottle and I can get two for around 20.00 with free shipping. If I forget to take it for about three days I start to get arthritis pain. One supplement I will never do without.
Jan. 25, 2013 5:54 am
No comments on your question. However, I just wanted to say that I hope you feel up to doing another blog soon. Let us hear about your trip to see the kids.
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