12 Easy Ways To Include ‘Gut-Loving’ Turmeric In Your Diet

12 Easy Ways To Include ‘Gut-Loving’ Turmeric In Your Diet

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There is no doubt to those in the know that Turmeric is a super-healing, super-food of a spice. Turmeric has a peppery, warm and bitter flavour and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, and while it is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry, it also gives ballpark mustard its bright yellow colour.

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. Turmeric has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, haemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.

Turmeric was traditionally called “Indian saffron” because of its deep yellow-orange colour and has been used throughout history as a condiment, healing remedy and textile dye.

Strong and Safe Anti-Inflammatory

The volatile oil fraction of turmeric has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity in a variety of experimental models. Even more potent than its volatile oil is the yellow or orange pigment of turmeric, which is called curcumin.

Curcumin is thought to be the primary pharmacological agent in turmeric. In numerous studies, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin. Unlike the drugs, which are associated with significant toxic effects (ulcer formation, decreased white blood cell count, intestinal bleeding), curcumin produces no toxicity.

Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis

We have been coveting turmeric in our household for some time, since my mothers rheumatoid arthritis and the medications she takes has further deteriorated her digestive system and inflamed her joints (and blood).

Clinical studies have substantiated that curcumin also exerts very powerful antioxidant effects. As an antioxidant, curcumin is able to neutralise free radicals, chemicals that can travel through the body and cause great amounts of damage to healthy cells and cell membranes.  In a recent study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin was compared to phenylbutazone and produced comparable improvements in shortened duration of morning stiffness, lengthened walking time, and reduced joint swelling.

Here’s 10 easy ways you can include tummy-loving turmeric in your food.

1. Make a delicious golden latte or Turmeric and honey tea.

2. Add to a curry made from scratch

3. Create a salad dressing by mixing apple cider vinegar with turmeric, honey and olive oil

4. Melt some Ghee or coconut oil and mix turmeric through and then solidify again to use in cooking and frying

Nutrition Tip: The anti-inflammatory compounds in turmeric are more bio-available if it’s eaten with freshly grated black pepper and some type of healthy fat or oil.

5. Sprinkle on top of or mix through your breakfast quinoa porridge or on top of a smoothie bowl

6. Add turmeric to your delicious soup recipe.

7. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric into your scrambled eggs or omelette mixture for breakfast

8. Add half a teaspoon of turmeric to your daily smoothie to boost the nutrient quality and vitality.

9. Add to your bone broth to make it a super-gut-support brew

10. Add to any biscuit recipe to add some anti-inflammatory goodness to your sweet treats.

11. Add 1/2 tsp turmeric to your pancake mix

12. Fry diced cauliflower with garlic, ginger, coconut oil and turmeric for an incredibly tasty side-dish

Curcumin is thought to be the primary pharmacological agent in turmeric. In numerous studies, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin. Unlike the drugs, which are associated with significant toxic effects (ulcer formation, decreased white blood cell count, intestinal bleeding), curcumin produces no toxicity.

In a recent study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin was compared to phenylbutazone and produced comparable improvements in shortened duration of morning stiffness, lengthened walking time, and reduced joint swelling.

Golden Mylk. Warm and healing beverage made with turmeric and almond mylk.

Golden Mylk. Warm and healing beverage made with turmeric and almond mylk.

12 Easy Ways To Include ‘Gut-Loving’ Turmeric In Your Diet was last modified: August 2nd, 2016 by Alice Nicholls
  • Dawn Furey

    I drink 6-8 ounces of warm/hot water with the juice of 1/2 to 1 fresh lemon. I add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric, freshly grated ginger, a few drops of lemon balm and 1 teaspoon of raw honey. I froth it with a little hand mixer called the aero latte (which yes is meant for frothing milk for cappuccinos and lattes) but it works really well for this warm beverage to incorporate all of the ingredients and create a little bit of frothiness. I drink one very morning and it’s truly delicious!
    Alice I love your other ideas. I brought back turmeric from Bali and can’t find turmeric quite as flavorful but love this drink nonetheless. It’s hydrating and yummy and a great way to wake up.

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