Turmeric, a spice frequently used in Indian cuisine, offers amazing health benefits. This bright yellow spice has long been used in Chinese and Indian traditional medicine and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. In fact, studies have shown it to be comparable to pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories, like hydrocortisone and ibuprofen (i.e. Motrin, Advil), without the negative side effects.
Turmeric has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Turmeric protects the gastrointestinal tract lining. Its protective effect comes from both its antioxidant activities and its ability to inhibit inflammatory agents.
The powerful antioxidant properties of turmeric protect the cells from damage caused by free radicals. This is particularly useful in the treatment of arthritis where free radicals are often the cause of painful joint inflammation. Turmeric has been found to reduce the duration of morning stiffness, increase comfortable walking time and reduce joint swelling in those with arthritic pain.
Turmeric supports liver function by increasing liver detoxification efficiency. The combination of anti-oxidant action and enhanced liver detoxification mitigates the effects of several dietary carcinogens.
Turmeric is also an incredibly potent anti-cancer agent; its powerful antioxidant capacity protects cells from damage and genetic mutations that precede cancer. Curcumin, the active constituent of turmeric, also aids the body in the destruction of cancerous cells while sparing healthy cells. Turmeric is also beneficial in the prevention of metastasis, the spreading of cancer from one site to another, by regulating the genes involved in the growth and invasion of cancer cells.
Turmeric is available in many forms including the cooking spice, capsules and liquids but one of my favorite ways to enjoy it is in a spicy, warming latte. This latte has a number of other spices and health-promoting ingredients as well as a good dose of turmeric.
Turmeric Latte (inspired by Meghan Telpner’s Turmeric Tea)
½ cup almond milk or milk substitute of choice
2 tsp turmeric (or more if you want)
1 ½ tsp hemp hearts/seeds
½ tsp maca powder
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
¼ tsp cardamom
¼ tsp cloves
Sprinkle of nutmeg
½ tsp vanilla bean powder or vanilla extract
1 tsp local raw honey
1 tbsp vanilla Sunwarrior protein powder
1 tsp coconut oil
1 ½ – 2 cups hot water
- Put all ingredients into a vented blender. If you don’t have a vented blender add the hot water after you have mixed together all the other ingredients to avoid a kitchen disaster.
- If you don’t have a super high powered blender you may want to strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve to remove any particles left in it.
- Pour into favorite mug and enjoy!