Dozens of studies have confirmed that this golden spice rightfully deserves the title ‘‘The Queen of all Spices.” Turmeric owes most of its amazing health benefits to a compound curcumin. It possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and detoxing properties. Recent studies have shown that it can be used as a treatment for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
We will inform you about 7 verified ways in which turmeric improves the health and the quality of life.
1.It reduces the risk of cancer
Turmeric is potentially one of the most potent anti-cancer substances in nature. It has been shown to prevent cancer growth and it can inhibit the development and spread of cancer cells.
2. It protects the brain
Decreased levels of BDNF, which is a type of a growth hormone, are often connected to disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as stress conditions. Curcumin boosts the production of this hormone, which results in the increase of brain activity and memory improvement.
3. It reduces inflammation
It is well known that inflammation is the cause of most of the current diseases. Turmeric is an effective anti-inflammatory agent. It is far better than the anti-inflammatory drugs available today, which are associated with significant toxic effects.
4. It is a powerful antioxidant
It fights against free radicals, which cause cell mutation, damage immune function, speed up the aging process and are a major cause of numerous diseases.
5. Helps in keeping heart healthy
It removes oxidized cholesterol from the body and it helps in reducing oxidative stress which causes heart problems.
6. Helps in digestion
Turmeric can prevent the inflammation of the digestive tract. It can relieve you from the feeling of bloating and gas as well.
7. Relieves arthritis symptoms
Curcumin relieves the pain and inflammation of arthritis patients, being a very potent anti-inflammatory agent.
HOW TO USE TURMERIC DAILY
We would like to show you some interesting ways in which you can incorporate this precious spice into your daily diet.
-Mix one part powdered turmeric to three parts raw honey and eat a teaspoon of this mixture every two hours to lower inflammation and boost your immunity.
-Add a tablespoon of powdered turmeric to your vegetable soup to kill any infections or viruses.
-Sprinkle turmeric into your scrambled eggs. The taste is mild and the color of the eggs will disguise the color of turmeric, so even your kids may want to eat them.
-Make turmeric tea by dissolving 2 teaspoons powdered turmeric in 2 cups of boiling water and adding 1 tablespoon of raw honey, the juice of 1 lemon and a sprinkle of black pepper.
-Put equal parts turmeric, coriander, and cumin in a saltshaker on your table and sprinkle it on everything.
-Spice up your pancakes by adding a pinch of turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and cardamom to your pancake batter.
-Add a teaspoon of turmeric to your favorite smoothie and enjoy its benefits without changing the taste of the beverage much.
We would also like to share three turmeric recipes that your kids will surely enjoy.
- Cashew Banana Turmeric Muffins
- 2 cups organic, sprouted wheat flour
- 3 mashed ripe bananas
- 1 cup chopped cashews
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon each turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, and salt.
Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Slowly mix wet ingredients into dry, and pour into linen muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
2. Golden milk
Bring to a boil 2 cups of milk with 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric and 1 teaspoon powdered ginger. Turn off heat, let cool for a few minutes, and add 1 tablespoon of raw honey. If you are drinking it before bed, add ½ teaspoon each of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom to the milk for a good night’s sleep.
3. Cashew Energy Bars
2 ½ cups pitted dates
1 cup cashews
1 teaspoon each vanilla extract, turmeric, cinnamon, and powdered ginger
Pinch of salt
Combine ingredients in food processor and pulse until mixture becomes chunky but pliable. If needed, add a bit of water. Remove and roll into balls, then roll in shredded coconut. Refrigerate and enjoy as a treat.