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Lending its hallmark peppery/earthy flavor and vivid yellow-gold color to traditional South Asian and Middle Eastern dishes, turmeric is an unmistakable spice. But when you add up the mounting number of studies chronicling the health benefits of turmeric, it’s clear that you’re wise to move beyond those traditional uses and start using it in all sorts of dishes. These days, turmeric has duly earned its place in your spice rack.

In its acceptance speech of this place of honor among your most highly ranked spices, turmeric would be remiss to not give credit to curcumin. Curcumin is the compound that gives the spice its trademark color and trademark health benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, antibacterial, and antiviral properties

Here are some easy and delicious turmeric smoothie recipes:

Mango and turmeric vitamin C smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 large orange such as a navel orange with the rind removed
  • 1/2 in peeled fresh turmeric or about 1/4-1/2 TB turmeric powder
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks

Instructions

  • Add the ingredients to a high-speed blender starting with the liquid/soft ingredients and finally adding the frozen (hard) mango chunks.
  • Blend the smoothie for 40-60 seconds, until well combined.

 

Pineapple turmeric smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ tsp grated fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp grated fresh turmeric
  • ¼ of a cucumber
  • ¼ of a pineapple
  • 1 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ½ cup coconut milk

 

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Enjoy within 20 minutes post-workout.

 

Golden Beet, Carrot and Turmeric Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 golden beets, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
  • 4 mandarin oranges, peeled
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1½ cup cold water
  • Optional Topping
  • grated carrot
  • hemp seeds

Instructions

Add all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and add any optional toppings.

 

Wild blueberry and turmeric smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
  • 1 cup brewed green tea
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup cashews, raw, unsalted
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into glass; garnish if desired.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

 

Carrot, ginger and turmeric smoothie

Ingredients

 

  • 1 large ripe banana, previously peeled, sliced and frozen (more for a sweeter smoothie)
  • 1 cup (140 g) frozen or fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 Tbsp fresh ginger (1 small knob, peeled)
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric (or sub cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) carrot juice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (~1/2 small lemon)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  • To the blender add smoothie ingredients and blend on high until creamy and smooth. Add more carrot juice or almond milk if it has trouble blending. Scrape down sides as needed.
  • Taste and adjust flavors as needed, adding more banana or pineapple for sweetness, lemon for acidity, ginger for bite, and turmeric for warmth.
  • Divide between two glasses and serve. Best when fresh.

Has your skin become lifeless? Has your natural glow vanished by the pollution, which has settled on your face? Do you want to prevent pre-mature ageing and avoid wrinkles on your face? What if I tell you there is only one solution to all these problems and to top it all off it is something that is easily available in most of the Indian households, is easy on the pocket and hands down one of the most effective natural remedy

of all time? Okay, keeping all speculations aside, let me break the name to you, it is turmeric or haldi. Turmeric has long been considered as the ultimate home remedy for various kinds of health problems.

Here are some amazing facial mask recipes with turmeric:

Chickpea yoghurt and turmeric face mask

Ingredients

 

  • 1 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 1 tablespoon yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon water (to mix easily)

Method:

Mix all ingredients together, if the mixture is too dry add more water accordingly. Smooth out the mixture and use a brush to apply evenly throughout your face and neck, wait for at least 20 minutes for it to dry. Wash your face with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry.

 

Turmeric yogurt and honey face mask

If your skin is neither dry nor oily (or maybe even a little bit of both), you’re in luck: Either milk or yogurt will do the trick. Both allow the turmeric to easily to spread over your face which will in turn brighten and soften your skin. Pick your poison, add a pinch of turmeric powder, and then squirt in a bit of high-quality honey. This is amazing for a skin that’s a little, well, confused. Honey is humectant, so it will hydrate your skin. It also is acne’s worst nightmare, which makes it a great ingredient for those who have dry and acne-prone patches.

 

Radiant skin turmeric face mask

To make the double-radiance turmeric face mask, just blend one teaspoon of avocado with one teaspoon of yogurt as well as 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder.

To use:

You can apply this mask to your clean, dry face and allow it to work for 5 minutes. Once the mask has done its work, wash it off with cold water and pat dry to reveal beautifully radiant skin!

Baobab and turmeric face mask

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tsp Aduna Baobab Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 15g oats
  • 2 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 1-2 tsp honey

 

Method: 

Place all the ingredients in a bowl (or a blender) and mix well. Using a brush, apply a thin layer of the mask evenly all over your face (avoiding the eye and mouth area).

Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then wash off using warm water and a flannel. Pat your skin dry with a clean, dry towel.

