Our Turmeric Powder Is Grown With Care on a Small, Organic Farm in Maui

By now, most people are aware of the amazing healing properties of turmeric.  Thousands of studies posted on PubMed (the national clearinghouse of studies published in scientific journals in the U.S.) speak to its healing properties.  Turmeric has been shown to help in the treatment of such ailments as arthritis, Alzheimer’s and many forms of cancer. Traditional healers were correct; turmeric and its active ingredient, curcumin, are powerful medicine for human beings.  The science seems to be settled


One question regarding turmeric, though, doesn’t seem to be settled, which is how to solve its bioavailability. Most turmeric preparations sold in the U.S. have low bioavailability, so very little of the curcumin that is listed on the bottle actually gets into the bloodstream.  This problem has created almost an entire industry devoted to improving the oral absorption of turmeric through such products as liposomal forms, lozenges and many oral tablets and capsules. 


Though I am all for innovation, I can’t help but go back to the source, and to the people who know turmeric the best, which are the farmers of India and Hawaii.  These are the two places known for their consumption of turmeric and for growing the finest turmeric rhizomes on the planet.


Curcumin is a fat-soluble substance, meaning, it will be absorbed into the body only when consumed with fat.   Consuming turmeric with black pepper also seems to facilitate absorption.   Another aspect that is not considered is that when we consume turmeric in fat, we taste its slight bitterness.  This taste stimulates the flow of the bile, which emulsifies the fats, making them more easily absorbed.


Traditionally, turmeric was always consumed with fat (ghee in India, a variety of fats in Hawaii), slowly heated, then mixed with a small amount of freshly ground pepper.  To this base was added vegetables and meat or dal. Using it this way allows you to taste the turmeric, thereby stimulating your own bile flow as you prepare to digest the food.   Until proven otherwise, this is how I will get my daily turmeric dose. 


This week we are happy to re-introduce our organically and Hawaiian-grown Turmeric Powder (now in 100 ml jars).   Lynda and I visited the couple in Maui who grow our turmeric. They grow it in a small, organic garden on their gorgeous mountainside property, carefully dry it themselves and sent to us to be ground and jarred.  Quality is everything for us; once you taste our Turmeric Powder, my guess is you will have made a new friend for life.  


In health,

Tom Cowan, M.D.

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