Turmeric is an ancient spice which has been used in Asia for millennia, but has only recently become popular in the west. Besides giving meals a nice flavor, turmeric has numerous health benefits as well and can easily reduce inflammation, while treating numerous digestive problems. There are more than 7000 studies which prove the incredible properties of turmeric against numerous diseases and conditions.
The incredible spice is even mentioned in the Bible – when the wise men came to visit baby Jesus, they gave him myrrh, frankincense and gold. Experts now believe that the gold was actually turmeric thanks to its amazing golden color. Turmeric has been a part of Ayurveda and Chinese traditional medicine for more than two millennia. The spice can clean the blood vessels and was used as a poison in the past. Regardless of its use, the nutritional value of the spice is why it should become a part of our diet.
In the USA, turmeric has been discovered in the last 30 years. We are constantly exposed to environmental toxins that can affect our health and wellbeing. There are more than 40 000 toxic compounds in the air, food, water, cosmetics and cleaning products we use every day, and many of them have a harmful effect on our health. Some of these compounds can disrupt the endocrine system and damage our heart, liver and kidneys. This is why it’s important to protect ourselves from these chemicals.
Even though modern medicine has advanced in the last few decades, we are now more prone to diseases than before. However, this can be reversed by having a healthy and active lifestyle, and turmeric is one of the healthiest foods we can add in our diet.
In their book “The Ayurvedic Spice Of Life”, David Frawley and Prashanti De Heger claim that turmeric possesses the following properties:
Regularly consuming turmeric can provide the following health benefits:
Supports gut health
The gut health is very important for a proper running system. There are many boosting and mood-stabilizing hormones in the gut which can prevent mood swings and other problems.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that can treat and prevent numerous diseases and conditions. According to Dr. Mercola, “Turmeric has been used in the Chinese and Indian medicine as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent for millennia. Curcumin, the active compound in the turmeric, can provide almost the same effects as the prescription medications and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents, and the best thing about this spice is that it does not have any side effects that synthetic drugs sometimes do such as internal bleeding, ulcer formation, and lowered white blood cell count.”
Promotes mental health
Turmeric has powerful neuroprotective properties that can clear your mind and improve your focus. Some experts claim that it can also prevent neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, depression, epilepsy, etc.
Here are 7 easy ways to use turmeric ever day:
- Turmeric kefir
Add a teaspoon of turmeric in a cup of kefir and drink the mixture to improve your overall health.
- Turmeric juice shot
1 teaspoon of turmeric
½ a lemon
Squeeze the lemon first, then mix the juice with the other ingredients in a blender and drink the mixture.
- Turmeric soup
A piece of turmeric (grated)
4 cups of organic bone or vegetable broth
Simmer the broth and turmeric for 15 minutes, then add some black pepper to increase the bioavailability of turmeric.
- Turmeric tea
1 cup of hot water
½ a teaspoon of grated turmeric
A pinch of black pepper
A squeeze of lime
Organic honey to taste
Boil the water in a pot first, then add the turmeric and simmer on low heat for 5 minutes. Next, strain the tea and leave it to cool down, then add the other ingredients and enjoy!
- Golden milk
1 teaspoon of organic turmeric powder
¼ of a teaspoon of freshly grated organic ginger powder
1 cup of organic coconut milk
2 teaspoons of organic honey
¼ of a teaspoon of vanilla
A pinch of clove
A pinch of cinnamon
A pinch of cardamom
¼ of a cup of water
The preparation couldn’t be easier – just mix all the ingredients in a pot and simmer the mixture for a minute or two.
- Turmeric scramble
Make scrambled eggs and add a pinch of turmeric on them.
- Turmeric smoothie
1 of teaspoon organic turmeric powder
2 tablespoons of coconut flakes
1 teaspoon ofmaca root
½ a teaspoon of organic coconut milk
A pinch of black pepper
1 ½ cups of frozen pineapple or mango
1 teaspoon of hemp seeds
Just mix all the ingredients in a blender and your turmeric smoothie is prepared!
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