Why should you consider using turmeric?
I’d love to share what I’ve learned about the benefits of using turmeric, or to be more precise, curcumin. Curcumin is the yellow pigment found in turmeric and curry spices.
Turmeric is commonly used by athletes for it’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies are now showing that it can improve cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients and has cancer fighting abilities. It may also be effective in treating depression.
Research shows that neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s are very low in India, where turmeric is a commonly used spice. Promising positive studies are also showing that it may be as effective as some anti-depressant drugs, without the side effects.
Turmeric is common in South Asia, particularly India, where it’s widely used in the production of spices. It’s the key ingredient in curry powder that gives it it’s yellow colouring.
The spice has also been used for centuries in India as a natural remedy for a wide variety of ailments.
Turmeric is a natural painkiller, and can naturally detox the liver. It may be beneficial in treating psoriasis and can be used as a homemade antiseptic, as it has anti-bacterial properties as well as being anti-inflammatory.
Curcumin is reportedly a naturally powerful anti-cancer agent. It has been found to have properties that potentially slow the spread of some cancers, particularly breast cancer.
Curcumin can start a process n the body called autophagy, which is the selective destruction of damaged cellular tissue. This process cleans up damaged debris and prevents damaged cells from accumulating.
Curcumin might even make chemotherapy more effective and protect healthy cells from radiation therapy.
How can you add some turmeric to your diet?
So how can you include this wonderful spice in your diet more regularly? Besides adding it to curries, there are a few easy ways to increase your turmeric consumption. It tastes great with eggs, in particular.
Add a teaspoon or two to your scrambled eggs, omelettes or frittatas. I sprinkle it on my roast veggies too; it’s very tasty with paprika and olive oil.
You can add it to sour cream, dips, soups, green smoothies and green/herbal teas.
Green tea with turmeric, garlic and ginger is a great combination.
I also recommend trying this GREEN TEA TISANE?and add some turmeric.
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