Turmeric – An anti-inflammatory herb!

I have posted about turmeric before but I think it deserves a second look.

I take turmeric every day both in capsule form and in liquid tincture form.  A day without my turmeric is like a day without sunshine….so to speak.  I am not a “pharma” fan.  If I can gain health benefits from the food I eat and the herbs I cook with then I’m a happy girl.  Turmeric plays a big role in my culinary style and is always included in my morning smoothie.

This herb, found in most kitchen spice racks, but not often used for lack of knowledge on how to use it, is a powerhouse for reducing and/or preventing inflammation and has many health benefits.  It’s a beautiful bright yellow color and as we all know, getting a good variety of color in our diets is the way to get lots of antioxidants and immune boosting nutrients.

When consuming turmeric it is best for your body when you use it with black pepper.  This helps make the absorption of the turmeric into your cells better.  The “piperine” in black pepper is what helps make the turmeric more available to your bloodstream hence more absorbed into the places in your body where these benefits are needed.  For example….just recently I found myself with a bad cold.  I don’t treat my cold with over the counter drugs.  I refuse to do that so I make health giving tonics with food.  My beverage to help shorten the length of my cold is a blend of turmeric, black pepper and coconut milk with a bit of ground ginger.  It works great and so much better than an over the counter, toxic artificial lemon drink suggested for colds.

Turmeric Cold Remedy:  Put 12 ounces of coconut milk or water into a small pot.  Add 1 tsp of powdered turmeric.  Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve turmeric powder.  Turn heat down to a simmer.   Add 1/4 tsp of black pepper and 1/4 tsp of ground ginger.  Stir to combine.   Remove from heat.  Pour into your favorite mug.   Sip until it’s gone.  Drink this throughout the duration of your cold.  It’s high in antimicrobial properties and will help your immune system kick the cold virus to the curb.

Turmeric is high on the antioxidant containing foods list.  It has the ability to help your body fight damage from free-radicals.  It’s beneficial to your skin too, also because of the antioxidant properties.  So adding a teaspoon of powder, liquid tincture or capsule to your daily regime is a win, win.

The most beneficial benefit to turmeric consumption, in my opinion, is the anti-inflammatory properties turmeric has to offer.  Inflammation is at the root of all chronic conditions, diseases, autoimmune issues etc.  Turmeric is protective against inflammation.  I truly believe that my daily use of turmeric is why I don’t suffer from any PAIN with my MS.  I think the turmeric is helping keep inflammation in my joints and weakened body parts at bay…hence no ACHES OR PAINS.    I’m all for it…obviously.  And it’s not on a doctor’s prescription pad.  You can add it to your grocery list and for a few bucks,  a spice bottle of quality organic turmeric goes along way.

It has been reported from various studies that turmeric (Curcumin) is beneficial in the treatment of cancer, and in the prevention of cancer in the first place.  So…I think that is reason enough to get it into your daily regime.  We are being bombarded left, right and center every day of our lives, with cancer causing toxins.  Throwing some turmeric into your arsenal of health boosting foods is a wise thing to do.

Turmeric’s properties, being anti-inflammatory, benefit your body in many ways.  It helps to protect your precious heart, helps heals your gut of inflammatory conditions such as colitis or IBS, boosts your spirits as it improves levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain.  Research is even suggesting regular use of turmeric could help stave of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and boosts your brain “smarts” too.

There are so many ways you can incorporate turmeric into your day.  As I said, I put my liquid turmeric into my smoothie and take a capsule each day.  You can add turmeric to soups, stews, rice dishes, salad dressings, mix in with your cooked squash, make a spice blend with other herbs to put on fish, chicken, meat and veggies.  Add it to your scrambled eggs.  The possibilities are endless.

The bottom line here…..get some turmeric into your diet regularly.  It’s a positive boost to your overall health and wellness.

I honestly believe that my daily turmeric consumption is one of the wonderful “food” factors playing a role in my body keeping me pain free with such a degenerative autoimmune disease such as Multiple Sclerosis.  I meet others dealing with MS and quite often hear about their aches and pains.  On a scale of 1 – 10 my pain is a 1.  The turmeric is definitely playing a huge role in this.  I know this to be true.




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