Turmeric has been revered for over 5000 years in Ayurvedic, and Chinese medicine. This potent spice known for its deep golden color is used in curry powder, prepared yellow mustard, and is most recognized as a powerful anti-inflammatory. Turmeric contains Curcumin which research suggests may be as effective as taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen. Studies have shown turmeric to aid in liver detoxification, slowing tumor growth, lowering cholesterol, and protecting against Alzheimer’s disease. Taken as a supplement either in tincture or capsule form, turmeric is also available as a dried powder or fresh root. Most commonly used in Indian cuisine, it’s a versatile spice to add to your kitchen repertoire.
Golden milk is a soothing bedtime elixir made by heating dairy or non-dairy milk with fresh or dried turmeric, honey, cinnamon, ginger, and a touch of coconut oil. This concoction helps to boost the immune system and induces relaxation.
Add a pop of color to vegetables such as potatoes or cauliflower for a good source of manganese, B6, and iron. It’s a great way to intensify the yellow hue of dishes like egg salad, and red lentils.
Blend turmeric into a smoothie, or juice the fresh root. Its mild flavor mixes well with citrus fruits as well as adding gorgeous color. Drinking this can be healing when fighting a cold, or suffering with aches, and pains.
Use it as you would an all purpose seasoning, and mix it into salad dressings, soups and stews, even in desserts like this recipe http://namelymarly.com/orange-cream-turmeric-cake/ .
Turmeric’s bioavailability is best when combined with fats like coconut or avocado, and also when taken with black pepper. Choose a good quality, organic brand to avoid harmful pesticides, and look for one with a deep, vibrant color.