In the past decade of learning and sharing about health and wellness, if I found one magic elixir of health, it was turmeric. Yet, I am surprised at the fact that so many people still do not know of or have heard of Lakhadong turmeric.
In a strange twist of fate, my father had set up a cement factory in Assam in the 1980s in what was then a very remote area.
Hardly a few kilometers away, as the crow flies, is an area known as Lakhadong in the state of Meghalaya in India.Lakhadong grows, to my knowledge, the world's best turmeric, bar none. Let me explain why.
When you evaluate the healing properties of any ingredient in nature, there are two ways to look at it.
The active ingredient and the collective benefits of everything found in that plant In the case of turmeric, the active ingredient is curcumin.
Lakhadong turmeric has up to 12% curcumin as compared to between 2 and 5% in most of the other varieties found in India. Why does this matter?
Curcumin is notoriously difficult to absorb. In fact, you have had turmeric with milk or turmeric with ghee, pepper, and fenugreek (methi seeds). Combining all these ingredients increases the ability of the human body to absorb curcumin.
Curcumin is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. If you are prone to allergies, frequent coughs, colds, viral attacks, or worse, there is perhaps no better remedy than turmeric.
It is so versatile that it is prescribed for people with cancer.
If you have been following me for a while, you know I am not a fan of supplements. The reason is simple. Supplements isolate active ingredients.
The research I have read seems to indicate that the entire plant is perhaps better consumed than an isolated ingredient.
So if you want to make turmeric a part of you, use it as a spice and not a supplement. Use it in its natural state as far as possible.
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