TURMERIC HEALTH BENEFITS
With its recent rise in popularity in the Western world, the name turmeric rings a bell for most people. Perhaps the growing rate of disease and inflammation is what has sparked our interest. More and more people are seeking alternative ways to heal, choosing food and preventative treatments over pharmaceutical medicine. There is an increasing realization that traditional methods are extremely effective, and typically have a strong basis of reliable dos and don’ts when it comes to using plants to heal.
Years of research has helped to debunk myths and ultimately establish a scientific backbone of the golden rooted turmeric. With confidence, we now know that more than just colour and flavour are produced when we sprinkle the powdered turmeric onto our dishes.
The plant itself is native to South Asia and is a staple spice in traditional curry dishes. Traditional Chinese medicine uses turmeric to treat a wide array of ailments, and the spice is a common in Chinese culture. Indians have long used turmeric in cooking, treating cuts and wounds, reducing pain and swelling, and creating face and body masks. Having used turmeric for centuries in preventing disease and aliments, Indians have understood its healing properties long before Western scientists did.
Several studies now show that curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, has potent properties that benefit our bodies. In fact, Scientists have found over 600 experimentally confirmed health benefits of this superfood. Curcumin aids in liver detox and keeps our bodies clean and rhythmic. It also has potent anti-inflammatory properties making turmeric a perfect supplement for people suffering from joint pain or arthritis. Furthermore, curcumin is also proven to have several anti-cancer effects and is helpful in preventing and possibly treating cancer.
Additionally, curcumin has proven to rebalance chemical ratios that trigger adverse mental health causing depression and other mental illness - ultimately establishing itself as a powerful anti-depressant. In fact, many recent publications have deemed it more effective and appealing than some of the most common anti-depressant drugs on the market as it does not generate the same unwanted side-effects as some of its synthetic counterparts. In addition to the benefits discussed above, turmeric has shown to help improve brain function, strengthen the immune system, improve digestion, reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce the risk of diabetes, treat heartburn, and prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease.
Interestingly, curcumin is not easily absorbed by our bodies, which means it often is passed through our bodies unabsorbed and therefore wasted. That said, absorption is significantly improved when turmeric is consumed along with black pepper. No wonder many Indian recipes call for the use of turmeric and black pepper together!
Turmeric can be easily added to your daily routine. Adding the dry powder to a soup, smoothie, or salad dressing is an effortless and tasty way to incorporate turmeric and reap its benefits. You can use it to season meats, when sautéing vegetables or simply juice the root itself!
With over 600 confirmed health benefits, no side effects and a variety of delicious ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet, it is no wonder why more and more people are cherishing this powerful spice!
ADDING TURMERIC TO YOUR DIET
Adding turmeric to you daily regimen is quite simple. You can add turmeric to your diet by adding a smidge to your smoothies, shred into a breakfast hash or casserole, sprinkle in scrambled eggs or tofu scramble, make a Turmeric Chai Latte, add to soups and stews, grate on top of a salad, make a homemade vinaigrette with turmeric or quench your thirst through a Sparkling Tea with Turmeric.