Turmeric isn’t just a food (or at least a spice of some sort). It can also be an herbal wonder. Yes, in fact, it is one of the most versatile spices in the world.
As a healing food, turmeric is known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties and is proven extremely beneficial for a number of conditions.
Turmeric’s properties come from its active ingredient curcumin and there have been more than 7000 peer reviewed scientific journals proving its amazing health benefits.
Just a glass of warm turmeric water can go a long way! Just a teaspoon of turmeric powder on a glass of water will do!
Need some more convincing reasons? Here, read on!
The Amazing Health Benefits of Turmeric
1. Curcumin Eases Arthritis
A study conducted in 2012 revealed that curcumin (an active ingredient in turmeric) has a stronger effect than diclofenac in patients suffering from arthritis. It reduced the swelling and joint pain much faster.
2. Helps Manage Diabetes
The Auburn University conducted a study which was published in 2009 in the Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications which showed that turmeric can reverse type 2 diabetes.
Chronic inflammation can cause a number of diseases. Hmmm, fortunately, turmeric has proven to be even more effective in fighting inflammation than anti-inflammatory drugs. What a wonder, right?
4. Improves digestion
Regular consumption of turmeric improves bile flow and digestion. Healthy digestion is important in maintaining a terrific digestive and colon health.
5. Protects your liver
Turmeric protects your liver from toxic damage and has regenerative properties when it comes to damaged liver cells. Indeed, turmeric is good for your liver. As mentioned, it also stimulates bile flow, speeds up the gallbladder, and reduces enlarged hepatic ducts. It improves overall digestion.
6. Brain health
Numerous research have revealed a connection between cognitive disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s and lower levels of a type of growth hormone, known as Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF).
Curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, has a positive effect on this growth hormone, which consequently means that it can preserve your cognitive functions and reverse certain cognitive diseases.
7. Alkalizes the body
Turmeric is alkaline in nature. An alkaline environment prevents the proliferation of cancer cells. Imagine the effect of consuming turmeric water every day. Imagine what a positive effect it has on your entire body.
8. Cardiovascular health
Curcumin unclogs your arteries from the arterial build up and prevents blood clots very efficiently, which promotes your overall cardiovascular health.
According to a study from 2011 published in The Journal Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin and conducted by a team of scientists from the Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences in Japan turmeric can improve cardiovascular health and reverse autoimmune heart diseases.
They conducted an experiment in which male rats were injected with an autoimmune heart disease and were then given turmeric supplements. Their health was significantly improved in little over three weeks after just being treated with turmeric supplements.
9. Prevents aging
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and eliminates free radicals, the two major reasons for premature aging, which means that it prolongs your life and prevents aging.
10. Anti-cancer properties
As we mentioned a few times already curcumin has strong antioxidant properties which make them effective against cancer, preventing cell damage due to unstable molecules.
Some Turmeric Recipes You Should Try
Don’t like water and turmeric? Maybe you find it too boring or bland? Here, you can choose from any of the following turmeric recipes.
Golden Milk – this traditional turmeric drink, used in Indian households as a wellness tonic, is an infusion of either dry turmeric powder or fresh turmeric root in milk. Easy to prepare and highly palatable, it leads to better sleep, headache relief and much more.
Turmeric & Ginger Iced Tea – a refreshing iced drink that helps to support your heart, brain and every cell in your body. The recipe includes black pepper which helps to make the nutrients more readily available for your body to use.
Iced Turmeric Latte – on cooler days, try this iced turmeric latte, a chilled vegan version of Golden Milk. Made with cashew milk, fresh turmeric, fresh ginger, lemon juice, sugar (optional) and just a pinch of cardamom and salt, it’s as refreshing as it is healing.
Wellness Shot – for a quick hit of health, down this detoxing shot upon waking. Packed with nourishing ingredients like coconut water, turmeric, ginger, lemon, sea salt and honey, it has an earthy flavor with a ginger zing and gentle sweetness. As it’s gone in one gulp, this shot is ideal for those who want the health benefits of turmeric but can’t stand the taste!
Hot Detox Tonic – if you want to feel warm, energized, and ready to tackle the day but don’t have any fresh ingredients on hand, then this ‘pantry drink’ is for you. Using ginger tea, cinnamon, ground turmeric, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and maple syrup, it’s guaranteed to rev up your metabolism and boost circulation.
Black Pepper and Turmeric Tea – this spicy tea contains cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric, raw honey and coconut milk along with an unusual addition … black pepper. Studies have found that the piperine in black pepper increases curcumin bioavailability by 2000%…meaning you get more bang for your buck with this tea.
Turmeric Cinnamon Coffee – coffee lovers can improve the health of their favorite drink – which already packs its own health punch – with a sprinkle of both turmeric and cinnamon.
Ginger Tumeric Lemonade – feed your soda cravings with this healthy sparkling refreshment. Along with turmeric, it contains anti-inflammatory ginger which aids in digestion, and lemon juice, which is both alkaline and detoxifying. A teaspoon of raw honey and some carbonated water add both sweetness and fizz so it tastes just like the ‘real deal’.
Cold & Flu Fighting Apple Green Tea Turmeric Tonic – take this on a weekly basis during the fall and winter months, and say goodbye to colds and flu. Sweet apple, fragrant cinnamon, tangy lemon, raw honey, earthy turmeric, creamy coconut oil, and spicy ginger, cayenne, and black pepper create a tasty blend of flavors that really complement the organic green tea. An absolute superfood tonic!
Turmeric Green Juice Cooler – cool down with this medicinal cocktail – a healthy green vegetable juice which harnesses the properties of cucumber, carrot, romaine, lemon and, of course, turmeric!
Carrot, Beet, Blood Orange, Ginger and Turmeric Juice – put some pep in your step and clear out your stuffy nose and head with this vibrant fresh juice which is packed full of vitamins, minerals and heat!
Golden Mango Smoothie – a meal in a glass, this tempting smoothie packs in plenty of nutrition – including Vitamins A, B6 and C, potassium, manganese, healthy fats, and even four grams of protein! Made with mango, banana, almond milk, coconut oil, chia seeds, turmeric, cinnamon and optional chili.
Tropical Cleanser Green Smoothie – this exotic tasting smoothie contains mango, coconut milk, ginger, lemon and turmeric, along with pineapple – which aids digestion and is rich in the powerful painkilling compound bromelain; and kale – the poster child of superfoods, containing Vitamins A, C and K; the minerals copper, magnesium and calcium; and essential omega 3 fatty acids.
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