So at this point, I’m pretty sure everyone has heard of Turmeric and know of at least one of its medicinal benefits. But if you research Turmeric you will find it harbors more medicinal qualities than almost anything it can be compared to; which gives it the well-deserved label of “superfood”.
According to the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health, “Preliminary studies found that curcuminoids may reduce the number of heart attacks bypass patients had after surgery, control knee pain from osteoarthritis as well as ibuprofen did, and reduce the skin irritation that often occurs after radiation treatments for breast cancer. Other preliminary studies in people have looked at curcumin, a type of curcuminoid, for different cancers, colitis, diabetes, surgical pain, and as an ingredient in mouthwash for reducing plaque. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has studied curcumin for Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and prostate and colon cancer.”
Granted, these aren’t things that ALL of us are dealing with, (still, isn’t that information amazing?!) but every single one of us can and will benefit from the daily use of turmeric.
Authority Nutrition says, “It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions.”
These also happen to be the biggest killers of Americans, and basically all human Earth inhabitants. We all know at least one person, who is dealing with AT LEAST one of the ailments listed above, and unfortunately many of them don’t realize they have the power to take their health into their own hands.
Fortunately, turmeric is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory agent, and has even been proven to be as effective as the medications used to treat these health problems, if not more effective and without the side-effects. The problem is, in Western civilization and our recipes, turmeric is basically absent. Most people here don’t know how to use it, when to use it, or what it tastes good with!
I have made it a point to incorporate turmeric into my (almost) daily routine, as often as I can squeeze it in. When I first started using it, I was shocked by the versatility of the delicious root! Here are a few of my favorite recipes, and ways to incorporate turmeric into mine and my family’s routine:
1) Juicing it.
I have found that it is most delicious with carrot and orange mixtures, though honestly, I add it to just about every juice I make, regardless of the recipe. I always pair it with ginger, in my juice as well as other recipes. I find the two dance well together on my taste buds and are powerhouses for medicinal nutrition, alone and especially together.
2) Throwing it in a smoothie.
My favorite smoothie recipe, which I found on pinterest here, (but I modify it as my supply of ingredients insists, and add ginger) is: bananas, peaches, coconut oil, coconut milk, turmeric, cinnamon, and pepper.
3) Dr. Mercola, my favorite natural online doctor/blogger, provided this tasty recipe:
Carrots, sautéed in butter or olive oil, a small amount garlic, turmeric, and ginger, and smothered in pepper. The medicinal properties of this dish are insane, and it is INSANELY delicious! I hated carrots growing up, but this is my favorite side to make for ANY dinner, ever. Chicken is also absolutely delicious when prepared this way.
4) Many of you probably know about the Truth About Cancer organization, I was promoting their Ultimate Live Symposium because I believed so strongly in what they were doing (uncovering the truth about the western cancer industry, and providing insight as to how to fight it naturally). As a subscriber to their mailing list, I received an amazing recipe for medicinal massage oil.
In the article, Ty (The Truth About Cancer’s head honcho) talks about the three magi and the night of Christ’s birth. The story says that frankincense, myrrh, and gold that were presented to the baby Jesus. The idea is that the gold wasn’t actually the precious metal that we all know today; it was actually turmeric.
I find this idea extremely interesting, and believable because of the similarities between frankincense, myrrh, and turmeric in their abilities to fight off diseases and inflammation, especially when used together. The recipe is a coconut oil, myrrh, and frankincense oil mixture, to be used to massage any and all body parts. Our skin is our largest organ, so the idea that we can actually provide medicinal use of turmeric by absorbing it through our skin seems like a no-brainer!
I have also heard of using turmeric paste on your skin for a radiant, flawless complexion, as it draws out toxins that are absorbed and promotes cellular healing. (Though, I have yet to try it!)
It is important to note, that our bodies kind of have a hard time absorbing turmeric’s plentiful nutrients, unless simultaneously consumed with pepper. Sounds odd, and it kind of is, but Nutrition Facts says, “. If people are given a bunch of turmeric curcumin, within an hour there’s a little bump in the level in their blood stream. We don’t see a large increase because our liver is actively trying to get rid of it. But what if the process is suppressed by taking just a quarter teaspoon’s worth of black pepper? Then you see curcumin levels skyrocket (See Boosting the Bioavailability of Curcumin). The same amount of curcumin consumed, but the bioavailability shoots up 2000%. Even just a little pinch of pepper—1/20th of a teaspoon—can significantly boost levels.”
So make sure to always add a dash of pepper when using turmeric for added absorbtion!
If any of these recipes are of use to you, please feel free to share! The benefits of turmeric are almost unlimited, and should be reaped by everyone who has access to it. Prevention and awareness are the keys to long-term survival in this day and age, and with the help of turmeric, we can all take a deep breath of relief that we are taking the necessary action against the otherwise (almost) inevitable.
10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric/
Spiced Peach Turmeric Smoothie. (n.d.). Retrieved from abcsandgardenpeas.com/2013/08/03/spiced-peach-turmeric-smoothie/
The Superfood Trio: Ginger, Turmeric and Carrots. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/05/09/superfood-ginger-turmeric-carrot.aspx
Turmeric | NCCIH. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://nccih.nih.gov/health/turmeric/ataglance.htm
Were the Gifts From the Wise Men These 3 Healing Spices? (video). (n.d.). Retrieved from https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/gifts-wise-men-healing/
Why Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels | NutritionFacts.org. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://nutritionfacts.org/2015/02/05/why-pepper-boosts-turmeric-blood-levels/