Turmeric up-levels your health-game and menu options.
Turmeric, once considered a poor man’s saffron, is an earthy-tasting golden spice. It is best known for its ability to give your food or drink a nice golden yellow hue.
Nowadays, you can find it almost anywhere: at home, food aisles at your local spice shop or your favorite coffee house (turmeric latte, anyone?) because it has anti-inflammatory properties and many health benefits.
Turmeric is not a new discovery. It is present in more than 90 percent of all Indian foods. An average Indian eats turmeric ten unique ways every day. Indians have used turmeric for health benefits dating back to 4000 years!
So, what are these incredible health benefits and HOW do you consume it?
The botanical name is Curcuma longa.
It is in season around September and farmers harvest it around July.
It thrives in the subtropics.
Health Benefits of Turmeric (Curcumin)
Turmeric has an active component known as curcumin. This component is responsible for turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. We have compiled our favorite health benefits turmeric has to offer!
Turmeric helps to prevent heart disease
Researchers think curcumin is effective at lowering your risk of heart disease. Heart disease is a complicated condition, and more than one factor causes it. With curcumin in your diet, the body is able to reverse some of the things that lead to heart disease.
One of the main benefits of curcumin where heart disease is concerned is its ability to improve the health and function of your endothelium, the lining around your vessels. Heart disease tends to occur when this lining is not working properly. Your endothelium loses the ability to control pressure leading to clotting. Curcumin helps improve the way your endothelium works.
Turmeric helps Patients with Arthritis find relief
People with arthritis respond really well to supplements with curcumin. Arthritis is quite common, particularly in the west. There are different types, with some being accompanied by inflammation around the joints. Since curcumin is an anti-inflammatory, it is obvious that it would offer relief to patients with arthritis.
Turmeric can help delay aging
Turmeric is also known to improve longevity. For this reason, the component curcumin is quite common in anti-aging supplements. It can help fight age-related illnesses and even delay aging.
Turmeric is can help people with depression
Based on ongoing research and recent findings, curcumin has shown a lot of promise in helping people cope with depression. People with depression tend to have low levels of Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) and attenuation of the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning. The compound curcumin helps the brain boost its BDNF levels.
Different ways to eat and cook turmeric
We know, the health benefits of turmeric are almost a one-stop-shop in the all-natural health world. Makes you wonder why more people don’t consume it on a regular basis! Our Western diets don’t contain nearly as much turmeric as Eastern diets where turmeric is a cornerstone of Asian cuisine!
We all get into our ‘easy’ cooking routines. Whether you have picky-eaters in the home, or just get stuck in a habit of what’s fast, it can be a really fun and creative to bring in some new recipes!
You can consume turmeric in food, tea, or as a supplement. The most important thing to know about cooking with turmeric is that your body will not take in but a fraction of the health benefits if you do not digest it with black pepper, and some sort of oil. This goes for teas, and meals!
You can make pickles, prepare yellow rice, and spice any stir-fried dish with turmeric! Seafood pairs really well with turmeric, as well because it can mask a slight taste of fishy ammonia.
Fresh turmeric is a common feature in almost all Indian cuisines. It is used in salads like freshly prepared chutney, lentils and vegetables. For best results, slice your turmeric finely and add to heated oil with some fenugreek or cumin seeds. Into this mix, you can add chopped zucchini, cauliflower, calamari or prawns.
Getting creative with your home cooked meals can bring your family together and make dinner-time special again!
Turmeric Tea, or “Golden Milk”
In India, turmeric tea is used as a medicine for almost every illness. It helps with all the health benefits we listed, and can be a great night cap during the winter to ward of any colds and flues. Simply grate your turmeric or use powder, mix in some black pepper, lemon juice and honey, and pour in hot water and coconut oil. Allow the mix to stand for 10 minutes. That’s a great drink!
If you want to do all the mixing and chopping once for your nightly tea, it’s common to cook a turmeric paste that will last in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Then, whenever you want turmeric tea you can boil water or milk, and add in a teaspoon of your beautiful golden paste afterwards. This cuts down on the prep time and keeps your kitchen cleaner!
You can find hundreds of recipes for Turmeric Paste online!
How to Store Turmeric:
Fresh turmeric and ginger look almost the same because they belong to the same family, however, its inside is a vivid orange. You can find Turmeric at your local spice shop all year round.
It stores best in your fridge and will stay fresh for up to a month! However, the quality of flavor will fade with time. Never freeze this spice in its raw form because it will turn mushy when you defrost.
Powder is a great way to keep turmeric in the home, and to make teas. To keep your turmeric fresh, keep your powder in a cool and dry place. It will keep for more than 12 months. In fact, it can last 2 to 3 years on your kitchen shelf without losing its quality.
We hope you explore Asian Cuisine and make dinner time an exciting event in your home, however we know that doesn’t always happen. If you are taking turmeric for its amazing health benefits, consistency is key to see/feel any results. That’s why supplements are the best way to add Turmeric to your health-care routine.
Key Nutrition offers amazing supplements with Turmeric in them. Like all Key products, it is 100% Organic, and offers 1,500 MG of Turmeric extract! We’ve included everything it needs to ensure that your body ingests the highest possible amount of the most pure ingredients available.
One valued customer reported: “At 59 I enjoy the many helpful benefits of this Product. I do have arthritis and joint discomfort, Since using this it has be greatly reduced and being very active and on my feet all day at work any relief at all is very welcomed”.
It’s amazing to see our quality products improve the lives of so many humans around the world.