Some of the benefits that you will get are:

  • Turmeric is high in antioxidants that slow down cell damage.
  • It’s widely used as a skin exfoliant and improves skin’s texture.
  • It helps with inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, dry skin, psoriasis and eczema.
  • It helps reduce pigmentation and even out the skin tone.
  • It is also said to diminish wrinkles.

 

The most recent item to get the spotlight? A spice by the name of turmeric, which may just be the new secret weapon of health in general.

It was even called a “rising star” by Google Food Trends, since searches for turmeric jumped a whopping 56% between November and January.

Turmeric, a root in the same family as ginger, has long been used as an anti-inflammatory compound in Chinese and Indian medicine. Its active ingredient, a yellow compound called curcumin, has been found to have antioxidant, antiviral, and anticancer properties in lab and animal studies. And although more clinical trials about the benefits of curcumin for humans are needed, it’s been linked to lower total cholesterol levels and improved liver function after liver disease or damage.

Turmeric has a ton of great benefits for your body and here are some of them:

Arthritis

If your knee pain is the result of arthritis, turmeric can be quite helpful. It contains over two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including COX-2 inhibitors. COX-2 is an enzyme that can lead to lead to pain, swelling, and inflammation. Inhibitors, of course, prevent those symptoms. Curcumin is one of these compounds, and on its own, it has been shown to be highly effective at reducing inflammation.

Dry skin

Turmeric can do wonders for dry, chapped skin, including on your lips. Mix a few pinches of the spice with an essential oil of your choice (such as grapeseed or vitamin E) and apply to patches of dry skin for an instantly smoother, softened surface.

Good source of manganese

A trace mineral that helps metabolize cholesterol, carbohydrates and protein and support healthy bones.

Contains iron

An essential protein component for metabolism and the formation of red blood cells. Also vital for muscle health!

Vitamin B6

Important for regulating mood and helps the body turns food into energy.

A powerful antioxidant

Antioxidants play an important part in the body, helping to protect the body from free radicals which cause ageing and various diseases. As well as being a powerful antioxidant itself, curcumin also stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes – helping it further in the fight against free radicals.

Turmeric tea for weight loss

How does turmeric tea work to boost weight loss? Simple. Excess weight creates chronic or low-grade inflammation. This is like a continual fire in the cells. Because of its strong anti-inflammatory properties, it can help diminish excess weight-related inflammation and boost fat burning by suppressing the inflammation messages cells receive. By changing the way fat, muscle, pancreatic and other cells receive these messages, curcumin can help curb insulin resistance, high blood sugar and other metabolic conditions that are the result of obesity. When your body isn’t fighting inflammation, it functions properly and you’ll begin to lose weight.

It has been established that, even in quite high doses, it’s very safe to use turmeric, with up to 8g per day of the extract curcumin being used in some trials. In terms of supporting optimal wellness and prevention of disease, usually 1 teaspoon of organic turmeric powder per day is advisable, added to your food.

Generally turmeric and curcumin are very safe, although it’s important to see how your body reacts to the spice, especially your digestive system, as for some people it can loosen the bowel a little or cause irritation to the stomach. However this usually only occurs if consumed at very high doses.

 

Turmeric is a yellow powder that everyone is familiar with. Turmeric or scientifically Curcuma Longa belongs to the Zingiberaceae family.

It is cultivated in India and has been widely used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese medicine as a treatment for a variety of diseases.

Turmeric, known for is anti-inflammatory properties and used medicinally for over 4,000 years, is great for arthritis, skin health, immune system, and even cancer. Curcumin is the main active ingredient of the Indian/Asian curry spice Turmeric.  To put this technically, curcumin is the principal curcuminoid in turmeric.  Curcuminoids are polyphenols.  Turmeric powder is ground from the root of a plant called Curcuma Longa, which is a member of the ginger family and is found throughout Southern Asia, even growing wild in the Himalayas.

Black pepper, derived from black peppercorns, has its own set of health benefits to offer. These include enhancing digestion, regulating nerve signals, fighting cancer, boosting metabolism, and controlling obesity. The effect of piperine from pepper was examined on the bioavailability of turmeric’s curcumin in rats and healthy human volunteers. The study concluded that piperine enhances the serum concentration, extent of absorption, and bioavailability of curcumin in both rats and humans.

As a staple in Mediterranean-based lifestyles and in many kitchen pantries, olive oil is well known for its versatility, flavor, and healthful properties. When it comes to all of those health benefits we hear about olive oil, most apply to extra virgin olive oil. This extra virgin classification is when oil is mechanically pressed from the olives without any heat or chemicals applied.

Extra virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidants. Specifically it has a large number of (and large variety of) polyphenols, which function as antioxidants in the body, and may also have anti-inflammatory benefits as well.

