Health benefits of turmeric

Turmeric is multi-functional, it can be used in food, as a dye, chemical indicator and as medicinal or Ayurveda remedies.

“Curcuma long” also known as turmeric is native to Southern Asia and has been used for over 5,000 years. It is commonly used in food as a coloring and flavoring agent in many popular Asian cuisines. Turmeric is multi-functional, it can be used in food, as a dye, chemical indicator and as medicinal or Ayurveda remedies. 

It contains an active compound known as curcumin or curcumenoids which are highly anti-inflammatory. They contain numerous benefits which help relieves pain due to its anti-nflammatory properties and can ease arthritis. It can also help diabetic with regulating their blood sugar levels. Another benefit for turmeric includes antimicrobial properties, which helps fight off microbes, which can also lead to faster wound healing. Including turmeric in your foods will help support liver detoxification and helps boost two antioxidants in the body that aid in cellular function. Curcumin is beneficial for individuals with heart conditions by preventing clogging of arteries and reducing cholesterol levels.

The recommended dosage of turmeric for adults is 400-600mg three times a day. There are many ways to include it in your diet, by either adding it to food or drinks or taking supplements, which can be found at health food stores. Michigan State University Extension recommends this following recipe.

Turmeric Tea Golden Milk Recipe

Servings: 4

Ingredients
    • 2 cups of milk of choice (almond, pecan, coconut and dairy all work in this recipe)
    • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
    • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup or to taste (optional)
    • Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
    • Tiny piece of fresh, peeled ginger root or 1/4 tsp ginger powder
    • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Instructions
    1. First, blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth
    2. Then, pour into a small sauce pan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling
    3. Drink immediately

Be careful, turmeric may stain blenders and counter tops. The color isn't harmful and will eventually fade. Recipe can be halved or doubled if needed. When cooking, be mindful of the amount of salt and sugar that you add into your meal. Also, do not forget to add physical activities into your daily routine! MSU Extension offers various educational programs for adults, families, and children that focus on lifestyle changes to promote healthy eating and food safety. For more health and nutrition tips, visit Michigan State University Extension website.

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