Did you know that Turmeric has already been used for thousands of years by ancient India and other parts of Asia to reduce inflammation, fight off infection, and ease digestive problems?
In these modern times, Turmeric is also known to have properties that help fight off free radicals and cancers.
So, today, you will learn how to properly use Turmeric to improve your health and the health of the people that you love.
The science behind why Turmeric is a good medicine
Curcuma longa is the scientific name of Turmeric. Curcumin is the most powerful substance in this healing plant; it acts as a strong antioxidant which makes Turmeric an effective medicine.
Curcumin is also the substance that gives Turmeric its spicy yellow look! However, it does better than just spice up your curry dish. Along with other substances in Turmeric, Curcumin has been proven to aid in dealing with swelling, inflammation, and other conditions, such as arthritis and heartburn.
Also, several studies have shown that Turmeric does have plenty of bioactive compounds called curcuminoids which make the plant rich in medicinal properties. In fact, a study from the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Science at the University of Tsukuba found that taking Curcumin is as effective as getting exercise.
Another study from the Department of Internal Medicine at Chiang Mai University in Thailand used a sample of 121 patients of coronary artery bypass surgery and gave them 4 grams of Curcumin every day, several days before and after their operation. The results revealed that the group who took Curcumin had an astounding decrease in heart attack risk of down to 65%.
It is also found that Curcumin works well as Atorvastatin—a drug used to help lower bad cholesterol.
See? Turmeric can do more than just tickle your taste buds!
Key benefits of Turmeric for your body
Here are some of the practical benefits of Turmeric and a few actionable steps to help you improve your health using the medicinal properties of this plant.
Disclaimer: Always consult your doctor before using Turmeric or any Curcumin supplement if you feel like your stomach isn’t ready.
Aiding Hay Fever or Allergic Rhinitis
Drinking a warm cup of the “golden” milk (add 1⁄2 teaspoon of Turmeric powder to your plant-based milk) has been observed to help reduce symptoms of hay fever, such as congestion, sneezing, itching, and runny nose.
To see positive results, you can take 500 milligrams of Curcumin daily for 2 months.
Helping Fight Depression
Recent research shows that Curcumin supplements (often in tablets) have reduced depression symptoms even in people who are already taking antidepressants. The recommended intake is 500 milligrams of Curcumin twice a day for 6 to 8 weeks.
Reducing High Cholesterol
Turmeric has been proven to lower levels of triglycerides, which are commonly known as blood fats. You can take divided doses of 1.4 grams of Turmeric extracts daily for 3 months.
Relieving Pruritus or Itching
Several studies suggest that taking Turmeric by mouth thrice a day for three weeks will reduce your itching. Also, this is extremely helpful to people with long-term kidney problems. To see favourable effects, you can divide 1,500 milligrams of Turmeric in 3 doses and take it daily for 8 weeks.
Did you know that Turmeric works as well as Ibuprofen when soothing the pain in knee osteoarthritis?
Also, it works even better when taken with other herbal ingredients and has been observed to improve function in people. Just take 500 milligrams of Turmeric 4 times a day for 4 to 6 weeks.
Stabilizing Measure of Colorectal Cancer
Due to its strong antioxidant properties, Turmeric can help with fighting several types of cancer. One research found that people in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, UK were able to stabilise their colon cancer measure by taking a specific Turmeric product that mostly contains Javanese Turmeric extract—P54FP.
Taking Curcumin supplements for 30 days can reduce precancerous glands in people with a high risk of cancer.
Preparing for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
Patients who took Curcumin supplements 3 days before their surgery and 5 days after their surgery has lowered their risk of having a heart attack after their operation.
Fighting Crohn’s Disease (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
Taking Curcumin supplements every day for 30 days is proven to reduce stomach pain, abnormal bowel movements, and even diarrhoea in people suffering from Crohn’s disease.
Relieving Dyspepsia (Upset Stomach)
If you take Turmeric by mouth 4 times a day for 7 days, you can heal an upset stomach more effectively.
