Without fail I use this superfood combination every day. Not only because of its incredible list of benefits which are listed below, but I find it actually tastes really good, somewhat like having a sweet hit but without any junk (especially if you use good raw honey).
To try and summarise all the benefits of these two superfoods together (an ancient Ayurvedic combination used for centuries as a natural anti-biotic, to help improve overall health, decrease cancer rates, and provide an anti-oxidant rich anti-inflammatory effect among so much more) is lengthy. But here goes:
Raw honey (not the heated stuff in bottles at stores, unless it states it is raw/cold spun, as this removes all of honeys natural antibacterial properties – you can get raw from health food stores, local markets usually sell it quite cheap, or some larger supermarkets offer it also) is known for:
- anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties -making it a powerhouse for treating colds and flus.
- being a natural anti-oxidant source
- it contains nutraceuticals (which help to neutralise free radicals in the body)
- promoting good bacteria in the intestines
- it helps reduce pollen allergies (excellent if you can get local raw honey)
- it aids sleep
- and is nutritionally dense with enzymes and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, and potassium.
- Oh and it tastes delicious!
Good stuff right?
Then we have turmeric (curcuma longa). This simple spice (the active compound being curcumin) is far from simple in terms of its health benefits. Turmeric has been used in India and China for 1000s of years as not only a spice for cooking but also as a medicinal herb known for its:
- anti-cancer and antimutagenic properties
- as a digestive aid
- an immune system booster
- as a strong anti-oxidant
- as an anti-inflammatory and pain treatment (helpful for arthritis)
- its ability to improve brain function
- to reduce the risk of heart disease
- antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties
- to increase longevity/lifespan
- as an overall health booster and immune system booster (due to turmeric containing lipopolysaccharide – known to boost our immune system)
- to help with weight loss
- to lower blood glucose levels and reverse insulin resistance (helpful for individuals with diabetes)
- to reduce cholesterol levels
- And has even been shown in some studies to help with reducing depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
Combining these two ingredients together means you get the benefits of both the honey and turmeric, and this helps ward off colds, promotes weight loss, and keeps you healthy.
The above video is a super quick demo of how simple it is to whip up (yep as simple as combine and stir to a consistency of nut butter – roughly even parts) & 3 easy ways to use it (eat it, in smoothies, or as a tea). You can also add a little fresh cracked pepper to help supercharge this even more as the piperine in the pepper helps improves the curcumins bioavailability and absorption by the body. The amount to take per day is hard to overdose on (unless you love it as much as I do), but a good ball park is around a tsp of the mix 1-3x daily (3x especially if you have a cold or are trying to get rid of any inflammation – but as always speak to your doctor first). A nice pre-bed snack to help with sleeping is warming up a glass of almond milk and mixing a tsp of the honey turmeric paste in – get in the kitchen, and get cracking – as you can see it literally only requires a couple minutes of effort to gain so many benefits!
I cannot wait to share more hands on advice and do these workshops with up to 9 beautiful women just outside of Byron Bay this year in May – check out the beautiful yoga, health and meditation goddess retreat I am offering and jump in before it is sold out xx
Love and light and healthy vibes being sent to you,