When we focus our attention back to our roots, back to Mother Nature, we find the most exciting and beneficial plant foods that make us feel good and stay healthy! Here’s one that is so power-packed with nutrients that the body needs to function at peak capacity and to help restore us to the best we can be! Turmeric!
First, even though it sounds like ‘tumeric’ when you say it, but this herb is spelled Turmeric. Turmeric is the root of the Turmeric plant, scientifically known as Curcuma Longa. The root is harvested, cleaned, cured, and dried, then sold in its original root shape or ground into powder. The main active ingredient in root is curcumin, which is a curcuminoid chemical with a bright yellow color, and is the reason that o it is yellow!
Although most often used in recipes for its bright yellow color, what does Turmeric taste like? It has an earthy, pungent, bitter, slightly peppery flavor, and is an ingredient in Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, relishes, and pickles. Turmeric is one of the main ingredients in Indian curry powder and has been used for over 4000 years in Ayurvedic and Asian culinary and medicinal recipes.
Extremely precious to the people of these ancient cultures, Turmeric was considered sacred. In the past 25 years, modern medical science has taken notice and recognized the significant importance of Turmeric, and it has been the subject of over 3000 medical publications!
Curcumin is the main ingredient in Turmeric that is strengthening the immune system. It is anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant, and protective for all the organs, skin, and functions of the body. It is beneficial both as a preventative measure for health and wellness and to help treat existing and chronic conditions.
"Turmeric has been shown to inhibit the growth of a variety of bacteria, pathogenic fungi, and parasites" - Journal of HerbMed Pharmacology *
When the body is injured or has an infection, the body responds by dilating the blood vessels to get red and white blood cells to the affected area faster, causing swelling, pain, and inflammation. While in the short term this is a good thing, in the long term you don’t want to stay swollen and inflamed.
The curcumin in Turmeric causes the blood vessels to narrow, reduces swelling and inflammation, and relieves pain. This makes Turmeric an excellent choice for:
In fact, Turmeric has the effectiveness and benefits of both ibuprofen and steroids, without the unpleasant, or downright harmful, side effects!
Commercial synthetic antioxidant food additives may contain high levels of preservatives. Turmeric is a 100% natural antioxidant that reduces free radicals, slows the aging process, and helps prevent disease.
Turmeric helps lower LDL cholesterol and decreases the possibility of blood clots. It detoxes the liver, breaks down fats, and flushes toxins out of the body. It thins the blood, reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Turmeric may improve digestion and alleviate conditions like constipation, diarrhea, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It eliminates internal parasites and reduces allergic responses to foods and chemicals consumed.
Curcumin has shown the potential to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. It boosts serotonin and dopamine levels that may improve symptoms of depression, including postpartum depression, reduces mood swings, as well as increases libido and enthusiasm for life.
The active ingredient, curcumin, in Turmeric is not easily bioavailable, meaning not easily absorbed into the body for effectiveness. This product with Bioperine increases the bioavailability of nutrients that stimulate the digestive enzymes and allows the curcumin to be easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Bioperine is a black pepper extract from the Piper nigrum plant, commonly known as black pepper. It increases the body’s absorption of beta-carotene, selenium, and Vitamin B, and creates thermogenesis, which is the process of heat and energy production in the human body at a cellular level.
When deciding from the many available sources of this superfood, there are some key factors that will make a big difference in the effectiveness and benefits that you will receive. The first thing that you want to make sure of is that you are buying organic Turmeric powder. The best curcumin supplement comes from a plant that is grown in the absolute best conditions, that is harvested, dried, cured, and ground at its highest potency. The package should be marked USDA Certified Organic to ensure the integrity of the ingredients inside, and the label should say 100% Turmeric, made without fillers or added ingredients. Check out the company that produced it. What is their mission statement? Are they committed to sustaining the environment? Do they use recyclable containers and environmentally conscious processes? Is the product guaranteed? You can tell the quality of a product by the heart of the people who make it!
You can add to meat and veggie meals, mixed into beverages like smoothies and juices, and added to soups, sauces, and salad dressings! Here’s a traditional Ayurvedic recipe for a wellness drink that has been a staple in Indian homes for thousands of years!
Combine ingredients in a blender. Then blend on high speed for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and well combined. Pour into a saucepan on medium heat and heat until steaming but not boiling. Finally, pour into a mug and serve.