Turmeric is an incredibly versatile and healthy spice, and it provides excellent healing power. It has been always used as remedy in ancient civilizations.
Here’s what Dr. Mercola said:
“Ancient medicinal uses for turmeric began when it was noted as an anti-inflammatory agent, as well as helping ease a wide variety of conditions, such as jaundice, menstrual problems, blood in the urine, hemorrhaging, toothaches, bruises, chest pain, flatulence, and colic.
The name “turmeric” is derived from the Persian word for “saffron,” the neon yellow-orange hue used to make curry and yellow mustard. A domesticated plant rather than wild, India remains one of the most prominent producers of turmeric, along with Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Jamaica, and Haiti.
Turmeric has been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in Chinese and Indian medicine for millennia. Curcumin, the primary pharmacological agent in this spice, contains proven effects in this area that are comparable to over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents as well as some prescription medications. But curcumin doesn’t produce the toxic effect that synthetic drugs sometimes do, such as ulcer formation, increased bleeding and possible allergic reactions.”
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. It offers great antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anti-mutagenic and antifungal properties. It soothes inflammation and arthritis while providing healthy portion of iron, calcium, protein, copper, magnesium, dietary fiber, niacin, zinc and vitamins K, E and C.
Over 7,000 studies have supported the fact that turmeric has great healing power.
“Research has shown that turmeric may help reduce gas and bloating, decrease congestion and improve skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. More reported health benefits of turmeric include relief from joint pain, which results in reduced joint swelling and greater range of motion.
Research also suggests that turmeric may be helpful in treating inflammatory bowel diseases, lowering cholesterol levels, supporting cardiovascular health, relieving indigestion, improving liver function and even reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Lowered risk of cancer and inhibited cancer cell growth – specifically cancer of the breast, colon, prostate, lung and childhood leukemia – are also on the list of possible benefits.”
Other health benefits
Lipopolysaccharide in turmeric is a strong antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial effect. Use it regularly to boost your immunity and prevent the symptoms of cold and flu.
- Healthy heart
Turmeric has the power to reduce the risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, and break down fats.
- Protects liver
Enzymes give turmeric its power to flush out toxins.
- Heal wounds
Turmeric is an antiviral and antiseptic agent. It aids in the healing of wound, burn and cuts. This spice is also effective in the treatment of different skin conditions.
Use turmeric regularly to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain.
Curcumin has a strong antioxidant power and can help those who deal with depression.
- Weight management
Turmeric promotes healthy weight loss, and keeps you full and breaks down bile.
Here are the best ways to use turmeric
- Turmeric juice
- ½ inch piece of turmeric root (or ½ tsp. turmeric powder)
- ½ lemon, juiced
- Sea salt
Mix everything in a glass, and drink your juice immediately.
- Turmeric smoothie
- 1 tsp fresh turmeric or turmeric powder
- 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
- 1 and 1/2 cups of frozen mango or pineapple
- A dash of black pepper
- 1 tsp maca root
- 2 tsp coconut flakes
- 1 tsp hemp seed hearts
Blend everything together, and enjoy your delicious smoothie.
- Golden milk
- 1 cup almond or coconut milk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp freshly grated ginger or ginger powder
- 1 tsp fresh grated turmeric or turmeric powder
- 2 tsp raw honey
- A dash of cinnamon
- A dash of cardamom
- 1/4 cup water
- A dash of clove
Simmer the ingredients in a pot, and transfer the liquid into a glass. Enjoy your delicious milk.
- Turmeric soup
- 4 cups organic bone or veggie stock
- Some grated ginger
- Boiled water
Combine everything together, simmer for 15 minutes, strain, and enjoy your soup.
- Turmeric tea
- ½ tsp grated turmeric
- A squeeze of lime
- A dash of black pepper
- Raw honey
- 1 cup of hot water
Bring the water to a boil, and add in your turmeric. Simmer for 5 minutes, take the pot off the heat, and stir in the rest of the ingredients. Drink your tea after 10 minutes.
- Turmeric kefir
- 1 cup of rapadura or organic sugar
- ½ cup water kefir grains
- 1/3 cup dried whole root (1 cup of fresh turmeric)
- 1 cup fresh ginger
- 1 gallon spring water
Peel and chop your roots. Add them the boiling water, and simmer for an hour. Turn the heat off, and let it cool at room temperature. Transfer the liquid into a large jar, add in your kefir grains, and keep it in your fridge. Use it after 3-5 days.
- Turmeric scramble
Add some turmeric to your scrambled eggs, and enjoy your delicious breakfast.
These are some of the greatest ideas to use turmeric. Have fun trying them!
Source: Healthy Food House