BODY PARTS JUNE 2013
As many of you know, I juice pretty much every morning. Carrots, celery, beets, peppers, red cabbage and grapefruit, and then I stir in a teaspoon of turmeric. Turmeric, you may ask? It’s something I originally saw on, the Dr. OZ show. After I saw mention of it, I did my own research and that was when I made the decision to add it to my juice in the morning.
If you've ever eaten curry, you've eaten turmeric; the spice that gives curry its colour and distinctive taste. Turmeric comes from the rhizomes, or underground roots, of the Curcuma longa plant. The active ingredient in turmeric, called curcumin, has a long history of use in both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine.
Turmeric is widely regarded by many cultures to be one of the most beneficial health substances known to mankind. According to Ayurveda, a traditional Indian medicine system that translates to ’The Science of Life’, turmeric imparts three of the six essential tastes to food: bitter, astringent and pungent (salty, sour and sweet are the other three). Peer-reviewed research has also proven the many benefits of turmeric; with several studies showing that curcumin — the active compound in turmeric — can actually reduce tumour size by 81%. Not surprisingly, turmeric uses go beyond the fighting of cancer.
In India, where turmeric is widely used in addition to being held to such high regard, also has the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s in the world. This is no coincidence, as turmeric has been hailed by health experts for its powerful anti-Alzheimer’s (in addition to over 500+ other conditions) properties. Considered to be one of earth’s first-known spices, the relative of ginger can be used in a number of ways to enhance your health through tasty food, soothing homemade skin lotion, and even when consumed alone.
Try a Turmeric Morning Shake
A great time to intake your nutrients for the day is shortly after you awaken each day and turmeric is no exception. If you start your day off with a protein shake or green super food drink, this presents an amazing opportunity to add in some turmeric. If available, liquid turmeric is particularly effective in mixing with these shakes. If you prefer a non-liquid meal for breakfast, try sprinkling or dropping 1/4 tsp on your morning eggs or vegetarian option. This can be done multiple times throughout the day, such as in your workout shake or even in your favorite juice or water drinks.
Homemade Turmeric Skin Cream
A popular one of the many turmeric uses, the spice can be used as an ingredient in skin-enhancing cream. Try this traditional skincare recipe from India that has been used to combat skin conditions like acne and promote overall healthy skin. Mix 1/2 tsp turmeric powder (or 1/2 tsp liquid turmeric) into 3 tablespoons of organic plain yogurt. Afterwards, rub the mixture all over your face and neck. Leave it on for a few minutes, and then wash it off — you’ll be met with a natural glow as a result. Amazingly, turmeric is the featured spice at Indian weddings thanks to its known beauty benefits.
I love curry, but I had no idea how healthy it was for me. Curry dishes do not only use turmeric, but a variety of other spices rich in nutrients as well. Curries usually have a meat base, but you can also use vegetables for it. Curries are fairly simple to make, as you essentially just mix spices and nutritious ingredients such as garlic, turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper, onion, and cilantro. All of these are seriously powerful health boosters, and they are quite delicious. The best part? It’s really simple. Just mix and wait till you get a pasty texture.
In addition: curcumin has long been connected to liver health. Numerous studies have linked it to effectively combating liver cancer and improving liver fibroids. What’s more, turmeric can uniquely assist the enzymes that are responsible for flushing out known dietary carcinogens. The result is enhanced protection against liver damage, and even regeneration of affected liver cells. Turmeric is also notably responsible for improving the health of the gallbladder as well. Melanoma, breast cancer, lung cancer, neck cancer, and of course liver cancer, may all be helped with turmeric. It can also, reportedly, make cells more vulnerable to cancer treatments. It’s an anti-inflammatory as well. This property means curcumin can help with things like arthritis, eczema, allergies, digestive problems and skin issues. It’s an antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial agent.
Reaping the benefits of turmeric and curcumin is simple: start eating it! Curries are a great way to get plenty of this super-root, and curries are very versatile. But, if Caribbean or Middle-Eastern cuisine isn’t your thing, just add it to soups and sprinkle it on vegetables.
Pass the Turmeric!
Submitted by: Kathryn Hartwell References: www.guardian.co.uk