Turmeric is one of the natural miracles, also known as the “golden spice”, due to its distinctive, yellow color. The product you see in stores is actually made off ground turmeric roots, and we bet that you love its rich yellow color. Did you know that many cultures use turmeric as a dye?
The yellow powder is a basic ingredient in your favorite curry powder, and gives its mouth-watering aroma. Today, turmeric is available in capsules, tea, powder and extract. The good thing about it is the fact that turmeric is available to everyone.
The spice has been commonly added to meals in the Asian cooking for centuries and is believed to have been used as a natural medicine for millennia. It is also said to have been the “gold” given to the baby Jesus by the wise men.
The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, gives its awesome power. Although turmeric is rich in numerous compounds, curcumin gives its greatest power. That’s why this yellow spice is a favorite remedy in Ayurvedic therapies, and it’s one of the pillars in traditional Indian system of healing.
The power of turmeric is due to its beneficial compounds, and it offers strong antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, and antifungal properties.
Scientists confirm that turmeric reduces inflammation, and has the power to relieve arthritis symptoms. The Arthritis Foundation recommends that sufferers take capsules of 400-600 milligrams of turmeric three times a day for a major relief. It may seem like using too much, but turmeric can actually help you a lot.
It is a rich source of potassium, magnesium, protein, calcium, copper, zinc, iron, niacin, dietary fiber, vitamins C, E, and K.
These are some of the health benefits of turmeric:
Boosts the immunity
Turmeric also contains lipopolysaccharide, an ingredient with strong antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects, so its regular consumption will boost the immune system, and prevent the flu and colds.
Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, that relieve joint pain, and help in the case of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
The potent antiseptic and antiviral properties of turmeric treat skin conditions and heal wounds and burns.
Protects the liver
Turmeric detoxifies the body, due to the high amounts of enzymes it contains, and thus helps the function of the liver.
Turmeric breaks down fat and cholesterol, which often cause heart diseases.
Body weight control
Turmeric breaks down bile, the main component in dietary fat, and creates a feeling of satiety, so it is very beneficial when you are trying to lose weight.
Curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric, is high in antioxidants, that successfully treat depression.
If you need any help with your digestion, turmeric is the thing for you. Did you know that this is the main reason turmeric became part of the popular curry powder?
It’s both tasty and healthy. Turmeric helps your body digest food properly due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential. Healthy digestion matters, so try to add more turmeric to your menu.
Ayurvedic practicants use turmeric as a digestive healing agent. Scientists have confirmed that turmeric soothes gut inflammation and provides digestive efficacy. It’s also an efficiant remedy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
We suggest several recipes that will help you increase the intake of this healthy spice:
1. Turmeric Kefir
- 1 cup of fresh Turmeric or ⅓ cup dried whole root
- 1 cup organic sugar or rapadura
- 1 gallon Filtered or Spring Water
- 1 cup of fresh Ginger
- ½ cup Water Kefir Grains
Peel the ginger and turmeric, and chop them. Pour the water into a pan and bring it to boil. Then, add the ginger and turmeric to the water, cover the pot, and cook for an hour.
Afterward, put the mixture in the fridge to cool, and then just pour it into a large one- gallon glass jar.
Add the rapadura, stir, and add the water kefir grains. Cover the jar, and leave it to sit for 3-5 days. After this time, store the turmeric kefir in the fridge and you can freely consume it daily.
2. Turmeric Tea
- ½ teaspoon fresh grated turmeric
- dash of black pepper
- raw honey (to taste)
- a squeeze of lime (to boost turmeric’s bioavailability)
- 1 cup hot water
Boil the water, and add turmeric. Simmer for 5 minutes, remove the pot from the heat, and strain. Add the honey, lime juice, and black pepper, and after 10 minutes, it is ready for consumption.
3. Golden Milk
You can simply add a teaspoon of turmeric to your cup of hot milk, or try the original recipe:
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder/fresh grated
- 1 cup coconut or almond milk
- ¼ teaspoon ginger powder/fresh grated
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- dash of cardamom
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of clove
- ¼ cup water
- 2 teaspoon raw honey
In a pot, mix all the ingredients listed above, and simmer them for a minute. Then, just pour the turmeric milk in a cup, and enjoy.
4. Turmeric Juice
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder or ½ inch turmeric root
- ½ lemon
- sea salt
Squeeze the lemon to get its juice, and pour it into a glass. Add the turmeric and salt, and enjoy it.
5. Turmeric Scramble
All you have to do is to add this spice to your regular scramble and enjoy it for breakfast.
6. Turmeric Soup
- 1 knuckle chopped/grated turmeric
- 4 cups veggie or organic bone broth
Boil some water, and add the broth and turmeric to it. Simmer for 15 minutes, strain, and enjoy your turmeric soup.
7. Turmeric Smoothie
You can simply add turmeric to your smoothies, or try the recipe below:
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder/fresh turmeric
- 1 ½ cups frozen pineapple or mango
- ½ coconut or almond milk
- 2 tablespoon coconut flakes
- 1 teaspoon hemp seed hearts
- 1 teaspoon maca root
- dash of black pepper
Mix all the ingredients in the blender, until you get a homogeneous and smooth mixture. Enjoy!
Turmeric is all natural, but there’re a few things you have to take into consideration.
The yellow spice can irritate your digestive system when consumed in large amounts. This is the case of some cancer patients, as they had to stop taking turmeric due to their digestive issues. Turmeric stimulates the production of gastric acid, so try to take this into consideration.
Turmeric is also a blood-thinner. As mentioned before, turmeric lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, which is why experts believe that this power comes as a result of its blood-thinning properties. Don’t use large amounts of turmeric if you use warfarin or other blood-thinning drugs.
Curry stimulates labor, so try to avoid turmeric supplements if you’re pregnant. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to cut it out of your diet.