Turmeric: World's Healthiest Spice? You Be The Judge
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Turmeric: World's Healthiest Spice? You Be The Judge

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Most of us know by now that turmeric is much more than just a spice. Its anti-inflammatory properties accelerate weight loss, improve skin health, and relieve joint pain.

But did you know that studies are now showing that turmeric may be able to fight cancer, prevent heart disease, and heal leaky gut and other intestinal issues?

Yep, and it has been hiding in your kitchen this whole time.

Cancer Fighting

Early studies show that curcumin, found in turmeric, has cancer-fighting properties against breast, colon, prostate, and skin cancers, and can reduce your overall risk of developing cancer. 

According to Mayo Clinic, 

“Laboratory and animal research suggests that curcumin may prevent cancer, slow the spread of cancer, make chemotherapy more effective and protect healthy cells from damage by radiation therapy.”

Heart Health

Turmeric consumed during a meal has been shown to help regulate the level of triglycerides (fats) circulating in the blood.

It can also reduce the amount of plaque that builds up on the inside walls of blood vessels, which may lead to atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a dangerous condition that can cause stroke, heart attack, and even death.

In addition, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of turmeric help regulate blood pressure and have been shown to decrease the risk of several types of cardiovascular disease.

Gut Healing

Turmeric may also provide some benefits for those who suffer from various stomach and intestinal disorders.

In Germany, turmeric was approved as an herb for providing relief of indigestion and stomach upset. It was also shown to reduce the amount of gas and bloating that people who struggle with indigestion because of its ability to feed healthy bacteria in the gut. 

In addition, this spice has been shown to keep ulcerative colitis — an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — in remission, because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This finding is being studied to determine if turmeric can have similar benefits in people who have other inflammatory bowel diseases, as well as Crohn's disease.

Adding Turmeric to Your Diet

Here are some ideas for you to get started incorporating this incredible spice into your health plan.

1. Season cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini — really, just about any vegetable — with sea salt, pepper, and turmeric to create a delicious (and nutritious) veggie sauté.

2. Try a new recipe, like Thai Crab CakesSpicy Buffalo Burger, or Holy Guacamole Salad Dressing

3. Make an energizing Turmeric Tea to start your day off right.

Ingredients:

  • •½ tsp turmeric
  • •½ inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • •Dash black pepper (for absorption)
  • •1 cup homemade coconut milk or almond milk
  • •Raw honey or stevia, to taste

Directions:

Combine turmeric, black pepper, ginger, and coconut or almond milk in a small saucepan and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Using a strainer, pour liquid into a mug and stir in a small amount of raw honey or stevia, to taste. You will be so delighted by the warmth of this healthy, nutrient-packed beverage that you might not even miss that cup of coffee!

When you are trying to make better food choices, it is helpful to know that some of the simplest ingredients in your pantry — like turmeric — can pack an extra powerful punch when it comes to nutrition and disease prevention.

Here’s the best news of all: you don’t have to find time in your busy day to cook with turmeric to reap the benefits.

It’s true!

Turmeric supplements (turmeric in capsule form) make it even easier to prevent and reverse disease. Take 2 capsules every morning with a glass of water and any one of your favorite Beyond Diet breakfasts, and that’s it!

You can feel good knowing you’re fighting disease every day, without spending more time in the kitchen. 

»Click below to combat disease with 2 capsules a day

 

 

Comments

Coach Chrissy

Sarah - I'm not sure about the cocktail recipe you're referring to. The only one I could find (but it doesn't contain turmeric) is the apple cider vinegar cocktail in this article: Super Fat Burning Foods: ACV.

Sarah Bynum
I saw a recipe for a turmeric cocktail that had apple cider vinegar in it, can’t find it now, can you help?