It is the very beginning of September, and the perfect time to talk about one of my favourite herbs- TURMERIC!
Turmeric is a well-known, and quite a trendy herb, which I have been obsessed with for years. I used to add turmeric to soups and curries on a regular basis, and over the past few years started to add it to smoothies and lattes. As evidenced by my Instagram, I love turmeric lattes <3
Turmeric is a potent herb with many health benefits. The active (and probably most well known) component in turmeric is curcumin, however there are many different components in turmeric that make it healthy!
Below I outlined some main health benefits of turmeric, followed by information and notes on quality, where to find it, my favourite brands and a recipe from GOLDE.
Top 5 Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric can have antiinflammatory benefits. Curcumin may lower the inflammatory response in the body, by down regulating inflammatory markers (cytokines), as well as decrease proteins and enzymes that promote inflammation.
Turmeric can be considered a ‘super food’ as it is full of antioxidants including vitamin C, A, D, E as well as B vitamins.
Turmeric may enhance digestion by promoting enzymes like lipase (to digest fat), amalyase (to digest carbohydrates) and can stimulate bile (to also help digest fat). In one study, the digestive benefit increased when turmeric was mixed with coriander, black pepper, cumin and ginger.
Evidence suggest that turmeric and curcimin may have a significant impact when treating inflammatory skin issues like acne, rosacea and psoriasis.
Due to the antiinflammatory and antioxidant content, turmeric can help to boost immune function. In novel studies, curcumin may help to increase immune cells like T cells, B cells and NK cells ( all the cells needed to fight foreign pathogens in the body aka viruses like the common cold or flu).
How to Buy Turmeric + a Note on Quality
I suggest using whole turmeric root, which can be found in the grocery store, usually in the same section as whole ginger. You can also buy an organic turmeric powder, which is important as turmeric can be highly sprayed with pesticides. My favourite brand is Cha’s Organic + my favourite turmeric blend is from GOLDE, which I carry at my office!
A Recipe from GOLDE
- Recipe + photo from www.golde.co/recipes, where you can find other delicious turmeric recipes.
I hope this post encourages you all to add turmeric into your diet! If you are in Toronto and want to try the Golde turmeric blend, let me know!