The Super Benefits of Turmeric


Turmeric is totally trending these days, with yoga goddesses and fierce athletes alike. But grandmothers across Southeast Asia have been urging loved ones to brew a pot of “magic tea” to cure a headache or rocky tummy for centuries. Some even tout dabbing yellow paste onto burns and scrapes, or smearing it on your face to tame a cold. Before you write off the remedies as old wives’ tales, there’s science to back them up. Studies show curcumin, a compound in turmeric, contains powerful antioxidants that can soothe your stomach, relieve achy joints, and potentially help to fight a long list of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and arthritis. No wonder turmeric has earned a gold star as an anti-inflammatory food.

Turmeric is a versatile ingredient, and there are many delicious ways to add it to your diet. Warm, earthy, and pleasantly bitter, it adds depth to dishes both savory and sweet. Chicken curry or tandoori wouldn’t be the same without it. You can stir it into scrambled eggs and sautéed greens. Or let it tint your morning tea: golden milk is a similar concept to your usual latte or chai, but made with the sunny super spice.

Fresh versus Dried Turmeric

Ground turmeric is easy to find on the spice rack. Look for pure powders, to get the most curcumin. Some people mix the powder with hot water to make a paste, which you can store in a jar, ready to stir into drinks and dishes. The fresh root resembles ginger and often lives next to it in the produce aisle. It has an even sweeter, spicier flavor, and will make your tea truly magical. But one isn’t better than the other—both forms and flavors have their place in the kitchen, and a pinch of the powder never hurt a curry.

How Much Do You Need?

The University of Maryland recommends taking in 1 to 3 g of ground turmeric per day, about ½ to 1½ teaspoons, or 1.5 to 3 g of the fresh root. A drink with too much turmeric can go from pleasantly earthy to almost muddy, so don’t overdo it! All you need is a small spoonful.

Add a Dash of Black Pepper and Fat

Pepper and fat help your body absorb curcumin, so it’s important to add a dash. Indian curries usually call for pepper and oil, anyway, and supplements often include piperine, an extract, and should be taken with a meal (which generally will contain some fat). At home, add a few grinds of black pepper to whatever you’ve got cooking. When making golden milk, choose a low-fat milk or add a teaspoon of coconut oil to your non-fat milk. If it feels weird to pepper to your tea or smoothie, just remember—it’s an essential ingredient for good chai!

The Golden Touch

One last word of warning—there’s a reason your takeout containers are tinted orange. Turmeric will stain your hands, your cutting board, the counter, and your cutest tea towel. Curcumin is used as a dye in food and cosmetics. If you really don’t want the marigold glow, slip on some kitchen gloves.

Ready to start drinking in the benefits? Click through to try a simple recipe for golden milk, also known as turmeric tea.

A Simple Recipe for Golden Milk

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  • Turmeric like many herbals may interact with prescription medications, or have undesirable side effects. For example turmeric may cause higher levels of anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs thereby increasing risk of bleeding. It might be good to consult your pharmacist before using. The proof for effect in clinical trials is weak.

    • It also can cause increased stomach acid production so its benefits begin after processed in the stomach. My catch 22 – anti-inflammatory for my ulcerative colitis but aggravates my stomach ulcers.

  • Turmeric is also known as a curcuma longa, haldi and it is very common ingredient in every Indian household. Turmeric has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients like protein dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin and vitamin E. Turmeric has been used in many ingredients to cure various types of health conditions. Turmeric remedies are very effective and can treat almost every health condition very effectively. For information about turmeric cure you can visit this site.

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