Turmeric makes food delicious, is highly nutritious, and when added into your food it generally just improves pretty much everything. Turmeric is not just used in cooking curry. Or well, it is—if you’re new to the world of alternative health.
Having understood the immense health benefits of turmeric, I’ve been using turmeric in almost anything—even in my beverages. I’ve gathered up all my favorite and most basic recipes so that you can have a cheat sheet to getting all the benefits you can get out of turmeric.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF TURMERIC
Before we get to the recipes, there are some pretty nifty health benefits that you should know about turmeric.
First off, turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It is used as a safe remedy for inflammatory arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. It has also been shown to limit damage in cystic fibrosis, a fatal disease.
Turmeric’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 the drugs, which are associated with significant toxic effects (ulcer formation, decreased white blood cell count, intestinal bleeding), turmeric produces no toxicity.
Turmeric is also a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are responsible for neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are harmful components your body makes naturally, but in large quantities can be very harmful. It is believed free radicals create much of the damage that causes Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia. Free radicals can damage cells, causing them to mutate into cancerous cells.
Due to the high antioxidant levels in turmeric, individuals who have significant amounts of turmeric in their diet are less likely to develop cancerous tumors. Laboratory experiments have shown that curcumin (a phytonutrient in turmeric) can prevent tumors from forming.
A research conducted at the University of Texas suggests from lab tests on mice, that even when breast cancer is already present, curcumin can help slow the spread of breast cancer cells to the lungs.
5 TURMERIC BEVERAGE RECIPES
All right, you’ve been briefed on the really good bits about turmeric, so here is my collection of recipes for things that are not curry. It’s important to note the fats and/or black pepper can really bring out the benefits of turmeric, so it’s important to include healthy fats when you eat your dose.