Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that packs numerous health benefits. It helps stimulate blood flow, relieve gas and bloating, promotes ovulation, acts as a blood thinner and a pain-killer, and has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal effects. Curcumin, its main active ingredient, is said to be the main reason behind its medicinal uses.
One of the common health benefits of turmeric is its ability to fight inflammation.
Inflammation is a condition wherein the body part becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection. According to experts, inflammation is the root cause of many diseases including cancer as well as stomach, gallbladder, liver, and skin problems.
At present we can find turmeric in every form such as teas and lattes to protein bars and supplements.
Here are some of the many ways to add turmeric to our diet in order for us to fight inflammation.
Adding turmeric into a smoothie is one best and easiest way to sneak it into our diet. Simply chop the turmeric with its peel and add in a smoothie (it doesn’t matter what kind of smoothie it is). We can blend turmeric with coconut milk and vanilla for an energizing anti-inflammatory drink. A smoothie made of spinach, mango, coconut milk, and turmeric also tastes good.
Soup It Up
Make a vegetable soup with added turmeric powder and lots of fresh oregano. This will help kill any infections or viruses that may be hanging on in the body.
Turmeric’s flavor (if added in small amounts) is often unnoticed in some dishes like scrambled eggs, breakfast bakes, and omelets. But for those who love the taste of turmeric, adding more turmeric on these dishes can really provide a nutrient boost.
Mix Up Some “Golden Honey”
This requires mixing of 1 tablespoon of powdered turmeric and 7 tablespoons of raw honey. Mix well and consume a half teaspoon every couple of hours.
To enjoy a soothing turmeric tea, we only need to dissolve 2 teaspoons powdered turmeric in 2 cups boiling water, and then add 1 tablespoon of raw honey, the juice of a lemon wedge, and a sprinkle of black pepper.
Baked veggies can become more nutritious once added with turmeric powder. Mix turmeric, olive oil, pepper and salt on veggies (eggplant, beets, sweet potatoes, carrots, and cauliflower) before baking them.