Aiding Gingivitis (Gum Disease)
You can use a natural Turmeric mouthwash to reduce bacteria levels in your mouth. It is as effective as a therapy for gingivitis.
Soothing Rheumatoid Arthritis
Studies show that people in India who took Turmeric products twice a day have lowered their rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. They even claim that Turmeric has been more effective than conventional medicines in dealing with such a condition.
Reducing the Recurrence of Ulcerative Colitis (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
Taking Curcumin supplements every day for 6 months can help fight off the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, especially when it is taken together with conventionally prescribed medicinal drugs.
There are heaps of other key benefits that Turmeric can bring to your body. In fact, researchers are continually making groundbreaking discoveries regarding the medicinal use of this plant! So, make sure to keep posted by following our blog!
How to incorporate Turmeric into your drinks and meals
Now that you’ve discovered that Turmeric can indeed improve your health (you now have the beneficial information such as suggested doses of Turmeric and Curcumin intake), it’s only fitting to share to you how you can incorporate Turmeric into your food and beverages.
Here are some quick and tasty recipes to help you reap the health benefits of Turmeric:
The Good Ole Curry!
Turmeric, being the key ingredient in yummy and yellow curries, can really hit the spot! Why not try having some roasted cauliflower with potato curry soup? This kind of meal can’t be healthier!
In a medium bowl, mix garlic, onion and curry powder, coriander, turmeric, and salt. Coat chickpeas with the mixture and transfer it to a small baking sheet, and then bake for 30 minutes.
Start making the soup by mixing melted coconut oil, salt, and pepper. Coat the mixture on the cauliflower on a baking sheet. Then, roast for 25 minutes.
In a saucepan, add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and cook over medium-high heat. Add in some onion, jalapeño, and garlic, and cook for about 2 minutes.
Add the curry paste and stir to dissolve, and then some coconut milk and vegetable broth. Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.
Blend the roasted cauliflower with broth and puree until smooth. Top it with crispy chickpeas, cilantro, and scallions, and then serve with lime wedges.
Try this famous north Indian, yellow lentil dish—Dal Tadka. It is full of flavour and is perfect with steamed Basmati rice!
Heat oil in your pan over medium-high heat, then add coriander, cumin, and turmeric. Then, stir them constantly for about 15 seconds. Add in some onion, chili flakes, garlic, celery, and ginger over medium heat for about 4 minutes.
Stir in lentils and cook for 30 seconds, and add the spices. Pour in water or stock and increase heat to high to bring to a boil. Simmer for around 20 minutes until lentils are tender.
Stir in some lemon juice and season with salt and pepper, and you are good to go!
Grilled Tofu & Roasted Root Veggies
Want some healthy grill on a Sunday feast? Mix powdered Turmeric with black pepper, ground cumin, sea salt, ground ginger, and garlic powder. Then, rub this tasty concoction to your firm tofu before grilling!
Even better, toss some of your mixtures into your carrots, potatoes, squash, and parsnips before roasting them to have that peppery and earthy flavour.
The “Golden” Milk
Caught some cold on a chilly season? Drink a warm cup of “golden” milk.
In a saucepan, add ½ teaspoon of Turmeric powder to your plant-based milk and add 1 teaspoon of ginger powder.
Let the milk simmer for 15 minutes. Once done, strain the milk, pour it into a cup, and add a tablespoon of agave syrup.
Are you hungry yet? Be creative! There are heaps of recipes that you can find or come up with using Turmeric ingredients. Make sure to go for dishes and drinks that will help you improve your health.
You see, Turmeric isn’t just a mere spice to your Indian-inspired dishes. It has powerful medicinal properties—most notably, Curcumin.
Researchers are still getting heaps of remarkable discoveries on the healing capacity of Turmeric. Needless to say, ancient people were right on using it as their medicine.
We hope that this info-packed article has inspired you to use Turmeric to improve your health and the health of the people that you love.