Let's get to the root of Turmeric
A friend of mine gifted me with a lovely Hibiscus & Cinnamon Turmeric tea, made by a company called Taka Turmeric.
Today I decided to try it and how they managed to make Turmeric taste yum in a tea is beyond me. Whilst enjoying it, it got me thinking again of all the benefits of Turmeric. Firstly, what is Turmeric? You know that rich orange, golden color that most curries are? That is because of a root called Turmeric, which also happens to be part of the ginger family. The main active ingredient of Turmeric is Curcumin, which is what gives this spice all it's magic. Unfortunately Curcumin is not easily absorbed into the bloodstream, whereas if you consume black pepper with it, it enhances the absorption – so this tea maker was pretty clever.
So, what’s so good about Curcumin?
Well firstly it is a very strong anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is what the body automatically does to look after itself, but chronic inflammation can cause many diseases, including autoimmune diseases like Arthritis. Curcumin is so powerful that it has the same effect on inflammation as most anti-inflammatory medicine, but without all those nasty side effects.
It is a very strong antioxidant and it helps your body increase it's antioxidant defenses. Antioxidants are used to balance free radicals. Free Radicals are those nasty little things that cause damage to the cells in our bodies. Including making us look old to quick - just that is enough reason to eat some Turmeric.
The list goes on:
It improves brain function
Lowers risk of brain and heart disease
Helps prevent cancer
Helps with Arthritis - so from my experience, the more inflammation you have the more pain you have.
Balances hormone levels
Improves liver health
Helps with treating depression
Even helps with fat loss
Then on a lighter side:
Can help for an upset stomach
Just in case you are still in your hippy days, you can use as dye for tea-shirts
For mom's who make there own play dough, here is your orange color
If you have a little dandruff, just mix Turmeric and Olive Oil and put on your head
And finally, is a great addition to any dish
When you look around you today, everyone around us turn to the Western World’s resolution for diet, sickness, and the list goes on. Yet if we took a moment to go back to basics, using the resources so readily available to us, what we can take out of the ground and how it benefits us, we would see that being healthy is not as hard nor expensive as most think it is.
Just a teaspoon of Turmeric (with a little black pepper for consumption) can make a huge difference and provide a great source of Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Vitamin C and Potassium.
Thank you for reading.