Turmeric is truly a powerhouse. I add it to everything I possibly can. It’s that important!!

The active component of turmeric is curcumin. You may see this indicated in supplement forms of turmeric. It is the curcumin, turmeric’s yellow pigment, that is responsible for one of turmeric’s most significant benefits as an anti-inflammatory. It has been shown to be as effective as some NSAID’s and cortisone, without the side effects. Curcumin is also has powerful antioxidant properties responsible for the reduction of free radical in the body. Among its other benefits are:

Anti-cancer: Inhibits the formation of nitrosamines – from processed and grilled meats – and promotes liver detoxification of cancer-causing compounds. It enhances glutathione production and inhibits production of COX-2 that contributes to tumor development. It may also enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs and reduce their side effects.

Brain Function: Curcumin has been shown to reduce age-related mental decline along with removing amyloid plaque buildup in the brain and thus slowing the progression of Alzheimer's disease. It also has been found to be effective in other neurological diseases like Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.

Heart: Turmeric may help prevent heart disease by not only lowering cholesterol but also blocking the oxidation of cholesterol which is responsible for plaque formation and arterial wall damage.

Liver: Turmeric can have a protective effect on the liver and aids in bile release.

Anti-microbial: Curcumin has anti-microbial properties which can also aid in wound healing.

Pain Reliever: Curcumin can help reduce sensations of chronic pain.

Using Turmeric:

Currently on my blog I have 2 recipes that use turmeric – Scrumptious Split Pea Soup and Immune-Boosting Broth – but there are so many uses including being one of the primary spice ingredients in curry. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and has a warming peppery taste with a mild bitter note that works well in a variety of dishes.

There are some very simple ways to incorporate turmeric into the diet:

Sprinkle on roasted vegetables

Add to tofu scramble

Make a tea

Use in any soup or stew

Add to sautéed greens and veggies or sprinkle on a stir fry

Add to smoothies

There is evidence that cooking turmeric along with black pepper is the best way to maximize its absorption and effectiveness. The active component of black pepper that adds to this effectiveness is piperine.

Experiment with turmeric in your cooking not only as a wonderful spice but also to add this extraordinarily healthful spice to your Plate Journey.

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