All You Need To Know About Turmeric

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Turmeric is a wonder herb that not many consume. It has high amounts of curcumin, a compound that has studies to support its effectiveness against cystic fibrosis, cancer prevention, prostate cancer, childhood leukemia, crohn's disease and Alzheimer's. Turmeric also has a high amounts of vital minerals such as manganese, magnesium, calcium, vitamin c, zinc and phosphorous. A herb that should definitely make it to your everyday diet.

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?

I honestly can’t live without turmeric. The health benefits are so powerful yet so often over looked and under used in the Western culture that it amazes me. To no fault of our culture, turmeric simply isn’t predominant in our region or cuisine. Your views and opinions may quickly turn in favor of using this yellow spice more often than not after today (at least I hope so, *fingers crossed*).

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

  • Curries
  • 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

  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin B| B6 (pyridoxine), B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B9 (folate )
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Antioxidants
  • Phytonutrients

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.

Emma Olliff

Emma is a qualified Nutritional Therapist (DipNT CNM) and is registered with BANT (British Association for Nutritional Therapy) and CMA (Complimentary Medical Association). She is passionate about helping her clients achieve optimum health through diet and lifestyle.

Emma Olliff

Emma is a qualified Nutritional Therapist (DipNT CNM) and is registered with BANT (British Association for Nutritional Therapy) and CMA (Complimentary Medical Association). She is passionate about helping her clients achieve optimum health through diet and lifestyle.

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Ilovethe mountains
Ilovethe mountains 5pts

Each winter whenever I feel like a cold is coming on, I take a coffee mug and  I grate about 1/8 tsp.  tumeric and the same amount of fresh ginger, squeeze about 1/2 tsp. of a fresh med. size lemon and about a 1/4 tsp. of Apple Cider Vinegar with "Mother" and pour very warm water over it and stir it well...You can also add local Honey if you like but I do not.  Just drink it down rather quickly and voila, the cold just can't get me..Thank God for His natural remedies... 

JanJorgensen 5pts

Hello.  Years ago I read that turmeric is NOT recommended for pregnant women - that might be an important note as well.  Thank you. 

Shilars Rs
Shilars Rs 5pts

Using turmeric for me and my family is a way of life.in our foods, bath rituals, aura cleansing, spiritual observation etc

Salona Ramburn
Salona Ramburn 5pts

Turmeric is complete"purification" good in everyway internally and external

Sajida Ali
Sajida Ali 5pts

Catherine Pineda Dcg and Ellen Rybeck xx

Anupama Prayaga
Anupama Prayaga 5pts

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.

Sitaram Sah
Sitaram Sah 5pts

Turmeric is natural steroid hormone so we take our food everyday its helps healthy life

Dhal Glad
Dhal Glad 5pts

I try to use it daily, good in veggie juice, pepper increases the effectiveness of the curcumin.

Kristi Osborne
Kristi Osborne 5pts

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"

Fong Eric Lee
Fong Eric Lee 5pts

I just had some for tea with pure honey this morning.

Kristi Osborne
Kristi Osborne 5pts

I use a lot of turmeric, soups, stews, and I use it for tea, has great anti-inflammatory properties.

Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks for sharing! Fadumo Hassan :)

Fadumo Hassan
Fadumo Hassan 5pts

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.

Cyndi Straw
Cyndi Straw 5pts

May I ask How do you use it on your skin?

Cyndi Straw
Cyndi Straw 5pts

Aubrey-evitt Martin it may help you too!

Fadumo Hassan
Fadumo Hassan 5pts

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.

Ayurveda 5pts

You're welcome! :) Sherri Ali

Ayurveda 5pts

Fresh organic turmeric is the best! :) Maria Consuelo Arlegui :)

Natalie Lagarde
Natalie Lagarde 5pts

My uses this for his face fácil 😁 with yogur ❓

يوسف العايدي
يوسف العايدي 5pts

Without black peppar or fat the body can only absorb a little of it. Use organic turmeric!

Maria Consuelo Arlegui
Maria Consuelo Arlegui 5pts

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 ,

Albania Peralta
Albania Peralta 5pts

Gracias por compartirlo prima La India Del Sol! \U0001f44c

Sherri Ali
Sherri Ali 5pts

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.!!!

Ayurveda 5pts

La Tonya Sweetpeaforever Coles-flynn Glad! :)

Ayurveda 5pts

Aschwin Wesselius It does! :)

Narmadha Rajalakshmi
Narmadha Rajalakshmi 5pts

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

Aschwin Wesselius
Aschwin Wesselius 5pts

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!

Ayurveda 5pts

Abi Folkes Thanks for sharing!! :)

Abi Folkes
Abi Folkes 5pts

I use it where ever I can. Mixed with a good raw honey, great when you got a cold! X