Turmeric is one of the most popular spices nowadays, and there’s a good reason why. Besides giving our food a nice flavor, turmeric can also treat numerous health problems, which was verified by more than 7000 studies. It has been used in the ancient Ayurveda medicine for centuries as a natural remedy against toxicity and blood poisoning, and for other health problems as well.
According to a legend, when Jesus was born, three wise men from the East brought him frankincense, myrrh and gold. The last gift may have been turmeric which was often used at the time and just as valuable as gold. Besides being mentioned in the Bible, turmeric has been used for more than 2 millennia as a spice and natural remedy as well.
- The golden-colored spice has a tangy flavor and offers numerous health benefits. It was given to people suffering from blood poisoning, with court healers treating poisoned kings with the spice. Although it was used in the past for a long time, conventional medicine has recognized the potent benefits of turmeric only recently. In the past 30 years, doctors from all over the world have finally recognized the medicinal benefits of the spice.
Here are the main health benefits of turmeric:
According to a UCLA study, the main active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin can block an enzyme that promotes cancer. 21 patients in the study suffering from head and neck cancer were given 1000 mg. tablets of curcumin. After evaluating the results, the scientists concluded that curcumin inhibits the activation of certain enzymes that promote cancer, which prevents the spread of the harmful cells.
A powerful antioxidant
Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant agent which can fight free radicals in the body that are often the main cause of cancer.
A powerful anti-inflammatory
Dr. Randy J. Horwitz, the medical director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, wrote a paper for the American Academy of Pain Management in which he discussed the health benefits of turmeric.
“Turmeric is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories available,” Horwitz states in the paper.
He went on to cite a 2006 University of Arizona study that examined the effect of turmeric on rats with injected rheumatoid arthritis. According to Horwitz, pretreatment with turmeric completely inhibited the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in the rats. In addition, the study found that using turmeric for pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis resulted in a significant reduction of symptoms.
Some research shows that curcumin might ease symptoms of uveitis — long-term inflammation in the middle layer of the eye. Other research shows that taking turmeric daily for several months may improve kidney function for people with kidney inflammation.
Osteoarthritis pain relief
Turmeric may also be helpful with another type of arthritis. Some research has shown that taking turmeric extract can ease the pain of osteoarthritis. In one study,reports WebMD, turmeric worked about as well as ibuprofen for relieving osteoarthritis pain.
Indigestion and heartburn aid
Curcumin works with the gallbladder, stimulating it to make bile, which may help with digestion. In Germany, turmeric can be prescribed for digestive problems. Some research shows that turmeric may help upset stomach, bloating and gas. Turmeric may also help reduce the occurrence of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in people who are otherwise healthy.
Studies have suggested curcumin may help prevent the buildup of plaque that can clog arteries and lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Impact on diabetes
Early studies suggest that taking turmeric daily can cut down the number of people with prediabetes who develop diabetes.
It promotes Mental Health
Turmeric has the ability to cause mental focus and clarity due to its strong neuro properties. According to many experts, this spice is effective in treating numerous ailments including epilepsy, tardive dyskinesia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, as well as other neurodegenerative disorders.
Here are 7 turmeric recipes you should incorporate in your daily diet:
1. Turmeric kefir
Add a teaspoon of turmeric in a cup of kefir and enjoy the drink.
2. Turmeric juice shot
– A teaspoon of turmeric
– ½ a lemon
– A pinch of salt
Squeeze the lemon in a shot glass first, then add the salt and turmeric and mix well. Drink the shot fresh on an empty stomach for best results.
3. Turmeric soup
– A cup of grated turmeric
– 4 cups of veggie broth
You should simmer the broth together with turmeric for 15 minutes. Then, strain the biggest chunks, and add a bit of black pepper, in order to increase the bioavailability of turmeric.
4. Turmeric Tea
Chop some turmeric and add it to the tea maker. Also, you can prepare the tea as follows:
– ½ teaspoon fresh grated turmeric
– dash of black pepper
– a squeeze of lime (boosts the bioavailability of turmeric)
– raw honey to taste
– 1 cup hot water
Boil the water, add turmeric, and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Then, remove it from heat and strain it. Add the rest of the ingredients and enjoy your tea.
5. Golden Milk
You can quickly prepare this drink by adding a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of warm coconut milk. However, the following recipe would be much more delicious:
– 1 teaspoon turmeric powder/fresh grated
– 2 teaspoons raw honey
– ¼ teaspoon freshly grated ginger powder
– 1 cup coconut or almond milk
– ¼ teaspoon vanilla
– dash of cinnamon
– dash of clove
– ¼ cup water
– dash of cardamom
In a pot, add all the ingredients and simmer them for a minute.
6. Turmeric Scramble
In the morning, while making your breakfast, add a bit of turmeric to your eggs. That is all!
7. Turmeric Smoothie
You can simply add turmeric to your favorite smoothie and enjoy its benefits, or you can try the one we suggest:
– 1 teaspoon turmeric powder/fresh turmeric
– 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
– 1 teaspoon maca root
– ½ coconut or almond milk
– dash of black pepper
– 1 ½ cups frozen pineapple or mango
– 1 teaspoon hemp seed hearts
Add the ingredients listed above in your blender, and blend them to prepare your healthy turmeric smoothie!