Turmeric is an incredibly versatile spice, and it offers numerous health benefits.
Here’s what Dr. Joseph Mercola says:
“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.”
This yellow spice has an excellent anti-inflammatory effect that helps in soothing the symptoms of inflammatory arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Turmeric has also shown an ability to reduce damage in those dealing with cystic fibrosis.
The best part comes when science confirms that turmeric is more effective than common over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, like hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone, as well as Motrin. Unlike these drugs, turmeric is safe and does not cause the side effects you would get when using them.
Turmeric is an excellent antioxidant. It fights free radicals which helps in preventing dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even cancer. Scientists have found that phytonutrients in turmeric help the body destroy and prevent tumors.
“Turmeric is loaded with essential minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and calcium. It’s also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin B6 and zinc, and contains healthy amounts of vitamin C and magnesium.
While it’s improbable that someone would ingest an entire ounce of turmeric in one sitting (although it would be completely safe), the nutritional aspects listed above can be easily obtained in this amount than in a teaspoon, which accounts for almost nothing. A more reasonable serving is about 1 tablespoon, which communicates excellent phytonutrients.
Research has shown that turmeric may help reduce gas and bloating, decrease congestion and improve skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. “
You have several good reasons to start using turmeric today, and we give you a few nice recipes.
- Golden Milk
- 1 tsp turmeric powder (or ½-inch fresh turmeric, minced)
- 1 tsp ginger powder (or ½-half inch fresh ginger, minced)
- 2 cups milk
- A pinch of black pepper
- Honey to taste
Pour the milk into a pan, and heat it up. Add the spices once you notice the steam. Simmer for a minute and let it cool for 10 minutes. Strain, and enjoy your warm milk.
- Turmeric Water With Black Pepper
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp olive oil (optional)
Stir the ingredients into a glass of water, and drink your spicy turmeric water.
- Turmeric Smoothie
- ½-inch piece of fresh turmeric (or 1 tsp. turmeric powder)
- ½ banana
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
Blend everything together and enjoy your smoothie.
- Turmeric Latte
- 1 tbsp turmeric root, freshly grated
- 1 tbsp ginger root, freshly grated
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Raw honey to taste
- A pinch of black pepper (optional)
Warm up the milk, and add your ingredients, but leave the honey aside. Bring the milk to a boil, and turn the heat on low. Simmer for 5 minutes. Let it cool for 5 minutes, and strain. Sweeten your milk with honey, and it is ready for you.
- Turmeric Tea
- 1-2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp fresh ginger root
- A pinch of clove powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- A pinch of nutmeg powder
- 1-2 cups water
- Raw honey to taste
- A pinch of black pepper, freshly ground (optional)
Bring the water to a boil, and stir in the rest of your ingredients, except for the honey. Turn the heat on low and simmer for another 10 minutes. Strain the liquid and add honey.
Each of these recipes contain a healthy fat and black pepper. You need these two ingredients to optimize the effect of your turmeric.
Feel free to add turmeric to savory dishes with meat, potatoes and cauliflower. It works great in sautés with onions, broccoli, carrots or bell peppers. Chefs like to add it creamy vegetable dips, sauces, and egg salads.
Source: Healthy Food House