The Golden Spice

Posted by Debi Phillpotts

I love Indian food… a lot. It’s so satisfying and it just tastes so good! There’s one ingredient that’s been used in Indian cuisine and Ayurveda (Ancient Hindu science of health and medicine) for thousands of years which has a wide range of healing properties that I think you might like to know about if you aren’t already aware.

Turmeric is an orange colored spice known for its antioxidant, anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s low in cholesterol and sodium and is a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, B6, iron and potassium. It contains the compound curcumin, which gives turmeric its saffron color, which makes it capable of inducing cell death (apoptosis) to cancer cells. There are many studies conducted on this powerful spice which you can research on the sites such as www.pubmed.gov and www.greenmedinfo.com

Here are ten benefits of eating turmeric:
1. Cancer prevention
2. Arthritis reliever
3. Diabetes control
4. Relieves inflammation
5. Alzheimer’s prevention
6. Improves digestion
7. Natural liver detoxifier
8. Maintains ideal body weight
9. Reduces cholesterol level
10.Boosts immune system

This is one spice that is always in my spice cabinet and one I cook with daily for health and enjoyment. I want to share this recipe that is not only delicious but helps to alleviate any joint issues you may have. I’ve also included the link to a video that walks you through the process of making golden milk and turmeric paste.

Golden Milk
2 tsp. of turmeric paste
2 cups of milk (cow, goat, soy, almond…whatever you prefer)
1 tbsp. maple syrup, agave. molasses or any natural sweetener if you desire
1 tsp coconut or sesame oil (optional but highly recommended)
Combine ingredients in saucepan over medium for 2-4 mins and Enjoy!

Turmeric paste
1/2 cup filtered or spring water
1/4 cup turmeric
Combine in saucepan and cook over medium heat for 7-9 mins stirring constantly to create a thick and smooth paste. Add more water to keep a nice smooth consistency. Store in glass airtight container for 2-3 weeks.

Sources:
Green Med Info
WHFoods.org

Photo Credits // 1 Hang The Bankers

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