Turmeric is having a moment
It is the ROSE GOLD of spices right now.
If you pay attention to the health world, I’m sure you’ve seen tumeric or “golden” versions of all kinds of things popping up.
As someone who is focused on living a healthy lifestyle, I try to look at the crazes with a discerning eye since we tend to get caught up quickly in the next big thing.
I kind of missed the bone broth craze (and to be honest didn’t really do my research but know that people have found great aid for their gut health) and never gave into the Kombucha obsession (again, gut health – we all just want to poop well, I guess and feel good in our tummies).
But I love my avocado, and coconut oil, and fermented foods
SO I did decide to look into this turmeric craze a little bit and see if it’s worth it at all.
Turmeric is a spice that has been used for centuries in both food and medicine. In fact I used to use it years ago to make yellow rice before I knew the benefits of it. It makes our mustard yellow and is closely related to ginger. Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color.
Curcumin which gives it it’s golden color has significant anti-inflammatory properties. Largely due to its curcumin content, Turmeric is often credited with these benefits:
- Fighting inflammation
- As an antioxidant
- Protects the heart in various ways
- Helpful for arthritis
- Brain boosting
- May be helpful for fighting diabetes and cancer
Turmeric is said to be good for the skin by inhibiting the growth of pimple-causing bacteria and reducing the oil secretion by the sebaceous glands. The constant use of turmeric is said to clear acne scars. Turmeric’s antioxidants is said to fights signs of aging like wrinkles and pigmentation by curbing the growth of free radicals.
Other studies show that turmeric helps accelerate the metabolism rate, and we all want that right?
Turmeric has been used as a stomach soother and is particularly useful for constipation, cramping, and irritable bowel syndrome. The anti-inflammatory activity of curcumin also comes into play here, as it lowers the chances of developing ulcers, bleeding in the bowels, and can eliminate irritation throughout the gut.
Again, with the anti-inflammatory properties it can help ease PMS symptoms like cramping, and bloating, or mood swings.
Turmeric was often believed boost cognitive abilities, increase concentration, and boost memory retention. Many of those traditional beliefs have ended up being legitimated by research, and turmeric is still considered a brain-boosting herb. Turmeric can also protect the neural pathways from long-term oxidative stress and the build-up of plaque and can stimulate neural activity and prevent cognitive degradations, which often come in the form of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Just having turmeric in your foods, however is not enough if you’re trying to get the benefits of turmeric. You need to either take a supplement or perhaps the latte or shot I have included below.
If you look at any supplements and recommendations also include black pepper. Black pepper contains piperine, which has been shown to dramatically increase the absorption and effects of turmeric as it doesn’t absorb easily on it’s own.
I always think it’s interesting when we resurrect some traditional medicine and act like it’s the next new thing rather than realizing that we replace natural remedies with pharmaceuticals and doctors visits constantly. I do believe that pharmaceuticals and doctors are necessary and wonderful, but I always prefer to safely try home treatments and preventative medicine first.
I began taking Turmeric shots (recipe below) and haven’t felt any different or paid attention to any change, but when you try to practice preventative medicine to an extent, you have to kind of trust it’s working.
I don’t know that Turmeric is going to be some big craze like how coconut oil is in everything, but it is definitely a beneficial herb with plenty of healthy properties so if you see it added to something, I wouldn’t call it a scam and pass it over, rather see it as a bonus to a smoothie or soup.
If you want to try out turmeric i’ve included some recipes you can try and I’d be interested to know if you found any benefit! So do you take turmeric? Tell me your experience!
1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
1 heaping tablespoon fresh turmeric root, grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated (or 1 teaspoon ground)
2 teaspoons coconut oil
Pinch of black pepper
Raw honey or liquid stevia to taste
Gently warm the almond or coconut milk in a small saucepan. Do not boil. Add turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. Next, combine the coconut oil and pinch of black pepper with the mixture and gently heat together until melted. Use a wire whisk or immersion blender to create a foam. Continue to stir until frothy and heated through.
Stir in honey or sweetener of choice to taste. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Sip, savor & enjoy.
To create an extra frothy latte, pour the contents into a high-speed blender in place of a wire whisk or immersion blender.
1 c unsweetened cashew or almond milk
1 T coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash of black pepper
Pour all ingredients into a blender. Blend, strain, and save in a jar in your refrigerator. Have one shot per day and remake as needed.