Saturday, August 24, 2013

Add Healing Turmeric to Your Diet

I have been doing a lot of research on Turmeric trying to figure out how I can get more of it in my diet.  Turmeric is a golden spice worth its weight in gold.   It delivers numerous health benefits and may help improve certain medical conditions such as cancer, heart disease, ulcers and inflammatory conditions. The University of Maryland Medical Center advises you not to take turmeric supplements without approval from your physician. Ingesting small amounts of turmeric in food is considered safe, however.

Turmeric is a culinary spice that spans cultures.  It is a major ingredient in Indian curries, and makes American mustard yellow. But evidence is accumulating that this brightly colored relative of ginger is a promising disease preventive agent as well, probably due largely to its anti-inflammatory action.

Reviewing some 700 studies, Duke concluded that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects.  Turmeric has also been found to help prevent alleviate Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.

To enjoy turmeric's health benefits without the risk of consuming it in toxic amounts, try adding it to your daily diet. 

Here are some simple ideas:

If you are using ginger, add a little of turmeric to the dish also.

Add turmeric to your soups, chili, meatloaf and Sloppy Joes recipes.  I have always put it in my egg drop soup.

Spicy lentils. Use green or brown lentils that can be cooked in around a half-hour with a two-to-one liquid to lentil ratio.  Add turmeric with the lentils with salt and pepper.  You can use it in any bean soup.

How about a smoothie? You can blend a half or a whole banana with some grated or powdered ginger, raw honey, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a teaspoon of bee pollen with two teaspoons of turmeric.

Sprinkle turmeric with some oil and salt on vegetables such as cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, etc before you bake them.

Add a pinch of turmeric to your salad dressing.

The next time you sauté kale, sprinkle some turmeric on top to combine two superfoods.

Marinate chicken breast in a turmeric and lemon marinade.  You can add it to any of your

Sprinkle a bit of turmeric on your next batch of roasted potatoes with your salt and pepper.

Infuse a half cup of olive oil with a teaspoon of turmeric and brush it onto your corn on the cob in lieu of butter (or in addition to butter).

When sautéing onions, sprinkle some turmeric for added flavor.

Because of the beautiful color it adds, try adding a little to your next mac and cheese casserole.

Turmeric Tea Recipe

2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric
2 tablespoon honey
Squeeze half a lime or lemon in tea

Makes two 8 oz. cups.  Boil turmeric and ginger in purified water for 5 to 10 minutes. Divide honey and lime or lemon juice between two tea mugs. Pour boiled turmeric water in each cup, and enjoy the healing benefits and delicious taste of this beautiful anti-inflammation tea.

Remember moderation in all things.  Don’t over do it, but add it to your diet a couple times a week.

Have a great Saturday.  Stay healthy, happy and may God bless you and yours.

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