You may have heard about turmeric which is growing in popularity as the “king of spice” for all its incredible health benefits. A rhizome with edible roots that grow horizontally, this golden coloured miracle has numerous qualities that makes it wise to start introducing it to your diet. Check out the healing benefits of turmeric.
Turmeric nutritional profile
Turmeric is considered one of the most beneficial spices, with many of its benefits coming from its active ingredient, curcumin. It is routinely used as a key spice in many South Asian and Middle Eastern nations and is heavily embedded into Ayurvedic healing. So what does turmeric contain that gives it many of its healing qualities?
- Vitamin B-1, B-2, B-3, and B-6
- Vitamin C, E, and K
- A significant source of manganese and iron, as well as beneficial amounts of potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, copper, and calcium
- High in antioxidants (more than vitamin C and E) and phytonutrients
The combination of these elements provides turmeric with healing benefits that are extraordinary!
Healing action of turmeric
Due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties turmeric can be used for a wide variety of ailments, and has been showing to provide the following healing benefits:
- Supports the immune system
- Helps improve digestion
- Promotes healthy blood and liver function
- Helps cleanse the skin
- Eases arthritic pain and promotes flexibility
- Slows and reverses onset of Alzheimer’s disease
- Helps fight cancer cells
- Promotes heart health
With inflammation, digestive, and immune system issues running rampant, turmeric could very well be the spice that can help relieve those problems.
How to use turmeric in your diet
Turmeric can be implemented into your diet through a variety of ways, either through the root itself, powder, or capsule form. Some simple meals and beverages you can add or make with turmeric to include:
- Rice and bean dishes
- Beef, chicken and fish
- Lightly cooked vegetables
- Salad dressings and sauces
- A cool drink with honey and lemon or lime
- Fresh juice (try kale, green apple, ginger, and turmeric)
- Total tonic elixir
Since it is fat soluble, always add an oil or fat to assist with absorption.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list. Experiment with this spice and you will find a way to incorporate it on a consistent basis in a way you can enjoy, so you can enjoy its comprehensive healing benefits.