Turmeric is a rhizome in the ginger family. Its flavor and color add depth to Asian cuisines. Turmeric and honey, however, are an unstoppable force.
The spice has been used for ages as a medicine to treat a vast variety of ailments but it’s only in recent history that science has examined its components for their contributions to human health. Since research began, over 5,000 studies have confirmed its healing abilities.
For one, it has the ability to modulate genes and physiological pathways, supporting cell integrity, preventing DNA and RNA damage, catalyzing proteins and metal ions, and more. Implications for the treatment of various types of disease have shown turmeric to be a super spice.
Research has found turmeric effective:
In the destruction of cancer cells – the curcumin in turmeric kills cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. Can work in conjunction with conventional chemotherapy to make treatment more effective (1). “We have not been able to find a cancer we can’t effectively treat in the laboratory with curcumin,” said Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D., Professor of Cancer Medicine at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (2).
As an antifungal – topical application of turmeric oil has been found to go immediately to work, with fungus disappearing within a week (3). The spice is more potent than fluconazole, a popular anti-fungal medication. Plus, it’s very effective against Candida, a parasitic fungus (4).
Via antioxidant properties – curcumin is the pigment that makes turmeric yellow and is responsible for its powerful antioxidants. Cell oxidation causes DNA damage, a primary precursor of diseases such as cancer, atherosclerosis, and neurodegeneration. Turmeric reduces inflammation and reduces oxidative stress (5).
In removing heavy metals – environmental influences have introduced more metals into food, water, and air than ever before in human history. The liver bears the brunt of their impact as it has to filter these from the body. Turmeric stimulates the production of bile, improves gallbladder function, and can help regenerate liver cells.
To support brain health – the genesis of neurodegenerative disease is inflammation. Potent anti-inflammatories in turmeric counter inflammatory responses caused by foods, stress, and the environment. Aromatic turmerone is a phytochemical in turmeric that stimulates neural stem cell growth and regeneration, allowing neurons to communicate. Turmeric is being studied for use as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and damage caused by stroke (6).
With antibacterial properties – kills many common harmful bacteria without harmful side effects. Because turmeric is a plant, the body is able to metabolize it without long-term damage or accumulated resistance—unlike over-used synthetic antibiotics. Curcumin can penetrate cell membranes and the blood-brain barrier to target infections: Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, E.coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, H.pylori, and others (7, 8). This makes turmeric great for gastrointestinal conditions.
With all these wonderful qualities, turmeric has the potential to be a virtual cure-all. Couple it with honey and you’ve got it made!
What’s So Special About Honey?
Apart from its delicious flavor, it’s a superfood. Rich in nutrients and low on the glycemic index, honey is antifungal and antibacterial. With its own anti-inflammatory properties, honey goes well with turmeric to compound its individual benefits.
- Honey has been found to induce apoptosis (death) in cancer cells and prevent damage from free radicals that cause oxidative stress.
- Honey works better than pharmaceuticals as an antibiotic. Antibacterial drugs have been over-prescribed, leading to bacteria evolution to become resistant to them. When taken internally, enzymes in honey produce hydrogen peroxide, which inhibits the growth of bacteria (9). Applied topically, a protein called defensin-1 (part of the honey bee immune system) has been found responsible for combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria (10).
- Local raw honey is effective at preventing and treating seasonal allergies. By ingesting tiny amounts of local flora through their pollen processed by honey bees, your body builds up its own antibodies to tolerate allergens. No drowsiness, no dry mouth, no adverse reaction linked to over-the-counter allergy medications.
Taking Turmeric As A Medicine
Turmeric isn’t readily used by the body in its raw state. Catalysts to release its full healing power are fat, black pepper, and heat. To improve bioavailability, mix the recipe with a spoonful coconut or olive oil, add black pepper, or mix it in hot (not boiling) water and drink as a tea.
Due to its many complex phytochemical constituents, eating turmeric is contraindicated if you take any of the following:
Turmeric and Honey Recipe
- 100 grams (3.5 ounces) raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered wild honey
- 1 tablespoon turmeric powder (non-irradiated)
- Mix ingredients in a small bowl until well combined.
- Store at room temperature in a glass jar.
Feel free to use this combination every day, as needed.
If you begin to feel ill, up the dosage:
- First day – ½ tablespoon every hour
- Second day – ½ tablespoon every 2 hours
- Third day – ½ tablespoon 3 times a day
If you take it straight from the jar, allow the mixture to slowly dissolve in your mouth, rather than immediately swallowing it. The membranes in your mouth are very thin and will allow the mixture to be absorbed more quickly into your bloodstream.
There you have it! You’ll be on your feet again in no time!