The turmeric plant, or the main spice in curry, is a member of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, and is native to southeast India. It has bitter and warm taste, often used in curry powders, mustards, cheese, and butters.
The turmeric root has potent medicinal properties, which can be used in the treatment of bronchitis, colds, inflammation, arthritis, stomach pain, headaches, heartburn, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, gallbladder disorders, infected wounds, bruising, and more.
We give you 5 reasons to consume turmeric daily:
1.Boosts Immune System – Lipopolysaccharide, a substance in turmeric, stimulates the body’s immune system. It has potent antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties which boost the immune system.
2.Reduces Cholesterol Levels – Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric has strong cholesterol-lowering effects and represents a messaging molecule that communicates with genes in liver cells, stimulating them to raise the production of mRNA that directs the creation of receptors of LDL (bad) cholesterol. The increased number of LDL-receptors helps liver cells to clear more LDL-cholesterol from the body.
3.Fat Blocker / Liver Detoxifier – Curcumin improves the function of the liver and block fat. This is a result of the suppressing of the blood vessels that are used to form fat issue. Turmeric eliminates toxins from the blood by producing enzymes that break them down.
4.Reduces Inflammation – Numerous studies have confirmed the anti-inflammatory effects of the volatile oil fraction of turmeric. Curcumin has been found to be even more effective than the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone, and numerous other over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents like Motrin.
However, unlike OTC or prescription drugs, which lead to severe toxic effects, curcumin produces no toxicity. It has also been found to treat arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and other inflammatory diseases.
5. Turmeric can increase the antioxidant capacity of the body -Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind aging and many diseases. It involves free radicals, highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons. Free radicals tend to react with important organic substances, such as fatty acids, proteins, or DNA. The main reason antioxidants are so beneficial is that they protect your body from free radicals.
Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure. In addition, animal and cellular studies suggest that curcumin may block the action of free radicals and may stimulate the action of other antioxidants. Further clinical studies are needed in humans to confirm these benefits.
Here are five ways to add turmeric to your daily diet:
Eggs – Turmeric is a perfect addition to eggs. Use it to season your scrambled, poached, hard-boiled, over-easy and omelets.
Tea – To prepare turmeric tea, adding add 2 ½ teaspoons of turmeric, some fresh lemon juice, and raw honey to boiled water. You can also add ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper.
Smoothies – Add ½ – 1 teaspoon of turmeric to your smoothies and make them extremely healthy. One delicious recipe is as follows: in 2 cups of coconut or almond milk, add a couple handfuls of kale or spinach, 1 cup of frozen pineapple, 1 cup of frozen mangoes, a bit of fresh ginger and a teaspoon of this miraculous spice.
Yellow Mustard – Use this condiment, or add it to salad dressings with some vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.
Spice Up Vegetables – Season your vegetables, like broccoli, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and cooked greens with turmeric.