Increasingly, it is beginning to dawn on me that I need help. Well, my body could use a little helping hand. Things just don’t work like they used to anymore. I am therefore paying a little more attention to the small stuff. Like herbs and spices.With this article, I want to jump into the rabbit hole that is Turmeric.
Given, I have used turmeric more times that I care to enumerate, but I first recognized it as a young girl because of its ability to turn rice yellow. I do like what it does with ndengus (mung beans) too, but I digress.
Turmeric is a root, and looks a lot like the ginger root, only that it has a deeper orange hue one the inside. You may use the root or the ground spice for your cooking but this may largely depend on your preference as well as what it is that you are preparing. It doesn’t taste very pleasant and it generally described by most as being earthy of flavor.
Of note is that in order to activate the active component of turmeric, which is Curcumin, you should accompany its use with some black pepper.
But why should I want it in my food? Or drink?
Win #1: It is Anti Inflammatory.
Curcumin is one of the main anti inflammatory components of turmeric.
Win #2: It Boosts Stress Tolerance
Curcumin in turmeric acts as an adaptogen decreasing the secretion of stress hormones in the body. Adaptogens are herbs that help you adopt better to emotional and physical stress, while keeping your hormones balanced. Perfect for women who experience erratic disruptions due to their monthly cycle.
I find this particularly useful for my Adenomyosis, which is believed to be caused by hormonal imbalance.
Win #3: It Aids in Maintaining Normal Blood Sugar Levels
Studies have shown curcumin to stabilize glucose levels in the blood and help with complications related to diabetes. There is also research that suggests that curcumin can reduce any risk of developing diabetes in high risk people. Now, my sugar levels are good at the moment but with diabetes in the family history, I think I want some turmeric in my diet.
Win #4: It supports Joint Health
Because the curcumin in turmeric is anti inflammatory, it helps to keep joints from getting swollen. Best taken as a preventative measure.
Win #5: It Is Good for Your Heart
That could easily be a by-line for cooking oil manufacturers, but lets not digress.
One of the benefits of curcumin is that it improves the lining of blood vessels. When this lining isn’t in good condition, your body cant properly regulate blood pressure and clotting; which can lead to heart problems.
I have had high blood pressure for a while and I am currently on treatment for a clot in my leg (DVT). So if you see me go HAM on turmeric……you know!
Win #6: Turmeric Promotes Vitality
Curcumin in turmeric is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants rid the body of free radicals known to cause cancer, neuro-degenerative diseases and many other disorders.
I have a couple of nerves that are out of whack in by back so…..turmeric for the win!
Win #7: It Is good for Your Brain
OK. Let’s put Omega on the side for a bit. Not many people discuss any other source of nourishment for the brain apart from Omega.
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Curcumin boosts a protein in the brain which helps the brain grow. It also helps maintain healthy cognitive function and boosts memory; which we could all use as we grow older. Of note is that when this protein is low, the risk of Alzheimer’s and depression go up.
Win #8: It Is Good For Your Skin!
Yes, you do add it to your face masks, but it works from the inside as well. Because curcumin has antioxidant properties, it will stop oxidative damage and boost overall look of the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties will help fight the appearance of aging skin too.
I am yet to try this, but I have heard and read raving reviews!
Win #9: It Is a Picker Upper
Curcumin will reduce any symptoms caused by mild mood changes. Recall that brain builder protein that may help prevent depression? Well, curcumin also helps boost production of serotonin and dopamine – the two ‘HAPPY’ chemicals in the brain!
Win #10: It Helps With Digestion
Turmeric improves digestion and and reduces gut inflammation – due to the anti inflammatory properties of curcumin. It reduces symptoms of bloating often caused by indigestion. Curcumin also stimulates the gall bladder, helping you produce more bile to breakdown your food.
Whoa! 10 already!
How To Include Turmeric In Your Diet.
- You can add it to your frying either on it own or as a part of your curry powder.
- Brew it in with your tea.
- Blend it into your green smoothies.
I use turmeric in most of my recipes, like my Lentil Curry
How do you enjoy Your Turmeric?