If you’re looking for an all-natural way to boost your health, turmeric may be the perfect ingredient for you! Turmeric has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine (ancient medicine practiced in India focused on prevention and holistic health) and has gained popularity in the Western world for its amazing health benefits. This powerful spice is a potent anti-inflammatory, can help improve digestion and reduce inflammatory bowel disease, and may even stop the growth of cancerous cells. In this blog post, we’ll discuss all the wonders of turmeric and how you can add it to your diet.
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant, Curcuma longa. The root of the turmeric plant has been dried and ground into a powder for thousands of years. The orange powder is what is commonly referred to as ‘turmeric’ in culinary terms.
Turmeric has a warm, peppery flavor and a slightly bitter taste. Turmeric will turn foods into an orange-gold color (the more turmeric the more color). You can add turmeric to tea or your favorite recipes, it goes extremely well with dishes from southeast Asia and India, where it was originally harvested and used commonly as a medicinal herb for centuries.
I say it like tur·mr·uhk, but there are multiple pronunciations in the dictionary so don’t get too caught up about the absolutely correct pronunciation of turmeric.
There are many health benefits of turmeric. Turmeric is an excellent source of curcuminoids, which are powerful antioxidants. Curcuminoids are the active compounds in turmeric that give it its potent health benefits. These compounds have been shown to provide anti-inflammatory and antiviral effects. Taking turmeric can improve digestion, restore liver function, and even help protect against cancer, dementia, and other chronic conditions. Turmeric is also a good source of
Currently, there is no official recommended daily allowance for turmeric. However, studies typically set the dosage at 0.5 grams/day – 1.0 grams/day. The World Health Organization has stated that the acceptable daily intake for most individuals would be about twice that (depending on weight). It would be difficult to consume more than 1 gram per day unless you added turmeric to everything.
There is no scientific evidence on what time of day is best to take turmeric so it depends on how you like to incorporate it into your diet. It can be added to your morning smoothie or used to spice up any meal so choose whichever option works for you.
There are endless ways to add turmeric to your diet. You can add it to many of the foods and drinks you already eat for a healthy twist on your everyday routine!
You can get turmeric in many teas, turmeric can be found in teas with caffeine and caffeine-free teas, and many taste wonderful both hot and iced.
Add turmeric powder to your tea or coffee. This is a great way to start your day with some added health benefits. My favorite is to use your favorite milk, or milk replacement, warm it and add cinnamon, honey, and a bit of turmeric for a delicious healthy morning pick-me-up or caffeine-free afternoon drink!
Add turmeric powder to soups, stews, and curries. The flavor of turmeric pairs well with many dishes from southeast Asia and India, especially those built around chicken (Chicken Tikka Masala and Butter Chicken for example) and white fish, but you can also add it to vegetable mixes and salads.
If you’re looking for a more concentrated dose of turmeric, turmeric supplements and curcumin supplements are widely available. You can find turmeric capsules, pills, and even combined into an all-in-one dietary supplement to get the health benefits of turmeric.
Yes, turmeric is native to India so it requires a warm climate if you want to grow it outdoors (USDA Zone 8 and up) but you can grow it in a mobile pot indoors year-round. If you’re familiar with ginger it is very similar so you’ll have no trouble, but if not, you can learn more about growing your own turmeric here.
Turmeric is considered safe for most people when taken by mouth. Some people may experience mild side effects such as an upset stomach, gas, or diarrhea, but that also may be associated with the spice level of cuisines that use turmeric. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is best to consult with your physician before embarking on a turmeric supplement routine.
Turmeric has an orange-gold color and from personal experience, the worst part about turmeric is getting it on your clothes. So how remove turmeric stains from your clothes? and remove turmeric stains from your dishes?
Getting Turmeric Stains out of White Clothes
Let the clothes or rags sit in a mixture of warm water and bleach for extra cleaning power for 15 minutes and gently scrub them before throwing them in the washer. This will effectively remove stains from the dishes.
Getting Turmeric Stains out of Dishes
If you have plastic cooking dishes, turmeric, and other colorful sauces, will stain them. In order to remove these stains leave two parts warm or hot water and one part bleach or pure white vinegar to sit in the dishes overnight and then put them in the dishwasher or wash by hand.
Try some of these turmeric focused recipes to get the health benefits of turmeric today!
There you have it! Everything you need to know about turmeric and how to add it into your diet. Whether you’re looking for a morning caffeine boost, a way to spice up your dishes, or just want to increase your intake of this powerful superfood, turmeric has something to offer everyone!