There’s a reason Turmeric is a trendy spice these days. It is a multi-purpose seasoning with wide-ranging healing powers and health benefits. The main active compound in turmeric is called “curcumin,” and you may see supplements called either turmeric or curcumin. It’s a golden spice that blends nicely with many other spices, such as ginger and cinnamon.
I caught an unwelcome sinus cold this week, right after the holidays. The weather on the East Coast is brutally cold and the holidays usually wipe me out. Stress also doesn’t help. However, I turned to a wonderful organic Turmeric & Ginger Tea that I’ve been sipping around the clock for the last several days. I even tried a pouched egg in Turmeric, which was delicious. I posted it on my Instagram. In nutrition school, I learned all about Ayurvedic medicine, the ancient holistic healing system from India. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years. Research is still being conducted into the anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties of this spice. Lets take a look at all the awesome benefits of Turmeric and how you can learn to add it into your daily life.
Health benefits of turmeric:
- Cancer prevention: In countries where high amounts of turmeric are incorporated into a regular diet, there is a lower incidence of some types of cancer. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, may prevent precancerous cells from developing into cancer.
- Fighting inflammation: Many modern-day diseases, such as heart disease, are at least a partial result of chronic inflammation. The curcumin in turmeric helps against inflammation.
- Warding off arthritis: Given its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin can be as or more effective than regular prescription drugs in treating arthritis or any other inflammation of the joints.
- Anti-aging properties: The curcumin in turmeric is rich in antioxidants, which acts as a defense against aging free radicals. On top of this, it stimulates production of antioxidants within our bodies.
- Safeguarding brain health: Low levels of a brain hormone (called brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which is linked to brain disorders and certain psychological imbalances, can be elevated by curcumin.
- Relieving skin conditions: Turmeric’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are great for your skin.
Turmeric recipe ideas:
- Golden honey: Add a tablespoon of turmeric to 100 grams of raw honey and mix thoroughly. This has an antibiotic effect, which can be used to offset colds and flu.
- Turmeric chai: Although it may seem like a far cry from its traditional use in curries, turmeric lends itself to soothing drinks that the whole family can enjoy. A basic recipe for the tea is to simmer a teaspoon of turmeric with three cups of water for ten minutes. You can experiment with other spices such as cinnamon or ginger to add more taste and added health benefits. Or find a fabulous tea like I did!!
- Enhance other flavors: As turmeric has a mild taste, you can add it to many dishes, sauces, and smoothies. It compliments spices such as ginger, garlic, cinnamon and black pepper. Your creativity is the limit. Start first with a pinch and adjust to your taste… its sooo easy!!
- Spice up soups: Half a teaspoon of turmeric can enliven most soup recipes, giving a lovely color and hint of flavor. Again, super easy.
- Healing facial: You can use turmeric to make a wonderful facial that can help heal acne and eczema. Mix a teaspoon of turmeric with two tablespoons of chickpea or oat flour, and yogurt. Spread on your face and relax for twenty minutes before washing off.
You can buy turmeric either in its original form, which is a root smiliar to ginger, or already powdered. Keep the fresh root wrapped in paper towels in an air-tight container, and protect ground turmeric from direct sunlight.
Start enjoying the health benefits of turmeric today!