Curcuma Longa, aka Turmeric, has well deserved its crown as one of the worlds healthiest foods. This simple little bright yellow spice has been used for centuries for its powerful healing and anti-inflammatory properties in Chinese and Indian medicine practices.
So what makes this spice so special?
- It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects on our bodies.
- It is a rich source of anti-oxidants and as such can neutralise free radicals in the body, which has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of Arthritis and the prevention of cancer.
- It is excellent for speeding up recovery from colds and the flu (and helpful at ensuring these don’t kick in if used on a regular basis).
- Studies have shown it has been helpful at reducing cholesterol levels in the body.
- It has been shown to improve brain functioning and lower the risk of brain diseases.
- Some studies have shown that turmeric may prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
- Helps with digestion.
- Helps with flatulence – I know a few people who could benefit from this 😉
- It is great for your cardiovascular system and can reduce the risk of heart disease.
- It can alleviate depressive symptoms.
Sounds quite amazing huh?
Turmeric can either be purchased fresh or as a dried spice. When it is fresh it kind of resembles ginger, but when you break a piece of turmeric off you will notice the very bright yellowy/orange colour. If you cant get it fresh you will find it dried and ground in the spice/herb section in nearly all supermarkets.
So I’m going to go ahead and assume you are desperate to get using this, so here’s a little list on simply ways to include it.
- Add a little sprinkle or grate some in to stir frys
- Add it to currys, rice, or soups.
- Add it in your scrambled eggs.
- Mix it in to vegetable dishes.
- Make a golden turmeric milk drink as below.
Golden Turmeric Milk drink (serves 1):
1 cup of almond or coconut milk (or another other nut milk or even water)
1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup for vegans
1 tsp of dried or 2 tsp grated turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
Optional – slight grating of fresh ginger
Pinch of sea salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients except the raw honey in a pan on the stove and bring to the boil. Pour in to a cup and stir in the honey (or sweetener of your choice) – serve warm or cold.
Have you started using turmeric yet? Let me know below! Don’t forget to check this out if you haven’t already.