Spices for Health
"Inflammation has long been a well-known symptom of many infectious diseases, but molecular and epidemiological research increasingly suggests that it is also intimately linked with a broad range of non-infectious diseases, perhaps even all of them." Phillip Hunter
Turmeric has been used in Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine) for thousands of years to treat various health conditions, chief amongst them being inflammation.
While turmeric contains many plant compounds, much of the credit for its health benefits goes to curcumin. Curcumin belongs to a group of plant compounds known as curcuminoids, and is the primary active compound in turmeric.
However, taking the whole spice means you not only get the curcuminoids but also all the other compounds (235 in total) that make up turmeric.
(Note: this is the main reason we elected to use the whole spice in our products and not a curcuminoid extract).
The curcumin in turmeric is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. However, research shows that combining the piperine in black pepper with the curcumin in turmeric enhances curcumin absorption by up to 2,000%. Black Pepper is therefore crucial in any formulation of turmeric.
“It’s one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories and a very powerful antioxidant”
Says Dr. Melina Jambolis, M.D. a nutritional physician specialist. Author of Spice It Up - Live Long and a Forbes Health Advisory Board member.
“It works on a molecular level to downregulate inflammatory genes. There’s no one thing that’s going to be the cure or preventative for everything, but turmeric is up there.”
Black pepper is rich in a potent antioxidant called piperine, that has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginger has a very long history of use in traditional and alternative medicine. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger and is responsible for much of ginger’s medicinal properties. Gingerol has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
OH! Latte Mix
Turmeric - Ginger - Black Pepper
Curcumin Boosts Glutathione and Nitric Oxide production
Inflammatory disease shown to benefit from curcumin.
Allergies, alzheimer's, asthma, arthritis, bloating, blood pressure, circulation, chronic fatigue syndrome, colds and flu, crohn's disease, depression, digestive disorders, diabetes, epilepsy, erectile dysfunction, fibromyalgia, heart disease, haemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, liver disease, prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia, respiratory infections, sexual health, ulcerative colitis, worms and parasites, plus many others.
Make your own Hot Shot by adding 1 tsp to 1 or 2 tsp of honey, a squeeze of lemon and 80 ml boiling water.
For a Golden Milk add 1 tsp to 250 ml of dairy or plant based milk. Add 1 or 2 tsp honey to taste and blend well. Optionally add coconut oil. Blend well.
For Shakes or Smoothies add 1 tsp to your favourite shake or smoothie. Optionally add 1or 2 tsp of honey to taste.
For an Orange Zest add 1 tsp to 250 ml pure orange juice. Optionally add a squeeze of lemon and 1 to 2 tsp honey, depending on taste, and blend well.
Why we suggest adding Honey
Honey has a number of potential health benefits and plays a role in many home remedies and alternative medicine treatments and:
Contains a number of antioxidants, including phenolic acids and flavonoids.
Has been linked to beneficial effects on heart health, including reduced blood pressure and blood fat levels.
Can act as a natural and safe cough suppressant. Some studies show that it’s even more effective than certain cough medicines.
OH! Fur Babies
Turmeric and Black Pepper
Several diseases that our pets can be affected by, such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and gastrointestinal issues are rooted in chronic inflammation, which makes Turmeric a great option for treatment
There are numerous studies in humans and animals that conclude Curcumin combined with Piperine …
May help prevent heart disease and strokes
May improve mood and ease depression
May help with joint pain and arthritis
May help boost or balance immunity
May help with worms and parasites
May help address cognitive disease
May help improve digestion
May help limit allergies
Sprinkle on wet food and mix well prior to heating. Soluble Fats increase the absorption of Turmeric. Many wet foods do have soluble fats. If not, optionally add coconut oil.
Suggested Dosages: (Metric Teaspoon)
Under 10 kg use ¼ tsp. Cats & Dogs such as Pug, Dachshund.
11 - 20 kg use ½ tsp. Such as Jack Russell, Terriers.
21 - 40 kg use ¾ tsp. Such as Spaniel, Labrador.
Over 41 kg use 1 tsp. Such as Great Dane, Rottweiler.