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Anti-Inflammatory Spices | Ginger & Turmeric | Andrew Weil, M.D.

August 24, 2019

Ginger and turmeric are powerful natural anti-inflammatory
agents and you want to find out how to get more of them into you. Ginger is relatively
easy because we are familiar with that and not only can you add it as a spice to food
and you can eat crystalized ginger as a snack. One of my favorite sweet things is eating
dark chocolate with a minimum of 70 percent cocoa in it and some people find that too
bitter, I can actually eat up to 85 percent chocolate but higher than that is too bitter
for me, but sometimes if you eat chocolate with a piece of crystalized ginger, that is
a very delicious combination. You can also take powered ginger in capsules and we recommend
that to patients with inflammatory conditions. Turmeric is extremely interesting, it is really
the hottest medicinal herb studied now and a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent, anti-cancer
agent, it looks as if it reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease probably because of its anti-inflammatory
effect. Indians eat turmeric at every meal and India has the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s
disease in the world and some people think that is due to the high concentration of turmeric
there are some animal studies supporting that. That one we have more difficulty with,
but the main way we get turmeric is in the form of America yellow mustard, which is mostly
a turmeric preparation, and it has relatively little mustard in it. I used to think that
was one of the worst things America gave the world along with our bread and beer, but it
turns out it is one of the best turmeric preparations. Other than that, it’s the main thing in curry
powder and it makes curry yellow. You want to find out how to get more turmeric into
you. One of the physicians in our program was a woman from India who was a very good
cook and she suggests trying to add a level teaspoon of powered turmeric to soups and
stews and bean dishes. She says that amount will not be a difficult flavor and it goes
very well so that is one thing to try.


  • Reply Salmo Jack July 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks for these health ideas

  • Reply xDLXSFx July 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I put turmeric and shredded ginger root in my eggs every morning! Combinations are endless.
    Dont forget about bromelain in pineapples which are also anti-inflammatories!

  • Reply valnaples July 10, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Awesome as always Doctor Weil!!!! I add turmeric to my (canned) salmon salad ALONG with ground black pepper!!! Adding the black pepper means you are adding piperine, which helps the absorption of turmeric's antioxidants. Tried adding turmeric to my homemade hummus…didn't really like it. But I agree that it's good with eggs and soups and stews like Doc says.

  • Reply xDLXSFx September 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I would suggest start small if your not familiar with turmeric/curry products, then slowly increase intake if no problems, or upsets occur. As always, moderation is key.

  • Reply Jeff Haebig February 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you… you are a model of health

  • Reply Autumn Lucas March 14, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I add tumeric to homemade chicken broth…oddly enough that idea came from the Pioneer Woman whose recipes are not what you'd call "Anti-Inflammatory"….It makes the soup a brighter yellow which is nice. Tumeric root is also available at Wholefoods in the produce section. It blends nicely in smoothies as it is sweeter than the earthier tasting powder form!

  • Reply Ronnie Mead May 10, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of tumeric over salad and add apple cider vinegar dressing–easiest way to get tumeric into diet.

  • Reply Sonja Fowler June 14, 2013 at 3:37 am

    I follow Dr. Weil's on Twitter. Also, this video is featured on my Google Blog entitled "Our Daily Bread Herbal Remedy-Turmeric the herb Curry Powder comes from". Thanks, Dr. W for enhancing my blog and providing such healthful information for the public. Check out all my herbal blogs by doing a Google search.

  • Reply MrJHEagle June 15, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Tumeric can be added to smoothies easily. Organic may be best.

  • Reply LadyArtemis62 June 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I love this guy. I have followed his ideas since 1992. He has ideas… i mean.. ulcers.. eat red peppers…. odd but works.

  • Reply Lucidvibe July 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I eat large chunks of fresh ginger multiple times a day, as if it was an apple . Amazing medicinal herb . When I first started eating it it was quite intense for sure, but you get used to it 🙂

  • Reply jityr2 August 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Tumeric prevents cancer yet it's similar to the word tumor.

  • Reply Frank C August 25, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I stir a teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of warm water and drink it each morning and

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  • Reply Lynne Gill September 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    The word is TURMERIC not TUMERIC.

  • Reply Jan Evers September 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Try to mix a 1/2 ltr hot tea with 4 teaspoons of ginger and 4 tsp of cinnamon, and 2 tsp of the turmeric (curcuma) this mixed with 10dl milk and sugar as you like… very tasty and it seems to be reducing my stomach problems..

  • Reply plutoplatters September 30, 2013 at 7:04 am

    i bet the teacher gave you A's ? didn't HE

  • Reply Lynne Gill September 30, 2013 at 7:18 am

    I posted because many people reading this will never have heard of turmeric before. Surely it's better that they learn the correct spelling from the beginning? There was no intention to judge or carp. However the incorrect spelling was being replicated so I posted the correct one. Surely the whole point of these youtube videos is to inform and educate? I've learned tons of stuff I had no idea about previously, and don't feel patronised by it .

