Turmeric, Turmeric Everywhere!
The power of turmeric is so strong, I look for ways to include it into my meals daily.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a yellow-orange spice that has been harvested for over 5000 years and is used widely in the East, and more specifically for use in Indian and Chinese cultures for medicinal purposes.
Turmeric is made up of two components: an oil and the yellow-orange pigment called curcumin, both of which are extremely potent. Many studies have been conducted on curcumin, with amazing results! I don’t take many supplements, but this one I am sure to include, whether it be in the form of a powder (Organic Traditions is one of my favourites) or a curcumin supplement (AOR).
As inflammation is the root of many diseases in the body, and turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help a multitude of conditions such as bowel conditions (IBS, Crohns, colitis) and rheumatoid arthritis. It also inhibits cancer growth, aids the liver in detoxification, protects your cardiovascular system and helps to lower cholesterol. If you are not convinced yet to include this spice in your meals, then keep reading!
A powerhouse of micronutrients
Turmeric is an excellent source of iron (essential for human life), manganese (supports bone protection & blood sugar control), vitamin B6 (benefits adrenal function, immune system, metabolism, & hormones), dietary fibre (slows absorption of sugar, aids in the digestive system) and potassium (supports the cardiovascular system, anxiety and stress, nervous system). What a powerhouse food!
As with anything, be careful to choose your sources of turmeric wisely. The term organic may be trendy for some, but it really does provide a higher quality of food, and this is true for spices as well. Conventional spices can contain preservatives, additives (MSG, colours), wheat, gluten and salt (not the good kind). Sometimes these spices can also be irradiated, meaning treated with chemicals to kill bacteria and other contaminants. All of this leads to lower levels of vitamins and minerals, and exposure to toxic, carcinogenic byproducts and free radicals which lead to inflammation, disease and ageing! If you’re looking for high-quality spices, check out My Spice Box (www.myspicebox.ca), which I was introduced to recently.
Now, after all this you might be thinking that this spice is pretty awesome, but how do you incorporate it?
How to enjoy turmeric
Ever had a bullet coffee? This is a cup of freshly brewed coffee (I prefer organic), with 1 tablespoon of organic butter and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil mixed in the blender to create a creamy, frothy beverage. I’ve recently started including turmeric as well!
My kids love mac’n’cheese, but this dish does not always have a high nutritional score in my books. So, I do a lot of swapping of ingredients and adding in of ones too! Nutritional yeast and turmeric are two of my go-to additions to this popular meal in our house. The full recipe is available on my website.
Smoothies! Create your own smoothie with fruit, greens, protein powder and ¼–½ teaspoon of turmeric.
Like egg salad? Add in a little turmeric for the nutritional benefits and colour enhancement.
How about butter chicken? Try my vegan butter chicken alternative.
Rice, raisins and cashews with turmeric, served cold, are a nice summer addition to meals.
I could go on, but the bottom line is this: There are many ways to incorporate this amazing spice into your meals and the only limitation is your imagination!
I would love to hear how you add this incredible spice to your meals! Send me a message.