Belonging to the ginger family, the key to turmeric’s Super Powers (and its distinctive yellow hue), is its active compound Curcumin. The list of its medicinal and healing benefits is long but a few of these include anti-cancer properties, ability to fight infections, reduce inflammation (matching or even beating many over the counter and prescription anti-inflammatory drugs) and treat digestive problems. It’s also been proven to fight free radicals, boost moods and support the brain, cleanse the liver and protect the heart. And there are no doubt numerous other health benefits of this bright yellow spice that we are still yet to discover! Is there anything Turmeric can’t do?
If supplementing, to increase its bio-availability (meaning it’s absorbed more readily by the body), make sure your supplement contains piperine (black pepper). If it doesn’t, simply take a whole black peppercorn at the same time.
There are lots of ways you can get turmeric into your diet. Here are some of my favourite ways to spice it up!
Warm the milk on the stove for two minutes. Slowly add the spices and coconut oil whilst whisking, and whisk until well mixed. Then simply pour into a mug and enjoy! It makes a lovely pre bedtime drink!
SEASONED ROASTED VEGETABLES
Due to turmeric’s warm and spicy flavour, it goes very well with vegetables. Whether its sweet potatoes, carrots or cauliflower, simply add to some olive oil and toss the veggies in the oil before placing in a roasting pan.
Not to everyone’s taste, but adding turmeric to a smoothie is a great way to get this golden spice into your daily diet.
NOTE: Whilst turmeric is safe in the most part, a word of caution. People taking certain medications should be careful when using turmeric either in food or as a supplement as it can interfere with meds such as anti-coagulants like aspirin and warfarin. It can also affect the action of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.
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