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  • Reply Matt N December 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    follow the manjula's kitchen recipes on you tube.
    she's very unpretentious and very easy to follow.
    i've become quite a good indian cook and have a very good feel for cooking indian without even following the recipes anymore.
    turmeric and ginger are in most of her dishes.
    she's all veg, lacto-uovo, btw. she's a jain. they don't kill.

  • Reply Rebeca37 January 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I normally wake up with a blend of greens, a few spoons of sprouts and half spoon turmeric and it gives me tons of energy..

  • Reply Robert Swanepoel January 25, 2014 at 3:56 am


  • Reply purple secret Justme January 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I would like to apologize, I googled the wrong site and now since I really took my time researching the world I now know for a fact India has a very low cancer rate. I had started turmeric about a couple of weeks ago because I do believe in it. I take one tea spoon and mix with warm water and stir and stir, it is easy to get down and I now have acquired a taste for it. This is the only way I like it in warm water, how much should I have everyday, 2 teaspoons a day?? Please let me know I also have now sprinkled it on my dogs food. I was feeding them quite a bit of hamburger stew, every day a mastiff and a chiwawa, but noticed a few bumps coming out on both so I now make chicken their main ingredient with raw veg's and brown rice and apples. thanks for the information and once again I am sorry about the stupid comment I made earlier, one has to be careful what they read online. Now I know the facts

  • Reply Blind leading the Blind February 5, 2014 at 1:33 am

    This guy is always pushing some type of snake oil. 

  • Reply Terry Gascay February 26, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Thanx for the video.   I make this milky tea b4 bed.  Warm almond milk,  ginger, tumeric & cinnamon.  Add honey if you need it sweetened, but I don't add any.

  • Reply A Ben February 27, 2014 at 5:34 am

    I eat 90% dark chocolate everyday

  • Reply Elane Horhi February 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I love Dr. Weil!  He is awesome!

  • Reply Simple Living March 3, 2014 at 6:09 am

    A lot of Thai curry has turmeric too.  Great info Dr. Weil!  I have inflamed hip and I will need to take more ginger (capsules). 

  • Reply Jenna Larcon March 10, 2014 at 5:26 am

    If anyone doubts the use of adding  ginger and/or tumeric to their diet, IT WORKS! The box of oral and topical medications I've used in the past few years has increased to BOXES.  I went on a retreat several weeks ago where they left ginger out for you to use in tea and water and ginger was used in various ways like ginger elixer drinks and honestly, it changed my life.  Several skin conditions are almost completely gone.  It's improved problems I have with joint pain and I don't know why or how it works but it's even helped with digestive problems. 

  • Reply Chris AA March 10, 2014 at 5:39 am

    I wholeheartedly put my faith in plants before the medications that my doctor tried to shove down my throat for my Crohn's. The side effects of these herbs and spices are minimal (if any) compared to the very concerning side effects that come along with Sulphasalazine, Prednisone, Azathioprine, etc…
       Since I've been making ginger tea, taking Turmeric supplements, and eating Coconut Oil my symptoms have almost disappeared completely. I know that self-medicating isn't advised, but their man-made meds were not doing anything at all for my constant small bowel obstructions and other symptoms. I'll take my chances with Nature.
        Thank you very much for this great info. Subbed.

  • Reply eyeYQ2 March 15, 2014 at 6:31 am

    he too sold out Illuminati ass holes, bitch

  • Reply billthestinker March 29, 2014 at 4:35 am

    all this spice burns on the way out!

  • Reply Lady Prospero April 29, 2014 at 3:20 am

    turmerick powder , na kosou ta bende na e negoshi di hindu dilanti radulphus college 

  • Reply Billy Justus May 11, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I take turmeric & ginger capsules every day. I highly recommend them.

  • Reply Bridget Lynch June 8, 2014 at 5:19 am

    How much would be too much turmeric? We usually add it to stir frys and we make a drink with it and some other spices in coconut milk at night so we probably get about 2 -4 teaspoons per day

  • Reply David Lloyd June 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Isn't he a character from "Whoville" from the grinch?? yahoo dori, yahoo dori

  • Reply Millard Waltz August 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

    All of your videos are wonderful, but this one on the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger and turmeric was especially good. Once a week we eat an Egyptian soup made with Swiss chard from our big vegetable garden, slowly cooked for 20 minutes with a handful of rice. At the end, Turkish yoghurt and a tablespoon of turmeric complete the recipe. This light soup tastes wonderful and is probably anti-inflammatory.

  • Reply Bailey September 10, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I make smoothies every day containing ginger and turmeric….that's a good way of getting your daily dose if you're not keen on the taste in large quantities.

  • Reply Уилла Гриин September 22, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I'm into lentils, and I'll try adding the turmeric. Really helpful video. I'm a "Weilpreet" person.

