Mostly cultivated in India and South East Asia, turmeric has been classed as a medicine, spice and sacred plant worldwide for thousands of years. Historically referred to as “the spice of life”, turmeric is more commonly known as “the spice that makes curry yellow”. Discover that turmeric is not just a pretty color and enjoy your favorite curry dish knowing it’s providing a wide array of health benefits to your body.
Among its most notable benefits, turmeric contains potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties which make it ideal for cancer prevention as well as other chronic diseases. In cancer treatment, it has been proven an effective anti-tumor and immune system booster. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), it is used to treat rheumatic pain in the shoulders and arms. Turmeric can safely and effectively be used to treat symptoms of arthritis, joint pain or any chronic inflammation in lieu of prescription or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. It has even successfully been used topically to treat skin inflammation due to injury.
Suffer from indigestion? Turmeric can actually help heal gastro-intestinal and digestive disorders. It has been found to be a very effective remedy for hyper-acidity, gastric ulcers, gall stones, jaundice, as well as indigestion. This also makes turmeric a better alternative to anti-inflammatory medications as they often cause stomach and intestinal issues.
Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of powdered turmeric to your diet daily to benefit from its preventative properties. Alternatively, you can take it as a supplement in the form of tea, capsule, or as a tincture. Increase its absorption by combining with olive oil, black pepper and green tea. Try this versatile sauce recipe with almost any of your favorite dishes!
200 ml olive oil
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
4 tbsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tbsp of dry or fresh herb mix (oregano, sage, thyme, marjoram)
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with lid. Use wax paper between a metal lid and sauce to prevent corrosion from the vinegar. Shake well before serving over rice, steamed veggies, pasta, fish, salad, tofu, beans, or use it as a bread dip.