Not only a powerhouse of super health due to the high levels of curcumin it contains, turmeric is also a mild spice that can add depth and flavour to many Indian inspired dishes. The bright yellow spice has a bitter peppery flavour and can be used to liven up many everyday recipes.
It’s near impossible to get enough turmeric into your diet to fully enjoy the health benefits of curcumin, and this is especially true if you are looking for increased therapeutic benefits due to a specific health problem.
Our advice is to add turmeric into your food where you can, as you certainly will get some benefits, and in addition, supplement daily with a curcumin formula that has been specially developed to ensure a high level of bioavailability to fully maximize its benefits.
Here’s some easy ways to add more turmeric into your diet so you can maximize the health benefits of curcumin and make your everyday food a bit more tasty too!
• Add a pinch of turmeric to homemade salad dressings
• Add a teaspoon of turmeric to homemade marinades for meat, chicken and fish
• Add a teaspoon of turmeric to carrot and ginger soup for a warming, healing meal or snack. Turmeric is best added to olive oil right at the start of the recipe, as the fat will help to enhance the absorption of curcumin.
• Add a pinch of turmeric to scrambled eggs for a spicy alternative
• Kale chips are the latest fashionable health snack – why not boost their nutritional content even further and sprinkle with some turmeric before cooking
• You can source raw turmeric root from many local farm shops or health food shops now. It looks similar to raw ginger root but is smaller and has bright orange flesh (be careful as it will easily stain clothes and kitchen worktops!). Add a thumb-sized piece of the raw turmeric root to fresh fruit and vegetable juices.
• Grate fresh turmeric and ginger into stir fries
• Turmeric has long been added to warm milk as a healing drink to soothe away inflammatory aches and pains. Why not add some raw cacao powder and cinnamon too for an extra boost of powerful phytonutrients. Here’s a yummy recipe to get you started:
Turmeric hot chocolate
You will need:
1 cup whole milk, coconut milk or almond milk
1 tablespoon cacao powder
2 teaspoons honey (or to taste)
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a small saucepan, place the cacao powder and a tablespoon of the cold milk and mix well into a smooth paste. Add the rest of the milk, honey and spices, mix and then simmer over a medium heat. Continue to whisk occasionally until the mixture has warmed through. Enjoy.