It’s understandable why turmeric has evolved recently from a spice you could throw anywhere on your spice rack to a pantry staple (and an increasingly popular supplement). This close relative of ginger has shown promise in defending against heart disease, cancer, and other serious health conditions aside from flavoring Indian curries and turning your wooden spoons a golden yellow color. Turmeric is a simple spice to incorporate into your life because it is reasonably priced, secure, and has a mild flavor.
Benefits of turmeric:
Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine) has used turmeric as a medicinal herb for centuries, but it has only recently become more well-known in the West. Why has popularity suddenly soared? There is growing evidence that turmeric can prevent common maladies and illnesses like joint pain and poor gut health.
The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric are among its best-studied uses, largely because of an active ingredient called curcumin. Limiting inflammation in the body is essential to lowering our risk of developing most chronic diseases and illnesses, including heart disease, autoimmune diseases, cancer, arthritis, colitis, and cognitive decline, among others.
Additionally, turmeric contains a high concentration of antioxidants that support the body’s natural defenses and shield against the harm of free radicals, which can impair immunity, brain function, and other aspects of good health. According to research, it enhances DNA repair and prevents DNA damage, and it also shows promise in the treatment of depression. Turmeric treats skin conditions, hay fever, muscle soreness, joint pain, and sore muscles.
- Turmeric Tea
Drinking turmeric tea, a traditional ayurvedic remedy that may prevent colds and ease exercise-related muscle soreness is an easy, soothing way to get a healthy amount of turmeric in your diet.
How to make it
- Mix one teaspoon of ground turmeric in a tiny saucepan with 8 to 12 ounces of water.
- boil for five minutes on medium heat.
- Take a sip throughout the day after taking the pot off the heat and stirring in 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger and black pepper.
Note: To make it into a creamy golden milk latte, swap out the water for coconut, nut, or oat milk.
- Add it to an egg or tofu scramble
Adding turmeric to savory dishes gives them flavor and color. Additionally, despite being a main component of curry powder, it is not particularly hot or spicy on its own. Add some turmeric to your eggs the next time you’re scrambling them. It’s a simple way to increase intake without overwhelming your palate!
- Whip up some salad dressing
Making a zingy, anti-inflammatory turmeric dressing that will liven up green salads and other dishes only takes five minutes. One teaspoon of turmeric powder, two teaspoons of white miso paste, two tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/4 cup of olive oil, and 1/4 cup of tahini should be thoroughly combined. Use it to marinate tofu, fish, or chicken, or toss it with a salad. It also works well as a raw vegetable dip.
- Spice up green smoothies
To start your day on a nutrient-rich note, swap your typical breakfast for a green smoothie flavored with turmeric. A few generous handfuls of leafy greens (such as spinach, arugula, kale, and similar vegetables) should be blended with some healthy fat (such as half an avocado, a heaping tablespoon of ground flaxseed, a scoop of nut butter, a tablespoon of coconut oil, or a pinch of mineral salt), your preferred liquid (such as water, coconut water, or nondairy milk), and turmeric to taste.
- Savour it in soups
Turmeric is a great addition to a gut-soothing soup because it has been used to diagnose inflammatory bowel diseases like colitis and irritable bowel syndrome6. Use organic chicken bone broth or vegetable broth as the base for your favorite soup recipe and gradually add turmeric, stirring and tasting until the flavor is just right. Vegetables are a great way to increase antioxidant content. (Turmeric and pumpkin pair particularly well.)
- Snack on spiced nuts
Even though walnuts are an amazing good source of healthy fats for the brain (their shape should tell you that), adding turmeric makes them even better. A few handfuls of raw walnuts should be added to the bowl along with a splash of olive oil, a generous shake of turmeric, sea salt, and black pepper, and enough to coat the walnuts thoroughly. They should be spread out on a baking sheet and baked for 5 to 10 minutes at 350°F, mixing once or twice, until lightly toasted.
There are many other ways to add turmeric to your lifestyle; leave a comment if you like this blog.