Add turmeric into your everyday wellness routine
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What is turmeric?
Turmeric powder comes from the Curcuma longa plant. The deep yellow hue of turmeric comes from the curcumin in it which is also the source of a variety of healing properties. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. Studies have shown that curcumin has great anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps prevent brain and heart disease, tackle depression, prevent and reduce the spread of certain cancers and suppress pain from inflammation.
The biggest benefit of Curcumin is that it helps prevent and reduce chronic inflammation. Chronic and long term inflammation has been proven to be the leading cause of a host of diseases in the western world. These range from heart diseases, cancer, Alzheimers and arthritis to mention a few. Curcumin has been found to be a strong anti-inflammatory and helps fight inflammation at the molecular level. It helps neutralize free radicals, which are chemicals that can cause a huge amount of damage to healthy cells.
It is found to be effective treatment for gut health especially for those suffering discomfort from IBS. It helps reduce pain and stiffness for those suffering from Joint diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. It can also help prevent Heart disease as it prevents the oxidation of cholesterol in the body, thus preventing the development of plaque in the arteries which causes heart attacks and strokes. Studies have found that the curcumin in turmeric can help reduce the rate of lung, breast, colon and prostrate cancer cells as well as prevent the growth of cancerous tumours. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties also help the liver to function better with its detoxification process.
How do I consume turmeric?
Turmeric alone is not very bio-available. Studies have however proven that the addition of piperine from black pepper makes the curcumin bio-available. Hence its advised to consume black pepper along with turmeric in order to obtain its health benefits. Curcumin is also fat-soluble as well as soluble in heat and hence it can help to absorbed by the body when mixed with hot liquids or fats such as coconut oil.
Traditionally in India, turmeric is used as a spice in almost every meal. It is also used as a healthy remedy with hot milk to alleviate cough and colds. Turmeric can be added to a milk of your choice, into smoothies and juices, into curries, stir fries and as well as salad dressings. It adds a wonderful golden hue to your meals as well as to your life! The possibilities are endless and all you need is a little imagination to introduce this amazing healing spice into your life.
Here are some ideas to incorporate turmeric into your diet:
Add it to your eggs
Use a pinch of turmeric in scrambled eggs, a frittata, or tofu scramble. If you or your family are new to turmeric, this is a great place to start because the color is familiar and the flavor subtle.
Toss it in with roasted vegetables
Turmeric’s slightly warm and peppery flavor works especially well with cauliflower, potatoes, and root vegetables.
Mix it with rice
A dash of turmeric brings color and mild flavor to a pot of plain rice or a fancier pilaf.
Try it with your salad
Sprinkle turmeric into sautéed or braised greens like kale, collards, and cabbage.
Use it with soups
A bowl of vegetable or chicken soup feels even more warming when it’s tinged with golden turmeric.
Blend it in a smoothie
While fresh turmeric root is especially great in juices and smoothies, a pinch of ground spice is good, too. The slightly pungent flavor is usually well masked in smoothies.
Simmer turmeric with coconut milk and honey to make an earthy and comforting beverage. aka the pervasive and wildly popular Golden Milk.
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