Turmeric is beyond beneficial, and something that I attempt to work into my diet at every possibility. This is due to its active constituent, Curcumin. Research has shown that Curcumin is beneficial as a;
- Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
- Prevention of Blood Clotting
- Destroyer of cancer cells
- Regulator of both Blood sugar + Cholesterol
Wow, now that is a pretty amazing herb….
Did you know, heating it, with a bit of black pepper that its power goes up over 2000%? This, and eating it with protein increases its bioavailability, that is the means that the ability the body has to absorb all the benefits of Turmeric.
I do believe those curry eating Indians are on to something! Indians have also been using Turmeric in Ayurveda medicine for thousands of years – and it is only now taking the Western world by storm.
As soon as I realised the benefits of turmeric, I started looking for the best ways to integrate it into my diet. I prefer natural intake of nutrients over supplements. It took some time, yet it’s now become an integral part of my diet. Here are a few of my favourite ways to use it;
I keep a jar of ready to go Turmeric (heated Turmeric with a pinch of cracked black pepper) in my spice cabinet. Ready to add to:
- Coconut/ Olive oil salad dressing
- Scrambled eggs or tofu
- Sprinkled on an avocado
- In my morning hot water with lemon, honey
- Ginger + Turmeric Tea
Coconut Fried Kale
½ bunch of chopped Organic Kale
2 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp Shredded Coconut (sugarless)
3 tbsp Pumpkin seeds
1 tsp Nutritional Yeast (the yeast I use is listed here)
1 tsp Turmeric + pepper
Heat oil in a skillet, add the turmeric + yeast, throw in the kale and fry a little – add more yeast or turmeric as required. Brown, until soft and a bit crispy, stir in the shredded coconut. Serve with topped pumpkin seeds.
And my all time favourite recipe:
Golden Turmeric Milk
2/3 cup organic almond milk
1/3 cup coconut cream
½ tsp Turmeric + black pepper
Plus a dash of Ginger powder, Cardamom seeds/ powder, Anise Star, Cloves, Nutmeg and Cinnamon. Heat for 5-10 mins on a low heat. Take off the heat, stir in some raw honey and serve.
Super delicious! Healthy and easy to make.
It’s also fabulous for the skin as it’s both nourishing and gives the skin a healthy glow. Which is why I add a few drops of Turmeric Essential Oil to my Eternal Serenity Face Oil.
So give it a try by adding Turmeric to your diet. If you do choose to use supplements, please buy them with the black pepper added, and take when eating protein for the best absorption.
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