We’ve heard a lot of talk about the benefits of turmeric lately. It’s natural to wonder what it’s doing for your body and if it really does anything good for you. I can give a resounding yes! It’s easy to add it to my day in the form of tonics and golden milk (I’ve added a few of my favorite recipes at the end of this post). There have been changes in my body as well. Here are a few of the benefits of adding turmeric to your diet and why it’s so good for you.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is part of the ginger family. The main antioxidant part of turmeric is curcumin. It’s native to Southeast Asia and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for a really long time. If the concept of Ayurveda is interesting to you, I wrote a post about dosha recently and it could be really helpful to learn about the balance of dosha in your body.
There’s been a lot of writing about the health benefits of turmeric. Seriously, do a quick google search. It’ll turn up millions of results. A few of my favorite benefits have to do with its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers.
The main part of turmeric is curcumin. While it isn’t absorbed into your bloodstream that easily, adding a pinch of black pepper enhances the absorption. It’s also fat soluble, so consuming it with good fats (like coconut oil, avocados, and so on) helps you absorb it more effectively. Curcumin is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial; it’s incredibly effective at promoting health and aiding in a healthy lifestyle.
Many health conditions, like heart disease, cancer, and cognitive issues, are due to inflammation. Because it’s anti-inflammatory powers are so great, it is highly protective and essential to prevent diseases. It’s also great at aiding joint pain as it eases the painful inflammation associated with it and can even help reverse it.
Another great benefit is how effective it is at fighting free radicals in your body with its antioxidant powers. Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents. The chemical compounds in antioxidants help prevent chronic diseases and aging. The more antioxidants you have, the better your body can fight off infections, diseases, and free radicals that harm your skin and other organs. Matcha is also great at fighting free radicals and it’s especially wonderful for your skin!
How I Like to Enjoy Turmeric
I love having a smoothie with breakfast (or sometimes for breakfast)! I’ll usually add in a pinch of turmeric with my smoothies. I’ve also experimented with adding a scoop of avocado for creaminess instead of yogurt and also to help with the absorption. It doesn’t change the flavor, but definitely improves the texture!
This Healing 3-Ingredient Turmeric Tonic from Minimalist Baker is a recipe I’ve enjoyed recently, especially to help fight off illness this winter. It’s soothing and definitely has helped me prevent colds. You also can’t go wrong with Golden Milk! Dana has a bunch of turmeric recipes if you’re interested in adding more turmeric to your diet.
Turmeric is a powerhouse and can enhance your healthy lifestyle. Give it a try and let me know the benefits you experience!