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Turmeric – Your Miracle In Waiting
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Turmeric is not simply a spice; it’s a cure that’s easy to get and a great addition to fruit smoothies and soups to keep you well all winter, and year, long. It’s a plant you likely heard of as being a main ingredient in curry which adds a bit of warm and bitter kick many may not enjoy but there are other ways to have it and mask the taste of.
Culinary and Medicinal Uses
As part of the ginger family, this herb is native to Southeast Asia where they need a significant amount of rainfall to thrive and commonly used for colouring based on its deep orange-yellow colour.
Now primarily used in savory dishes (I add a sprinkle to almost everything I make now including Sheppard’s Pie, and my seven year old devours it), turmeric started being used in Chinese medicine but quickly made its way into our mouths.
Used topically to reduce pain, bruising and infections, it is also a very strong anti-oxidant if ingested and best done so with black pepper to ensure it’s better absorbed into your blood stream.
Introducing to Diet
First introducing it to my diet in golden milk, I’ve become accustomed to now adding it in my families regular fruit smoothies, along with black pepper, ginger and drips of oil of oregano. They don’t even know it’s there when masked with stronger tastes such as blueberries, lemons and cinnamon. It’s also easy to slip a sprinkle into scrambled eggs, roasted vegetables and rice.
Have arthritis? Concerned about the risk of cancer? Or simply want a boost to your immune system? There are many perks to sprinkling this into your everyday diet no matter your age or health condition, and there are a lot of ways to help you start today.
Here are 5 reasons you should start loving turmeric:
Turmeric Dramatically Increases The Antioxidant Capacity of The Body
If you work in a large office or send your children to public school you know how easy it is to have a family member come home sick with a cold or a flu despite constantly washing hands and staying warm.
Along with blueberries, oil of oregano and lots of water, introducing turmeric to your diet can go a long way in helping to prevent attracting that unwanted bug.
Turmeric Improves Brain Function
We all want to learn and make it easy for our kids to be educated and live to their full potential. Choosing the right foods for them and introducing spices known to help should be an easy decision.
Studies are leading researchers to believe that turmeric reduces the hormone which includes depression and Alzheimer’s disease by improving memory and brain function! Why not take the chance?
Turmeric Can Help Prevent and Possibly Even Cure Cancer
We all know someone who has been diagnosed or even died do to the results of cancer, but did we really do everything in our power to help them? Encouraging regular consumption of this yellow spice will only lead to greater things.
Turmeric, although not a guaranteed cure, has been known to reduce cancerous tumours and the growth of cancerous cells. A much more natural way to attack the deadly effects of this too common disease and doesn’t have the nasty side effects of chemotherapy.
May Help Battle Two Diabetes
While the spice lowers blood sugar it helps increase the effectiveness of medication and improves insulin function and digestion.
Turmeric is a Natural Pain Reliever!
Skip the ibuprofen and go right to Golden Milk or a turmeric vitamin next time you’re in pain. This spice has been known to help with arthritis pain and pain due to inflammation (headache, injury, etc).
If you take it on a regular basis, 400 – 600 mg three times a day is recommended, you may not need medication again!
As turmeric, and all curcumin spices, are not easily absorbed naturally, improve the effects by consuming it with black pepper. I do this easily every morning by adding both turmeric and black pepper to hot water along with cinnamon, honey, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. It’s an odd mixture but I find it goes down easily and after just a few mornings of it the taste no longer bothers me.
While I am not a doctor and do ask that you consult your physician about any of your ailments, trying turmeric on a regular basis does no harm and does all good so I encourage all of you to try it today!
Sarah Butland was born in Ontario, the year was 1982. She now resides in Nova Scotia, Canada with her high school sweetheart and son.
The creator of BananaBoy and author of the Adventures Of Sammy series beginning with Sending You Sammy, her first published children's book, Butland dreams big and starts small. Brain Tales – Volume One and Arm Farm added to her in print collection of books among her blog (www.SarahButland.com), articles for magazines and many other forms of writing.