If you haven’t yet heard about the benefits of turmeric for your health, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon! Also known as golden spice, turmeric is a tall plant that is native to Asia and Central America. The spice itself comes from the root of the turmeric plant, and is an antioxidant with powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties.This is thanks to its potent concentration of Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric and the reason for its vibrant yellow/orange color. Long used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a myriad of health concerns.
Turmeric is commonly found in Indian and Asian cuisine, especially in curry recipes, but there are a host of ways you can add turmeric to your diet! Read on to find out.
Benefits of Turmeric
Including Turmeric in your diet can protect you against a host of common ailments and diseases.
It has natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-arthritic, and anti-cancer benefits and can prevent against heart disease, prevent and treat diabetes due to its ability to help balance insulin levels, improve symptoms associated with arthritis, joint pain and other issues with inflammation in the body, and even lower your risk of cancer. Turmeric’s antibacterial properties help you build immunity and it can help with stomach issues, heartburn and indigestion.
Absorption of Turmeric
It is important to note here, before we delve into how you can add turmeric to your daily life, that curcumin on it’s own is not well absorbed by the body, and some other ingredients may be necessary to really reap the benefits. Black pepper, for one, is commonly accepted as one resource to help make curcumin more bioavailable to our body – how much we can absorb and put to use. Another suggestion is to take turmeric with a good source of healthy fat, like avocados or coconut oil so you can absorb more of it into your bloodstream.
How to add Turmeric to your Diet to Reap the Health Benefits
I recommend using Naturevibe Botanicals Organic Turmeric Root Powder with Curcumin [find it on Amazon, HERE.] Naturevibe Turmeric is USDA certified organic, raw, kosher, gluten-free and vegan and includes no unnecessary ingredients or fillers, simply 100% Curcuma longa Root Powder. They also follow the “farm to fork” process meaning they work with specially trained farmers who hand-pick the raw material, which is then organically and ethically manufactured. So you can be sure this turmeric powder is not only healthy, it aligns with your values as well!
One way to include Turmeric in your diet is to start drinking Golden Milk. This beverage, also known as turmeric tea, uses black pepper, coconut or almond milk, coconut oil, ginger and cinnamon as an anti-inflammatory delight! Drink it before bedtime to aid in sleep quality and improve your overall immunity.
You can also simply mix turmeric root powder with water or juice, add it to your morning smoothie, or use in a homemade salad dressing with black pepper and apple cider vinegar to really ramp up the benefits.