Originally Posted by ollinger
the value of taking certain nutrients in supplement form is coming into question... turmeric is a substance ayurvedic practitioners tell me is only useful when cooked, so its value as an uncooked supplement pill is uncertain, much like lycopene.
I have been putting turmeric (haldi) powder mixed with a few other spices into capsules for several years now. In the past couple of years I have started to "cook" the powder a bit before encapsulating. I add some black pepper to, hopefully, improve the bioavailablity of the turmeric. Turmeric accounts for about 1/2 of my mix -- I also include ginger (root), tulsi (holy basil), and rosemary.
To further improve the bioavailability of the turmeric capsules, I take it with lecithin and some other fats (such as olive oil, coconut oil, high-oleic safflower oil or canola oil). I usually wash it down with green tea. Supposedly green tea with turmeric has a synergistic effect.
I also add turmeric to my cooking.
I have come across some conflicting reports about lycopene. It has generally accepted that we get more from cooked tomatoes than from raw. However, a WebMD
page indicates that, "The lycopene in supplements is about as easy for the body to use as lycopene found in food.
I also came across a study from 2002 titled, "Synthetic and tomato-based lycopene have identical bioavailability in humans