Turmeric ( Curcuma longs ) the bright yellow of the spice rainbow is a powerful medicine that long been used in the Chinese and India systems of medicine as an anti_ inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions including flatulence jaundice menstrual difficulties bloody urine hemorrhage toothache bruises chest pain and colic.
The volatile oil fraction of turmeric has demonstrated significant anti_ inflammatory activity in a variety of experimental. Even more potent than its volatile oil is the yellow or orange pigment of turmeric which is called curcumin. Curcumin is thought to be the primary pharmacological agent in turmeric. In numerous studies, curcumin's anti_ inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone as well as over_ the _ counter anti_ inflammatory agents such as Motrin. Unlike there drugs which are associated with significant toxin effects ( ulcer formation decreased white blood cell count intestinal bleeding ), curcumin produces no toxicity.
3 Ways to Incorporate Turmeric into Your Healthy Diet:
1. Add Turmeric to your Smoothie
A recent study has found that turmeric was as effective as a none_ steroidal anti_ inflammatory drug including ibuprofen in reducing knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis. Turmeric has incredible medicinal properties but many people don't know what to do with it. So we recommend adding turmeric to homemade smoothies or juices for color and taste.
One of our favorite smoothies combines these ingredients: 1/4 cup Oatmeal_ Rolled Oats 1 cup Water Coconut 2 tbsp Coconut Milk 2 medium Tangerine 1/2 tsp Ground Turmeric 1/4 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract 1 tsp Honey. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth Enjoy.
2. Turmeric latte
There are so many fun ways to include turmeric in your diet. For example, dairy_ and caffeine_ free morning beverage we highly recommend for you to try a turmeric latte.
You'll need these ingredients: 8 ounces of almond or coconut milk 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 1 teaspoon of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of fresh ginger.
Directions: In a pot combine milk turmeric cinnamon honey and ginger Stir and heat until warm. For a none_ creamy throat_ soothing version replace the almond or coconut milk with water add 2 lemon slices stir and let steep for 20 minutes then strain and add a pinch of cayenne before serving.
3. Make banana or zucchini bread
You can also add turmeric in both if these bread because turmeric plays well with cinnamon just add 1 teaspoon of turmeric in your bread and your bread will be more healthy a more exotic.
A recipe for Turmeric and Cinnamon Banana bread
Ingredients you'll need: 3 ripe bananas mashed 1 1/2 cups almond meal 3/4 cup ghee butter or Coconut Oil. A pinch of Salt 2 tsp Cinnamon Powder 1 tsp Turmeric Powder 1 Tbsp honey 3 organic eggs 2 tsp Vanilla Essence 1 tsp baking powder Optional Add-Ins: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/4 _ 1/2 tsp ground cloves1/2 cup chopped Cacao Wafers.
Directions: Preheat oven to 180C and grease a cake slice or muffin tray In a food processor mix master or thermo mix cream the Ghee butter or coconut oil honey eggs and vanilla together. Once the mix has been creamed nicely add the almond meal spices and baking powder. Add all other ingredients and combine evenly. Now mix through any additional add-ins like chopped nuts or cacao wafers. Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and sprinkle with extra cinnamon. Place in the oven for 50_ 60 minutes or until golden and it springs back when lightly touched. Try not to overcook this as it becomes dry. Allow cooling serve warm or cold with freshly whipped cream yogurt with butter on top or enjoy plain. Store it in an air_ tight container in the fridge