TURMERIC

I have written about this spice in the past but it is worth repeating.

I consume organic turmeric everyday and have for many years. I get my turmeric in a liquid tincture but you can get it in capsules as well. I do believe it is why I have low inflammation in my joints and do not experience aches and pains as some of my fellow M.S. buddies do. I have suggested regular use of this spice to friends and family members who have arthritic pain and/or other issues related to inflammation.

Used in natural healing, Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine, studies have shown that curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, supports many areas of the human body from skin, lungs, liver, joints and more.

Supplements containing turmeric are at the top of the “best seller” list in natural healing products. You also see turmeric showing up on the grocery store shelves as an inclusion in salad dressings, mustards, sauces, teas, cold beverages and more.

Turmeric/curcumin comes with a long list of reasons to incorporate it into your daily regime.

Let me share some of the many benefits gained from regular consumption of turmeric.

  • the curcuminoids in turmeric act as antioxidants in your body fighting off free radicals
  • turmeric is low fat, low calorie, containing fiber and offers a mix of good vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, thiamine and vitamin C.
  • turmeric contains omega 3 fatty acids similar to the good fats you find in salmon and flax seeds…this being beneficial to your heart and blood vessels.
  • turmeric contains DHA, a fatty acid that supports good brain and liver function.
  • turmeric helps neutralize free radicals which would create inflammation in your joints and bones. This powerhouse fights the oxidation that causes inflammatory pains.
  • Cholesterol maintenance – If you have good levels of cholesterol, daily consumption of turmeric will help to keep those levels in good order.
  • turmeric is a great immune booster and who doesn’t want a strong immune system at times like this lengthy Covid 19 pandemic.
  • loaded with various B vitamins, turmeric is great for your skin….from the inside out.
  • turmeric is a natural anti-depressant and mood boosting.
  • turmeric is great for digestive health….hence the many turmeric “after meal” teas available today.
  • detoxification of heavy metals and other toxins is another wonderful benefit of regular turmeric consumption. You are cleansing your body of toxicity.

I suggest you use an organic good quality turmeric product. That way you know you are not getting any scary stuff mixed in with the good stuff. With the popularity of turmeric hitting all time highs there are definitely companies marketing turmeric products that are of inferior quality. I would suggest going to your local “health food market” and asking the experts which turmeric product you should take to get the biggest bang for your buck.

You can also use organic turmeric powder out of your spice drawer in many recipes. Be careful using it for cooking as it does stain your hands and your counters a bright yellow….but it’s oh so good.

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for TURMERIC TAHINI DRESSING. (Great in grain bowls or kale salads)

1/4 cup of tahini (sesame seed paste)

3 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 tbsp good extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp of organic ground turmeric

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Salt and black pepper to taste

Whisk all of the above ingredients together in a bowl, adding a little water as you go until desired thickness is met. Add salt and pepper to taste.

You can’t go wrong with turmeric in your diet. Experiment.

I add turmeric to cooking even when it doesn’t call for it, just because I know it is so good for us.

Try it…..it could be the answer to your aches and pains.

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