It’s really unique that extra virgin olive oil can provide some anti-inflammatory benefits, because most fats tend to create more inflammation in the body. Those same antioxidant polyphenols are the same ones that have awesome anti-inflammatory benefits.

Many studies have also shown that populations that consume diets rich in olive oil (like the Mediterranean diet) have lowered risk of upper digestive tract cancers, including stomach and small intestine. In fact, populations that consume frequent amounts of olive oil have shown to have lower incidence of certain types of cancer.

So when you combine all of these ingredients together you get a really powerful remedy that can be used to combat cancer. All you need is:

  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric;

  • Half tsp. olive oil;

  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper;

Mix all the ingredient in a small bowl until they all blend together. Add the mixture to soup or salad or simply whisk in a little water and drink it straight. Take once every day before a meal.

It also can be added to different dishes: salads, smoothies, curries, rice or soup. Experiment with what tastes better for you. As turmeric is a fairly new discovery for cancer treatment, more research needs to be done before it becomes a widely accepted treatment option. Nonetheless, several researchers have found promising data to support this claim.

The American Cancer Society mentions a study that found that curcumin can kill cancer cells in isolation in laboratory dishes. So try out this remedy and enjoy every benefit that it brings.

Turmeric Water

You may have heard of the name turmeric or you may not, but you’ll definitely know it as the spice which makes curry yellow! It comes from the root of a plant, and has been used in traditional healing practices for hundreds of years. It is particularly prominent in Chinese and Indian medicine. Whilst the modern world is only just discovering the potential benefits of this spice, there’s a reason why it has been used so frequently by other cultures; it really is a powerful and potent supplement that is truly beneficial to the body. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-aging ingredient. It can help you treat many different health conditions. Curcumin is the main ingredient that is responsible for all benefits of turmeric. Research has shown that the curcumin, a compound found in turmeric is oozing with health benefits. From anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to improving digestion, complexion, cholesterol levels, and even warding off cancer, it’s hard to argue against consuming curcumin in any form.

It could therefore help those recovering from a stroke or suffering from Alzheimer’s to re-develop pathways in their brain. Other studies have shown it helps improve the overall memory of Alzheimer patients, and may also be able to help boost the memory and cognitive function of healthy patients. It might just make you smarter! There is a strong link between cognitive disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s and the reduced levels of a certain type of growth hormone, according to research findings. Curcumin has a beneficial effect on the levels of this hormone and helpfully reverses some brain diseases or declines of the brain functions due to aging.

One way to keep the liver healthy is through detoxification. Turmeric tea is known to be one of the top liver detoxifiers—this substance stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, which the liver then uses to eliminate toxins. When the liver eliminates certain toxins, the cells are rejuvenated by the bile. For this reason alone, turmeric has been widely used to treat digestion and liver issues.

Here is a recipe on how to prepare turmeric water:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1-2 cups of water

Boil the water, add the turmeric, and boil for 10 more minutes. Then, leave it to cool for a couple of minutes, and then you can drink it.

You can prepare turmeric tea this way

Ingredients for Turmeric Tea

  1. Fresh turmeric: Turmeric contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which can help treat digestive issues and relieve nausea and intestinal gas.
  2. Fresh ginger: Ginger and turmeric are the best herbs to help heal joint pain and treat gastrointestinal problems.
  3. Black pepper: Black pepper enhances the bioavailability of curcumin.
  4. Cinnamon: Cinnamon has great antioxidant effects and can reduce inflammation. It works as a powerful anti-inflammatory, especially in combination with turmeric and ginger.
  5. Coconut milk: The healthy fats contained in coconut milk can help with the absorption of turmeric.
  6. Raw honey: Raw honey is rich in enzymes, vitamins, and minerals—it will provide a natural sweetness for the tea.
Golden Milk

A sore throat? Drink turmeric before bed. Runny nose? Two glasses a day. Fever? If you drank turmeric and milk preventatively every, you wouldn’t have caught a fever, now would you?

This trendy new milk is said to be an amazing cure-all. Turmeric, the latest spice to take over the health food scene, is found in countless food products ranging from bone broth to honey. But there’s no doubt that golden milk, the spice’s latest incarnation, is getting the most buzz. The trendy drink is made with a blend of turmeric and milk and typically includes other tasty spices like ginger and black pepper. Together, these powerful spices have some pretty amazing health benefits, such as lessening the effects of depression and improving digestion. In fact, the drink is such a superstar that it’s been enjoyed for ages by various cultures. And in case you were curious, it isn’t called golden milk because it’s such a gold medal-deserving drink; it gets its name from its golden hue. (Its main ingredient, turmeric, contains the compound curcumin, which is responsible for the spice’s bright yellow color.)

