Reduce Inflammation with Turmeric
Turmeric is not only a spice used in Asian and Indian cooking, but it has medicinal properties as well. It is known to fight cancer, reduce chronic pain, and ease depression. These healing properties come from a compound in Turmeric called Curcumin. You will notice Curcumin in certain foods like curry, due to it's bright yellow color. Curcumin acts as a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects. It fights the body's foreign invaders and it also has a role in repairing damage. In addition, Turmeric promotes healthy digestion, improves liver function, and provides pain relief. It can be taken as a supplement in pill form or it can be used in cooking and teas. About 500 milligrams a day is a standard dose to maintain good gut health and keep inflammation away. Individuals with more serious conditions like chronic pain and cancer typically consume much higher doses. If you decide to take more than the daily recommended dose of Turmeric it is important to work with a physician on the right dosage. A couple more things to note is that Curcumin does not easily absorb into the bloodstream, therefore you should consume it with a little bit of black pepper to aid in absorption. There are many recipes that contain turmeric, but be careful not to use it in a pressure cooker or boil it. High temperatures can destroy the Curcumin compound. One popular and soothing drink, containing turmeric is golden milk. It is great for inflammation, the common cold, or an upset stomach. Below is a recipe I particularly enjoy.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 teaspoons of honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick
1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4-1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric
pinch of black pepper
Combine milk, honey, and spices in a small saucepan.
Heat just below medium until warmed through. Stir as milk is heating. Do not let boil. Enjoy!