If you, or someone you know, would like to relieve aches and pain, reduce inflammation and heal your digestive tract, one ingredient in particular to reach for is the spice turmeric. Turmeric has been used for over 4,000 years in India and is what gives curry the distinct bright yellow-orange color. It is rich in the mighty antioxidant curcumin that is a powerful healing agent.
A few of the many reasons to consume turmeric:
Promotes Healthy Skin
Balances Blood Sugar
Take a look at curcumin’s impact on various pro-inflammatory diseases in this simple image:
Figure 1: Effect of curcumin on various pro-inflammatory diseases.
Consuming turmeric does not have to be limited to just curry dishes. It goes wonderfully with just about any food or beverage. Adding just a pinch to vegetables, soups, dressings, marinades and teas are great ways to soak up the benefits of turmerics. Whenever possible, pair it with black pepper to enhance the bioavailability of curcumin in the turmeric.
Here are two excellent turmeric recipes to include in your repertoire. One recipe is simple and the other is more elaborate. If you love samosas and enjoy cooking like I do, I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on this yummy recipe. And it’s a great activity for kids to partake in the making process too!
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Hello, my name is Stacy Peterson, Functional Nutritionist and Holistic Health, Wellness and Strength & Conditioning Coach with a MS in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine practicing whole-foods nutrition and physical training to individuals around the globe.
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