Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been used for 4,000 years to treat a variety of conditions. Studies show that turmeric may help fight infections and some cancers, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems.
Check this list of some of the turmeric’s essential properties out:
- Cancer preventative
In particular, we love turmeric for its anti-inflammatory benefits, and recommend using it in the following seven ways, courtesy FitLife.tv:
1. Turmeric Juice Shot
1/2 in turmeric root or 1 tsp turmeric powder
Juice the turmeric and lemon, then add the salt. Enjoy!
2. Golden Milk
1 c almond or coconut milk
1/4 c of water
1 tbsp fresh grated or turmeric powder
1/4 tbsp fresh grated or ginger powder
1/4 tbsp vanilla
2 tbsp honey
Simmer all ingredients for roughly 1 minute, then let cool and drink. Enjoy!
3. Turmeric Tea
1/2 tbsp fresh grated turmeric
1 c hot water
lime, to taste
Boil water, add turmeric, let simmer 5 minutes.
Strain, then add other ingredients to preferred taste. Enjoy!
4. Turmeric Scramble
Add turmeric to your morning eggs!
5. Turmeric Soup
4 c broth, bone or veggie
1 knuckle chopped or grated turmeric
black pepper, optional
Simmer turmeric and broth for 15 minutes, strain.
Add black pepper or other seasonings to taste.
6. Turmeric Smoothie
2 tbsp coconut flakes
1 1/2 c frozen mango or pineapple
1/2 c almond milk or coconut milk
1 tbsp fresh or powdered turmeric
1 tbsp hemp seed hearts
1 tbsp maca root
dash black pepper
Put all the ingredients in a blender, and blend them well! Enjoy!
7. Turmeric Kefir
Add a tsp turmeric to your kefir, and enjoy!
To get the most of what turmeric has to offer, use it to enhance many of the current ho-hum dishes on your table, such as fish dishes or any meat for that matter; turmeric can add delicious complexity to mashed dishes like potatoes or cauliflower, sautés with onions, broccoli, carrots, or bell peppers. It can be used as a base for creamy vegetable dips, sauces, and egg salad.
Be sure to choose the full, organic turmeric spice rather than a curry blend, which has a negligible amount of anything healthful.
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