Turmeric is an incredibly versatile spice, and it offers numerous health benefits.
Turmeric is one of the strongest spices ever known to mankind. It is a common ingredient in many cuisines around the world. But, it’s even more commonly used as a remedy, thanks to its healing power. There’s a growing evidence confirming its incredible power. Turmeric can replace pretty much every medication prescribed for inflammation.
Dr. Mercola explains that turmeric was first used at the very first moment people became aware of its anti-inflammatory effect. It has shown great effect in the treatment of numerous conditions, including jaundice, menstrual problems, blood in urine, hemorrhaging, toothaches, bruises, chest pain, flatulence and colic.
This yellow spice has an excellent anti-inflammatory effect that helps in soothing the symptoms of inflammatory arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Turmeric has also shown an ability to reduce damage in those dealing with cystic fibrosis.
The best part comes when science confirms that turmeric is more effective than common over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, like hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone, as well as Motrin. Unlike these drugs, turmeric is safe and does not cause the side effects you would get when using them.
Turmeric is an excellent antioxidant. It fights free radicals which helps in preventing dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even cancer. Scientists have found that phytonutrients in turmeric help the body destroy and prevent tumors.
According to Dr. Mercola, turmeric is packed with magnesium, potassium, calcium and other essential minerals. It’s also abundant in fiber, vitamin B6 and zinc, and is considered a good source of vitamin C and magnesium.
Eating an entire ounce of this spice at once is impossible, but safe. A teaspoon of turmeric won’t give you great results, so try to take at least one tablespoon.
According to researchers, turmeric reduces gases and bloating, relieves congestion and aids in treating eczema, psoriasis, acne and other skin conditions.
You have several good reasons to start using turmeric today, and we give you a few nice recipes.
- Golden Milk
- 1 tsp turmeric powder (or ½-inch fresh turmeric, minced)
- 1 tsp ginger powder (or ½-half inch fresh ginger, minced)
- 2 cups milk
- A pinch of black pepper
- Honey to taste
Pour the milk into a pan, and heat it up. Add the spices once you notice the steam. Simmer for a minute and let it cool for 10 minutes. Strain, and enjoy your warm milk.
- Turmeric Water With Black Pepper
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp olive oil (optional)
Stir the ingredients into a glass of water, and drink your spicy turmeric water.
- Turmeric Smoothie
- ½-inch piece of fresh turmeric (or 1 tsp. turmeric powder)
- ½ banana
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
Blend everything together and enjoy your smoothie.
- Turmeric Latte
- 1 tbsp turmeric root, freshly grated
- 1 tbsp ginger root, freshly grated
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Raw honey to taste
- A pinch of black pepper (optional)
Warm up the milk, and add your ingredients, but leave the honey aside. Bring the milk to a boil, and turn the heat on low. Simmer for 5 minutes. Let it cool for 5 minutes, and strain. Sweeten your milk with honey, and it is ready for you.
- Turmeric Tea
- 1-2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp fresh ginger root
- A pinch of clove powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- A pinch of nutmeg powder
- 1-2 cups water
- Raw honey to taste
- A pinch of black pepper, freshly ground (optional)
Bring the water to a boil, and stir in the rest of your ingredients, except for the honey. Turn the heat on low and simmer for another 10 minutes. Strain the liquid and add honey.
Each of these recipes contain a healthy fat and black pepper. You need these two ingredients to optimize the effect of your turmeric.
Feel free to add turmeric to savory dishes with meat, potatoes and cauliflower. It works great in sautés with onions, broccoli, carrots or bell peppers. Chefs like to add it creamy vegetable dips, sauces, and egg salads.