Commonly known as the “golden spice”, turmeric has been here since forever. With its unique yellow color and a long list of healing properties, turmeric is one of the healthiest spices on the planet.
It is available in the form of extract, powder, tea, and capsules. The best thing is that it is affordable and available to everyone.
For centuries, turmeric has been used in the Asian culture as a natural remedy for treating different health problems.
The effectiveness of turmeric is due to its active compound curcumin that offers powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, and antimutagenic properties.
Many studies suggest that turmeric has the ability to relieve arthritis symptoms and reduce inflammation. It is recommended to take 400-600 milligrams of turmeric, 3 times a day to get a relief.
Furthermore, turmeric is an excellent source of vitamins C, E, and K, and calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium, copper, dietary fiber, and niacin.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Boosts the immunity
Lipopolysaccharide, a compound found in turmeric, offers potent antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. Consume it regularly to strengthen your immune system and prevent the flu and colds.
Due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric can relieve joint pain. It’s very beneficial for treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Turmeric also has antiseptic and antiviral properties that can treat skin problems and heal burns and wounds.
Protects the liver
Turmeric is a great source of enzymes that can detoxify your body and improve the function of your liver.
Turmeric has the ability to break down cholesterol and fat, responsible for heart disease.
Body weight control
Turmeric breaks down bile, the main component in dietary fat, and creates a feeling of satiety, so it is very beneficial when you are trying to lose weight.
Curcumin is the active compound of turmeric. This compound has a high content of antioxidants known for their ability to treat depression.
Also, turmeric is very helpful for digestion. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, turmeric helps your body digest food properly. Many studies suggest that turmeric can soothe gut inflammation and treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Today we have several recipes that will help you to include turmeric in your daily diet:
- Turmeric Kefir
- 1 cup of fresh Turmeric or ⅓ cup dried whole root
- 1 cup organic sugar or rapadura
- 1 gallon Filtered or Spring Water
- 1 cup of fresh Ginger
- ½ cup Water Kefir Grains
You should peel the turmeric and ginger and chop them. Bring the water to a boil then add the ginger and turmeric. Cover the pot and cook for 1 hour. Store the mixture in the fridge to cool then transfer it into a large one-gallon glass jar.
Next, you should add the rapadura, stir well and add the water kefir grains. Make sure to cover the pot and let it stand for 3-5 days. Keep the turmeric kefir in the fridge and consume it on a daily basis.
- Turmeric Tea
- ½ teaspoon fresh grated turmeric
- dash of black pepper
- raw honey (to taste)
- a squeeze of lime (to boost turmeric’s bioavailability)
- 1 cup hot water
Bring the water to a boil and add the turmeric. Simmer for 5 minutes. Eliminate from heat and strain. Add the black pepper, lime juice and honey and after 10 minutes you can consume it.
- Golden Milk
In a cup of hot milk, add 1 teaspoon of turmeric. You can also try the original recipe:
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder/fresh grated
- 1 cup coconut or almond milk
- ¼ teaspoon ginger powder/fresh grated
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- dash of cardamom
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of clove
- ¼ cup water
- 2 teaspoon raw honey
Add the ingredients in a pot and simmer for 1 minute. Pour the turmeric milk in a cup and enjoy!
- Turmeric Juice
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder or ½ inch turmeric root
- ½ lemon
- sea salt
Squeeze the lemon juice and add it into a glass. Add the other ingredients and your turmeric juice is ready!
- Turmeric Scramble
Just add turmeric to your regular scramble and there you have your perfect breakfast!
- Turmeric Soup
- 1 knuckle chopped/grated turmeric
- 4 cups veggie or organic bone broth
Bring water to a boil, and add the turmeric and broth to it. Simmer for 15 minutes then strain. Your turmeric soup is ready!
- Turmeric Smoothie
Just add turmeric to your smoothie or check out the following recipe:
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder/fresh turmeric
- 1 ½ cups frozen pineapple or mango
- ½ coconut or almond milk
- 2 tablespoon coconut flakes
- 1 teaspoon hemp seed hearts
- 1 teaspoon maca root
- dash of black pepper
Add all the ingredients in a blender and mix until you get a homogenous mixture.
Although turmeric is a natural ingredient that offers plenty of health benefits, there are certain things that you should keep in mind:
- The excessive consumption of turmeric can irritate your digestive system
- It stimulates the production of gastric acid
- Turmeric is a blood-thinner-It lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, so if you use warfarin or other blood-thinning drugs, you should not use large amounts of turmeric.
- If you are pregnant, avoid turmeric supplements since curry stimulates labor. This does not mean that you should avoid completely, but consume in moderation.
Source: Healthy Life Box