Most of us are familiar with Turmeric, the bright yellow spice used in curries and many ethnic dishes. If you search the internet, you will find a sea of recipe ideas that incorporate this lively spice but did you know that when you eat turmeric, you are actually healing your body?
Turmeric is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Turmeric was first discovered near New Delhi around 2500 BCE. For centuries, turmeric has been celebrated as both food and medicine and is considered one of the most effective natural healing herbs in the world.
In traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda (a 5000-year-old system of natural healing), turmeric has been used for centuries as a potent anti-inflammatory remedy because of the compelling health benefits it provides to the body. Just a few of these benefits include:
- Boosts immune system
- Eases joint pain
- Protects skin from free-radical damage
- Cancer-fighting properties
- Protects against heart disease
- May help to prevent dimensions and Alzheimers disease
- Improves memory and brain health
According to Ayurveda, in order for the body to properly absorb turmeric and benefit from its medicinal properties, it should always be consumed with beneficial fats (like coconut oil) and black pepper.
Although turmeric side effects are rare, there are some who should not take turmeric including pregnant women, diabetes, hormone conditions (breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, etc.), bleeding issues, gallbladder dysfunction, iron deficiency, and men with fertility concerns.
In these cases, it is always best to consult your doctor before taking turmeric. It is also important to note it is recommended to stop taking turmeric two weeks before any scheduled surgery as it cold interferes with bleeding.
Learning about all of the essential health benefits turmeric offers to the body, I’d like to say I consume it every day – but I don’t. Many of my recipes do incorporate this distinctly unique golden spice, but I don’t make them daily. It is easy to forget about the many other delicious options available for a daily dose of this healing gem.
I recently concocted this Turmeric Almond Milk Smoothie that makes it easy and pleasant to get a daily dose of turmeric on the days I’m not cooking with it. And for those days when someone in my house is feeling under the weather, I like to whip up one of my favorite healthy healing beverages, Turmeric Coconut Milk Tea with Cardamom.
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