The golden-colored spice turmeric has become a favorite of many people around the world in recent years. It has a unique tangy flavor and has been used for a long time, even being mentioned in the Bible as one of the gifts brought to baby Jesus on the day he was born (gold). Turmeric is especially popular in Asia, where it’s being used as a spice and a natural remedy as well.
Turmeric is full of essential nutrients and has antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antitumor and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it a great remedy against a variety of problems. Here’s how it can improve your health:
May treat depression
The active compound in turmeric, curcumin has relaxing and antidepressant properties. Consuming the spice can help you relax and improve your mood, effectively treating depression.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric can relieve various inflammatory diseases including arthritis.
Accelerates the healing of wounds
Turmeric and curcumin can help minor cuts and wounds heal faster. The spice is also great against skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.
Strengthens your immune system
The golden-colored spice is rich in lipopolysaccharides, compounds with antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. They will strengthen your immune system and help the body fight various infections.
Keeps your cardiovascular health in check
Turmeric can assist the body with the breakdown of cholesterol and fat and improve the function of your heart and cardiovascular system.
Promotes weight loss
Add turmeric in your meals and you will start losing weight – it’s that simple. Turmeric has the ability to reduce your cholesterol and fat levels and will boost the production of bile in your body, which will eventually result in weight loss due to the improved digestion and metabolism.
Shields the liver
If you want to keep your liver clean and properly functioning, you need to consume turmeric. The spice contains specific enzymes that can improve your liver function and detoxify it, which will surely have a positive impact on your overall health.
Prevents neurological diseases
According to studies, consuming turmeric regularly will improve the blood and oxygen flow to the brain, ensuring its proper function and preventing a variety of neurological diseases.
May assist with the treatment of cancer
Turmeric is highly effective against a variety of cancer types, and especially against colon, breast, prostate cancer and leukemia.
Here are 7 great way of adding turmeric in your diet:
Squeeze a lemon in a glass, then add a pinch of sea salt and a teaspoon of powdered turmeric and drink the mixture.
Pour water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil, then add some vegetable or bone broth and grate some fresh turmeric in it. Simmer the mixture for about 15 minutes before adding salt, black pepper and other spices if you like.
This is a pretty simple healthy breakfast meal. Simply make a plate of scrambled eggs, then spice them up nicely with turmeric.
Here’s a nice turmeric smoothie recipe:
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon powdered maca root
- 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric
- 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
- 1 ½ cups mango or avocado chunks
- A pinch of black pepper
Mix everything in a blender, then drink the smoothie fresh.
Golden milk is a really powerful drink and a remedy against various health problems as well. Here’s how to prepare it:
- ¼ cup water
- 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon powdered ginger
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract powder
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 cup coconut milk
- A dash of cinnamon, cardamom and clove
Put all the ingredients in a pot, simmer them for a few minutes, then allow the drink to cool down before drinking it.
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup kefir grains
- 1 cup powdered turmeric
- 1 cup ginger (grated)
- 1 gallon spring water
Wash and peel the ginger, then grate it in a saucepan and add the turmeric in as well. Simmer the mixture for 60 minutes with a lid on, then strain it and let it cool down. Add the kefir grains and sugar in as well, then close the jar, leave it in a dark place for 3-5 days. Once it’s fizzy and sour, you can drink this wonderful turmeric kefir.