Turmeric, a yellow spice that is often used in Indian cooking, contains a very powerful component called curcumin. Curcumin is a strong anti-inflammatory and some research suggests it can be as effective as some anti-inflammatory drugs. Keeping an anti-inflammatory diet is one of the bet things you can do for your body. We are constantly bombarded with inflammatory stressors such as processed foods, chemicals, stress, and pollution. Scientists now believe that many of today’s western diseases are caused by low, constant levels of inflammation in the body. Those diseases include gum disease, tooth loss, heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions. Turmeric has been shown to increase anti-oxidant capacity in the body and help prevent many diseases. It has been proven to be beneficial in gum health, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, and even depression.
My favorite way to enjoy turmeric is in golden milk. The fat from the milk and the dash of black pepper help the body absorb the turmeric. Feel free to add whatever spices you desire to this warm drink. You can also make a spice mix and store it for easy future access. Below, is my favorite version:
Mix a spoon of turmeric, a dash of ginger, cinnamon, black pepper into 1 cup of your favorite milk (I use a full fat coconut). Heat to a low boil and add honey or a splash of vanilla to taste. Enjoy warm.