The vibrant colours, appetite enhancing aromas and mouth-watering flavours, often comes to mind with spices.
Did you know that spices also offer many medicinal functions in the body? Just like herbs, spices provide many incredible healing properties and my most favourite is the golden coloured Turmeric.
How Turmeric Can Aid Your Health?
Also known as Indian Saffron, Turmeric is from the Ginger family and is a warming spice for the body. It’s active ingredient is a flavonoid called Curcumin and is responsible for the yellow colouring and incredible actions of Turmeric in the body.
Boasting anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain reducing) effects, Turmeric is very healing for the digestive tract. Consuming Turmeric regularly can help to ease nausea, belching, flatulence, and abdominal discomfort post meals. It also helps support conditions involving pain and swelling of the joints in arthritis, headaches and the discomfort of menstruation in women. Part of the reason this healing spice helps with menstrual suffering, is its ability to support healthy blood circulation and therefore prevent blood stasis. Turmeric can also prevent abnormal blood clotting.
The liver doesn’t miss out, as Turmeric supports liver and gallbladder function. The powerful liver protective and detoxification actions of this spice are enhanced due to its ability to increase Glutathione levels – the body’s master antioxidant. Our body has an in built mechanism to protect us against the toxins we breathe and consume on a daily basis. Glutathione plays a major role, working to bind to toxins, allowing them to form into water-soluble substances, so they can be excreted as waste, via the urine or bile.
Being a strong antioxidant itself, Turmeric helps to protect the body against early ageing, by buffering dangerous free radicals.
As heightened cholesterol levels in the body can be driven by inflammation, regularly consuming Turmeric can help to normalize cholesterol and improve HDL/ HDL ratios. Another reason for helping support healthy cholesterol is Turmeric’s heart protective antioxidant properties.
How to include Turmeric into your diet
You can grate the fresh Turmeric root, or add the dried spice into dishes such as curries, stir-fries, soups, casseroles, on top of fried eggs and to flavour meat and vegetable dishes. My favourite accompanying spices include Cumin and Ginger.
You can also make either the fresh root or dried spice into a paste and use this in cooking, add into smoothies or use it to make your own Turmeric Milk. You can get my recipe here.
Include spices in your daily diet for beautiful flavours, colours and aromas, but also the numerous health benefits they bring.
Have you tried Nutrition Republics newly crafted Turmeric Milk (see pic below)? It’s delish!
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Kasey Willson is a qualified Adelaide based Naturopath & Nutritionist. Kasey’s passion in her clinic and through her educational writing and speaking is to support women to experience balanced hormones, thriving digestion and vibrant energy levels.