Turmeric shots support your immune system, fight fatigue, and are packed with vitamins that promote health.
You don't need to buy expensive prepackaged turmeric shots when they're so easy to make at home.
I'll show you how to make this super immune booster in a blender or a juicer - using raw turmeric root, or turmeric powder.
Few ingredients boast the remarkable versatility and wellness-promoting properties of turmeric. Celebrated for centuries for its vibrant color and distinct flavor that works so well in so many dishes, turmeric holds a treasure trove of potential health benefits that extend far beyond the kitchen.
Introducing the latest trend in wellness: turmeric shots. These concentrated elixirs pack a powerful punch, merging the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant prowess of turmeric with the enhanced absorption provided by black pepper.
As the flu season approaches, there's no better time to fortify your defenses and nurture your well-being.
💡What Is Turmeric Good For?
Turmeric is a popular spice derived from the root of the Curcuma longa plant. Here are some potential health benefits of fresh turmeric root:
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Curcumin is known for its strong anti-inflammatory effects. It helps reduce inflammation and provides relief from conditions like arthritis, joint pain, and other inflammatory disorders.
- Antioxidant Support: Curcumin has antioxidant properties, which means it helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. This antioxidant activity contributes to various health benefits, including anti-aging effects.
- Pain Relief: Due to its anti-inflammatory nature, turmeric may provide natural pain relief for conditions like osteoarthritis and muscle soreness.
- Digestive Health: Turmeric has been used to support digestion. It may help alleviate digestive discomfort and promote a healthy gut by stimulating bile production and improving overall digestive function.
- Heart Health: Curcumin may have cardiovascular benefits by improving blood vessel function, reducing oxidative stress, and promoting a healthy lipid profile.
- Brain Health: Some studies suggest that curcumin could support brain health by crossing the blood-brain barrier and potentially helping to clear plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. It may also have neuroprotective effects.
- Cancer Prevention: Curcumin's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have led to research on its potential role in cancer prevention. It may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells and prevent the spread of tumors.
- Skin Health: Turmeric's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can contribute to healthy skin. It may help reduce acne, improve skin tone, and promote a youthful appearance.
- Immune System Support: Curcumin's immune-modulating effects may help support the immune system's response to various challenges and stressors.
- Weight Management: Some research suggests that turmeric may assist in weight management by improving metabolism and potentially reducing inflammation related to obesity.
🩺What Are The Benefits Of Turmeric Shots?
So, if fresh turmeric has so many health benefits, why should you take turmeric shots? Here's a few reasons turmeric shots will benefit you:
Enhanced Absorption with Black Pepper
Turmeric shots include black pepper. Black pepper contains piperine, a compound that enhances the absorption of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric. This synergistic combination improves the bioavailability of curcumin, ensuring that your body can more effectively reap the benefits of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Convenient Concentrated Dose
Turmeric shots offer a concentrated and convenient way to consume the health benefits of turmeric. While incorporating turmeric into meals is beneficial, shots provide a potent dose in a small volume, making it easy to incorporate into your daily routine without the need for elaborate meal planning.
Quick and Efficient Delivery
With turmeric shots, the active compounds are rapidly delivered to your system. This is particularly useful for those seeking immediate relief from inflammation or those who want to support their immune system efficiently.
Digestive Comfort and Gut Health
The combination of turmeric and black pepper in a concentrated form may provide digestive support beyond what is typically experienced with whole turmeric consumption. The black pepper aids in digestion, while the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric can soothe the digestive tract and promote overall gut health.
You only need three simple ingredients to make turmeric shots.
- Turmeric Root (Or Turmeric Powder): Raw turmeric can be found in the chilled section of most grocery stores. The most potent and effective turmeric shots are made with the raw root. However, if you can't find any, I'll give you an alternative recipe that uses turmeric powder.
- Oranges: You'll need two oranges, and either an electric or hand juicer. Alternatively, you can use a high quality orange juice (not from concentrate.)
- Pepper: Pepper is an important component in turmeric shots. It contains an element called piperine that allows the body to absorb turmeric and use it effectively. In fact, it increases the bioavailability by 2000%! Use a simple ground black pepper. The orange juice will overpower any peppery flavor.
👨🍳How To Make Turmeric Shots With A Juicer
- Scrub the turmeric root to remove any dirt. Peel the oranges.
- Run them both through the juicer and add the black pepper. Stir to combine. Tip: If you have leftover pulp, freeze it in an ice cube tray, and add the frozen turmeric to your smoothies.
- If you're decanting your turmeric shot into bottles, you can do that now.
👨🍳How To Make Turmeric Shots In A Blender
- Peel and chop the turmeric root. If you're using fresh oranges, peel those and juice them using a hand juicer. Alternatively, use a quality store bought orange juice.
- Add the chopped turmeric and orange juice to a blender and blend until the turmeric is finely chopped. This works best in a high speed blender, but really any blender will do.
