Just want you to hear some interesting things about turmeric because a doctor recommended it to one of us at Friendo Health. We wrote a short blog article for you and hope you find it useful.
We looked into it and found a turmeric tea you can make at home tonight, plus some home remedies. It may help if you have inflammation or other concerns.
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What Is Turmeric?
Turmeric is in the same family as ginger. This spice comes from a plant from Asia and is best-known for it's role in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is a good source of iron, potassium, vitamin B-6 and magnesium. There are many delicious ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet if you are interested in the many possible health benefits. It can even be steeped in hot water to make a nutritious tea sweetened with honey and milk.
According to WebMD.com, turmeric is used for heartburn, joint pain, jaundice, liver problems, bloating, high cholesterol, skin inflammation, ulcerative colitis, headaches, Alzheimer's, urinary bladder inflammation, and inflammatory bowel disease, among other things.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a chemical of orange color commonly used in dyes which may reduce inflammation.
Is There A Turmeric Supplement If I Don't Like Curry?
Turmeric supplements are sold frequently in pill form and sometimes as tinctures of turmeric dissolved in grain alcohol.
For Sore Joints & Knees
Anecdotal reports suggest that a home remedy for all sorts of joint aches, overuse injuries and inflammation is to simply dissolve 1-2 tablespoons of turmeric in a glass of warm milk and drink the beverage. According to one ultramarathon runner we met in Yosemite National Park, he says the remedy is better than ibuprofen.
As a side note, some supplements of turmeric or curcumin will also contain piperine, known by its trademarked name as Bioperine. Piperine is a chemical responsible for the pungency of black pepper and long pepper. It has been patented for its ability to increase the bioavailability of nutritional compounds.
Turmeric Tea & Recipe Ideas
In Your Mug
A hearty tea (aka "Golden Milk") can be brewed from turmeric in combination with a few other common spices, as follows:
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch of clove
- 1 pinch of nutmeg
- 1 tsp fresh ginger (optional)
- 1 pinch of ground black pepper
- 1 Tbs or more of turmeric
- 1-2 cups water
- Raw honey or stevia to sweeten (try some liquid stevia, for example)
Simmer the mixture in a sauce pan for ten minutes. Then strain it. Alternatively, you can simply decant, or pour the tea off of the brew carefully, leaving the bulk of the sediment behind in the sauce pan.
In The Kitchen
If you're inclined, consider the following culinary ideas with turmeric:
- Iced turmeric latte
- Carrot, turmeric and ginger smoothie
- "Tandoori" carrots
- Spiced marinated lamb chops
- Turmeric ginger chicken soup
- Vodka tonic with turmeric and ginger
- Turmeric and lime butter on scallops
You can be as creative as you like. We've found a lot of great recipes using mainly turmeric herb bought in the supermarket, but maybe you can come up with some great suggestions in the comments below for the fresh herb as well!
University Of Maryland: Turmeric Suggested Use
Turmeric supplements haven't been studied in children, so there is no recommended dose.
The following doses are recommended for adults:
- Cut root: 1.5 to 3 g per day
- Dried, powdered root: 1 to 3 g per day
- Standardized powder (curcumin): 400 to 600 mg, 3 times per day
- Fluid extract (1:1) 30 to 90 drops a day
- Tincture (1:2): 15 to 30 drops, 4 times per day
The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. However, herbs can trigger side effects and may interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you should take herbs with care, under the supervision of a health care provider.
Turmeric in food is considered safe.
Turmeric and curcumin supplements are considered safe when taken at the recommended doses. However, taking large amounts of turmeric for long periods of time may cause stomach upset and, in extreme cases, ulcers. People who have gallstones or obstruction of the bile passages should talk to their doctor before taking turmeric.
If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before taking turmeric supplements. Turmeric may lower blood sugar levels. When combined with medications for diabetes, turmeric could cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Although it is safe to eat foods with turmeric, pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take turmeric supplements.
Because turmeric may act like a blood thinner, you should stop taking it at least 2 weeks before surgery. Tell your doctor and surgeon that you have been taking turmeric.
To read the University of Maryland's full report on Turmeric, click here.
On The Skin?
We've read anecdotal stories of using 2 parts honey to 1 part turmeric, mixed thoroughly, as a dab-on spot treatment for acne! Apparently the anti-inflammatory properties of the turmeric couple nicely with the soothing honey to treat acne nicely. Leave on for 5 minutes.
One of our favorite uses of turmeric is to mix 1/2 of a teaspoon into any face mask recipe you love.
Turmeric - A Great Way To Spice Up The Day!
If you think inflammation might be an issue, then talk to your doctor about supplementing with the ancient herb turmeric. We've covered a myriad of ways to incorporate this spicy herb from the ginger family into your life, from your skin cream to your mug of tea. Have an idea for using turmeric, or heard a home remedy we didn't mention? Leave a reply below or share on Facebook, because we'd love to hear it!