How to Use Turmeric - Have you heard of it?
Turmeric is that bright yellow-orange spice that makes mustard yellow and gives curry its distinctive flavor. Recent studies have shown that the curcumin found in turmeric has some super food qualities including anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity, cancer and Alzheimer's prevention, lowering cholesterol and even weight control. According to a recent study, it even can help improve your mood.
--Include turmeric in your egg salad, deviled eggs, macaroni salad and potato salad.
--Add turmeric to your soup, chili, meatloaf and Sloppy Joes recipes.
--Sprinkle turmeric with some oil, salt and black pepper on vegetables such as cauliflower.
--Look for some Indonesian and Indian brown rice dishes that include turmeric or curry powder.
--Make turmeric tea by simmering a teaspoon of the powder in about four cups of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain the tea and enjoy. Some ginger root or a ginger tea bag may be added for additional benefits and flavor.
--Use a very fine strainer when making turmeric tea. There are also commercial turmeric teas available, if you prefer.
--Curry powder does not contain as much turmeric as you might think. You can add a bit of extra turmeric to recipes calling for curry powder.
--Turmeric will stain clothing and dishes, so use carefully. (This bright yellow spice is used as a dye as well as a spice!)
Turmeric may help with a number of problems.
I recently got a letter from a visitor to our site asking for dietary advice in relation to three different problems - memory loss, arthritis and fibromyalgia. The interesting thing is, in each case, one of the recommendations is adding turmeric to the diet! This is because turmeric is anti-inflammatory and inflammation is at the root of many health problems.
Note - Turmric in combination with black pepper is even better, since the piperin in black pepper works with the turmeric to make it more effective.
Eat and Be Healthy
I hope these tips will make it easier for you to include the marvelous spice, turmeric, in your diet for improved health and wellness.