Turmeric contains strong flavonoids known as curcuminoids or curcumin, an essential nutrient for the body. In India and most of Asia, it is considered a sacred spice and research has further put it on a higher health pedestal for natural healing stimulation in the body and more.
Fun fact: Turmeric as a spice of India, even won a patent war against the US in the 90’s to claim this spice for where it originally came from. But it is now available as a root or even powder in most supermarkets’ spice sections.1 2
Here are some advantages it possesses-
1. Fat Cutters
Research suggest that the curcumin, in turmeric stops fat-deposits on tissues and helps control weight.
3. Infection Killer
Turmeric has shown to have cancer-fighting properties and even suppresses various other viruses.
4. Sugar Drowner
Diabetes and turmeric seem to not get along, which is a good thing. Indian scientists show that turmeric helps control blood sugar levels and keeps the diabetes in check.
5. Mood Booster
Also pumping your body with energy, turmeric is said to have strong antidepressant qualities, say the top Chinese universities.
6. Liver Lover
The curcumin in turmeric, helps protect and control
7. Inflammation Inhibitor
In India, some drink water with a pinch of turmeric on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, because it is said to cleanse the stomach, treat the body for ulcers and inflammation, even for those with arthritis, obesity and other serious ailments.
The Purposeful Turmeric
It is a root also called a rhizome which looks like ginger, galangal, or carrots, where it has many stems and the skin needs to be peeled before use.
It can be turned into multiple forms, be it powdered, sliced, grated, minced and added to your meals in different ways.
In South-India, a popular grandma’s recipe is to add a pinch of turmeric to a glass of milk and drink it in the morning before you start your day. If you add a pinch of black pepper to it, and drink it before you
Likewise, it can also be added to breakfast shakes, soups, stews, stir-fry vegetables or meat, or even sauces for your pastas or gravies for your rice and breads.
Here is a simple anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting recipe for you eating pleasure.
For a power-packed and immune-boosting dish, try this one out.
Easy Turmeric Chicken/Vegetable Gravy:
2 tablespoons coconut oil
4 teaspoons ginger, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup crushed tomatoes
3 cups water
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
Coarsely crushed pepper
Salt as per taste
Sugar a pinch
5 cups cauliflower florets
1 cup diced boiled potatoes
3 cups spinach
2 cups cooked kidney or garbanzo beans
1 cup peas
½ cup parsley, chopped
1 boneless chicken breast (optional)
-In a large non-stick pit, heat the coconut oil and then add the onion, garlic, and ginger. Sauté for around 5 minutes till it is a little golden. Add the crushed tomatoes, chicken, turmeric, cumin, cardamom, salt, sugar and black pepper and mix well.
-Then add the spinach, potatoes, beans,