the healing power of Turmeric…

Turmeric?  I haven’t felt the need to rush to the grocery store for my turmeric, have you?  Well, we might reconsider…

Turmeric, which is also called the “poor man’s saffron,” is considered one of the most powerful and natural anti-inflammatories identified today!  It has been used as a remedy for joint problems, digestive problems, menstrual irregularities and liver complaints, just to name a few!

The active compound in turmeric, curcumin, has also been shown to help prevent multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, skin disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome and many digestive disorders.  Did you know that in the laboratory, curcumin inhibits growth in many cancers, such as, colon, prostate, lung, liver, stomach, breast, ovarian, brain and leukemia! It has  also been know to move harmful and aging toxins out of the body.  What an amazing spice!!

To be assimilated by the body, turmeric must be mixed with black pepper.  Ideally, it must be dissolved in oil (olive, canola or linseed oil, preferably) and mixed with the black pepper.  You can purchase curry mixes, however the turmeric is only 20% of the total, so take the time to mix your own.

How to Use:

Mix 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and a generous pinch of black pepper.  Add to vegetables, soups and salad dressings. Try on deviled eggs for breakfast!  (You may also add a few drops of agave syrup to remove any bitter taste)

Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction.  Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.

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6 responses to “the healing power of Turmeric…

  1. Hmm… mixed with pepper and oil… does it have a strong taste or scent? I was thinking it might be good in a smoothie, but… pepper and oil… not feeling it.
    Maybe in a sauce with pasta??

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  2. I cook with a lot of turmeric these days. I have been reading about its wonderful healing properties and among other things, I even add it to my popcorn!

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  3. Thanks for the reminder on this important spice. When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I read much on tumeric. We did really good with using it in our meal prep, but like with many things…we have become lax with using it. One way my hubby likes to use tumeric is adding it to sliced potatoes with olive oil and fresh garlic and a little rosemary…roast in oven. Yummm…homemade french fries!

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