We’ve all heard about the benefits of turmeric and that we should integrate it into our daily diets. But do you know why? Or how? Read on for the benefits of turmeric, how to add it in seamlessly into your daily foods and a few recipes to get you started.
What is turmeric good for?
Turmeric is first and foremost an anti-inflammatory agent, used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic. The main agent in Turmeric is curcumin, its yellow pigment.
But the benefits of the spice seem to be unending and it is also considered, in some circles, to offer:
- An Effective Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Help for Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers
- Cancer Prevention and inhibition
- Improved Liver Function
- Cardiovascular Protection
- Lowering of Cholesterol
- Protection against Alzheimer’s Disease
So since there’s nothing this superfood doesn’t seem to do, how can you integrate it into your diet? *
How to integrate turmeric into your daily routine
Turmeric does not have a very strong taste, it can be added to soups and is great in smoothies as you can see in our recipes.
You can also add turmeric to salads, it is especially good with egg salad.
- Mix brown rice with raisins and cashews and season with turmeric, cumin and coriander. Or make a carrot raisin salad.
- Although turmeric is generally a staple ingredient in curry powder, some people like to add a little extra of this spice when preparing curries.
- This spice is delicious on healthy sautéed apples, and healthy steamed cauliflower and/or green beans and onions. Or, for a creamy, flavor-rich, low-calorie dip, try mixing some turmeric and dried onion with a little omega-3-rich mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Serve with raw cauliflower, celery, sweet pepper, jicama and broccoli florets.
- Turmeric is a great spice to complement recipes that feature lentils.
- Mix your turmeric into your mixed spices jar.
For an especially delicious way to add more turmeric to your healthy way of eating, cut cauliflower florets in half and healthy sauté with a generous spoonful of turmeric for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
Of course, you can also take turmeric in supplement form but you don’t really need to if you add a bit of it into your recipes.
*Make sure to consult with your doctor or general practitioner before you integrate turmeric in your diet in heavy doses.
Need some more ideas? Here are some recipes for you to try.