Turmeric – the super spice everyone has been talking about all over the blogosphere. This warm, earthy, yellow spice is much more useful than just curries!
Let’s delve deeper into this beautiful super spice…
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric comes from the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. Coming from the root of the curcuma long plant, it has a brown exterior with a deep, orange flesh.
The active compound in this amazing spice is Curcumin. This is the main curcuminoid of Turmeric. Turmeric has two other curcuminoids – desmethoxycurcumin and bis-desmethoxycurcumin. All three compounds give Tumeric the amazing yellow colour. However, the compound we are most concerned with is Curcumin.
This spice is traditionally used for cooking, especially in South East Asia. It’s what gives curry the deep yellow/orange colour.
It’s not just for cooking!
There are many health benefits associated with this awesome spice as Chinese and Ayuredic Medicine have discovered. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and potent anti-inflammatory.
Turmeric can assist with the following but not limited to:
- Depression (used in Chinese Medicine)
- Disinfecting cuts and burns (natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent)
- Liver Detoxification
- Menstrual Difficulties
- Weight loss
Another ideology is that turmeric can assist with the treatment of cancer and can also be used as a preventative to many diseases. There has been research to show that the compound Curcumin can slow down cancer cells and shrink tumours.
Ongoing research shows that Curcumin may prevent and slow progression of Alzheimer’s by protecting the brain from amyloid plaque buildup; may prevent metastases from occurring in different types of cancers; indications that Curcumin inhibits growth of skin cancer, melanoma and spread of breast cancer into the lungs; and research here suggests that Curcumin can temporarily slow pancreatic cancer. Talk about a super spice!
If you are thinking of going down the alternative medicine route for any serious conditions such as cancer, I strongly urge you to see a naturopathic doctor or a medical doctor with an open mind (hmm… good luck on that latter choice, though!). If you have already gone down the conventional medicine path, such as chemo, radiation, surgery – taking Curcumin would still be beneficial to you as it can repair some of the damage the treatments have caused to your body. Please consult your health care professional for safety and dosage.
Adding this spice to your daily diet, you should expect to reap the health benefits and prevent lifestyle conditions and disease from affecting you. Remember, Prevention is Sexy!
So, how do we add this super spice to our everyday lives?
- For breakfast, make Turmeric scrambled eggs. For one serve, scramble 2 eggs with 1/2 heaped teaspoon of turmeric and high quality pink himalayan salt. Please feel free to add whatever else you’d like, I like to scramble my eggs with goat’s yogurt. To make this breakfast even more super, serve with some raw organic sauerkraut.
- A protein dish for either lunch or dinner is turmeric stir fried chicken. Marinate either boneless chicken breast or thighs (whatever takes your fancy) with turmeric, salt, cumin and some chilli if you like. Saute some onions and garlic in a fat with a high smoking point and then add the chicken. You can also add in some coconut milk/cream here if you like. Make sure the chicken is cooked through and then add in whatever veggies you like.
- And something for this chilly winter weather we’ve been having… a hot turmeric coconut latte! You are lucky that I’m the guinea pig for this experiment and guess what?! Success! You can taste the turmeric but it is not unpleasant at all! In fact, it’s like a chai! 😛
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/3 cup filtered water
- 1.5 medjool date
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (or fresh turmeric, maybe about an inch)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1.5 teaspoons fresh ginger
- pinch of nutmeg and cloves
- Warm everything in a saucepan at medium to low heat. Then blend in a blender (preferably one that is not glass as the hot mixture will make it crack!)
- Another way to take Turmeric is by capsules. You can purchase them from here.
Hope you will all look further into this awesome spice. There is plenty of information on the internet so take whatever information that resonates with you 🙂
- Mind Body Green – 25 Reasons Why Turmeric Can Heal You
- Curcumin Reasearch – Curcumin & Cancer
- Mark’s Daily Apple – The Health Benefits of Turmeric
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