  • Reply Janice Witzke October 25, 2014 at 7:55 pm


  • Reply Lars Vogel December 30, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Does ginger tea only have effect on stomach and bowel ? Its the only I have notice so far when I drink it.

  • Reply Allotmentals Allotment January 15, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    I put ginger and turmeric into smoothies every morning but my spondylitis doesnt improve 🙁

  • Reply Gaia Calls March 30, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Ginger , turmeric , lemon and sparkling water no sugar try it

  • Reply Kickass 101 May 6, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    So how much ginger…? For inflammation

  • Reply Paul Massey July 12, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I am drinking water kefir each morning for the probiotics it contains. I have just read that turmeric tea (and turmeric in general) is an antibiotic. My understanding of antibiotics (pharmaceutical) is that they kill both good and bad bacteria in the digestive tract, as well as everywhere else. The reason I have been consuming kefir is to replenish those "good" gut bacteria destroyed by previous antibiotics I have taken. Is consuming turmeric working against that intention?

  • Reply KNUCKLES July 30, 2015 at 2:49 am

    DESTROY inflimation. This is what I do. I missed two days in a row and Im paying for it.
    1 glass of warm water with 1Tsp turmeric+ 1tsp Arm and hammer baking soda. (NOT BAKING POWDER) Mixed in the water. 20'000 IU of Vitamin D3. 1'000 MG of Fish Oil.
    + a good magnesium and Zink Supp. That combination is AMAZING for ending inflimation. Of ANY kind. I think ill be adding ginger to the mix now.

  • Reply Fettle Botanical August 10, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    What a Great informative video.There's been studies that say Turmeric reduces beta amyloid plaque buildup ,which is one of the main causes of Alzheimer's disease.Let's hope more research is put into this.

  • Reply Herb Dickens October 16, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Mostly I discount Dr. Weil and his medical advice, but he is "Right ON" with his advice about ginger and turmeric!

  • Reply Christopher Nowak March 6, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    I am in the novice stages of understanding about inflammation. It took 10 months of working as a janitor for my inflammation problems became serious. If switching from Voltaren to Tumeric (like I did), make sure to not mix the two too close together.

  • Reply FeelGoodGold July 5, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I’ve recently been attempting to find precisely this type of content!

  • Reply Donna Werner July 26, 2016 at 3:53 am

    What, if any, is the benefit to making and using turmeric paste vs. fresh turmeric or turmeric powder? Should it be organic or does it matter? Thank you for your answer!

  • Reply Aint1S February 2, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    well, household member has the flu type b.

    I've been taking ginger for ever and just bought some turmeric for another purpose. Here's to praying for the best, I didn't get the flu shot.

    Wish me luck, I'm also starting in my room as well as outside to stay away. Seems as though the specific person doesn't care who gets her virus, because she wants to stay out of her bedroom with her mask off in the living room, kitchen, and the entire house in general.

  • Reply andyv123 February 19, 2017 at 4:33 am

    85% and 90% lint dark chocolate is fab!

  • Reply Mermaid's Reel March 16, 2017 at 4:11 am

    I take a morning turmeric and ginger shot. Recipe is on my channel. It helps relieve pain and inflammation so well.

  • Reply Carbohydrate Killer June 14, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Overcoming inflammation by going to will go after the cause of your ailment instead of treating the symptoms with drugs!

  • Reply Unpopular Views June 18, 2017 at 12:24 am

    You can get turmeric powder for less than $3 on thrive market

  • Reply Chinmay Patel June 24, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Really very helpful video but one can also try this >>> Only the Correct Blend of Turmeric, Curcumin, and BioPerine can create a Turmeric Supplement that gives you everything you need to fight the dangers of Inflammation >>>

  • Reply BIG- L September 16, 2018 at 12:26 am

    Easiest way to get it into your system is juice it

  • Reply Amnon Obed' El September 28, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    Turmeric milk is very good , a little turmeric and honey added to grassfed organic milk is a tasty treat.

  • Reply Gloria Hester November 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

    What kind of jobs does India have?

  • Reply Samara November 25, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    I like turmeric tea with lemon 😊

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  • Reply Barristan Selmy May 15, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Tumeric is fucking awesome

  • Reply Max Z May 15, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    You know when a Doctor is good?

    When he/she is healthy at advanced age. Cheers Dr. Weil.

  • Reply WysteriaGuitar May 24, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Is it possible to overdose on turmeric and ginger? – I mean, how much can I take a day for neck pain/neuropathy?

  • Reply Curcumin Wonder July 11, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Try out Curcumall – a liquid extract of Turmeric and Ginger with concentrated Curcumin. FInd out more at

  • Reply yves2075 July 17, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    "very low rate of Alzheimer in India". Alzheimer is *rare before 65*, and life expectancy in India being 68… no wonder. Just wondering, not trolling, still being addicted to your presentations!

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