The Power of Herbs: Turmeric
Although its thousands of years old, turmeric is a spice that has become more popular in the U.S. in the past few years. It is the spice that makes curry powder yellow. But even more than adding color to food, turmeric has several health benefits.
This spice is great at fighting free radicals, protecting the liver against toxins and encouraging circulation.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
- Anti-Inflammatory Powerhouse: Chronic inflammation is at the root of many modern diseases, from arthritis to heart disease. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties help alleviate inflammation by blocking the activity of certain enzymes and molecules involved in the inflammatory process.
- Antioxidant Armor: The body’s constant exposure to free radicals can lead to oxidative stress, which in turn contributes to aging and various diseases. Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, acts as a powerful antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals and protecting cells from damage.
- Joint Support: Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties can offer relief to those suffering from joint pain and arthritis. Regular consumption of turmeric may help improve joint flexibility and reduce discomfort.
- Heart Health: Curcumin’s ability to improve endothelial function, lower LDL cholesterol levels, and reduce inflammation contributes to overall cardiovascular health. It’s no wonder that cultures that incorporate turmeric into their diets often boast lower rates of heart disease.
- Brain Boost: Some studies suggest that curcumin could potentially enhance brain function and support cognitive health. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects might play a role in preventing neurodegenerative diseases.
- Digestive Aid: Turmeric has been used traditionally to aid digestion. It can stimulate bile production, which aids in the breakdown of fats, and soothe digestive discomfort.
- Skin Savior: The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of turmeric make it a popular ingredient in natural skincare. It may help with conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
Try this delicious golden turmeric latte that you can make at home.
- 2 cups coconut or almond milk
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½-1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- Pinch of cardamom
- Extra ground nutmeg or coconut shavings for topping
In a small, stainless steel pot, whisk all ingredients together and heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir consistently for a smooth consistency.
Serve in mugs and top with more nutmeg or coconut shavings.
Caution: Extended use of turmeric can result in stomach distress.
Nutrients in turmeric: calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.