As a cancer patient I consume lots of curcumin. One of my daily supplements is high dosed liquid curcumin, I have received intravenous curcumin as well. Curcumin, the active component in turmeric, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries due to its strong antioxidant properties.
Curcumin is derived from turmeric, over the past few years, numerous studies have demonstrated that curcumin exerts several anticancer effects in various types of cancers by suppressing cell proliferation and metastasis and inducing cell death. Emerging evidence suggest that curcumin exerted its anti-cancer activities via targeting cancer stem cells of various origins. Curcumin is particularly effective against cancer stem cells, which are treatment-resistant, aggressive and tumor-initiating.
So, I think it’s a good idea to consume as much turmeric as possible, in all forms, fresh roots, dried and as supplements.
I love golden milk, which is made with turmeric and like to use turmeric a lot in cooking, but it’s fantastic in desserts as well. This is one of my favorite “supplement sneaks”, delicious creamy coconut balls with turmeric, inspired by Indian cuisine. If you are not into turmeric, basic recipe is excellent on its own, it’s just organic coconut butter and coconut oil, dried coconut flakes and vanilla. Coconut butter is sweet enough, there is no need to add any sweetener, but few drops of stevia are fantastic if you think turmeric is too overwhelming. I for my self like it and don’t mind a strong turmeric taste.
Ingredients, all organic
70g organic coconut butter
60g organic coconut oil
60g dried coconut flakes
5g ground turmeric
0,3 g black pepper
1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
0,25 tsp ground real vanilla
Few drops of stevia
*Optional, for more sweetness: 2-3 TBSP powdered erythritol
Melt coconut oil in a bain marie, add coconut butter and stir well. Add turmeric, other spices and sweeteners, then add coconut flakes. Pour into small silicone molds or scoop on a baking tray with baking paper, the “dough” is stiff enough and small “cookies” will form. Place in a fridge to set and enjoy.
Macros for one sweet, around 20g; kcal: 134, protein 0,8g, netcarbs 1g, fat 14g.
* Sometimes I crave more sweetness and add powdered erythritol – this makes the sweets very palatable, so be careful not to overeat! 😀 (and if you did, no worries, you just had a double dose of turmeric)