Turmeric is such a beautiful, bright ingredient that is incredible for you in so many ways. The spice has been used for medical purposes, preventing and curing a range of conditions, for thousands of years as well as making your skin glowing and beautiful.
Turmeric is grown in India, Asia and areas of Central America. It is the powdered and dried rhizome of Curcuma Longa, a plant from the ginger family. Curcumin, a powerful antioxidant, is its active ingredient. Curcumin has been recognised by the National Cancer Institute as a anticarcinogen, preventing the development and recurrence of cancer. A study from Molecular Nutrition & Food Research in 2008 found that 500mg of turmeric daily significantly reduced incidences of colon cancer (Volume 52, Issue 9).
Turmeric gives our immune systems a boost by enhancing our antibody response and has also been recognised for its ability to reduce LDL cholesterol levels, the ‘bad ‘cholesterol. It has been linked to preventing type 2 diabetes, improving brain function and indigestion to name just a few. Recent studies have also been investigating the spices benefits for individuals with Alzheimers disease – basically a magical spice!
Within the Indian culture, turmerics power in preserving an individuals beauty and youthfulness has been acknowledged for thousands of years. The spice captures free radicals that can cause DNA damage. Turmeric contains the mineral manganese which supports collagen production (gives you plump and glowing skin) and has a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect helping to fight bacteria in skin conditions such as acne.
THE BEST WAYS TO USE TURMERIC
Tea: add one teaspoon to hot water and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the tea through a fine sieve. Serve with lemon or raw organic honey (ethically sourced) to taste.
Smoothies: add a teaspoon into your daily smoothie!
Skincare: mix a teaspoon with coconut yogurt and raw organic honey (ethically sourced) to create a face mask
Cooking: add it into any recipe!
According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, the ideal dose of turmeric is:
Curcumin powder: 400-600 mg three times a day
Turmeric root (dried and cut): 1.5-3g
Tincture: 15-30 drops four times a day
Fluid extract: 30-90 drops