Why Add Turmeric To Your Food?
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin with a deep orange flesh. You properly already have tasted turmeric before, it is a major ingredient in Indian curries, and makes mustard yellow. Turmeric is a member of the same plant family as ginger.
Not only does this, yellow, warm, peppery spice brighten your meals. There have been over a 1000 studies, which concluded that turmeric helps against several chronic debilitating malignant diseases, like diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and many others and does so with virtually no adverse side effects.
For centuries people have been using it in their cooking as is a powerful medicine. Turmeric boasts a wide range of antioxidant ant-carcinogenic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Here are a few reasons why to add this amazing spice into your food as medicine.
Helps with Alzheimer’s disease: A number of studies have suggested that curcumin, the biologically active constituent in turmeric helps protects the brain against oxidative (free radical) injury. Also helps to clear the amyloid beta plaques that can help prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Relives Arthritis: Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, that are great for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric’s combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects explains why many people with joint disease find relief when they use the spice regularly.
Cancer Prevention: There has been over 1,000 separate studies have found turmeric to have potent anti-cancer properties, from Prevent prostate cancer to shrinking or even, stopping the growth of existing prostate cancer and even destroy cancer cells. And these results weren’t found with just one cancer, but with a whopping 22 of them, including breast, colon and lung. It also has a preventive effect against tumor cells such as T-cell leukemia. By adding onions with turmeric may help prevent colon cancer, when it is teamed up with cauliflower can halt prostate cancer.
Boosts Immune System: Turmeric is a super-spice that has a high antioxidant value and boosts the immune system. Turmeric contains a substance known as lipopolysaccharide, which helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system. A strong immune system lessens the chance of suffering from colds, flu and coughs.
Many other reasons are According to Web MD: “Turmeric is used for, heartburn (dyspepsia), diarrhea, stomach bloating, stomach pain, intestinal gas, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders.
It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems.
Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth, and infected wounds.”
Be careful about buying Turmeric from regular grocery stores as many brands are not organic or have additives.
How can you get more turmeric into your diet?
One way is turmeric tea. Of course, one can simply indulge in more curried dishes, either in restaurants or at home. However you do it, adding turmeric to your diet is one of the best moves toward optimal health you can make.
A Few Quick Serving Ideas
- Add turmeric to egg salad to give it an even bolder yellow color.
- Mix brown rice with raisins and cashews and season with turmeric, cumin and coriander.
- Although turmeric is generally a staple ingredient in curry powder, some people like to add a little extra of this spice when preparing curries. And turmeric doesn’t have to only be used in curries. This spice is delicious on healthy sautéed apples, and healthy steamed cauliflower and/or green beans and onions. Or, for a creamy, flavor-rich, low-calorie dip, try mixing some turmeric and dried onion with a little omega-3-rich mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Serve with raw cauliflower, celery, sweet pepper, jicama and broccoli florets.
- Turmeric is a great spice to complement recipes that feature lentils.
- Give salad dressings an orange-yellow hue by adding some turmeric powder to them.
For an especially delicious way to add more turmeric to your healthy way of eating, cut cauliflower florets in half and healthy sauté with a generous spoonful of turmeric for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
How to Use Turmeric:
thanks to the wellness mamma
- It can be used externally in poultices to sooth skin and reduce inflammation. It is often used in lotions or preparations for skin with eczema or psoriasis.
- When incorporated into the diet it can be helpful for reducing inflammation in those with arthritis.
- Turmeric can be made into a paste with water or honey to make a skin scrub that cools inflammation and helps stop acne.
- Externally, a paste of turmeric and aloe vera gel can ease pain and itching from burns, bites, chicken pox, poison ivy, or eczema.
- In a soothing Turmeric Tea to sooth during illness or improve sleep. This is one of my favorite uses! See my recipe below.
- It is wonderful to add to grilled foods, vegetables, mashed cauliflower, sauces, and spice blends. I add a pinch to my eggs in the morning and to most dishes that I cook.
- Turmeric’s high antioxidant content makes it beneficial for the skin and it is used in some natural sunscreens and bronzers. A paste of Turmeric and strong brewed black tea will temporarily darken the skin and there is some evidence that it might also provide some sun protection.
- Turmeric is said to be great for the skin and can be used in facial washes and scrubs to sooth skin and even out skin tone. Turmeric can cause hair to become less thick so it is often used my Indian women on unwanted facial hair but should be avoided on the head or by men on their faces.
- Turmeric is a wonderful spice to add to soups and stews as it gives them a rich, warm flavor and a beautiful color. If you make homemade bone broth, a couple teaspoons of Turmeric are a great addition.
- Many people take it as a supplement to help reduce inflammation and pain, especially those with arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.
Ginger and Turmeric Lemonade
Dr Weil talks about the Okinawans as they drink copious quantities of turmeric tea.???
If you would like to try it, here’s a recipe that I love. Feel free to experiment with the ingredients and flavourings until you find a combination that suits your taste:
4 cups water
1 teaspoon turmeric powder (or a 3-inch strip fresh turmeric root, peeled)
1 teaspoon ginger powder (or a 4-inch strip fresh ginger root, peeled)
½ teaspoon honey
lemon slices, or the juice of a full lemon (to taste)
Put water into a small pot and bring to a boil on the stove.
Allow the water has come to a boil.
Add turmeric, ginger to the boiling water and reduce to simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.
Remove the pot from the stove.
Strain the tea into a cup through a fine-mesh strainer to filter out the particles of turmeric and ginger.
Add sweetener and lemon to taste.
Prawn with Turmeric Noodles
PKT Jens Noodles
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp olive oil
- 200 gr prawns (peel shell + devein)
- 3 tbls olive oil
- 2 tbls fish sauce
- 1 tbls paprika
- 2 tbls minced shallots
- 1 clove garlic minced
- Salt to taste
- Pepper/peppercorn to taste
- Rinse Jen’s Noodles as directions and allow them to drain.
- Pop the olive oil into a warm pan
- Add the noodles and turmeric
- Put them aside in a bowl
- Add the oil to the warm pan
- Sauté the shallots and garlic
- Then add the rest of the ingredients: fish sauce, paprika, and add salt and pepper to taste
- Sauté until the prawns are fully cooked
- Add the to the noodles
- Serve with love and enjoy with awareness