5 Reasons to Start Using Turmeric Today
Turmeric is having it’s day in the sun, and for good reason! Not only is the intense yellow-orange color gorgeous, but the benefits of consuming this spice are amazing.
Turmeric is a hugely powerful anti-inflammatory spice. It has been used by people living in India for generations in many of their recipes which call for warming, grounding spices. You’ll find it as a component in curries, stews, and dals as well as many other Indian dishes. The main component of turmeric is curcumin, which is the primary benefit and anti-inflammatory component of turmeric. Let’s look at how curcumin can heal your body:
1. Curcumin has been found to help symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disease (like Chron’s and Colitis.)
2. Curcumin can lower joint inflammation in people suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis, making their symptoms more manageable.
3. Curcumin help prevent and inhibit cancer cell growth by helping to destroy cancer cells before they can multiply in the body.
4. Curcumin also aids in lowering cholesterol by helping your body rid clear out the LDL-cholesterol and keeping your heart healthy.
5. Studies have been demonstrated showing that curcumin has the ability to protect the brain against diseases like Alzheimer’s.
If that’s not enough to encourage you to add it to your daily diet, I don’t know what is!
Turmeric is a root and grows similarly to ginger. In fact, when you buy it in it’s root form, it looks like small knobs of ginger and you often find it right next to ginger in the produce section of the grocery store. You can also purchase turmeric in its ground form in the spice section of your grocery store, but be sure to purchase turmeric that is organic in order to reap all of its benefits! I would highly recommend trying out the organic turmeric from My Spice Box, who will ship right to your door!
By now you must be wondering…. How do I use turmeric?
There are a lot of ways to use this spice. The most common is in soups, as it lends a warming quality and some beautiful color. Here are three other ways to use turmeric in your kitchen:
1. Make a turmeric tea! If you can get fresh turmeric, I would recommend grating up some turmeric and fresh ginger and adding to a tea strainer. Add to your cup of hot water and steep for a few minutes before drinking. If you don’t have fresh, try out this rockstar recipe from Meghan Telpner for an amazing Turmeric Tea (you’ll also learn even more about the benefits!)
2. Add some turmeric to your morning smoothie. Start with just a pinch and work your way up to more. It is a strong flavor so don’t go overboard. But a little bit blended in with your other ingredients will add a kick to your system without making you cringe while you drink it.
3. Kick up your roasted veggies a notch with this warming spice. Check out the recipe below for adding turmeric to your dinner!
One final note on turmeric. When you can, pair it with black pepper (if you do not have an allergy) in order to make the curcumin more available in your body. The use of black pepper will allow the curcumin to be absorbed more beneficially and provide these amazing health benefits! Head to this article to read more about turmeric and black pepper.
Let’s work to get this amazing spice into our recipes often in order to reap the healing benefits and keep ourselves healthy!
Roasted Vegetables with Turmeric
Serves 2 as a meal, or 3-4 as a side
1 c cauliflower, chopped into florets
1 c broccoli, chopped into florets
1 c carrots, sliced into coins
1 yellow potato, cubed
½ yellow or white onion, cut into large pieces
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
15-oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (optional)
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp cumin
Salt & pepper to taste
Directions:Toss chopped veggies with a drizzle of olive oil and spices in a bowl. Place on baking sheet and cook at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes (or until veggies are tender.) To enjoy as a meal, add a can of chickpeas to your roasting veggies and dash of extra turmeric and paprika. Place roasted veggies and chickpeas over a bed of cooked brown rice or millet. Or enjoy as a side dish to your favorite burger or salad.