Time to try turmeric!
Have your tried turmeric? It's time!
Perhaps you have this little gem in your spice rack already. If so, it's time to put it to work! Over the years, researchers have been learning more and more about the health benefits of turmeric and its active component, curcumin. Turmeric has been used in India for over 2500 years and is found in many Indian dishes. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that it can be helpful in the treatment of many different health condition from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.
So, what's so good about it? Here is a list of some of the many health benefits of turmeric :
1. Fights against obesity: The active ingredient found within turmeric that offers most of the health benefits, has been shown to help suppress the growth of fat tissues within your body.
2. Anti-inflammatory: Turmeric can help reduce joint and muscle pain. You can even add turmeric to a homemade muscle rub for topical relief of inflammation after exercise. Click here for the recipe.
3. Helps Digestion: The anti-inflammatory nature of curcumin allows your digestive system to work better.
4. Relieves your arthritis: Curcumin can help your bones and muscles work as normal and cells operate as they need to. This reduces pain and inflammation and, over time, stops you from causing more damage to your bones and joints.
5. Lowers cholesterol: Curcumin has been known to stop cells from creating too much bad cholesterol.
6. Lowers blood pressure: Curcumin protects blood vessels and the build-up of plaque that cause high blood pressure.
7. Protects your heart: Studies have shown that those who consume more curcumin experience better heart and blood vessel health.
8. Heals wounds: Sprinkling a bit of turmeric powder on a cut, burn or wound will help speed up the healing process.
9. Keeps your liver healthy: Research concludes that this natural chemical has been shown to be effective in repairing damaged liver tissues.
10. Boosts immunity: There is a substance known as lipopolysaccharide in turmeric that helps in stimulating the body’s immune system.
One thing to take note of is that research has found that consuming black pepper with curcumin increases it benefits (bio-availability).
Here are some ways to use turmeric...
*Add a pinch to scrambles
*Toss it with roasted vegetables
*Add it to rice
*Try it with greens; it adds great flavor to salad
*Use it in soups
*Blend it in a smoothie
*Add it to your daily dose of Apple Cider Vinegar (2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt, 8 oz .of water, stir and drink)
*Add it to a moisturizing muscle rub for use after exercise
*Soothing face mask: Add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder to your favorite face mask recipe (try coconut oil, honey and turmeric) Give turmeric a try and see how much better you feel!
I would love to hear from you about your use of turmeric.
Special Note: While turmeric is generally considered safe for use, it is important to talk to your doctor before using this or any substance as it can interact with medications. Turmeric may interfere with anti-coagulants like aspirin, and warfarin. It also can affect medications such as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. As with any herb or supplement, use as directed.