Heard of it? If you haven’t, listen up.
There are many foods that claim to have amazing and miraculous health benefits, and many do, but turmeric has the documented studies to back up the claim.
Often confused with saffron due to its deep yellow-orange color, turmeric comes from the root of the curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and deep orange flesh. Perhaps you’ve seen the fresh turmeric root in your local market and wondered what to do with it. Read on.
Turmeric has long served an important role in many traditional cultures throughout the East, but has only recently become popular in western cultures.
The extraordinary health benefits of turmeric are attributed to the component curcumin, a polyphenol antioxidant. The natural antioxidant and subsequent anti-inflammatory properties are what is at the root of the well-documented health benefits:
• Improved liver function
• Detoxifies and purifies the blood
• Protection against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s
• Relief for rheumatoid arthritis
• Cancer prevention and inhibits cancer cell growth
• Effective treatment for IBS
• Lowers cholesterol
• Helps with pain relief (as an antiseptic and analgesic)
• Stabilizes mast cells and prevents histamine release
• Excellent source of iron and manganese
• Good source of B6, dietary fiber, and potassium
And thanks to the high dose of antioxidants, turmeric also provides a great boost to the immune system. Perfect for this time of year, eh?!.
Rather than taking daily turmeric capsules, I’ve been sprinkling it on roasted cauliflower, brewing it along with ginger to make tea, adding it to rice on occasion, and of course, making turmeric-ginger kombucha.
That was all before I tried Golden Milk and fell in love – hook, line, and sinker. Boy, this stuff good!
Golden Milk, a traditional Ayurvedic drink, is by far the most pleasurable way to incorporate turmeric into your diet. It is an ancient drink made with three simple ingredients: turmeric, coconut milk, and black pepper. The black pepper, undetectable by taste, makes the cur cumin more bioavailable, therefore increasing the anti-inflammatory effect. Some folks, like myself, like to add ginger. Some add cardamom or nutmeg. Since turmeric is fat-soluble, adding coconut oil or ghee also helps to increase the absorption. Cow, almond, or hemp milk can also be substituted for the coconut milk.
Enjoy it first thing in the morning in place of coffee or tea, or before bedtime. It’s soothing any time of day.
If you like it – and I’m betting you will – you may want to make the Golden Paste so you can whip up a cup of Golden Milk in minutes.
Get the recipe for Golden Milk and Golden Paste here.
Delicious, soothing, and healing. I encourage you to give it a try.
P.S. If you’re considering taking a turmeric supplement, please be sure to purchase a high quality brand that still contains the curcumin. Many are depleted of this key ingredient so be aware. Always buy organic turmeric powder for the same reason.