The benefits of turmeric

Inflammation has been found to be associated with just about every health condition.

Inflammation in the gut contributes to a problem called intestinal permeability or "leaky gut". Leaky gut is a big problem because it’s an essential factor in the development of autoimmune diseases.

Turmeric has a range of health promoting benefits due to curcumin, the yellow pigment.

According to the Journal of the American Chemical Society, turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties.

The potential health benefits of curcumin include better regulation of inflammation. It is used in the treatment of numerous inflammatory conditions for its anti-inflammatory effects. Curcumin is thought to slow down the inflammatory pathway.

Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties have been compared to those of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Turmeric can tame heartburn and an upset stomach.

Turmeric's benefits are not limited to the gut.

Curcumin has been shown to delay the development of type 2 diabetes and curb joint pain.

Turmerone, a bioactive compound found in turmeric, boosts regeneration of brain stem cells and could be a future drug candidate for treating neurological disorders, such as stroke and Alzheimer's disease.

More impressively though research has shown that curcumin may ward off heart attacks and may help prevent or treat cancer. An “old-age” disease with an “age-old” solution.

So go ahead and spice up your life!

Next read about the gut healing properties of bone broth and gummy bears or the importance of probiotics.

To get the full health benefits of turmeric you need to pair it with black pepper. Black pepper improves the bioavailability of turmeric, making smaller doses more effective. By taking just a quarter teaspoon’s worth of black pepper bioavailability of curcumin shoots up 2000%. Even just a little pinch of pepper—1/20th of a teaspoon—can significantly boost levels.

To make it easy, I simply premix pepper into my jar of turmeric.

Another way to boost the absorption of curcumin is to consume it with fat, curcumin can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system.

Rice
Add a pinch of turmeric to your pot of rice. I also cook my rice with a cup or two of bone broth...making it doubly health!
Cheese sauce
Add a dash of turmeric spice to your macarroni cheese. It gives it an extra golden yummy colour.
Soups
Add a bit of turmeric to your cauliflower, chicken (or any flavour) soup. For extra healing, health benefits cook your soups with bone broth.
Eggs
Add a sprinkle of turmeric to your scrambled eggs, quiches and frittatas.
Mince
Add a dash of turmeric to your taco mince or bolognese sauce.
Turmeric Tea or Golden Milk
This recipe makes 2 cups, half or double quantities as needed.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of milk of choice (dairy or coconut or almond etc)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Small piece of fresh, peeled ginger root (approx 2cm) or 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
  • ½ vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

  • First, blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
  • Then, Pour into a small sauce pan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
  • Strain and serve immediately.

Thermomix Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in the bowl. Blend speed 7 for 15 seconds or until smooth. Scrape down the sides.
  • Heat for 5 minutes, 75°C, speed 1.5
  • Strain and serve immediately.

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