Written by Amanda Gilles, RD
The mention of turmeric probably brings to mind thoughts of flavorful curries, and it should, as this spice is a common ingredient within Indian cuisine. The warm, bitter taste of turmeric is used frequently to flavor/color curry powders, mustards, and cheeses. Not only does this spice add a certain delicious factor to various recipes, it also brings a roundhouse punch with nutrition!
The distinctly flavored, bright yellow spice has long been used to treat various ailments. It has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits and can be just as beneficial as ibuprofen when it comes to reducing pain. It has been shown to have anti-tumor effects, helping to prevent various types of cancer. The spice is also beneficial in lowering cholesterol, specifically by reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol. This will reduce risk of plaque build-up and atherosclerosis, which can block arteries and cause heart attacks. Let’s take a look at some additional reasons why you might want transition turmeric from the spice rack to the medicine cabinet!
(Alzheimer’s disease, depression). Turmeric contains a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer's disease.
Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds! These include six different COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation). Turmeric contains curcumin – a component known for its healthful effects. Curcumin is a complex and powerful, anti-inflammatory nutrient, and studies have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms with regular curcumin consumption.
(stomach pains, diarrhea, gas, bloating, heartburn) Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, which can improve digestion and reduce bloating and gas. It also has been shown to lower the rate of relapse in those with ulcerative colitis. Plus it is thought to increase mucin content of the stomach, which can help improve an upset stomach, IBS, and colitis.
– Research suggests turmeric may have anti-bacterial and viral properties helping to kill off germs and bolster your immune system.
- Meals incorporating curry powders
- Turmeric tea
- Turmeric milk (see recipe below)
- Taking ~400-500mg twice daily.
Word of Caution:
Turmeric may interfere with blood thinning medications. As with any supplement, be sure to check with your doctor before taking.
Recipe: Turmeric Milk
A nourishing warm and boldly spiced turmeric milk with a hint of sweetness. Include this into your nighttime routine to help yourself relax, and bolster health at the same time!
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 2 cups coconut milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- small pinch of black pepper
- small pinch of grated ginger (fresh is best)
- Simply pour all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a light boil, whisk to combine ingredients. Reduce heat to low and simmer for up to 20-30 minutes.
- Poor into a mug and enjoy!
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