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This spice is such a powerful one, it feels natural to share next.
I use turmeric daily; this lovely yellow spice and I are very familiar with each other.
Consuming foods that are naturally a wide range of bright colors are so good for you
and this sunshiney yellow spice is no exception
Turmeric gets it’s bright yellow color from curcumin.
Curcumin is a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Anti-inflammatories help you to fight off foreign content in your body. This is so crucial in fighting off any ailments.
Inflammation is apart of almost every major disease known in the Western world. This is why consuming foods that are anti-inflammatory (as well as consuming less inflammatory food) can be so beneficial to feeling good.
Antioxidants are also really beneficial. Oxidate damage is behind a lot of diseases and is apart of the body’s aging process.
Antioxidants fight off free radicals that are damaging to your body. Curcumin found in turmeric supports this as well as other antioxidant containing foods like berries.
There are also a lot of studies currently being conducted on curcumins’ effects on the brain because it is believed that brain function could be improved and brain disease reduced.
Other studies being done on curcumin’s effects include ones focused on the benefits for the heart, it’s effectiveness in defense against cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression.
The benefits of this compound look to be very promising.
Turmeric has been used for centuries in Eastern culture as a medicinal spice.
Consuming turmeric could be very beneficial to your well being.
How to Best Receive the Benefits of This Spice
The curcumin in turmeric is not the most bioavailable substance out there. So, to increase the absorption consume turmeric with black pepper. This increases the absorption rate by something wild like 2000 percent. This is really easy if you’re consuming turmeric in a meal.
How can you incorporate turmeric into your life??
Turmeric has a slightly bitter taste, so if you’re not used to consuming it you may not be inclined to love the taste right away.
When I first tried turmeric I could consume it but didn’t necessarily crave it.
I began adding small amounts to my meals and now it has really grown on me. I love covering my meals in this yellow powder.
Some Recipes for You:
Golden Mylk Latte (kinda tastes like a Chai)
Fill mug with mylk of choice.
Pour Mylk into a pot on the stove on medium heat.
Add desired amount of turmeric, cinnamon, and sweetener (I like agave, maple syrup, or honey).
Stir until combined and warm, pour into mug and enjoy.
When cooking rice add about a spoonful of turmeric to cook into the rice.
Here’s a really simple one I enjoy:
Earthy Andy Quinoa Curry
One medium-sized pot
One bigger pot
1 cups quinoa
1 can of coconut milk
1 tbsp oil (optional)
Curry paste or spices (yellow curry spice mixes usually include turmeric as the main ingredient, and you can always add in more)
Veggies to put in curry (mushrooms and carrots and spinach are really easy ones but you can add as many as you want)
Toppings (avocado and chive are great on top when you’re done and serving)
Step one: In the medium pot add in one cup quinoa and two cups water put on the stove around medium heat and cover it
You should stir it every one in a while, it’s done when the quinoa has absorbed all the water and looks fluffy
Step two: Why quinoa is cooking take the big pot and add in a little oil (or water) with the veggies and seasoning
Step three: Add in the cans of coconut milk to the veggie pot
Step four: When quinoa is ready, add it to the big pot
Last step: Stir everything together and add more seasoning or paste to get the taste you want, throw in spinach (it’ll cook down quick) and when everything is nice and warm you’re done
Top off with avocado pieces, chives, tahini, hemp seeds, or anything else you’d like:)
Turmeric can be used for more than just internal consumption
Turmeric can be applied externally to the skin in the form of a paste or salve. Turmeric is widely used for the treatment of various conditions like psoriasis. The spice is also naturally brightening, antibacterial, as well as an anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant (as mentioned earlier) so it’s amazing for your skin. Turmeric could be incorporated into any face mask to receive these benefits (just be aware the yellow color does stain your skin yellow for a little).
I hope you found this post informative or maybe just a good reminder as to why this spice is so special.
Note: I am no expert and you should decide for yourself if this intuitively feels right to you. I love learning about herbal medicines and the properties of different natural spices, herbs, and flowers. I intend for this post to share a spice that I enjoy and believe to be beneficial so that you may decide for yourself if you believe the incorporation of turmeric could be beneficial to your life.