Powdered turmeric has been used for centuries to treat a host of illnesses. It inhibits inflammatory reactions, has anti-diabetic effects, and reduces cholesterol among its other powerful healing effects.
A recent study, led by a research team in Munich, showed that it can also hinder formation of metastases in patients with cancer. In this regard, having turmeric in a smoothie of your own choice can make a great supplement in treating malign growths in the body.
Who needs pharmaceutical medications when Mother Nature gives us turmeric in abundance?
A turmeric smoothie is a blood purifier, a digestive aid, an anti-inflammatory drink, a wound healer, a skin tonic, a fat metabolizer, a cholesterol reducer, a gas reducer, an expectorant, and an analgesic. This smoothie is also anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and even anti-carcinogenic.
Curcumin, the natural pigment that gives the turmeric its striking yellow color, has come in the scientific spotlight through studies investigating its vast health benefits.
One of the most comprehensive summaries of turmeric benefits to date was published by the respected ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd. in 2007, in the October issue of Alternative & Complementary Therapies, and then summarized in 2008, in the July issue of the American Botanical Council publication called HerbClip.
Reviewing a corpus of some 700 studies, Duke concluded that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic and debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects!
Turmeric’s proven health benefits
Here are some of the diseases that turmeric has been found to help prevent or alleviate:
- Alzheimer’s disease: Duke found more than 50 studies on turmeric’s effects on this terrible disease. The reports indicate that extracts of turmeric contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in cases of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Arthritis: Turmeric contains more than two dozen (that is 24+) anti-inflammatory compounds, including 6 different COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme). By itself, writes Duke, curcumin – the component in turmeric most often cited for its healthful effects – is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory agent, and studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms.
- Cancer: Duke found more than 200 citations for turmeric benefits related to cancer and more than 700 for curcumin and cancer. He noted that in the handbook Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action, curcumin and/or turmeric were effective in animal models in prevention and/or treatment of colon cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, murine hepato-carcinogenesis (liver cancer in rats), esophageal cancer, and oral cancer. Duke said that the effectiveness of the herb against these cancers compared favorably with that reported for pharmaceuticals.
How can you add more turmeric to your daily diet?
Well, one good way is via preparing fresh turmeric tea. Or you can simply indulge in curried dishes, either at restaurants or at your home. Another excellent way is by making the great smoothie recipe given a few lines below.
Remember: However you do your smoothie, adding turmeric to your daily diet is one of the best moves toward optimal health everyone desires!
Turmeric Smoothie Recipe
Pure turmeric is a spice with a slightly bitter taste. But, by blending it with sweet-tasting fruits in a delicious smoothie, you won’t even notice its presence in your smoothie! This smoothie recipe is so tasty, healing and nutritious that you could have it every single day on your menu. Take our word for it!
Ingredients for the smoothie:
- ½ teaspoon turmeric (it can be increased to 1 tbsp.)
- 1 cup hemp or coconut milk
- ½ cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks
- 1 fresh banana
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon maca (optional)
Directions for preparing the smoothie:
Put all the above-listed ingredients in a blender [or mixer] and mix until your smoothie becomes smooth.
Take notice: This smoothie recipe is best consumed in the morning on an empty stomach. Not only will the smoothie increase your energy for the first half of the day, but it will also clear your mind and ‘infuse’ your body with some of the most powerful antioxidants that can be found in food whatsoever.
So, if you wanted to create a perfect smoothie this summer with anti-cancerous properties, potent anti-inflammatory agents, as well as anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effect, look no further than this great turmeric-fruit smoothie.
It accounts for a great smoothie-breakfast, doesn’t it? The right smoothie keeps bad diseases at bay, and, at the same time, it helps you shape a thinner body.
Alternative & Complementary Therapies
American Botanical Council publication HerbClip