Wellness Wednesday: The All Powerful Turmeric

Turmeric is having a moment and even though it’s been used for thousands of years, it deserves to have one. This herb has quite a pedigree, being used in thousands (make that 6,000) of studies boasting health benefits that surpass any prescription medicine and qualifies it as one of the most frequently used medicinal herbs.

DSC_2755So what’s all the hype about? Simply stated, it does all the things. Turmeric is comprised of a compound called curcumin which is known for it’s renowned healing properties. Curcumin is known to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and extremely high anti-oxidant.

Consuming turmeric with black pepper helps with absorption because solely it is difficult for us to absorb in our bloodstream. Black pepper contains piperine, which is a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%.

DSC_2754I’ve listed some of the top benefits I found that were QUITE impressive.divider

Top 5 Benefits of Turmeric

  1. Brain health-curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which is a fancy way of saying neurons in the brain forming new connections and multiplying (common brain disorders are linked to decreased levels).
  2. Fight cancer-studies revealed curcumin reduced the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, contributed to the death of cancer cells as well as reducing the spread of cancer (metastasis).
  3. Antioxidant-curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals and protect our bodies from oxidation which contributes to rapid aging and disease.
  4. Heart healthy-curcumin leads to improvements in endothelial function (lining of the blood cells and a major contributor to heart disease) and with reduction in inflammation and oxidation in the body, it takes stress off of a very important organ, our heart.
  5. Anti-inflammatory-this might be the most popular benefit because it is well known that turmeric is successful in fighting inflammation in the body. A potent anti-inflammatory such as curcumin helps with joint pain (arthritis) and blood flow in the body.

dividerYou won’t have a difficult time finding turmeric flavored anything these days. I’ve seen it in everything from lattes to chocolate bars and the trend just keeps on going. I am all for it and is something I take daily in the form of lemon water each morning (juice of ½ a lemon, 1 TBL ACV, 2 tsp turmeric and cracked black pepper, fill with room temperature filtered water).

If you’re looking for a way to enjoy this trending miracle spice, I included a super simple recipe for turmeric milk below. This may be my favorite way to enjoy it at the moment!DSC_2775

dividerMSF Golden Turmeric Milk

Ingredients

½ c unsweetened almond milk (can sub any milk)

dash of cloves

dash of cinnamon

½ tsp real vanilla

1 tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp ground black pepper

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until frothy and combined. Serve chilled, over ice or warm on the stovetop. Enjoy!DSC_2768DSC_2778divider

Happy hump day friends! I hope you’re having a great first half of your week. I have been doing a lot of prep for an upcoming trip and some fun posts coming up which I’m excited about! Off to finish some reading and make a cup of tea 🙂

Love,

Megan

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