Turmeric is the spice that would have been chosen last in gym class. What you may not know about turmeric, however, is that this spice is like the king of the dodgeball game. The health benefits of turmeric have been long known but little utilized in western society.
Also known as curcumin (a property of turmeric), this herb popular in eastern cultures is thought of as a natural antibiotic. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used to treat inflammation as well as digestive issues such as indigestion, peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, turmeric has the potential to lower the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation, and tops platelets from clumping together to form blood clots.
Turmeric is one of six natural compounds that, when used together in a “cocktail,” killed 100% of sample breast cancer cells in one research study without toxic side effects on normal cells. According to the American Cancer Society website, some proponents believe that turmeric may prevent or slow the growth of tumors of the esophagus, mouth, intestines, stomach, and skin.
Among other health benefits of turmeric is that it has also been shown to help regenerate brain stem cells, and slow the progression of mesothelioma (cancer of the lung often linked to asbestos exposure).
In addition to adding turmeric to your diet by adding the spice to your meals, Dr. Danielle’s makes organic supplements and Garden Vibrance makes one too. An ones of my favorite ways to get turmeric is by drinking tea, such as this one from Choice Organic Tea and this turmeric ginger tea from Rishi.
While turmeric (also commonly spelled tumeric) may not have the popularity of its spice rack neighbors like garlic or oregano, it certainly should not be ignored. Since I am trying to utilize turmeric more in my own diet, I thought I’d share the reasons why and some amazing recipes for getting more turmeric in your diet and on your kitchen table:
Appetizers and Side Dishes:
Roasted Carrot Turmeric Soup
Roasted Radishes and Carrots with Tumeric
Roasted Butternut Squash with Smoked Paprika and Tumeric
Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric and Cumin
Ginger, Turmeric Spiced Spring Carrot Soup Recipe
Turmeric Spiced Quinoa
Crispy Indian Spiced Potato Wedges
Do you cook with turmeric or get it in your diet already? Which recipe is your favorite?
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