Often used as a spicy and flavorful ingredient in Indian cuisine, turmeric is one herb you don’t want to live without. The flavor turmeric brings to your kitchen is only the first benefit on a very long list of reasons why turmeric should always in your spice rack
Within turmeric there is a bioactive ingredient called curcumin, and it is this ingredient that plays the lead role in the health benefits of turmeric. Curcumin contains over 150 therapeutic agents for viruses, bacterium, diseases and other chronic conditions.
5 Reasons to Eat Turmeric Every Day
Let me tell you the many secrets of turmeric… if you don’t already have it in your spice rack, don’t be too hard yourself. It’s never too late to join the turmeric party.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
- May help to curb indigestion and heartburn
- Helps to protect the brain and cardiovascular health
- Helps to decrease inflammation and may help with joint discomfort
- Boosts immunity
- May help to lower cholesterol levels
How to Use Turmeric in the Kitchen
If you’re ready to add turmeric to your diet, I’ve got some important things for you to know first.
Turmeric is a fat-soluble substance so it’s best consumed with fatty foods, and this doesn’t mean eat turmeric on top of your cheeseburger. It means to combine turmeric with healthy fats, such as avocados, coconut oil and nuts (soaked or sprouted works best), to allow the body to better absorb turmeric properly.
Spice up your stir-fry with some turmeric. It adds an extra boost of flavor and color to your favorite dishes. It’s excellent with fish, vegetables, rice, and other foods. Add some coconut oil to your cooking along with turmeric to get additional benefits.
An extra tip when eating turmeric is to add it with black ground pepper. It seems weird that another spice could help turmeric absorption but it’s true. Black pepper can increase the bioavailability (rate of absorption) of turmeric by over 1000 times.
Tropical Turmeric Smoothie Recipe
Want an easy way to eat turmeric on the go? Try a health-boosting Turmeric Tropical Smoothie recipe.
- 1 cup organic coconut milk
- 1 tbsp organic coconut oil
- 1/2 cup organic frozen mango, pineapple or oranges
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp freshly grated turmeric (or 1/2 tsp organic turmeric powder)
- Add all ingredients to a blender. Puree for a minute or two. Enjoy!
Try and buy your ingredients organic when you can, but I’ll tell you a secret… I use frozen organic mango, pineapple, oranges, and bananas so that I ALWAYS have the ingredients for my smoothie.
One of the best things about smoothies is that you can experiment as much as you want. As long as you add turmeric to the recipe, you’ll be boosting the health benefits of your smoothie and creating a strong, and healthy foundation for your body and home!
So use turmeric as your starting point and experiment on.
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