[Homestead] Update on health: turmeric and milk thistle
lurine at com-pair.net
Mon Feb 2 18:44:34 EST 2009
It makes sense though. Kind of like calcium. If you eat calcium in its
natural form, you have little trouble with it and kidney stones. If you
take the pills, and you are prone to kidney stones, you're in big trouble.
Look at anything out there and the natural form works better. Particularly
in the case of turmeric when you consider that to get the powder they boil
it and boiling of most anything removes a lot of the benefit.
Now, I wonder, thinking of the East Indian recipes I've collected over the
years, most include peppers and some type of oils (coconut being seen a
lot), if the curcuma doesn't work with the oils AND the capacian to be most
Somewhere I have a recipe that calls for toasting a lot of the spices and
then taking slices of ginger and turmeric and a couple of others and making
a paste that you cook in the oil.
----- Original Message -----
From: "sjc" <indexer at fairpoint.net>
> If I just said "with fats", I offer my apologies, because what he
> actually said was more along the line of 'heated with fats, as in the
> dietary usage'. He also offered his opinion that it was on the order of
> 10 times more effective used that way. I haven't, of course, tried it,
> but even if a portion were consumed that way, seems it would cut down on
> the need for the encapsulated version.
> He explained the change it undergoes but my focus was elsewhere, I
> guess, because that didn't 'stick' in my brain; I just remember thinking
> of soy and its traditional Eastern usage (almost always fermented) and
> the Western mess made of the soybean.....Although he didn't make the
> comparison, he did go on some about its (turmeric) traditional Asian
> usage and the way it's used now in the West, as a 'straight' dose of
> herb. He considers the use of the ground version as available here to
> be of negligible benefit.
> If, though, in all the research you did about it, that never showed up,
> maybe not worth bothering with.....
> It would soon seem to be 'medicine', though, in either usage---a little
> like garlic, which I like and use regularly but when I get too much
> people start fussing at me....lucky I live by myself, maybe. I do cut
> back on it considerably when I know I'm going to be gone, and
> fortunately, it doesn't take too long to get rid of it, just a couple of
> days. Plus you can eat quite a bit of garlic before it starts to work
> its way through. And I remember my kids smelling like walking vitamin
> tablets when they were little, from the extra B trying to ward off marsh
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