Food Crush: Turmeric

So, let’s talk about one of the hottest spices around (see what I did there??) – TURMERIC.

 turmeric

This yummy little devil is:

  • An anti-inflammatory

  • An anti-oxidant

  • A liver defender

  • Anti-cancer (inhibiting tumour growth)

  • Anti-diabetic

  • Anti-microbial

  • Anti-depressant

  • Protects the heart

  • Reduces some cholesterol (VLDL and LDL) and increases the good (HDL)

  • An anti-histamine

  • Aids in digestive conditions such as ulcers, IBS, and IBD

  • Nerve and brain protective – it may help in prevention of Alzheimer’s

So there’s every reason to add it into your regime. But what are you going to add it to? Well, you can use either fresh or ground, and add it to dishes such as:

  • Stirfries

  • Soups

  • Juices

  • Smoothies

  • Porridge

  • Stews

  • Curries (obviously!)

  • Even lattes and other milky drinks with turmeric – yummy!

Some research shows that combining turmeric with a fat source and some black pepper increases the absorption.

Do you have medical issues that may warrant higher doses? Remember to consult your friendly nutritionist for a quality supplement.

Are you ready to introduce turmeric into your life? Try this simple recipe to start you off.

Turmeric Recipe: Golden Milk

There is nothing warmer than rich, earthy Golden Milk – it’s ideal for chilly days. In fact, it will warm you up your fingers and toes, and shake the chill in your bones.

Makes 1 serving

1 cup preferred milk (I love coconut milk)

1 tsp ground turmeric

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp cinnamon

Pinch of ground black pepper

Heat milk over a low heat in a pot. Add the spices, and simmer on low for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm or cold – the choice is yours.

If you want an option for work, make up a batch of the spices to keep in the kitchen.

How can you add this into your day? Share your ideas with me!

References

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dr_Louay_Labban/publication/262005934_Medicinal_and_pharmacological_properties_of_Turmeric_Curcuma_longa_A_review/links/0f3175363f6d54e64a000000.pdf

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