Turmeric – it’s gold

I subscribe to lots of newsletters and podcasts. Too many truth be told. But I peek at them and then decide if it’s worth my time.

Today I got a newsletter from the Interconnected series produced by the Urban Monk. This one is so good I want to share the info with you.

Now I have written about turmeric before. However, it’s worth a revisit. And there’s some new recipes and ideas.

So – here’s some snippets :

What Is Turmeric?

“A root is a flower that disdains fame” – Khalil Gibran

Take a peek in your pantry. Chances are, you have a shaker of turmeric sitting among the other spices. But what is this rusty orange powder and why has it been so revered for centuries? Are the health benefits of turmeric still as potent today as they were thousands of years ago?

Let’s take a look at the secrets of its ancient past and uncover just what it is about this ragged rhizome that keeps us coming back for more.

Ancient Roots Recap

Turmeric [TER-muh-rihk] is the root of a tropical plant closely related to ginger. It is famed for its bitter, pungent flavor, and intense yellow-orange hues. The yellow chemical called curcumin gives it this color.

Turmeric powder is the main spice in curries and other Southeast Asian dishes. On top of that, it’s also one of the most well-known spice used for medical purposes.

Timeline: 600 B.C.

For over 5,000 years, turmeric has been used throughout India and Asia for culinary purposes and perfume. Historically, both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine have celebrated the healing powers of turmeric, too.

Whether for the blood purification of poisoned kings, or opening up the three body meridians (liver, lungs, and heart), this illustrious root has been sought after for centuries. Today, its superpowers are comparable to the strength of many medications.

What is Ayurvedic medicine? Ayurveda, or Ayurvedic medicine, is an ancient holistic way of healing developed in India 3,000 years ago. It focuses on creating a balance in mind, body, and spirit for healing.

What Is Turmeric Good For?

1. Acts as an Anti-Inflammatory Agent for Joint Pain and Muscle Aches

The active ingredient or component in turmeric is the flavonoid curcumin, a revered king of anti-inflammatories. Its ability to insert itself inside the cells that aren’t working effectively and amplify them makes it a powerful pain reliever, particularly in achy joints and muscles….

2. Fights Bacteria Causing Acne with Its Antimicrobial Properties

…Due to its tremendous antibacterial qualities, turmeric is a wondrous beauty aid in beating acne and hugely effective when applied topically as well.

Next time you need a 5-minute skin fix, try a dollop of raw honey mixed with turmeric powder for a powerful face mask.

(A word from me – it will turn your skin yellow SOOOO exfoliate and scrub it off with chickpea flour)

Pro tip: Add a dash of Frankincense oil for amplified healing benefits.

3. Helps Maintain Blood Sugar to Manage Diabetes

With over 6,000 clinical studies and research finding turmeric to be more beneficial than nearly 20 medications, it’s no wonder it is excellent in aiding blood sugar issues such as diabetes….

4. Calms Brain Inflammation Due to Anti-Inflammatory Qualities

The potent anti-inflammatory qualities in turmeric help to calm inflammation in the brain and keep the left and right hemispheres in sync leading to higher cognitive functioning. The ultimate hack in higher thinking!

5. Brings Down the Swelling in the Gut for a Healthier Digestive SystemInflammation of the gut can lead to many mishaps of the digestive tract. Adding turmeric to your diet can calm the swelling associated with many symptoms, particularly dairy intolerance and a leaky gut.

Pro-tip: Mixing freshly ground turmeric with high quality, grass-fed kefir drink is a great way to resolve milk sensitivities and replenish the gut with good guy bacteria.

6. Detoxifies the Liver to Remove Free Radicals

The super turmeric root is spectacular at supporting liver detox as it boosts the master antioxidant, glutathione and superoxide dismutase (SOD) for ultimate cellular function…

7. Cleans Arteries to Lower Cholesterol Levels

If you have plaque in your arteries, the curcuminoids in turmeric have proven to be effective in lowering both cholesterol and blood pressure. Because of this, it lowers the chances of blood clotting, keeping your blood vessels safe and lowering the risk of developing heart disease as well.

Doctor’s Orders

Supplementing turmeric into your diet is an effective way to prevent future problems and mend already existing dilemmas. But with so many turmeric options available, where does one begin?..

The answer is simple. Just begin. Adding even a little turmeric to your diet is better than nothing!

1. Drink Turmeric Shots in the Morning to Reduce Inflammation

Got a juicer? Next time you stroll through the produce aisle, grab a handful of fresh turmeric (usually located near the ginger). Add a splash of lemon and sea salt.

Pour yourself a shot glass full first thing in the morning and you will feel a spring in your step.

This is a great way to get the health benefits of turmeric in its purest form. Yet, not everyone can tolerate its bitter taste. If you can’t quite swallow a shot (even with lemon and sea salt), there are still other ways to ingest it.

2. Make a Cup of Turmeric Tea or Soup to Soothe Yourself

Steeping and then sipping your turmeric is an excellent way to uptake more nutrients. Health and fitness expert Dr. Josh Axe has a delicious turmeric tea recipe that will soothe your mind, body, and spirit.

Here are some simple turmeric recipes you can follow:

Turmeric tea:

  • Simply stir in coconut milk, water, ghee, honey, and ground turmeric in a saucepan.
  • Simmer for 2 minutes, strain the sediments, then serve in your favorite mug.

The 15-minute turmeric soup:

  • Mix a simple veggie broth with a knuckle of turmeric, scallions, and black pepper.
  • Set to simmer and 15 minutes later you have a knockout nutritional meal.

3. H20: Liquid Gold Edition

Dr. Andrew Weil, known as the father of integrative medicine, believes in the healing benefits of turmeric as well. He prefers his beverage cool and unsweetened.

Here’s his recipe:

  • Simply add a heaping ½ teaspoon of turmeric to 2 cups of boiling water.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Pair with lemon or ginger for optimal benefits.

4. Take Turmeric Supplements for Less Hassle

Taking turmeric in capsule form is the most simplistic way to gather all of the amazing benefits without the mess (turmeric definitely stains!) or in liquid form.

(From me – use as a spice to flavour curries, soups, stews. Pair it with black pepper to improve the bioavailabiolity of curcumin. Word of caution – it stains. And it’s bitter if you are heavy handed)

Raili Tanska

Colour your world yellow

14 thoughts on “Turmeric – it’s gold

  1. I’ve tried using fresh, but the colour is so potent and stains everything. Next I tried keeping a shaker of it beside the stove top to add to everything I cooked. Next I forgot about it….. as ya do! Perhaps this will help me remember.

    1. I keep a tub in the fridge of fresh turmeric I have bitzed and mixed with honey and black pepper so its ready for use. I wear disposable gloves when handling it. It’s just too good not to use!

  2. I bought powdered turmeric with the health benefits in mind but never knew how to cook with it or if the powdered turmeric was even the way to go. Which do you think is best? Powdered or fresh? Informative post. Thank you.

    1. It’s used a lot in Indian dishes, esp curries. But I do tend to add it to a lot of dishes, always with freshly ground black pepper as it improves the bioavailability of curcumin, the active compound in turmeric.
      I use both fresh and powdered. Fresh is not always readily available here. Just be mindful as it stains your hands, so wear disposable gloves.

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