A recent message looked at health benefits that organic turmeric brings to the heart.
Another message Simple Health Benefits from Turmeric outlines how turmeric helps cleanse the liver, is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and can even safely kill cancer stem cells in a way that chemo and radiation cannot.
A diet high in turmeric may even help reduce weight gain by suppressing the growth of new fat tissue, according to a study conducted by researchers from Tufts University and published in the Journal of Nutrition.
There’s a little more to turmeric, too. That pinch of health is going into our food adds a dash of color and is delicious also. I thought it would be handy to have some tips on ways to enjoy turmeric.
The website thekitchen.com (1) shows 7 ways to enjoy this healthful spice.
Here are three that I like and use.
#1: Add turmeric to scrambles and frittatas.
#2: Toss turmeric with roasted vegetables in soups. A bowl of vegetable or chicken soup feels even more warming when it’s tinged with golden turmeric. There is a great recipe for Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup.
#3: Make tea. Mix powdered turmeric with boiled milk and honey. This is a great replacement for dinner at night. (Skipping dinner once in awhile or often is very healthy as well.)
Important Note About Moderation
Do NOT overindulge. More turmeric is not better. Our feend Blaine Watson who lived in India for years and works regularly with ayurvedic physicians reminds us of the importance of using a little turmeric every day, not a lot. He wrote:
“Gary, remember that a diet high in Turmeric for westerners can kill them. Literally. Turmeric squeezes the liver. The western liver, not raised on turmeric like it is in India, will start to detox massively. This can cause serious detox trauma and this we try to avoid at all costs. The toxins coming out can be as deadly as the toxins going in, especially in the cold season when the channels tighten up. All detox is reserved for the warm season when the channels are open. Cooking with a little turmeric every day is what is recommended but not a diet HIGH in turneric.”
Turmeric is a delicious spice that helps us be healthy in many ways. I keep a shaker of organic powdered turmeric with my salt and pepper shaker and make the spice a regular part of my meals. I am happy to learn this can help keep my weight in line as well.