If you follow a health freak like me or 2 – you have probably noticed we like spices. I personally think spices are nature’s medicine. Not only do they taste amazing in food, but they can provide with some pretty impressive health benefits too.
Turmeric is one of my favorite spices, and I nearly always use it when cooking meat – it’s actually a pretty powerful spice and here are some of its benefits:
Turmeric is not only good by itself, but it can also enhance absorption of certain nutrients such as beta carotene when added to certain foods. It can also decrease harmful substances when cooking with it – such as heterocyclic amines (HCA) which can occur when grilling meat.
But turmeric’s biggest health benefit is probably that it can help to fight cancer – especially skin, colon, breast, and prostate cancer. The idea is that its antioxidant properties prevent the cells from further damage, however, it is not a good idea to only load up on turmeric if you have cancer, but maybe a good idea to add to the daily diet. And studies suggest that it can also prevent cancer.
Animal studies have shown that turmeric can kill off any bad bacteria or viral infections – but this is still to be proven in humans.
Research also suggest that turmeric can help to decrease triglycerides levels (cholesterol) after a meal – so if you’re having a fatty meal or have concerns about high cholesterol – maybe add a bit of the turmeric on your food?
Turmeric is also proven to have some pretty anti-inflammatory properties and can help to fight or reduce symptoms of inflammatory diseases – as it can decrease the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines.
There are of course a lot more to this spice and all these health benefits are still under research. But if you don’t care about what it can do for you – it tastes pretty good too by the way! So definitely worth having in your cupboard.
And the good thing – you don’t need a lot either. Just a bit of sprinkle on your food every day should do the trick! The ONLY negative with this spice is that it stains, and I mean proper stains. Normally just a bit of cleaning products will remove it but sometimes it proper sticks. But apparently, you can just mix a bit of baking powder and water and rub that in.
Some may need to take caution using this spice in large doses:
- If you are using blood thinning medication – turmeric can act as a blood thinner
- Pregnant and breastfeeding may be eaten with food, but should not take it in supplement form.
- You have stomach ulcers or are using medication that reduces stomach acid – turmeric may increase stomach acid
- You use diabetic medication – turmeric can lower blood sugar and increase risk of hypoglycemia
There are a few other risk groups too so if you are unsure – I suggest you ask a health care professional.
Now – fancy a turmeric tea recipe? This might not sound tasty – but I promise you, it is! And you will get addicted! (Ps. Make a batch and you can drink it through out the day!)
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp turmeric
- pinch of cloves
- pinch of nutmeg
- a fresh piece of ginger root or pinch of ground ginger
- milk of choice (coconut tastes amazing)
- Good quality honey or pure maple syrup for sweetness
Add all ingredients in a saucepan except milk and honey. Let it simmer for 5-10 minutes or longer. Drain the spices of and poor into a cup, sweeten with your sweetener of choice and top up milk. Enjoy!