The magic of turmeric is well documented and we have been using it for years as one of our all time fave ingredients in the test kitchen. Here is some of the reasons why!
Long before it found its way to your latte, turmeric was known as a healing food in the ancient Indian system of medicine Ayurveda — where it was used to treat respiratory conditions or as a topical application to soothe or heal the skin. Many today use it mixed with milk or water to ease a sore throat or an upset stomach.
It became very newsworthy with it's possible health benefits after a 2006 study found that older Singaporeans who ate more curry had less cognitive decline. (Something we are all hoping for, am I right?) That led to research into which components of curry could be causing the effect, and a growing interest in the properties of turmeric.
It's not the spice itself that's key, rather it's an active compound within turmeric called curcumin. Research has found that curcumin has some anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
"Curcumin is a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent," said Professor Manohar Garg, director of the nutraceuticals research program at the University of Newcastle.
Because inflammation is linked to a range of chronic conditions and diseases, among them arthritis, Alzheimer's and heart disease, researchers argue curcumin could help reduce the risk of those diseases by limiting inflammation in the body.
"It's very powerful, the most powerful food I know of, for fighting inflammation in the body," Professor Garg said.
Having read all that, I think we all need to start using turmeric MORE. Don't you? This is not a hardship for me as I love turmeric. I first discovered it's anti-inflammatory properties when I suffered from Bells Palsy in 2014 and found that drinking turmeric daily helped enormously in my faster recover.
SO we have compiled a Magic Ten Turmeric recipes ebook with (obviously) TEN of my fave recipes using this amazing resource that we have in our kitchen. It is a superfood. Get on that train kids, you totally need to. Eating something so good for you, was never so tasty!
(This ebook is just $5.50 and contains 10 fabulous recipes all of which appear on this website. Some of the recipes are Insider Only recipes, but you have access to them in this nifty little book. It is also FREE to Insider Club Members.)