Real food is usually the best for nourishing our bodies and keeping them thriving. Turmeric is one of those real foods that have incredible health benefits, more than one might realize. Research in abundance and historical practices backing up this basic food, a root with mega-power!!!
Turmeric, A Root
Turmeric is real food, a root of all things. It is in the ginger family.
Turmeric is filled with health, healing and wellbeing intelligence!!!
The root is brilliant in color, beautiful shades of orange.
The plant (above ground) is beautiful itself…
Turmeric, A Health Tool
Science galore on turmeric. Evidence-based research in abundance. This is real food that REALLY works for health benefits.
- NCBI – Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents… “…Overall these results indicate that aspirin and ibuprofen are least potent, while resveratrol, curcumin, celecoxib, and tamoxifen are the most potent anti-inflammatory and antiproliferative agents of those we studied.”
Reduces Depression Symptoms
Boosts Skin Health
- NCBI – Herbal Treatment for Dermatologic Disorders… “glow and luster”
- Science Direct – Curcumin as a wound healing agent
And the list goes on, and on and on…
Currently, there are over 12,500 peer-reviewed articles published proving turmeric benefits, especially one of its renowned healing compounds, curcumin.
Look at the science yourself. Here are three great resources on turmeric science, thousands of studies inside these three resources…
- GreeenMedInfo – Sayer Ji – Focused Research Topics Turmeric & Anti-Inflammatory Agents
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – Turmeric
- NCBI – PubMed – Turmeric / Curcumin
Tip & Trick
If you do not like the taste but want the benefits…. Buy organic turmeric root powder and put it in capsules yourself. That way you are still getting the whole food benefit with the active ingredient of curcumin, intelligently packaged in WHOLE food form and not having to taste it (IF you don’t like it).
Curcumin, the Active Compound of Turmeric
Curcumin has been a hot topic, and rightly so. It is the main active compound in turmeric that has impressive health benefits.
There are several chemical compounds found in this spice, known as curcuminoids, making turmeric a “functional food” for health. Meaning they have a potentially positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition.
Curcumin is one of over 300 constituents in turmeric. When we separate that out of the food, it takes on properties sort of like a drug, with possible side effects.
Instead, using it as a whole food, allows the body to recognize the curcumin as a spice, as FOOD, so it can be safely consumed as it has been for thousands of years.
Practitioners in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda have been prescribing turmeric and its extracts as part of holistic protocols for thousands of years. Same as the human race has been simply eating it as a food for thousands of years — without all the fancy research!!
Now we have studies that show that the whole food turmeric root outperforms curcumin alone.
My caution is to not hyper-focus on the active compound which leaves out the benefits of the whole food. Food was created to work in its entirety, for our health and wellbeing, as a WHOLE FOOD. The active compound works better when consumed as whole food.
I use it for everything and on everything because of its impressive research and history over thousands of years.
It makes a healthy tasty warm drink as Turmeric Gold or some call it Turmeric Milk.
Sometimes I don’t want that much turmeric taste so I sprinkle a little Turmeric Milk Mix – Certified Organic in my morning coffee drink.
You can use it in any dish — If you love the taste, use more. If you don’t care for the taste, simply use less of it so you don’t even notice it is there. It can be eaten raw or in cooked dishes.
You can use it in face masks — do a test patch first; make sure you are not sensitive to it and beware that it stains.
Knowing your sources of ALL food, of anything that you consume is truly important. Turmeric is no different.
Fresh is always best, especially if it is organic. Many health food stores and even grocery stores are now carrying fresh turmeric root in the produce aisle. As your local farmer at the Farmer’s Market about fresh turmeric.
Once in a while, you will have a piece of fresh turmeric that springs a sprout!! Use it to grow your own. It is a root veggie/spice. It grows sort of like a potato. If you don’t have a garden or a yard, grow it in a large pot.
Banyan Botanicals is my turmeric go-to because its turmeric is certified organic and has a reputable source. I can taste the purity and have used it for a decade now.
- Turmeric Powder – Certified Organic
- Turmeric Milk Mix – Certified Organic
- Kitchari Spice Mix – Certified Organic (turmeric is the main ingredient in the mix)
- Special Split Yellow Mung Dal Beans – Certified Organic (because they are “split” they are low-to-no-gas beans)
- Basmati Rice- Certified Organic
- Ghee – Grassfed & Certified Organic
- Turmeric Liquid Extract – Certified Organic
- Throat Soother Herbal Spray with Turmeric – Certified Organic
- Tumeric Tablets – Certified Organic
Sugar-Free Turmeric Milk Mix (Banyan’s mix has cane sugar — IF you are sugar-free, use one of the following instead)
- Four Sigmatic Golden Latte with Shiitake Mushroom & Turmeric, Dairy-free, USDA Organic with coconut milk powder
- TUR LATTE – USDA ORGANIC CERTIFIED GOLDEN MILK POWDER WITH CEYLON CINNAMON – Turmeric Latte Mix – Golden Milk Tea – Anti-Inflammatory, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten-free, Unsweetened
- Ayurvedic Organic Golden Milk blend; No added sugar or sweetener; 5oz (120 Servings); More than 50% Turmeric with Ceylon (true) Cinnamon; Anti-Inflammatory – Best for organic vegan latte recipe
While I had raging neurological Lyme disease my brain was incredibly inflamed. During those years I used a Nutramedix product, AVEA, that greatly relieved the inflammation (AVEA = Turmeric root extract). Contact me to obtain AVEA.
Beauty of Real Food for Real Health
Cautions With Turmeric
Even real food can have some cautions with it. As with anything you consume, know what you are eating and know the cautions for that particular real food.
There are more cautions using curcumin alone than the whole root turmeric. I do not recommend using curcumin, only whole food turmeric root.
Contraindications for turmeric root…
- Caution in pregnancy—use only after discussing with your health care practitioner. Generally considered safe in pregnancy when used in small amounts as a spice in cooking.
- Caution in patients taking blood-thinning and platelet-inhibiting medications.
- Avoid in cases of acute hepatitis, jaundice, gallstones, bile duct obstruction, ulcers, and hyperacidity.
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