Turmeric, turmeric, how I love this spice!!
Turmeric is a root that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for its natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant qualities. It is known for its ability to help heal skin abrasions, aches and pains and a magnitude inflammation based ailments. Turmeric also inhibits the growth of bacteria and viruses in the body.
Turmeric’s ability to help manage joint paint and relieve indigestion have been periodically studied. It has been proven to be as effective as ibuprofen in clinical trials and to stimulate production of bile by the liver and improve digestion.
I personally enjoy using turmeric in my cooking and drinking it to help with systemic inflammation in my body. I also take a daily dose of curcumin to support my lymphatic system and assist with detoxification.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. In order to make curcumin more bio-available, it should be consumed with piperine (black pepper). Just a small amount of black pepper will significantly increase turmeric’s bio-availability in the bloodstream and adding healthy fats when cooking with turmeric will also improve its absorption.
I am sharing my favorite recipe of Turmeric Golden Paste with you today. You can add Turmeric Golden Paste to your favorite smoothies, tea, coffee, latte or warm water to create a delicious drink while enjoying the wonderful benefits of this sacred root.
½ Cup organic turmeric powder
1 ½ Cups filtered water
1 Tsp ground black pepper
3 Tbsp organic unrefined coconut oil
½ Tsp cinnamon (optional)
¼ Tsp cardamom (optional)
¼ Tsp ground ginger root (optional)
Combine water and turmeric powder in a small pot. Stir gently on low heat until it turns into a thick paste. Add ground black pepper, coconut oil and spices of choice. Continue to stir gently to combine all ingredients. Add 1-3 tablespoons of water and mix if paste gets too thick.
Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cool, transfer to a glass jar with a tight fitting lid and store in the refrigerator. Paste will last 1-4 weeks if stored properly. Use 1-2 teaspoons each time you want to add turmeric flavor to your food or drinks to reap all of its fantastic benefits.
Have fun in the kitchen!