Cooking and Heating Turmeric Enhances Nutrients

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 11/22/2021

Will cooking turmeric destroy its health benefits, or is this a myth? Find out!

Turmeric is an incredible natural remedy for inflammation and many other things. But, I have people comment that you shouldn’t heat turmeric because heat will destroy the phytonutrients. This, however, is a complete myth.

0:00 Introduction: The turmeric myth

0:18 Will heat destroy phytonutrients in turmeric?

2:25 3 powerful phytonutrients in turmeric

3:28 Share your success story!

You would think that heat would destroy all compounds. But, in the case of certain herbal remedies, heat actually seems to enhance certain phytonutrients.

In an interesting study, they tested roasting, boiling, and cooking turmeric at temperatures of 180 degrees Celcius or 356 degrees Fahrenheit for 70 minutes. They measured the total antioxidant capacity.

They found three very powerful antioxidants not only survived but were enhanced with this heat. This is called thermal degradation. It enhances the concentration and increases the solubility of certain phytonutrients.

3 powerful phytonutrients in turmeric:

1. Ferculic acid

• It’s an antioxidant

• It helps protect the skin

• It helps counter sun damage

2. 4 vinyl guaiacol:

• It enhances Nrf2 (decreases cellular stress and increases antioxidant defense mechanism)

3. Vanillin

• It’s an antioxidant

• It’s an anti-inflammatory

• It’s antimicrobial


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