Most people who browse natural or alternative health websites are probably familiar by now with turmeric. This amazing spice, which adds its deep gold color and pungent taste to Indian curries and other dishes from Southeast Asia, is also a nutritional superstar. Countless medical studies have been done on it across the globe and its health benefits are truly amazing, from lowering the risk of cancer to helping prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
People who do not know that much about Indian food, however, may feel a little apprehensive about how to add this spice to their diet. No problem! At the end of this article, there are also suggestions for simple ways to add turmeric to the diet to start reaping its benefits today!
Top Reasons to Add Turmeric to the Diet
Lose weight. Turmeric has been shown to help the body block fat, which can greatly aid in the weight loss.Avoid illness. Turmeric antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties can help the body fight off illnesses and reduce the number and severity of infections a person comes down with.Treat pain. Due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric provides excellent pain relief for conditions like arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.Reduce cancer risk. Turmeric’s powerful antioxidants help to prevent the kind of cellular damage that can be a precursor to cancer cell development.Improve cholesterol. Turmeric has been shown to reduce unhealthy LDL cholesterol while at the same time raising up good HDL cholesterol levels.
While the health benefits of turmeric are seemingly endless, here are the top ways for including this amazing spice in a health-conscious diet:
Enjoy a turmeric smoothie. One of the most delicious ways to enjoy turmeric is through a healthy smoothie. For one awesome way to do it, blend together 1 small bunch of kale with 1 cup chopped frozen mango, one cup chopped frozen pineapple and two cups of coconut milk, then process until smooth and enjoy!Make a spicy turmeric tea. This tea is simple to make and incredibly health. Simply take a cup of boiling water and add a teaspoon and a half of turmeric with a dash of cinnamon and black pepper, a tablespoon of lemon juice and some raw honey to taste.Sprinkle on vegetables. Add turmeric to vegetables along with salt and pepper. It is particularly good on vegetables like cooked greens, cauliflower and sweet potatoes.Use as a salad dressing. Make a salad dressing by mixing together mustard, a dash of turmeric and olive oil, then use on a basic green salad.Spice up eggs. Whether poaches, scrambled or in an omelet, a sprinkle of turmeric will help spice up those eggs!
The benefits of turmeric are truly amazing – and the most amazing part about it is that there may be many more advantages to using it that modern medicine is just not aware of yet. So consider adding more of it into the diet today, using the simple suggestions outlined below. It will not only give some everyday dishes an exotic and interesting twist, it will also greatly contribute to overall health.
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