The Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a root with a deep golden color and slightly bitter flavor. This spice has been becoming a trend due to the impressive properties and benefits. It has always been used in Caribbean and Indian cooking but now, have appeared in drinks and all sorts of homemade dishes.

 

This culinary spice contains an active ingredient, curcumin. Curcumin is known to have anti-inflammatory effects and has been shown beneficial in treating digestive issues. Some studies show the absorption of curcumin improves when turmeric is combined with a fat source and black pepper.

Here are some other possible benefits of turmeric:

1. Protects the heart

2. Alleviates joint pain

3. Fights diabetes and cancer

4. Functions as an antioxidant

5. Brain boosting

How To Use Turmeric:

1. Blend into smoothies or tea.

Add 1 teaspoon for a subtle flavor or 2 teaspoons for a more intense flavor. Add a source of fat (coconut oil, coconut butter) to boost the absorption.

2. Boost your soups and curries.

Add 1-2 teaspoons to a soup recipe or curry to bring warm flavor and rich colors.

3. Roast vegetables.

Toss some of your favorite fresh vegetables with some olive oil, turmeric and other spices you like! Roast at 400˚F for 30-35 minutes.

4. Golden Milk.

This is an ancient recipe that is made in a variety of ways. Typically, it is a mixture of warm milk, coconut oil, and turmeric. Other spices or sweeteners such as ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, honey or maple syrup may also be added per your preference.

5. Add to egg scrambles and frittatas.  

Mix ½ tsp of turmeric into your egg mixture before cooking. This will give it a pretty boost of color!

Turmeric is a great spice to incorporate into your diet due to its many potential benefits. However, this is not meant to cure or treat any disease. It is best to talk to your doctor or medical practitioner before starting any turmeric supplements.

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