What You Should Know About Turmeric And How To Use It

Turmeric-Latte

 

 

Turmeric is a spice and antioxidant superfood that is being talked about all over the web.  But what is it and how is it good for us?  Turmeric is actually a dried and ground up rootstock that is kin to the ginger family (yet another reason I love it! Wink Wink).  It has been used in holistic medicine for centuries and modern medicine is starting to acknowledge it for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits.  Read along and discover why it may need to be your newest ingredient in your diet.  I’ve even included a tasty recipe for a turmeric latte at the bottom!

What The Hell Is Turmeric?

Like I said above, Turmeric is a roostalk from a perennial plant of various names that belongs to the ginger family.  It has been used for over 4,000 years as plant-based medicine to aid in easing inflammation.  It is said to also help produce bile from the gallbaladder, which can aid in digestion.  If you’re eating crap and/or not fully chewing your food because modern lifestyle is go, go , go, keep reading because your gut is most likely throwing up a white flag.

 

 

Benefits Of Turmeric

Turmeric contains a compound called curcuminoids, of which, circumin is it’s most important. This has been shown to:

Decrease Inflammation

Be a powerful antioxidant to fight free radicals

Improve brain function and fight brain diseases like Alzheimers

Helpful for arthritis (hello inflammation)

Decrease endothelial dysfunction to help fight causes of heart disease

Research is in progress that shows it can help slow or stop growth of certain cancerous cells

Drink during menstrual cycle to decrease inflammation and pain

Natural Painkiller

Natural Antiseptic

 

How Turmeric Can Be Consumed

Turmeric is poorly absorbed if taken alone.  Your liver likes to make things water-soluble to be able to get rid of it.  Black pepper inhibits this function.   When turmeric is ingested with even just a quarter of a teaspoon of black pepper, the availability for your body to use it increases by 2,000%.  That’s crazy!  I know that adding black pepper to a latte sounds gross, but think of it like a Chai Tea.  It’s sweet and spicy and Christmas in a cup.
Turmeric Supplements are mostly made of that target ingredient: curcuminoids.  However, one plus to taking turmeric in it’s spice form is that is has a better chance of being consumed with pepper or fats and these will increase the absorption rate.

Topical Uses

Mix up 1 tsp. with enough water to make a paste.  This can be applied to cuts, psoriasis, acne, burns, and anything inflamed.  It will decrease redness and assist to keep open skin cleansed and help prevent bacterial growth and infection.

Turmeric has also been used to prevent wrinkles, ease stretch marks, and treat dandruff.

The beauty market is gearing up and booking a ticket on the turmeric train by including it in items like soaps, face masks, and moisturizers.  The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits can reduce redness and blemishes.  I have debated to adding some into my Josie Maran Argan oils and seeing if it can help with my rosacea.

 

My Fave Turmeric Latte Recipe

I like to enjoy a turmeric latte while getting ready for bed.  It gives me that warm, snuggly drink that has good ingredients for my digestive system while I sleep.  Any milk can be used, but I have an intolerance to cow milk protein, so I like to use either soy or almond milk.  I suggest starting with 1/2 tsp. turmeric to start, as it tastes like I pulled clay out of my yard and ate it.

1.5 Cups Preferred Milk

1/2 to 1 tsp. Turmeric

1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

1 Pinch of Cloves

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Add 1 tsp. Coconut Oil to get essential fatty acids

I also add in Vital Proteins Collagen Powder

 

Whisk all ingredients over low-medium heat and simmer 5-10 minutes so all flavors blend.

Serve in mug and top with a small pinch of additional cinnamon.

You can sweeten with honey or stevia to taste.  I use vanilla soy or almond milk and think it’s sweet enough.

 

Cautions

Although it has been found that Turmeric is generally safe and non-toxic even in high doses, it is always important to speak with your doctor before starting any new medicines or regimens.  Some supplements are known to interact with medications.  Please consult your health provider before making changes to your health regimen.

 

If you want to get science-y, you can scoot over to the National Center for Biotechnology website and read all about this super-spice.  What are your favorite natural spices / superfood ingredients?  Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

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