The turmeric spice originates from the Curcuma longa plant and it's bright yellow color stems from curcumin, which is an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties. It's anti-inflammatory properties have been helpful in reducing pain from arthritis, muscle sprains, injuries, and Chrohn's disease. Studies have also suggested it can help reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and could help prevent the build up of plaque which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Ready to include more of this amazing spice into your diet? Here are a five suggestions to eat and drink turmeric. You can buy turmeric powder for a few bucks at a local Asian market or on Amazon.
1. "Golden milk"
A very easy and straight forward way to consume turmeric is in drink form. Boil 1 cup of hot water. Add 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 cup milk or your choice of dairy-free drinks such as almond milk or coconut milk, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and honey or agave to sweeten. This warm and spicy drink is comforting and will warm your entire soul.
2. Scrambled eggs
Add a dash of turmeric to scrambled eggs or a tofu scramble with onion, tomato, and dairy-free cheese.
3. Sprinkle onto vegetables
Turmeric's warm flavor tastes best with roasted root vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, turnips, and beets.
4. Spice up your rice
Add 1 teaspoon turmeric to a 1 cup cooked plain white rice to brighten an ordinary side dish.
5. Make a paste
You can also directly apply turmeric onto sore or swollen uncut skin in a paste form. Mix 1 teaspoon turmeric and slowly add warm water until it turns into a paste.