Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and for holistic healing. Contemporary Western medicine research backs up its use for its medicinal properties. It contains curcumin, which has anti-inflamatory and antioxidant properties.
Antioxidants help to protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. This type of a damage is a factor in developing blood vessel decease (atherosclerosis), cancers and other conditions that relate to damage in human cell and vessels structures.
Anti-inflamatory foods are rich in nutritious components, healthy acids and fiber, thus enriching your gut environment, helping digestion, and promoting healthy absorption of food and elimination of toxins.
Some research even outlined some beneficial properties of turmeric for depression and anxiety. Curcumin appears to elevate neurotransmitters such as serotonin, while also lowering stress hormones, such as cortisol.
Here is a recipe that you can use to integrate more turmeric into your diet a few times a week: make a golden milk latte. It is healthy and tasty. Morning or day, it will be a healthy alternative to your Sturbucks java choices, which are full of sugar and caffeine, and may not be good for you. At night, it will be a soothing and relaxing beverage, helping you to dose off easier.
2 cups of milk (use almond mild, if eliminating dairy)
1 teaspoon of ground turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon (or to taste) of maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper
Warm up the mild, add the spices, heat and serve. Enjoy!
Turmeric is good for you, but reportedly, not efficiently absorbed by our bodies. So, in addition to the golden mild latte, sprinkle more in salads, rice, and chicken, as it has a smooth and complementary flavor. Or try also taking it as a supplement. For adults, the general recommended dose is 400-600 mg of standardized curcumin powder 1-3 times daily. Other sources suggest taking as little as 500 mg to 2,000 mg (broken in 3-4 increment doses) per day.
Enjoy the benefits of adding this spice to your daily diet, and your body will thank you for it.