Turmeric is a spice I use daily, even just a dash into my Stripped Green Smoothie for the added nutrition and anti-inflammatory benefits. Turmeric really is the golden spice! It’s a beautiful rich golden yellow color, fragrant, and has been used for centuries in flavoring food but also medicinally.
How to use | use as a seasoning in curries, on roasted vegetables, sweet potatoes, dash in hummus, use in broth/soups, sneak it into your Stripped Green Smoothies, juices, Turmeric Milk, Curry Cashew Cauliflower Soup, or even as a natural food dye. Season roasted vegetable
Health benefits of TURMERIC
Why turmeric rocks? Turmeric has powerful medicinal properties due to it’s high amounts of nutrients, antioxidants, anti inflammatory compounds, and phytonutrients that have been studied in depth especially for cancer prevention. The attention should be on curcumin. Curcumin in the main component found in turmeric that responsible for the medicinal benefits//properties. Turmeric and curcumin have been used in studies: improving IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease),Crohn’s disease, immune health, rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, cancer prevention // inhibits cancer cell growth (andhere and here), prevention of colon cancer , pancreatic cancer/tumor growth, prevention of prostate cancer (when teamed up with our friend the cauliflower), reduce risk of childhood leukemia (and here), improve liver function, diabetes, cardiovascular benefits//protection, cholesterol (and here), wound healing, and Alzhiemer’s (and here and here). Wow, now you can see (and read the studies) carried out regarding the powerful benefits of turmeric//curcumin.
As with most studies, active compounds and components of food are studied in large doses, so how do we make this applicable to daily life? Most of the research studies use anywhere from 2-7g of curcumin to test, this would be a lot of turmeric to eat (especially when pure turmeric is comprised of about 3.14% by weight of curcumin). I recommend using it daily if you like (and checking with your trusty physician in case you’re on certain medications), but again, I understand this is may be a new spice to use in your cooking so use as you see fit.
Where to purchase | health food stores, grocery stores, farmers markets, or online retailers.
Tips and tricks | be careful when using turmeric, it will stain your clothes, hands, and countertops (trust me, I’ve learned the hard way)