Turmeric is one of my absolute favorite spices I use in cooking because of it’s amazing health benefits and flavour. Who cares if you stain your clothing, hands, countertops or new kitchen linens, while using turmeric in the kitchen, it’s all in the good of health and vitality, right? So let’s explore this gem of a spice!
Did you also know the rich golden yellow color of turmeric is also responsible and is often used in standard mustards to “color” the mustard yellow?
Throughout history turmeric has been used in several fields from a healing remedy for a variety of ailments to a textile dye. The flavor profile of turmeric is earthy, warm, slightly peppery, and sometimes a bit bitter. It has also been called “Indian saffron” due to it’s deep yellow-golden color, which is similar to saffron red.
How To Use Turmeric
- Season meat/poultry/fish/beans/tofu/tempeh, etc.
- Season roasted vegetables
- Season rice, quinoa, other grains/legumes
- Use a dash in hummus
- Use in broth like soups/stews
- Sneak it into your smoothies (why not?)
- Turmeric Milk
- Curried Nutty Cauliflower Soup – coming soon
- Roasted Ginger and Turmeric Cauliflower Steaks
- Natural food colouring
Why Turmeric Rocks?
Turmeric has powerful medicinal properties due to it’s high content of nutrients, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and phytonutrients that have been studied in depth especially for cancer prevention. The attention should be on curcumin. Curcumin is the main component found in turmeric that is responsible for its medicinal benefits and properties. Turmeric and curcumin have been used in studies: improving IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), Crohn’s disease, immune health, rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, cancer prevention / inhibits cancer cell growth, prevention of colon cancer , pancreatic cancer/tumor growth, prevention of prostate cancer, reducing risk of childhood leukemia, improve liver function, diabetes, cardiovascular benefits/protection, cholesterol, wound healing, and Alzhiemer’s. Now that’s some valuable information on how awesome turmeric is.
As with most studies, active compounds and components of food are studied in large doses, so how do we make this applicable to daily life? Most of the research studies use anywhere from 2-7g of curcumin to test, this would be a lot of turmeric to eat, especially when pure turmeric is comprised of about 3.14% by weight of curcumin. I recommend using it daily if you like and checking with your physician in case you’re on certain medications, but again, I understand this is may be a new spice to use in your cooking so use as you see fit.
My Breakdown of Turmeric
*based on 100g
- Vitamin B| B6 (pyridoxine), B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B9 (folate )
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Note: Turmeric may have an interaction with anticogulant/antiplatlet drugs (i.e. Plavix, Coumadin, etc.) which may increase the risk of bleeding in some people; turmeric is in the group of herbs that may interact with these types of medications: garlic, ginseng, ginger, willow, red clover, clove, and others. Just a heads up, speak with you physician if you think this may impact your lifestyle or if you plan to consume loads of it.
Hello. Years ago I read that turmeric is NOT recommended for pregnant women - that might be an important note as well. Thank you.
Using turmeric for me and my family is a way of life.in our foods, bath rituals, aura cleansing, spiritual observation etc
Tumeric is loaded anti oxidant and anti bacterial properties....good for health and on also brightens skin and reduce pimples when applied on face. Good for acne prone skin and oily skin ppl.
You can buy turmeric tea, or I like to put water in a pot add ground turmeric or freshly grated turmeric, some ginger (either ground or freshly grated),and a little cinnamon to the water, bring to a boil, turn off the burner, throw some tea bags in (black or green tea), let it steep for a few minutes, pour a cup of tea, I like to add a little honey and a little milk, this makes a tea somewhat similar to the tea my Asian Indian friends make. I don't always add the tea bags, I just drink it with a little honey then. I have a friend who is trying to grow a ginger plant for me and I want to attempt growing some turmeric also. The turmeric roots are hard to find, check at a local "health food store"
I use a lot of turmeric, soups, stews, and I use it for tea, has great anti-inflammatory properties.
You just add a little water and just put it on your face and wash it after 15 minutes, it makes it really smooth and gives you a healthy skin.
We used to use only on our skin, I just learned I can eat it too, if you never tried on your skin please do you will love it and my fellow east Africans please try to flavor your food with it.
i used turmeric for my milk every day but I want to ask what is the best ? the fresh and hard or the power that we buy in the store ,
I use termeric everyday it is absolutely amazing. I learn about termeric amongst other wonderful spices and herbs and how to use them from Ayurveda,Thank you very much Ayurveda and god bless.!!!
It's not rarely used.it's daily used in Indian cooking.Every household in India uses it not only in curries but also as a home remedy medicine
Rarely used? 1 in 6 people on this planet live in India, another 1 in 6 live in China. And they put it regularly in their food. That is a massive 1/3 of the worlds population that uses this spice!