- Pass the juice through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove any bits that didn't get fully blender in. Stir in the black pepper.
- Decant your turmeric shots into bottles (if using).
👨🍳Turmeric Shots From Powdered Turmeric
- Put 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric, the juice of two oranges and ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper into a clean jar.
- Shake to combine all the ingredients.
💡Variations On Turmeric Shots
There's numerous things you can add to your turmeric shots for added flavor and health benefits. Here's a few suggestions:
Turmeric Ginger Shots
- Ingredients: 1-inch piece of turmeric root, 1-inch piece of ginger, 1 lemon, a pinch of black pepper.
- Method: Juice the turmeric, ginger, and lemon together. Add a pinch of black pepper for enhanced absorption. This variation combines the anti-inflammatory benefits of both turmeric and ginger.
Turmeric & Apple Spice Shots
- Ingredients: 1 small turmeric root, 1 apple, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch of black pepper.
- Method: Juice the turmeric root and apple. Stir in the cinnamon and a pinch of black pepper. The warmth of cinnamon complements the earthy turmeric flavor.
Turmeric Cayenne Shots
- Ingredients: 1-inch piece of turmeric root, a pinch of cayenne pepper, 1 lime.
- Method: Juice the turmeric root and lime together. Stir in a pinch of cayenne pepper for a spicy kick. Cayenne pepper's heat pairs well with turmeric's warmth.
Tropical Turmeric Shots
- Ingredients: 1-inch piece of turmeric root, 1 cup pineapple chunks, ½ orange, a pinch of black pepper.
- Method: Juice the turmeric root, pineapple, and orange together. Add a pinch of black pepper. This variation offers a sweet and tangy twist on traditional turmeric shots.
After preparing your turmeric shots, it's important to store them properly to maintain their potency and flavor. Place the prepared shots in airtight glass containers, such as small glass bottles or jars with secure lids.
Store the turmeric shots in the refrigerator at a temperature of around 35°F to 40°F (1.7°C to 4.4°C). The cool temperature helps slow down the degradation of the active compounds in turmeric and preserves their beneficial properties.
Turmeric shots can typically be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 5 days. After this time, the potency of the active compounds, especially curcumin, might start to diminish.
Pour the shots into ice cube trays or small silicone molds. Each cube or mold should hold a single serving of the turmeric shot. Once the turmeric shots are frozen solid, remove the cubes or molds from the trays. Transfer the frozen turmeric shot cubes into an airtight freezer-safe container or resealable freezer bags.
When you're ready to use a frozen turmeric shot, simply remove a cube or portion from the container. Thaw the shot by placing it in the refrigerator or allowing it to sit at room temperature for a short period. Shake the thawed shot to ensure the ingredients are well-mixed before consuming.
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🙋Frequently Asked Questions
Turmeric shots offer a potent and convenient way to benefit from the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric. These shots, often enhanced with black pepper for better absorption, can support joint health, aid digestion, boost immunity, and provide potential relief from inflammation-related discomfort. With their concentrated nature, turmeric shots are especially useful for promoting overall well-being and providing targeted health support.
Individuals who are taking blood-thinning medications, such as anticoagulants or antiplatelet drugs, should exercise caution when using turmeric, as it can have mild blood-thinning effects. Additionally, people with gallbladder issues or those prone to kidney stones should consult a healthcare professional before using turmeric, as it might exacerbate these conditions. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also seek medical advice before incorporating turmeric into their diets due to its potential effects on hormonal regulation.
For general wellness, taking turmeric shots a few times a week can be beneficial. However, if you're aiming to address specific health concerns, such as inflammation or joint discomfort, consuming turmeric shots daily or every other day may be more appropriate. Listen to your body and consult with a healthcare professional to determine the ideal frequency based on your needs.
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- 1 2 inch piece of turmeric root * or 1 tablespoon of powdered turmeric
- 2 oranges
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper ground
Turmeric Shots With A Juicer
- Scrub the turmeric root to remove any dirt. Peel the oranges. Run them both through the juicer and add the black pepper. Stir to combine. If decanting turmeric shot into bottles, do that now.
Turmeric Shots With A Blender
- Peel and chop the turmeric root. If using fresh oranges, peel those and juice them using a hand juicer. Alternatively, use a quality store bought orange juice.
- Add the chopped turmeric and orange juice to a blender. Blend until the turmeric is finely chopped. This works best in a high speed blender, but any blender will do.
- Pass the juice through a fine sieve or cheesecloth to remove any bits that didn't get fully blender in.
- Stir in the black pepper. Decant your turmeric shots into bottles (if using).
Turmeric Shots From Turmeric Powder
- Put 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder, the juice of two oranges and ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper into a clean jar.
- Shake to combine.
- Pregnant women should not consume turmeric shots.
- Store in a clean container in the fridge. Consume within 7-10 days.