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Why Scientists are Praising Turmeric

If you’re a fan of Indian food, you are probably familiar with turmeric. This bright orange herb gives curry its vibrant color, and it is used in most Indian dishes. What you may not know is that Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, uses turmeric as a medicinal ingredient.

Turmeric is rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Research has shown it fights free radicals, rejuvenates cells, cleanses the liver, and supports the cardiovascular system. It’s also great for mental health. It raises your levels of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin; and improves memory, focus and cognition. It governs fat metabolism, alleviates bowel problems, and reduces joint pain. For many conditions, turmeric has proven more effective than pharmaceutical medications.

The active ingredients in turmeric are fat soluble, so you should take it with a healthy fat. In traditional recipes, the fat is usually cooking oil. The medicinal properties, and the vitamins and minerals in turmeric are best assimilated by ingesting them with good, rather than in capsules.

Here are some tips for enjoying and benefiting from turmeric:

1. Use only certified organic.

2. Ensure your turmeric (and all spices) are free of chemicals additives.

3. Drink Golden Milk

To enjoy this ancient health elixir, mix together 1/2 tsp. of organic turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp. of organic ginger powder and a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom into one cup of hot milk (dairy or non-dairy). If you are using a low-fat milk, add 1/2 tsp. of organic oil or ghee to support absorption. Drink daily.

4. Combine turmeric with black pepper to boost the effect. Cook with both spices, and ginger. Their synergistic effect multiplies the bio-availability of turmeric by a factor of 1,000. Dissolve them in ghee or coconut oil during cooking.

5. Pour it into your smoothies. Dissolve a full teaspoon of turmeric and a pinch of black pepper into hot coconut oil and add it to your smoothie.

6. Stir it into olive oil for salads and vegetables. Sprinkle it on an avocado.

Turmeric is the primary spice present in nearly every Indian meal. It may be the reason people in India have some of the lowest rates of lung, colon, prostrate and breast cancer in the world.