Turmeric the neon superfood.

July 16, 2010 § 1 Comment

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Did you know that the humble spice Turmeric, giving dishes that recognisable ultra-golden glow is an amazing food to incorporate into your diet? It’s health benefits are huge, and only now are numerous studies linking it’s consumption to lower rates of cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric is the root of the curcuma longa plant, and closely resembles ginger. You’ve probably seen it powdered, used in curries and other eastern dishes, but you can also buy it fresh. Recently i’ve been adding a slice, along with ginger, to hot water to make a refreshing winter tea – not to mention a super drink of the exlir-of-life persuasion. It has a very mild flavour in my opinion, and you shouldn’t really have to go gagging it down or anything silly like that. If you want a sweeter alternative, try adding some raw honey, or even stevia.

Anyhoo, back to living past 100…

Even before the magic, mystical, miracle properties of turmeric, it is a fantastic source of iron, manganese, vitamin B6, fibre and potassium, and it’s volatile oil (like i’ve talked about before in Coriander for instance) is a fantastic anti-inflammatory.

The real hero however is Curcumin. It’s a compound that is comparable to pharmaceuticals in it’s potency and anti-inflammatory properties, but from that big, unappreciated chemist…nature! It is also a very detoxifying substance and is extremely beneficial for the liver (and in turn, the skin!) and of course contains a hefty dosage of antioxidants to boot.

Only now, after observations as to the significantly lower rates of cancer among groups who consistently incorporate turmeric into their diets (ie. East Asians/Indian cuisine) are people (err, Westerners…) starting to realise the astounding potential of Turmeric to heal.

So, get some into you! I drink it, grate it into curries, stir-fry’s, and also use the powder to make vegan cheeze.

Any other genius ways of incorporating the T-bomb?

Happy Friday! xx

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