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What Makes Turmeric So Healthy?

Turmeric is a spice that may help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease – so why not add it to your diet? Find out more about this healing spice, and get the recipe for Golden Milk featuring turmeric!

The principal ingredient in mild yellow prepared mustard and in some exotic curries, turmeric has excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric may have a specific preventive effect against Alzheimer's disease, as the population of rural India has one of the lowest rates of this disease in the world; daily consumption of turmeric may be a factor. Turmeric may reduce the risk of cancer, as well. In Okinawa, Japan, turmeric tea is a popular drink, and may be linked to Okinawans’ status as the world’s longest-lived people, with an average lifespan of 81.2 years.

While you can certainly add powdered, dried turmeric to your meals, whole, grated root may be even better. Try the Anti-Inflammatory Golden Milk recipe, which features freshly grated turmeric!

Peppercorn – Spices in the Kitchen (Video)

Dr. Weil discusses peppercorn and the various forms pepper comes in - black, green, and white pepper. Peppercorn is the whole, partially ripened fruit (or unripe fruit in the case of green pepper) of the pepper plant, native to Asia. Black pepper has been used to calm digestive issues - heartburn, indigestion, gas - and aid in the absorption of turmeric.

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How to Make Turmeric Tea (Video)

Turmeric tea is a delicious and healthy drink that provides anti-inflammatory properties through turmeric. Dr. Weil shows how to quickly brew a batch of turmeric tea with only a few ingredients - water, turmeric, and lemon or honey to taste.

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Turmeric – Spices in the Kitchen (Video)

As a medicinal herb, turmeric is prized for its natural, non-toxic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Its chief active component is curcumin, which has the ability to neutralize free radicals. Orally, turmeric may lower the risk of inflammatory disorders including arthritis and joint pain, stimulate appetite, and reduce the symptoms of hepatitis, liver and gallbladder conditions, and jaundice. It may also be useful in addressing headaches, depression, and symptoms of the common cold.

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How to Make Turmeric Tea

Turmeric tea has many health benefitsTurmeric (Curcuma longa) is a culinary spice that spans cultures - it is a major ingredient in Indian curries, and is what makes American mustard yellow. Evidence is accumulating that this brightly colored relative of ginger is a promising disease-preventive agent as well, outperforming many pharmaceuticals in its effects against chronic, debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer's, arthritis, cancer and even possibly depression - all with virtually no adverse side effects.

To get more turmeric into your diet, consider drinking it in tea form. The recipe is simple, and you can experiment with the ingredients and flavorings until you find a combination that suits your taste:

  1. Bring four cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste.

Some people like to add a teaspoon of ginger along with the turmeric. While ground versions are more convenient, it's worthwhile to experiment with freshly grated turmeric for a more vibrant flavor. These distinctive, deep-orange roots are increasingly available in American grocery and natural food stores. Enjoy!

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