Sure, you can buy supplements that have the amazing healing power of turmeric, but when you can make your own easily, why spend the money for someone else to do it for you? Herbal turmeric supplements manufactured in the United States do not have to comply with quality or safety regulations so it is even more important to know how the herbs that you take are made, or if you don’t know for sure to keep the quality control in your own hands.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN TURMERIC SUPPLEMENTS
Making your own turmeric supplements is easy. In this article we will give you a simple recipe for your own turmeric supplements to take daily and also several reasons to start doing so now.
WHY TURMERIC IS AN HERBAL SUPPLEMENT YOU SHOULD TAKE DAILY
Turmeric is getting a lot of attention in the natural health literature for the simple fact that it has the potential to not only help heal, but to prevent, illness in the first place.
Turmeric is an herbal and traditional medicine, but it has also been used as a fabric dye, is used in Asian and Hindu spiritual practices, and it is a major component of curry cooking as a food flavoring. The yellowish color of ground turmeric comes from the dried root or rhizome of the curcuma longa plant.
Turmeric is related to ginger and the roots of both plants look similar. Turmeric has a peppery spice flavor and a mustard color and fragrance. The active ingredient in turmeric that makes it a miracle cure is curcumin.
Curcumin is powerful medicine for the following things that it does in your body:
* Anticoagulant (blood thinning)
* Antidiabetic (decreases blood sugar levels)
SUPPLEMENT USE IN THE UNITED STATES
A study of the increasing use of supplements in the United States found that the percentage of adults using any supplement daily increased from 23.2% in 1987 to 33.9% in 2000. This increase was true for both men and women, for all race and ethnic groups, and for all adults over the age of 25.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN TURMERIC SUPPLEMENTS
Find a good quality turmeric supplier at a natural food store or holistic health store. If you can find the whole root, ask the store if they will grind it for you so you know it came for the actual plant source. Ask if there are multiple varieties of turmeric and ask which one contains the highest level of curcumin.
You will need about 1/3 cup of ground turmeric. Mix the dry turmeric spice with 3 tablespoons of raw, organic honey. Use a spoon to mix the turmeric and honey into a paste. Pinch off small supplement pill sized balls that are small enough to swallow, roll them and lay them on a sheet of parchment paper. Place the balls and parchment paper in the freezer to solidify.
The turmeric supplements should only take 24 hours to harden enough to be stored. Put them in a container that can be sealed and protected from moisture entering it, keep it in the freezer and you are ready with turmeric supplements that you made on your own. Take one or two per day and monitor your health changes.
HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS ARE NOT REGULATED BY THE FDA
One of the best reasons to make your own turmeric supplements is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate herbal or dietary supplements or screen them for quality so manufacturers can put anything they want in the pills that you pop daily.
One review of herbal supplement use says ‘In the United States, 6 out of every 10 people use dietary supplements. For decades, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protected the public from mislabeled and unsafe products by regulating as foods those dietary supplements that included only essential nutrients. The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 included herbs as dietary supplements. When the Dietary Supplement and Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 was passed, the FDA lost its regulatory power.’
Herbs like turmeric are exempt from prescreening or any safety guidelines, quality testing, or studies that prove their effectiveness before they are released to the public. Currently, the FDA may only take action if a product poses a direct health threat and only after people have already experienced health problems as a result of taking the supplement.
What you need to know is that purchased supplements can lie about the ingredients that are actually in the supplements, what they do for your body, and can even contain substances that are harmful to your health without your knowledge. If you do choose to take a manufactured turmeric supplement, look for one that is made by nationally known food and drug companies. Check for laboratory testing on the label of the package, for example USP is an independent laboratory that tests for the ingredients of the product and examines the manufacturing facilities where they are produced.