Golden paste for humans and dogs has been documented as the antidote to many ailments and the basis as an all-around super food. It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy and anti-cancer—and unlike other so-called magical cures, golden paste doesn’t cost a fortune and is incredibly simple to make; even I can do it!!!
What is Golden Paste?
Golden paste is a turmeric-based paste that is created by mixing turmeric, black pepper and coconut oil with water. So easy!
Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, and has recently become increasingly popular in our every day lives, as an alternative to prescription or over-the-counter medication for both humans and pets.
Turmeric on its own has anti-inflammatory powers— and it’s a great pain reliever and it has even been shown to have a positive effect on cancer cells.
If you or your pet has inflammatory diseases such as cancer or arthritis, turmeric can be especially beneficial. When turmeric is combined with black pepper, the turmeric in the paste is better absorbed into the bloodstream. The coconut oil in the recipe makes the liver absorb the curcumin slower, so it's better for you. Plus, coconut oil has it's own health benefits.
You may have heard of curcumin being used as well reading about the many health benefits of turmeric and may have noticed that in some cases the terms are used interchangeably in the same article.
The two are mentioned together because curcumin comes from turmeric. Scientists wanted to know exactly what it is about turmeric that is so good for our bodies and as a result discovered curcumin.
So what's the difference?
Turmeric is a plant and it's the roots of the plant that are used to make the spice that is used in cooking and herbal drinks. Curcumin is the naturally occurring compound within the plant's roots that give it it's bright yellow colour and is known as a carotenoid compound. It is also a very strong antioxidant.
If curcumin comes from turmeric does it matter which one you take? Is one better than the other?
There isn't a straight forward answer to this and there are arguments for both sides. Some experts say that we should get our nutrients from whole foods because other nutrients within that food affect how our bodies absorb them and therefore how we receive the health benefits. A simple example is to eat most fruits as a whole, including the skin, rather than drinking the fruit as juice, as the body responds to the sugar within the fruit in an entirely different way to when it's eaten as a whole fruit rather than as a juice. So therefore, taking turmeric in it's entirety will absorb the benefits of curcumin as well.
Golden Paste Recipe
½ cup turmeric powder
1 cup water
⅓ cup raw, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil
2-3 tsp cracked black pepper
Boil the turmeric and water before lowering the heat and simmering until it turns into a paste (this should take 7 to 10 minutes).
Add the pepper and oil after it’s been removed from heat and cooled down, about 10 minutes later.
The paste can be split into 2, half to be stored in the fridge in an air tight container (for up to 2 weeks); and the other half can be put in the freezer in an air tight container.
How Much Should You Take?
The recommended dose is 1/4 teaspoon twice a day, and if you don't experience any negative side effects (loose stools or upset stomach), you can increase this slowly to up ¾ teaspoon four times daily max. after a few weeks especially if you have a particular condition ie. inflammation, etc.
I have been taking turmeric for many years but in tablet form. However just recently, my chocolate labrador, Dexter, has has knee surgery and can not 'stomach' conventional anti-inflammatories; so I spent a great deal of time researching turmeric & curcumin and their benefits. I have been so impressed with the Golden Paste, that I have finished my turmeric tablets, made my own Golden Paste and have also starting taking it daily, the same dosage as Dexter which is 1/4 teaspoon twice a day.
I hope this has helped those of you with inflammatory conditions, and also given you 'food-for-thought' for general health care for yourselves and furry family members.
Let me know how you get on if you choose the Golden Paste route!!
NB: There are some great Turmeric Facebook groups which you could join to receive on-going help, support and advice
Sent with light and blessings