Turmeric, a bright yellow root that can be ground, is used in a variety of recipes from tea to stir-fry. It has a secret ingredient that may be the key to maintaining your mental and physical health. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin which has the ability to block chronic inflammation as well as fight free radicals in the brain and heart. In short, it’s an anti-aging miracle.
And it’s so powerful that some studies are suggesting you eat it every day.
In their book, Eat Better Live Longer, Dr. Sarah Brewer and dietician Juliette Kellow suggest a variety of spices to help with aging and age-related illnesses, but they stress that turmeric seems to offer the most help. They state that black pepper, ginger, and cinnamon also have positive health benefits, “But the strongest evidence so far is of turmeric. Several lab-based studies show that curcumin in turmeric seems to be able to kill cancer cells, particularly in the breast, bowel, stomach, and skin, plus it even seems to prevent more from growing.”
And turmeric is so diverse it’s easy to incorporate it into your daily meals. Here are some fast, simple ways your diet can help turn back the clock.
For Breakfast: Turmeric is a great spice for adding flavor and reducing salt and, even better, it’s happy in a sweet or savory dish. Add a dash of turmeric to your eggs, spice up your French toast, or try your hand at overnight oats with chia seeds, turmeric, and fresh fruit. Overnight oats are a great prepare-ahead breakfast that you can throw together the night before and wake to a hearty, healthy meal. Mix rolled oats with the milk of your choice, chia seeds, and a mixture of turmeric, cinnamon and cardamom for a spicy sweet breakfast treat.
For Lunch: You don’t have to give up the simplicity of soup and a sandwich to get a midday dose of turmeric. Soup is the perfect vehicle for adding a touch of yellow elixir. Try a simple pureed veggie soup seasoned with turmeric, like this curried cauliflower soup that incorporates onions, garlic, coconut milk and cauliflower for a burst of delicious warmth.
For Dinner: It doesn’t get much easier than a stir fry, and turmeric marries beautifully with almost anything you want to throw together. Veggies, chicken, and seafood are all great companions, and turmeric packs a flavor punch that will make you want to toss the salt forever. Try this ginger and garlic dish that features a mouth-watering mix of beef and veggies, liberally seasoned with a spicy ginger and turmeric combo.
For a snack:
Even snack time is an opportunity to boost your health! Instead of reaching for an old standby, grab the turmeric and mix yourself something fresh and bright. A sunshine smoothie is a great option, combining coconut water (for extra potassium!), super-sweet clementines, and the warming spicy flavor of turmeric.
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