Tumeric

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Do you add turmeric (curcumin) to your food for flavor? Growing up on the smallest Island in Canada (PEI), we used this spice once a year when making mustard pickles. At that time, we never knew the health benefits of this spice; however, I am now overwhelmed as I read about the benefits of using this spice.

Health Benefits

Turmeric (Curcuma longa), the bright yellow of the spice rainbow, is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.

Who would have thought that a little spice like turmeric could have such great health benefits!  Wouldn’t you want to start using this spice just for its anti-inflammatory abilities! Look around you. Do you know people who are suffering from pain and are not able to do just the normal things in life like walking, getting out of bed in the morning pain-free, opening a lid, holding scissors or get this, holding a grandbaby because they don’t have any strength left in their hands because of pain? I was this person 4 ½ years ago.

At that time, I took a serious look at my health and began taking steps to try to improve my health so I could be pain free. It has been a remarkable journey with lots of ups and downs, medications as well as nutritional supplementation. My health has improved immensely where this past year I have chosen to stop taking my meds. I did this because I began to see an improvement in my health and thought why not give it a try if only for a month or so. Well, it has now been a year and I still see bits of improvement.

When I found out about this spice, I began taking it as a supplement for pain rather than taking my pain meds. I like the fact that it does not have any side effects and it is natural. Note: If taking meds, don’t stop taking them without a doctor’s advice.

Here is a link from The Truth About Cancer website, about further benefits of tumeric.

Benefits of Tumeric

How to Enjoy

A Few Quick Serving Ideas:
  • Add turmeric to egg salad to give it an even bolder yellow color.
  • Mix brown rice with raisins and cashews and season with turmeric, cumin and coriander.
  • Although turmeric is generally a staple ingredient in curry powder, some people like to add a little extra of this spice when preparing curries. And turmeric doesn’t have to only be used in 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.
  • Give salad dressings an orange-yellow hue by adding some turmeric powder to them.
  • 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.

Further research found that there are still more studies being done on turmeric and the health benefits contributing to digestion, heart health, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and brain health just to mention a few.

Turmeric has been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in Chinese and Indian medicine for millennia.

Summary

Many of the health benefits of turmeric can be experienced by thinking of your food as a medicine, which was the advice of Hippocrates in the 4th century B.C. This bright yellow spice, traditionally used as food and medicine, contains potent antioxidants and benefits that studies have shown can fight diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

To get the most of what turmeric has to offer, use it to enhance many of the current ho-hum dishes on your table, such as fish dishes or any meat for that matter; turmeric can add delicious complexity to mashed dishes like potatoes or cauliflower, sautés with onions, broccoli, carrots, or bell peppers. It can be used as a base for creamy vegetable dips, sauces, and egg salad.

Be sure to choose the full, organic turmeric spice rather than a curry blend, which has a negligible amount of anything healthful.[1]

 

[1] http://www.mercola.com

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