Have ever enjoyed a yummy Indian curry?
Was that curry yellow in color by any chance?
If it was, then you enjoy a delicious curry supercharged with turmeric!
Turmeric—a traditional spice that’s native to both India and Southeast Asia—is famous for the yellow color it imparts on certain dishes like curry.
And while its ability to bring flavor and color to food might be well known, it’s capacity as a superfood somehow flies under the radar.
Turmeric as a superfood
Turmeric is an all-natural anti-inflammatory that is occasionally compared to common NSAIDs like Advil and Bayer Aspirin because of its strength and effectiveness.
Loaded with powerful bioactive compounds like curcumin, turmeric can introduce much needed anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories to the body. Doctors will even recommend their patients intentionally add a little turmeric to almost every meal (especially fatty meals as turmeric is fat soluble).
Turmeric and brain disease
But the power of turmeric isn’t limited to its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties—it’s also been shown to lower the risk of brain disease!
Many researchers believe decreased levels of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) can lead to any number of mental disorders including depression and Alzheimer’s Disease. The curcumin found in turmeric has been shown to increase levels of BDNF in the brain. Taken regularly, turmeric may be able to boost memory and even intelligence!
Turmeric, cancer, and heart disease
Another perk of regularly eating turmeric?
It can counteract some of the factors that lead to heart disease, and may be effective at staving off certain forms of cancer!
And since there is no proven medical treatment for complete prevention of either heart disease or cancer, it’s a smart move to add a little more turmeric to your diet whenever you can to lower your risk.
So, how do we like to make sure we’re getting our daily dose of turmeric?
Easy—our turbo-charged turmeric latte!
2 cups of coconut milk
1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger
1 Dash of black pepper
1 Dash of cinnamon
2 Tablespoons of coconut oil or MCT oil
2 Tablespoons of freshly grated turmeric
*Combine the turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, coconut oil, and black pepper in your favorite mug
*Stir dry ingredients lightly
*Add enough hot water to cover the dry ingredients and then stir vigorously to blend
*Warm the coconut milk in a small pot over medium heat, bringing the liquid all the way to a simmer—stir constantly to ensure the milk does not burn
*Carefully pour the coconut milk over the mixed spices
*Stir thoroughly to ensure total blending
*Garnish with cinnamon to serve
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