You can drink it during the entire day, but most people drink it in the morning, on an empty stomach, and before going to bed. This magical, creamy drink offers numerous benefits, and we will reveal the method of its preparation, and how to use it.

 While an array of Golden Milk recipes exist, the key ingredient is always turmeric, often with ginger, both of which are potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. In fact, thousands of research studies on just turmeric and its most active constituent, curcumin, show it may be beneficial in preventing and/or treating over six hundred health conditions. And turmeric, also known as ‘Indian Solid Gold’ has been found comparable to fourteen various drugs and medications —without adverse side effects, even at doses up to 8,000 mg per day (about one rounded teaspoon of dried turmeric).

Here are two recipes for turmeric golden milk:

TURMERIC GOLDEN MILK RECIPES

Yield: 3 servings

INGREDIENTS – ALMOND MILK VERSION:
  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 cup pureed or grated fresh turmeric (or 2 teaspoons ground)
  • 1/4 cup ginger juice (juice from a 3-4″ piece of ginger)
  • 1/4 cup date paste or 6 Medjool dates, pitted, soaked for 1 hour, then drained
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional for improved turmeric absorption)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • Dash sea salt

INGREDIENTS – COCONUT MILK VERSION:

  • 1 1/2 cups organic coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 cup pureed or grated fresh turmeric (or 2 teaspoons ground)
  • 1/4 cup ginger juice (juice from a 3-4″ piece of ginger)
  • 1/4 cup date paste or 6 Medjool dates, pitted, soaked for 1 hour, then drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • Dash sea salt

So go ahead and try this amazing drink out. It will do wonders for your health and body, it will clean your liver and boost up your energy.

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golden honey

Synergy combined effects are greater than the sum of their separate effects.

This certainly applies to Honey and Turmeric. Each one has amazing medicinal properties. But combining these two natural remedies takes it to the next level.

Turmeric, whose scientific name is “Curcuma longa,” is a popular perennial herb that can be used to treat and even prevent various disorders. This amazing super spice belongs to the “Zingiberaceae” plant family. It has been used since ancient times as a potent natural remedy for various common illnesses.

Honey, on the other hand, is a special type of super food that is commonly known for its sweet, delicious flavor. Honey, apart from its distinct delicious flavor also contains potent medicinal properties. It is no secret that both honey and Turmeric have their own individual advantages and uses. Turmeric and milk is a fairly well-entrenched drink in the region’s food culture, where it is considered a restorative. Turmeric is part of Ayurvedic medicine – a holistic, all-natural approach to health that has been practiced for centuries in India – and a ubiquitous ingredient in curries and rice dishes.

It’s not made of gold, but it might as well be, given its cult following. “Golden milk” or turmeric latte – an unlikely combination of nut milk and juiced turmeric root.

Combining turmeric with honey (known as golden honey) is a natural remedy with powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that support the body’s defenses.

It is also considered to be a potent natural antibiotic. This mixture destroys various types of viruses and bacteria which cause disease.

The advantage it has over synthetic remedies is that it doesn’t cause any negative effects on intestinal flora.  In fact, it even serves as a food for increasing the presence of healthy bacteria.

It has a significant amount of polyphenols, vitamins and minerals. Also, because of its vitamins C and E, it prevents the destruction caused by free radicals and the deterioration associated with premature aging.

More important benefits include:
  • Ability to fight pathogens like Sarcina, Gaffkya, Corynebacterium, and Clostridium.
  • Protects the brain and reduces the risk of dementia.
  • Eliminates toxins.
  • Reduces negative impact of some types of cancer treatments.
  • Alleviates symptoms related to the flu, colds and other respiratory conditions.
  • Prevents urinary tract infections.
  • Alleviates duodenal ulcers.
  • Reduces cholesterol.

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It’s important that we clarify that these ingredients must be 100% organic in order to get all the benefits.

Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp. pure honey (100 grams)
  • 1 Tbsp. turmeric (10 grams)
Directions
  • Add the tablespoon of turmeric to four tablespoons of raw honey and pour the product into a hermetically sealed glass jar.
  • Mix before using to make sure that both ingredients are well-combined.
Method of consumption
  • As preventative medicine, we advise consuming 1 tablespoon of this mixture before breakfast every day.
  • If you have a cold, you should use half a teaspoon every hour throughout the day.  The following day, reduce the dose by one half, and take it every two hours.
  • Treatment lasts for about three days, or slightly longer according to the condition of your symptoms.
  • Make sure to hold the mixture in your mouth until it completely dissolves.