2. How do you make Golden Paste?
3. How much do you take at one time?
4. Why add oil and pepper to turmeric?
5. Why does the Golden Paste have to be cooked?
6. Can you put Golden Paste in capsules?
7. How long does Golden Paste keep?
8. How much omega oils are in your kits?
What the heck is Golden Paste?Golden Paste is a combination of turmeric powder, a non-inflammatory oil such as coconut or olive oil, and freshly ground black pepper. It was developed and perfected by Dr. Doug English, an Australian veterinarian, from various turmeric paste recipes in traditional use.
In Indian cuisine, turmeric has always been used in cooked dishes along with oil and pepper. The Golden Paste is a single-ingredient combination that you can add to almost any food or beverage to mimic the way it's used in traditional Indian foods.
Please be aware that while all three ingredients of the Golden Paste have therapeutic benefits (especially if you make it with coconut oil), we absolutely do not promote it as a medication or as a substitute for any pharmaceutical medication. If you have any concerns about whether its use is appropriate for you, or if it might interact with any medications you're currently using, or any condition you suffer from, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
In addition, while adverse reactions to Golden Paste are uncommon, they do occasionally occur. The most common ones result from starting out with too much at one time (see How much do you take at one time? for the recommended amount). Stomach rumbling, bloating, gas, soft or loose bowel movements or even diarrhea can occur if you are not used to eating Indian food regularly, and if you use too much Golden Paste at first.
It's a good idea to consume more water at first. Some people (and some pets) experience increased urination. A headache may also result if you don't keep up your water intake. Turmeric is a vasodilator, and for a few people, that is a headache trigger. The vasodilator effect and the diuretic effect usually fade away after a few weeks.
"Detoxing" or "herx-ing" are common ways of referring to reactions to supplements. It's important to realize, however, that there is no such thing as detoxing, in the way the term is frequently used. Herx-ing refers specifically to the reaction caused by the die-off of large numbers of bacteria (sometimes experienced when antibiotics are taken). This should not occur when you begin to use turmeric in the form of Golden Paste.
Your liver does not store toxins, and does not need to be detoxed. It filters toxins, yes, but only in order to excrete them (usually via the kidneys). If you have an undesirable reaction to Golden Paste, and you have not exceeded the recommended starting amount, please discontinue using it, or at least reduce the amount before trying again.
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How do you make Golden Paste?It's very easy to make Golden Paste, and foolproof instructions come with every kit. But here is the condensed version.
- Put 1 cup water in a small saucepan, and set aside another cup in case more is needed.
- Add 1/2 cup powdered turmeric and stir well over low heat.
- Bring to a boil, and then adjust the heat to keep it at a simmer (low boil) for 7-8 minutes. It should not splatter. If it does, turn the heat down some more. It should have a bubble every second or so. Add more water if necessary, to keep the paste from becoming too thick.
- Allow the mixture to cool until it's just warm to the touch.
- While it's cooling, grind enough peppercorns to make 2-3 tsp ground pepper (about 7 grams), and measure out 1/3 cup oil.
- When the turmeric and water mixture has cooled, add the oil and pepper and stir thoroughly. If you don't stir enough, the oil may begin to separate after the paste goes into the refrigerator. If that happens, just stir again before using.
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How much do you have at one time?Start out with a very small amount, 1/4 tsp or less, in or at least with food.
Turmeric aids gut motility (movement). Starting out with too much may provoke very soft bowel movements or even diarrhea. Some people may have stomach rumbling or gas (farting).
Having it in food means that your stomach and intestines are prepared and ready to digest it along with the rest of your meal or beverage. Many people enjoy Golden Paste in coffee or tea, or in smoothies or juice (orange juice and V8 seem to be two favorites). Stir it or swirl the cup or mug while you drink it, so the paste doesn't sink to the bottom.
Golden Paste is tasty in eggs, in pasta or rice dishes, in soups, stews and casseroles. It virtually disappears in more strongly flavored recipes such as chili, spaghetti and lasagna (check out the Recipes page for ideas).
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Why add oil and pepper to turmeric?The active compounds in turmeric will not dissolve in water, or water-based fluids like stomach acids. If it isn't dissolved in some kind of lipid (fat or oil), most of it will simply pass on through the intestinal system and be eliminated. So we dissolve it in an oil or fat before adding it to our meals. Turmeric can also be combined with ghee (clarified butter). That is a traditional fat in northern India, whereas an oil is more widely used in the south. Combining turmeric with an oil or fat allows it to be absorbed from the small intestine into the bloodstream where it can be transported to all the organs of the body.
The reason we add pepper is that curcumin (the primary active ingredient in turmeric) is converted rapidly into a form that is not as beneficial. This begins in the small intestine before the curcumin ever gets into the bloodstream. Piperine (the main active ingredient in black pepper) slows down that conversion so that more is available to enter the bloodstream. It also allows the turmeric to stay active in the body for much longer
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Why does the Golden Paste have to be cooked?Like other foods with soluble starches, turmeric is not particularly digestible before it's cooked (think rice or tapioca or grits). The starches in turmeric dissolve in water at the boiling point (which is why the recipe says to bring the turmeric/water mixture to a boil). In that form, they break down very quickly in the stomach and small intestine, to release the curcumin and other active compounds. While it's possible to have some benefit from uncooked turmeric powder, many people have tried both methods, and find that when using the cooked golden paste, much less turmeric is needed for the same results.
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Can you put Golden Paste in capsules?
Yes and no. The moisture in the Golden Paste will dissolve both gelatin and vegetable capsules. So it isn't feasible to make capsules with the water-based mixture unless you do one of two things. You can fill a capsule and swallow it immediately before it begins to dissolve. Or you can fill a few capsules and pop them straight into the freezer. But you can also put capsule-sized blobs of the paste on a cookie sheet or plate, and freeze them without filling capsules. Some people freeze Golden Paste in the little trays that other pills come in, and some purchase silicone candy molds and fill those with pill-sized portions of Golden Paste. Feel free to come up with your own variation!
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How long does Golden Paste keep?Golden Paste must be refrigerated, and will keep for approximately two to three weeks in the refrigerator. If you think you won't use it up in that period of time, you can freeze it in small containers that will hold enough for a week or two. Or follow the suggestions above and freeze in portion size drops or in a mold.
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How much Omega oils are in your kits?Coconut oil is different from other oils in that it does not contain Omega 3 fatty acid. and only a tiny amount of Omega 6 fatty acid. It contains MCT (medium chain triglycerides), a large percentage of which is lauric acid, the same fatty acid found in human breast milk.
Olive oil's fatty acids are primarily Omega 9, which is also important in mammalian bodies. Its value in the Mediterranean diet is well established and many people prefer its taste in golden paste. It's also a good alternative to coconut oil if you or your pet is sensitive to the coconut proteins sometimes found in coconut oil.
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