Today I’m talking about turmeric. Turmeric has numerous benefits for our health, one of the most important right now is its ability to boost the immune system and its potent anti-inflammatory effects. Turmeric is a spice often used in Indian dishes and a member of the ginger family. It contains bioactive compounds known as curcuminoids. Curcumin makes up 75% of the curcuminoids and is the component which has shown to have most health benefits in scientific studies.
Curcumin acts as an antioxidant mopping up free radicals which can cause inflammation if they get out of control. Inflammation is a key factor in chronic illness and in particular with the coronavirus. Curcumin also has anti-microbial properties which further strengthens the immune system. It reduces joint pain, is used to help treat cancer, protects the heart, increases brain-derived neurotropic factor in the brain (brain growth!) and helps to heal the gut. Pretty impressive.
You can see how adding turmeric to your eating regime is a must. Turmeric and curcumin are not so readily bioavailable (easily absorbed by the body) so eating it with a healthy fat source and black pepper is recommended to increase absorption. In supplementation form, do your research or speak to an NT to find the most bioavailable. 2.5 to 5 grams of turmeric powder with food per day has been associated with health benefits but even adding less to your food can also make a difference. Always check with your NT/doctor when taking new supplements, especially if you are taking medication. This is your responsibility.
Quick turmeric salad dressing: whisk together miso paste, tahini, apple cider vinegar and turmeric
Quick cauli rice recipe: throw cauli rice in a pan with ghee, chopped carrots, celery, ginger, ½ tspn ground turmeric, 2 sprigs of rosemary, spring onions and a little black pepper