What glows a vibrant golden color, has a warm taste, and boasts endless health benefits?
The answer is of course turmeric, the ginger root's cousin.
By now you've probably seen recipes for the mysterious golden milk tea on Pinterest or maybe you've wondered what gave your favorite curry dish its bright yellow color.
Because the internet is awesome I’ve started to notice a plethora of blog posts and guides being written about turmeric that should be books.
The problem is, there are so many things to learn it can be overwhelming and impossible to keep up with them all.
I’ve collected all of these awesome posts and guides in one place for you. Meet the “Everything You Need to Know About Turmeric: Your Ultimate Guide”.
This ultimate guide containing everything you need to know about turmeric and so much more: what it is, where it comes from, how to use it, and of course, all the great turmeric powder benefits.
The guide is broken down into sections to make it easy to navigate. Bookmark it. Reference it. Share it if you want.
You don’t have to keep up with them all any more, just come back here for them whenever you need help and find the guide that fits. (Note: If you know of a guide that is awesome, but isn’t listed, leave it in the comment section and I’ll include it.)
Can't handle the flavor? Don't worry, we've got a solution for that, too.
Table of Contents
1. What Is Turmeric and Where Does It Come From?
2. The Endless Benefits of Turmeric
3. How Turmeric Powder Works
4. Turmeric Side Effects and Interactions
5. How to Consume Turmeric Powder
1. What is Turmeric and Where Does It Come From?
2. The Endless Benefits of Turmeric
Supports Bone and Joint Function
Promotes a Balanced Inflammatory Response
Supports a Healthy Liver, Digestive System, and Cholesterol Levels
Enhances Beauty and Slows Aging
Promotes a Healthy Immune System
Turmeric for Pets
3. How Turmeric Works
Turmeric is one of the only plants in the world producing a powerful group of antioxidants called curcuminoids and a specific antioxidant called curcumin. Curcumin makes up about 5% of the spice's entire content.
Curcumin is much more powerful than other types of antioxidants, which is why turmeric is such an amazing superfood. It's also what gives turmeric powder its vibrant golden color.
Add some pepper for an extra boost.
While curcumin is pretty powerful on its own, there are ways to increase its effectiveness. Including pepper with your turmeric intake can boost the bioavailability of curcumin. This is because pepper helps your body both absorb and utilize curcumin.
When you consume turmeric (and just about anything else), your liver works hard to filter out the antioxidant properties before they can reach other places in your body.
About 5% of pepper contains a substance called piperine. This alkaloid can effectively inhibit your liver from filtering out curcumin. This means that your body's overall curcumin levels will rise if you consume pepper along with turmeric. In other words, more curcumin is biologically available for your body to use.
4. Side Effects and Interactions
5. How to Consume Turmeric
No-Hassle Capsules and Supplements
Maybe you just can't stand the taste of turmeric, or maybe you just don't have time to cook.
That's okay because you can directly consume turmeric or curcumin capsules. You still get all the amazing benefits but without any of the hassle that comes along with cooking. Plus, many turmeric powder capsules are much more concentrated so you get more bang for your buck. Talk about a win-win.
Here are some of my favorite recipes.
Immune-Boosting Chicken Soup
When you're under the weather, what better way to reduce inflammation and support your immune system than with a veggie-packed antioxidant-loaded old-fashioned chicken soup?
If you aren't feeling up to the intenseness of curry, this soup goes down nice and smooth with a subtle flavor. Did we mention that turmeric and chicken complement each other perfectly?
- 16 oz. organic chicken
- 6 C chicken broth
- 1 tbsp. oil of your choice
- ½ sweet onion, chopped
- 4 each: carrots and celery stalks, chopped
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- ¼ C lemon juice (about one lemon)
- 2 tsp. Minced garlic
- 1 or 2 tbsp. Turmeric powder (depending how much you can handle)
- 1 tbsp. Oregano
- 1 tbsp. Parsley
- 1 tsp. Black pepper
- 1 tsp. Salt
Combine four cups of the chicken broth and your chicken in a pot on the stove. Bring to a boil and then simmer until the chicken is cooked. Set aside chicken and shred when cool.
In another large pot or Dutch oven, heat up the oil and sauté your onion, celery, carrots, and garlic until fragrant (about five minutes).
Add all six cups of chicken broth along with your zucchini, bring this mixture to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Let the soup simmer for about 20 minutes.
When the first 20 minutes are up, add your chicken, spices, and lemon juice. Stir it up and let the soup simmer again for at least 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Inflammation-Busting Golden Tea
This recipe has an added bonus because honey adds extra anti-inflammatory properties, making this tea perfect for arthritis, colds, or that time-of-the-month.
- 1/3 C honey
- 2 ½ tsp. Turmeric
- ½ tsp. Black pepper
- 8 oz. Coconut or almond milk
In a glass jar, mash the honey, turmeric, and black pepper into a paste.
Heat 8 ounces of your favorite milk on the stove.
Scoop one heaping teaspoon of your honey paste and stir it into your milk cup. Watch the milk turn a brilliant gold color.
Save the rest of your paste and use as-needed.
One Ancient Spice with Infinite Results
Cultures around the world have used turmeric for thousands of years due to its incredible antioxidant properties. Thanks to curcumin, turmeric powder can reduce inflammation, regulate cholesterol, improve skin quality, support heart health, and so much more.
Whether you're mixing it into a curry or slathering it on your face, the possibilities and positive health effects are just about endless. You really can't go wrong with turmeric.
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