We’ve been cooking with Turmeric a lot lately. We love its wonderfully aromatic smell and brilliant yellow color. And it turns out that turmeric is the star of your spice drawer too: a virtual medicine cabinet in a spice jar.
Turmeric is the main ingredient in all types of curry and Garam Masala. It can be found in almost all Indian foods and many Asian dishes too. Both Ayurvedic and Chinese herbalists have used it medicinally for thousands of years. And studies by Western doctors and scientists more recently have also concluded that turmeric is the star of your spice drawer with its host of beneficial medicinal properties.
8 Reasons Turmeric is the Star of Your Spice Drawer
- Curcumin is one of the main compounds of turmeric and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. In fact, studies have shown that curcumin actually works as well or better than several arthritis pharmaceuticals currently on the market.
- Turmeric has shown great results in reducing the numbers and sizes of cancer tumors, including colon cancer.
- Studies have also shown turmeric to provide significant protection against cataract development.
- And several studies have shown turmeric to have a positive effect on lowering cholesterol.
- The Journal of Toxicology reported that turmeric has shown significant liver protection. And several well-published doctors have recommended it for patients with hepatitis to lower liver enzymes.
- Deepak Chopra, both an MD and Auyervedic specialist, recommends mixing turmeric with a little honey to coat a sore throat.
- Turmeric has been used traditionally as a purifying spice to aid people eating a detox diet.
- Try mixing turmeric with a bit of water to make a paste and apply to skin blemishes over night.
The delicious flavor of turmeric can enhance the taste of almost any food. In addition to all of these amazing medicinal properties. Try adding it to soups, salad dressings, omelets, or stir-fries, your body will thank you.
Recipes for Including Turmeric into Your Diet
Try this great recipe for Indian Dahl with Spinach that gets its flavor from turmeric.
And here’s a link to my video post, where I interview a Caribbean farmer on Turmeric Health Benefits.
Please leave a comment to let us know how you incorporate turmeric into your favorite dishes?