Why Turmeric is the New Superfood
This piece originally appeared on Fix.com.
What are the components of turmeric? Turmeric is a bright aromatic powder that is obtained from the roots of the plant. Basic nutritional aspects of 100g of turmeric include 340 percent of the daily recommended intake of manganese and 517 percent of iron. It is also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin C, and magnesium. However, the two key therapeutic components of Turmeric are turmerone and curcumin. It is the curcumin that gives turmeric its super-powers.
What are the main conditions that turmeric can address? So now we know turmeric can have positive effects on body physiology – how does that power affect specific conditions? Good news – dozens of common pathologies respond to our superhero. Because of turmeric’s regulation over inflammation, arthritis and generalized joint swelling have shown significant decreases in symptomatology. Turmeric’s influence over blood glucose levels indicate conditions like diabetes and hypoglycemia may be well supported with the use of this vibrant spice. Turmeric’s impact on immune function translates into victorious combat when confronted with bacterial or viral infections. Liver issues, skin conditions, cholesterol regulation, and mood stabilization have also all been touched by the power of turmeric. But the condition that I am most excited about turmeric having influence over is cancer. If turmeric has an impact on killing unwanted cells in the body, as we discovered above, guess what the most unwanted cell is in the body? Cancer. Cancer of the digestive system and breast cancer seem the most responsive to date, but research is ongoing and prolific. In the future, we will surely be seeing more conditions our superhero can overcome.
Creamy Turmeric Tea
- 1 cup almond or coconut milk
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 inch finely grated ginger root
- 1-2 teaspoons of raw honey
In a pan, warm the milk. Mix the other ingredients in a small bowl and add a little of the warmed milk to the bowl. Stir well. This is done so you can get rid of all the lumps and smooth out the mixture before adding it to the rest of the milk. Add the mixture to the rest of the milk and stir. If you choose to, you can strain before drinking.
Turmeric Salad Dressing
- ½ avocado
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons raw honey
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup olive or avocado oil
Put all ingredients in a blender and mix well. Keep any unused portion in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Anti-Inflammatory Healing Turmeric Gummies
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
- 3 tablespoons raw honey
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
1. In a saucepan, combine water, turmeric, honey, and coconut oil. Heat on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
2. Check sweetness and adjust to taste.
3. Remove from the heat and sprinkle gelatin powder over warm liquid.
4. Whisk vigorously for about 1 minute, ensuring gelatin powder is completely dissolved.
5. Pour into a dish and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until gelatin is firm and you can cut it into small portions with a knife.
6. Store in an airtight container. Will keep up to 7 days in the refrigerator.
Adapted from asquirrelinthekitchen.com Turmeric Gummies.
- 1 Cup Hemp milk (or coconut milk)
- ½ Banana
- ¼ Avocado
- ½ Cup frozen tropical fruit
- ½ Teaspoon Turmeric powder
- 1 Tablespoon hemp seeds
- ½ Chunk of fresh ginger
- ½ Teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Teaspoon Chia seeds
Turmeric is the newest superfood that has the added benefit of being a delicious addition to both sweet and savory recipes. Get some turmeric powder and try these recipes, or start experimenting with your own!