You’ve probably seen people in coffee shops around you consume turmeric lattes, sprinkle turmeric into their food or even take health supplements.
Have you wondered what all the fuss is about and what are the physical and spiritual benefits of Turmeric?
Once you’re aware of the benefits, it’s important to understand the differences between consuming turmeric as a powder or as capsules and answer the important question —is turmeric powder better than capsules?
Is Turmeric Powder Better Than Capsules?
It really depends on what you’re taking it for.
For general health, it’s best to sprinkle it into food or make a golden paste or golden milk.
If you have specific aches, pains and looking for a speedy recovery from workouts, or have acute inflammation, capsules are better.
Also, consider your time and budget.
Turmeric As A Powder
Turmeric comes from the plant Curcuma longa and has been consumed for centuries due to its incredible health benefits.
The root/rhizome of this plant is ground and the powder sold to consumers who enjoy adding it to their food and curries.
What’s Good (Powder)
Some obvious benefits to consuming turmeric this way are it is generally cheaper & easily available in most supermarkets or shops.
The less known benefits are that the Curcuminoids (the active ingredient that helps reduce inflammation) are lipophilic (which means they attach themselves to fats).
So consuming Turmeric as a powder in food generally means it’s almost always accompanied by fats from meals and well absorbed by the body.
What’s Not So Good (Powder)
Now that we’ve explored the good side, let’s briefly talk about the not so good things about turmeric powder.
Most turmeric powders only contain about 3–5% Curcuminoids (active ingredients) which is quite less and often not strong enough to feel the benefits.
It’s also a lot more difficult to consume turmeric powder on a daily basis because let’s face it, you can’t really put it into everything you eat, all the time.
Turmeric powders also generally tend to contain more heavy metals (such as lead) than pure extracts.
Lastly, a lot of the nutritional value of Turmeric may be lost in the cooking or baking process.
All in all, we’re quite a fan of having some freshly ground turmeric powder at our house.
Turmeric As A Capsule or Supplement
The lesser-known way to take turmeric is in the form of capsules or supplement and can be found in physical health stores like Holland and Barrett, Planet Organic or Amazon.
What’s Good (Capsule)
Capsules are a great way to consume Turmeric into your diet.
The advantage is that the Curcumin % tends to be higher than powders which mean more Curcuminoids enter your body and you get more anti-inflammatory benefits. Yay!
They’re also way more convenient than powders because there’s no mess and you don’t need to sprinkle it into your meals all the time. No more YELLOW KITCHEN TOPS!
Most capsules come with added Black Pepper which boosts absorption of Turmeric by almost 2000%. What’s not to like?
What’s Not So Good (Capsule)
It’s not all nice and rosy though, consuming Turmeric capsules can have some downsides.
Capsules generally tend to be more expensive especially the organic high-quality ones with pure Black Pepper, Ginger or other absorption enhancing ingredients.
Some people may experience mild side effects of extremely strong doses of concentrated high Curcumin, although this is very rare.
So, as we’ve seen Turmeric has strong and immense health benefits beyond just a spice.
It’s widely recognised for its heroic role in fighting inflammation and this has made it incredibly popular.
Whether you should take capsules or powder, keep this in mind.
If you’re taking it specifically for fitness and joint pains, need regular concentrated doses and prefer convenience – capsules are for you.
However, if you like the taste, taking it for general health and can deal with the mess – it’s better to take turmeric powder or prepare Golden Paste.
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