Did you know that the root of many chronic diseases such as asthma or arthritis is in the untreated and unchecked inflammation in your body? According to recent research, you need to pay close attention to your way of living and your diet as well if you want to stay healthy and with no risk of developing a chronic disease.
There are certainly numerous recipes on the internet to help you lead a healthier life, but there is one that is absolutely my favorite and I would love to share it with all of you. It is a great fighter of inflammation because of the perfect combination. As you might have guessed, it incorporates the well-known inflammation fighter: the spice turmeric, in the combination of tomatoes and black pepper.
Your body needs to protect itself from injuries and this is achieved through inflammation. Sometimes various infections can cause inflammation, but it does not necessarily mean that inflammation equals infection. Infection is caused by a virus, fungus, or a bacterium, whereas inflammation is the response of these in your body.
When inflammation goes on for a long period of time, it usually turns into a chronic disease. That’s how inflammation can be a serious threat to damaging our health in the long term, and therefore, we should be very careful about what we consume on a daily basis.
The benefits of turmeric/curcumin
The health benefits of turmeric are more than obvious and are proven with over 6000 studies. These studies state that turmeric and the active component curcumin beat drugs such as steroids, Metformin, Prozac, Oxaliplatin, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Lipitor, Tamoxifien, Tylenol, Imipramine, Naproxen, and Celecoxib. Moreover, it is proven that curcumin has gene-protective qualities, the journal Science states.
This means that curcumin acts as a protector of DNA integrity, countering the damage in genetics that usually leads to cystic fibrosis. Most importantly, turmeric fights cancer in the way that it damages the DNA of cancer cells. In the same time it actually protects the normal cells from genetic damage by having antioxidant abilities.
The benefits of black pepper
Black pepper in the combination with turmeric forms a powerful cancer fighting diet. There is a new study showing that the combination of turmeric and piperine, which is found in black pepper, limits the growth of stem cells for breast cancer. Also, the combination helps in the body’s absorption of turmeric by 2000%!
The benefits of tomatoes
Tomatoes are well-known for their antioxidant abilities and as protectors of your eyes. They are also a great source of lutein, beta-carotene, and lycopene. Lycopene also reduces the risk of getting cardiovascular disease with the process of reducing LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.
Tomatoes contain the most of lycopene when they are cooked and eaten in a meal that does not provide a lot of fat. Not only lycopene, but they also contain natural fiber in abundance, which reduces the risk of getting prostate cancer and damaging the colon in general. In fact, you need to consider a daily intake of tomatoes, because it increases vitamin C proportion in the blood, inhibits stress hormones levels, and gives strength to the immune system.
Here is the recipe of a soup that can be done fast and easily.
You will need:
- 2 large diced onions
- 4 minced gloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 can organic tomato paste;
- 15 sun-ripened tomatoes with skin, then quartered;
- 2-3 tbsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar;
- 2 ½ tsp Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt;
- 4 tsp turmeric powder;
- 1 cup bone broth or prepared vegetable stock;
- freshly ground black pepper;
- a dash cayenne powder of red pepper flakes (optional);
- 1 small handful fresh basil, chives, or thyme, chopped (optional).
If you wish, you can top with mozzarella or Parmesan.
First, melt the coconut oil in a medium-sized oven or a small pot. Then sauté (caramelize) the onions, that were previously chopped together, with the garlic gloves until translucent.
Next, add the turmeric with the chopped tomatoes and stir. Let this cook at medium-high heat and wait for the tomatoes to soften.
When some of the liquid is reduced, add the rest of the ingredients. It usually takes 5-10 minutes for the tomatoes to soften.
Stir during that process.
After adding the other ingredients, cook for at least 10 more minutes. It is time to use the blender! You can blend until you get the texture you like. After blending, don’t forget to add black pepper, and your anti-inflammatory soup is ready to eat!