Pantry Staple: Turmeric
Warm up your body this fall and winter with an immune booster plant. A peppery, yellow-orange warm spice traditionally known as the Indian Saffron, Turmeric has been consumed for many generations in savoury dishes. For more than 5,000 years, turmeric has been used for its healing and therapeutic properties. In the recent years, turmeric has reached new heights and fame as one of the go-to medicinal spices due to its anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidant effects. It has become a superfood in the wellness industry, one we can’t afford to ignore because of all it’s wonderful health benefits.
The phytochemical curcumin that’s found in turmeric is the main active ingredient. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties and helps neutralize free radicals that cause inflammation and swelling in the joints. Turmeric is known to protect the liver against toxins, help with circulation, improve digestion and aid in lowering cholesterol levels. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, this superfood is soothing for anyone suffering from any arthritic conditions as it supports healthy joint function. Turmeric is rich in calcium, iron, manganese, potassium, zinc, vitamin B6 and C. It is a well respected ingredient even in the skincare industry and added to many beauty products to promote healthy glowing skin.
For the past five years, I have used this spice in more dishes and smoothies than I can remember. As well, applying it topically in my masks. Recently, a dear friend of mine introduced me to using turmeric to whiten teeth and let me share the good news with you all; It really works! I warn you your toothbrush will be bright orange after brushing, but I assure you that your teeth will be whiter. I’m absolutely in love with turmeric and seeing results instantly, I incorporate it in my daily routine. Due to my rheumatoid arthritis, I consume this ancient spice in fresh, powder and supplement form on a daily basis. For anyone experiencing any cysts, hemorrhoids, eczema, bloating, aches and pains, include turmeric in your daily diet as it is potent with antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties that help shrink, reduce and give you some relief from these conditions. That’s if you acquire the distinct taste. I happen to love it!
Ways to enjoy Turmeric:
1. Add 1 tbsp. turmeric to your morning smoothie
2. Sprinkle turmeric on your scrambled eggs or avocado
3. Add it to pancakes, crepes, muffins, loafs or raw desserts
4. Add it to any warm stews, soups or pair it with butter beans or lentils sauteed in ghee
5. Add 1 tsp. to your salad dressing
6. Add 1 tsp. to a 8 oz glass and mix it with warm water, fresh lemon slices, orange peel, a dash of cayenne pepper, a couple of ginger slices, 1 cinnamon stick, 2-3 cloves and 1 tsp. raw honey. Mix well and enjoy this wonderful elixir in the winter months.
7. Add turmeric to your tea.
Tip: Take turmeric combined with black peppercorns or black pepper as it improves curcumin bioavailability. Even a pinch a black pepper added to turmeric enhances the absorption due to piperine that’s found in black pepper. Since turmeric is a fat-soluble, adding it to a fat such as ghee, coconut oil or olive oil helps dissolve and brake it down easily to pass through the stomach, into the small intestine and into the blood stream.
I would love to hear from you if you’ve seen results using this wonderful spice. Share your stories below.