Turmeric, a bitter spice from the root of the turmeric (Curcuma longa) plant, is packed with anti-oxidants and powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Its active component is curcumin. Turmeric has been used as a traditional medicine, and for coloring and flavoring food.
Turmeric has been used to support digestive, immune, cardiovascular, and liver health. And scientists are investigating the role of turmeric/curcumin in preventing and treating certain illnesses, particularly those resulting from oxidative stress due to turmeric’s ability to neutralize free radicals. While extracts are more potent than simply using a bit of turmeric spice in cooking and standardized therapeutic applications are still being investigated, incorporating turmeric into your cooking is health promoting.
When cooking, I love to include turmeric in spice blends such as curry. Adding a pinch to frosting and coconut whipped cream also imparts acts as an all-natural food coloring agent. Another great option is to use turmeric to make an herbal beverage, commonly called “Turmeric Milk” or “Golden Milk.” This is a delicious anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting drink with sweet notes of warming spices that balance turmeric’s bitterness. It may be enjoyed warm or cold. A warm cup of Anti-inflammatory Golden Turmeric Milk is especially soothing and beneficial if you’re nursing a cold or congestion.
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If you’re pregnant or nursing, consult with your physician before consuming turmeric.
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