Science is proving what ayurveda has long known: turmeric is a powerful healer. In addition to being an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, it can increase production of a brain hormone that fights degenerative processes in the brain and may help prevent or delay age-related brain illnesses such as Alzheimer's. It can also lower your risk for heart disease, may help prevent cancer, and helps alleviate symptoms of arthritis, not to mention inflammatory bowel disorders.
Tips for Using Turmeric
Be sure it's fresh.
Heat can help activate turmeric's healing properties.
Combine with freshly ground black pepper. An ingredient in the pepper increases the body's absorption of the turmeric up to 2000 times!
Here's an easy way to incorporate turmeric into your diet.
• 1 cup organic cow, goat, soy, nut or rice milk
• 1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
• ¼ teaspoon organic cardamom powder
• 1 finely crushed pepper corn (helps the body assimilate the turmeric)
• pinch of saffron, crushed
• 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Bring all ingredients, except honey, to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently (heating activates the turmeric). Remove from heat until drinkable and then add honey, if using. Do not heat the honey, as it becomes toxic when heated, according to ayurveda. You may add additional spices to personalize your turmeric drink, but don't leave out any of the listed ingredients except the honey, which is optional.