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Herbal Education: Turmeric

Turmeric root powder is a popular ingredient in Asian cooking. The fragrant, orange-colored root adds a unique flavor to sauces, soups and curries. Turmeric is also often used to color food products because of its vivid hue.

Research studies are most often focused on the healing of benefits of curcumin, a group of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds found in turmeric. Although curcumin is available as a standardized extract, the whole herb may be more beneficial for you. Turmeric as a whole herb stays in the digestive tract longer than curcumin, which provides more opportunity for curcumin to be absorbed, along with other beneficial substances.

 The healing properties of turmeric have been studied extensively in recent years, and the results are truly remarkable. Studies show that turmeric may protect against certain cancers, treat arthritis, combat symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, reduce blood sugar, and help prevent alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric is probably most well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. In those who suffer from arthritis, studies show turmeric extract can improve symptoms by reducing pain and improving functionality. It also helps reduce the use of NSAIDs and other pain medications. Additionally, Turmeric appears to block the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in mice, stabilize or even prevent colorectal cancer, prevent oxidation of cholesterol, reduce the progression of atherosclerosis, and protect against heart attack and stroke. 
WOW! What a powerful herb to have in your cabinet! 
We love this recipe, which uses turmeric as a main ingredient, as a delicious tonic when someone is sick. It works so well for reducing fevers, eliminating headaches, and reducing inflammation and achiness associated with illness or injury.
Turmeric Creamsicle: 
  • The juice of 2 lemons (approx. 4 Tbsp lemon juice)
  • 12 oz water (plus more to fill the jar)
  • 1/2-1 tsp turmeric 
  • 1/2 tsp extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 1-2 tsp unflavored or vanilla flavored protein powder
  • 2 generous pinches mineral salt
  • 1-2 splashes vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp stevia extract powder
  • Ice cubes
combine all ingredients except ice in the blender and blend well. Fill a quart jar with ice, pour the blended lemon mixture over the ice, and add remaining water until liquid reaches the top. Put a tight lid on the jar and shake well. Uncap and adjust the flavor with more stevia and/or vanilla as desired.


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