With the number of times you come across turmeric on social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, you’d think it was a veritable superstar. Well, among fitness and dieting circles, that really isn’t very far from the truth. Golden-hued soups, lattes, and vegan ice cream are all the rage, and it’s all because of one magic ingredient—turmeric. Google Food Trends dubbed turmeric a “rising star” back in 2016 in a report because searches for the superfood jumped by a staggering 56 percent between November and January of the year. The top associated words Americans were searching for were powder, golden milk, ground, smoothie, root, drink, juice, recipe, and many more.
Here’s everything you need to know about the superfood and how to include in your diet.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a root in the same family as ginger. Historically, it has been used in Indian and Chinese medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties. In South Asia, it has been used to treat many conditions, including breathing problems, severe pain, fatigue, and rheumatism. The active ingredient in turmeric is a yellow compound known as curcumin. Curcumin has been found to have anticancer, antiviral, and antioxidant properties in lab and animal studies. While more clinical trials need to be conducted, curcumin has been linked to improved liver function and lower cholesterol levels.
How to Include Turmeric in Your Diet
Here are some of the many simple ways you can include this superfood into your diet.
Make it into a Paste
One of the simplest ways is to make turmeric paste. The mixture includes ground turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, and extra virgin coconut oil. The paste is used to make the golden milk lattes you’ve probably spotted on Instagram. All you need to do to make them is dissolve the paste into warm coconut or almond milk, a little organic honey, and some freshly grated ginger.
Make Turmeric Tea
You can make life even easier and simply add a pinch of ground turmeric to warm water and a dash of lemon to begin your day. Because turmeric is pungent, make sure to only add a pinch. You could also always buy some turmeric tea bags the next time you go grocery shopping.
Add it to a Smoothie
Why not give your morning smoothie a unique and tasty kick of flavor by adding a little bit of ground turmeric? Alternatively, you could go for freshly peeled turmeric root. All you’ll need is a nub the size of a pinky nail to get the flavor and the benefits.
Add it to Your Seasoning
One of the best ways to incorporate more turmeric in your diet is to use it to season savory meals like stir-fries, soups, sautéed vegetables, scrambled eggs, pulses, and more. Consider adding it to nut butter, stirring it into vinaigrette, whisking it into oatmeal along with cinnamon, maple syrup, coconut milk, and nuts.
Ultimately your health depends on how well you take care of yourself and how well you stick to habits that improve your immune system. In addition to adding superfoods like turmeric in your diet, consider buying natural supplements like the Biobija Complex and the Victoria T3, both of which contain turmeric as a key ingredient!
Disclaimer: Bixahuman’s products are not intended for diagnosing, treating, curing, or preventing any disease. Any information discussed in this blog is not a replacement for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor or physician for medical advice.