Perfect Ways to Get More Turmeric in your Diet. Turmeric has been around for over 4,000 years and has been used to treat many health conditions. The primary ingredient in Indian curry, turmeric is what gives it that bright yellow color and warm, spicy flavor.
The latest studies suggest that curcumin, a substance found in turmeric, can improve blood flow as well as reduce inflammation and help ward off some viruses. So even a small amount of turmeric may improve your digestion, and your cuisine.
Turmeric, a root in the same family as ginger, has been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for many years as an anti-inflammatory compound. Its active ingredient, a yellow compound called curcumin, has been found to be antioxidant, antiviralthis link opens in a new tab, and in laboratory and animal studies this link opens in a new tab properties.
And although more clinical trials are needed on the benefits of curcumin to humans, it has been linked to lower total cholesterol levels, this link opens in a new tab and this link opens up in a new tab after liver disease or damage.
Almost every day, I eat turmeric and advise my customers to do the same — with a few caveats. First, I do not advocate taking turmeric supplements unless a doctor has prescribed them (and will monitor them), especially for pregnant women.
I also warn my customers against using turmeric root or powder overboard. This link opens in a new tab, including reflux, low blood sugar, increased risk of bleeding, reduced iron absorption, and worsened gallbladder problems.
Here are 5 ways to get more TURMERIC in your diet:
1. Pick up the root whole and juice it with the rest your greens in your morning juice. All you need is a small piece about the size of a small thumb. Or if you prefer smoothies, put a couple of slices especially in ones with coconut milk.
2. Make a soothing tea. Slice up a little turmeric root and just add it to some boiling water along with some slices of ginger root, lemon and honey.
3. You can add some liquid turmeric drops to your tea. That also does the trick. The flavor goes beautifully with the any Indian spiced tea.
4. The best way to use it, in my opinion of course, is to cook with it. Turmeric is the spice responsible for giving Indian curries their bright yellow/orange hue.
5. Or you can make some golden milk. Golden milk is an ayurvedic beverage made with a few ingredients, including turmeric. This drink is remarkably soothing and healing. Here’s a great recipe:
- 1/2 cup of coconut milk
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of ghee
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey
Combine all this ingredients in a pan over medium heat, and stir to mix well. You can drink it warm, or store it in a glass jar in the fridge for later.
Let us know what’s your favorite way to use this amazing spice!
While turmeric suppresses the growth of fat tissue and helps reduce inflammation, it is no miracle of weight loss. In their every meal, one should surely incorporate turmeric. However, you also need to make sure you create a calorie deficit if you want to lose weight. The combination of good diet and exercise is what will help you safely lose weight.
Usually 1/2 tsp. Turmeric is all you need to get the benefits of turmeric into your diet, which, according to his studies, is what Dr. Greger recommends. More has not been shown to be beneficial, and too much can actually be worse than not using it at all when it comes to using such powerful herbs, roots, and spices. In other words, there is no need to eat a tablespoon of turmeric a day because it may not bring more benefits than a smaller dose, and for some individuals it may even be too potent a dose.
The bottom line is, when it comes to powerful herbs, roots, and spices, a little goes a long way. I would say from 1/4 tsp. To one and a half tsp. There’s plenty of turmeric a day, but that’s just based on my research observation and what most of my trusted doctors and health professionals sources are recommending.