How to Use Turmeric

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.

How to Use Turmeric

--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.

If you are pregnant or taking medications, talk to your doctor and pharmacist about including turmeric in your diet.

Turmeric Tips:

--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.

Interesting Fact: People in India, where a large amount of curry is consumed on a regular basis, have a much lower incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease.  So, mix up some delicious curry recipes today and enjoy!

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. 

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