Have you enjoyed a gorgeous delicious golden curry recently? Well nice one sporty sister – you have successfully improved your defence against inflammation, free-radical damage, anxiety, indigestion and asthma!
In Indian spice talk – we know that those delectable curries owe their bright yellow colour to one particular ingredient… and that’s cancer kicking, inflammation fighting and health promoting: turmeric!
Taken from the underground stalk of the Curcuma longa plant, the use of turmeric dates back centuries from India and the Middle East who have known it has far more benefits than just boosting flavour. Many of turmeric’s benefits can be traced to a very important single compound known as Curcumin. The actual word “turmeric” means “deserving earth” – it’s no wonder, curcumin, which is the sole culprit for the spice’s yellow colour, is known primarily as an anti-inflammatory with enormous potential. It may treat everything from atherosclerosis to arthritis and not to mention it is a powerful antioxidant, assisting your body as a super free radical scavenger!
There’s more to turmeric than spicing up a curry…
Did you know it is used to treat symptoms and systems such as:
- Intestinal disorders such as leaky gut: Turmeric is a very effective intestinal antiseptic and is also a powerful anti-inflammatory herb to help heal the gut from food intolerances such as gluten sensitivity or dairy intolerance.
- Immune system support: Turmeric is five to eight times stronger than vitamin E and vitamin C to ignite and boost your immunity
- Coughs and colds: Turmeric, along with its immune support: has antiseptic properties, an effective remedy for chronic cough and cold signs and symptoms
- Inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis: Turmeric’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties can also be used topically on the skin to reduce inflammation, maintain elasticity and give nourishment. However, although its benefits sure are therapeutic, keep in mind its bright pigment may turn your skin bright yellow!
- Reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes: Curcumin has a positive effect on cholesterol, showing it may help lower and prevent the buil dup of LDL (bad cholesterol) in blood vessels. This build up can block arteries and cause heart attacks and strokes.
- Indigestion and weight loss: Turmeric can wonderfully stimulate our gallbladder and produce bile needed for the digestion of fats. This improves digestion and in turn can help control weight.
- Low iron status: Turmeric is super rich in iron which sequentially makes it valuable to people with low iron status, deficiency or anaemia. Sprinkle some extra on your dinner tonight for an extra energy boost!
Turmeric also helps to prevent cancer
Never underestimate the power of antioxidants! They scavenge molecules in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. This free radical hunt may reduce or even help prevent some of the harm they cause. Curcumin may help prevent or treat several types of cancers, including breast, prostate, some types of skin cancers, and colon cancer. Its preventive effects are because it is a strong antioxidant, destroying mutated cells and enhancing liver function for expelling damaged cells quicker and faster.
If you’ve never used turmeric in your cooking, you’re probably wondering, how do I take it?
Turmeric can easily be added to your diet. At the supermarket it is found easily in powder form in the spices section next to the salt and pepper shakers. Simply sprinkle into your preferred dish (super delicious on poached eggs in the morning, as well as fish, chicken and quinoa). But if you want the real deal, turmeric’s roots and bulbs are generally sold at your local farmers market. When it is boiled and dried it forms the powder and you can also grate it like ginger straight into the pan! You can also take turmeric in an organic supplement form to take advantage of the full benefits it offers.
So, a spice that can act as your one-two punch against normal ageing with its skin promotion, antioxidant capabilities and immunity support… it’s no wonder this miracle herb has been a staple in middle eastern cuisine for centuries.