Recently there has been a surge of interest around turmeric and the health benefits of this spice. It is now common to see turmeric lattes or turmeric-infused smoothies on cafe menus. Is this just a fad, or is there something special about turmeric?
It is certainly not a fad!
There are certain spices in Ayurvedic medicine that are held in high regard for their amazing health benefits. Turmeric is one of the most popular of these spices. It is seen as sacred in the Hindu religion and is used during wedding ceremonies. It is also often used in a face mask to beautify the skin. Let’s look at why turmeric is so good for the body.
- It is a natural anti-inflammatory – turmeric is great for exercise-induced inflammation and can help with sore muscles. It can also boost recovery and performance in athletes. Arthritis is caused by inflammation in the body, and curcumin (the healing substance in turmeric) is good for treating arthritis and inflammation.
- It increases the body’s capacity for antioxidants – curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from free radicals.
- It improves brain functioning and lowers the risk of disease in the brain – curcumin increase the levels of hormones in the brain. This leads to growth of neurons which leads to improved cognitive health.
- It controls diabetes – turmeric assists in your body’s ability to control glucose. When supplemented with diabetes medicines, this is a powerful combination to moderate insulin levels.
- It lowers cholesterol – by simply sprinkling your food with this spice, turmeric can help with cholesterol levels. This is essential to reduce the risk of heart disease and other serious health issues.
These are just some of the incredible benefits of turmeric. Adding the spice to your food, using supplements or having it in a tea are all great ways to reap the rewards of turmeric.
There is one small catch
Turmeric can only work if it is absorbed properly. Curcumin is not readily absorbed by the body, however by adding a pinch of black pepper to turmeric, you can increase absorption by 2000%! Coconut milk and ghee also increase absorption and this is why these ingredients are usually all combined in turmeric tea.
Have some fun with new recipes that include turmeric!
Lots of light and love xx