The benefits of turmeric
Everything you need to know about turmeric and its many virtues
We’re so excited to guide you through the different ingredients that make up our blends. We’re going to highlight certain foods, and help you get more familiar with the wellness staple: superfoods.
Turmeric is a superfood superstar right now. Whilst scrolling through research on healthy food, you’re sure to end up reading about turmeric. To round out this article, we collaborated with a specialist on the ingredient: Cindy, founder of Curcumabox. She’s going to tell us all about its benefits and give advice on adding it into your routine!
What is turmeric?
What first comes to mind is the powdered spice that we most commonly find and recognize in curry.
But, turmeric is also the plant from which the powder is made. We use the plant’s roots either fresh or powdered. Very popular in Chinese and ayurvedic medicines, this ancient plant has a number of advantages. Not only is it healing, but it also is tasty.
Turmeric is high in polyphenols, and curcuminoids give it its distinctive yellow colour. Among the curcuminoids we can find curcumin, which grabs our attention thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
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It also seasons and brings dishes to life with its distinct colour. You can juice fresh turmeric, use powdered turmeric in your dishes, or take it in supplements.
It is found mainly in Southeast Asia, as well as in Africa, the Caribbean and in Japan.
The many facets of turmeric
Curcuminoids, including curcumin, have antioxidant properties, making turmeric one of the most powerful and natural anti-inflammatories known to date.
It can ease digestion since it stimulates bile secretions. Turmeric soothes other digestive ailments such as bloating, nausea, loss of appetite, and the list goes on.
In cosmetics, it can help with skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema.
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It is claimed to have an effect on certain cancers since it induces cancer cell apoptosis (self-destruction) and inhibits angiogenesis (growth). A number of studies are being carried out on the subject, and some laboratory studies have shown that curcumin may make chemo more effective and slow down tumours’ growth.
No matter what, always speak to your doctor before intervening with any ongoing treatments.
What type of turmeric should I use?
You can find turmeric pretty much everywhere. The colour is not an indicator of quality since it depends on the variety. Cindy prefers certified organic turmeric from the Kerala region in India.
It’s difficult to know the origin of turmeric root bought in bulk. The bulbs should be nice and round in order to be able to properly juice them.
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Powdered turmeric should be stored in a cool, dry and dark place. Fresh turmeric root can be stored in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
How to use turmeric daily
In order for your body to absorb it, turmeric has to be paired with black pepper or ginger. It also needs to be dissolved in fat.
Every day, you can sprinkle it into your meals, steep it into an herbal tea, mix it into a poultice, or take it as a high-dose supplement.
Recipe ideas with turmeric
Cindy loves to juice fresh turmeric roots that she finds very tasty.
“I put a piece into a juicer along with two carrots, an orange, half of a lemon and a piece of ginger.”
In her recipes, she also uses Curcunola, turmeric-based granola with ginger and coconut oil to help with absorption.
Her typical breakfast is made up of a few tablespoons of Curcunola in a banana-coconut milk smoothie.
You can find turmeric in our organic herbal tea LØV IN MIND, which can be enjoyed all year round since it’s delicious both hot and iced! In addition to turmeric, you will also find dragon fruit, lemon, ginger and a pinch of hot pepper in this blend!