It’s pretty obvious when I have had a trip to Indonesia (apart from the copius “look at me on the beach”, “look at me at the resort” “look at my great food” posts on FB – just to send my bestest buddies round the bend).
About a week after I get back, my kitchen is bright yellow from one end to the other!
Why… I hear you ask?
A trip to Indonesia makes me remember how much I absolutely LOVE Jamu Kunyit
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Also the year in between trips makes me forget how much I HATE working with turmeric – the key ingredient in a good Jamu blend!
You might not be familiar with turmeric by name, but chances are you’ve eaten it at least once before. As a primary ingredient in many Indian dishes, as well as a coloring agent in foods such as mustard and various cheeses, its benefits in the culinary world are well documented.
However, did you know it also carries numerous health benefits? Read on to find out how adding turmeric to your diet brings a wide range of positive improvements to your diet and overall well-being.
Benefits of Turmeric
Reducing Osteoarthritis pain
Though much of the research into the various effects of turmeric are still in the early phases, one study reports significant findings on its ability to treat pain from osteoarthritis, according to WebMD.com. These researchers studied test groups with arthritis and found that a regular dosage of turmeric reduced the amount of pain that resulted from the joint impairment.
The research focused on patients consuming whole turmeric, rather than a modified supplement made from turmeric, meaning you can easily sprinkle the spice it into your juice for the full effect.
Another major benefit of turmeric is its anti-inflammatory properties, which means that it helps to relax blood vessels that become engorged as a response to pain or other irritations. Adding turmeric into your juices can thus help to alleviate discomfort from a variety of pains and aches, similar to that of taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Research from the University of Arizona also found that these properties helped to reduce pain from rheumatoid arthritis, furthering the evidence that it can help improve joint movement. The research also suggests that taking the turmeric preemptively can help prevent the onset of rheumatoid arthritis.
Fighting heart disease
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death among both men and women, often resulting from long-term issues relating to diet and other health factors. Turmeric can help to fight off heart disease by aiding the body in the removal of plaque from the arteries, which decreases blood flow through the body.
This obstruction causes the heart to work harder than necessary to pump blood, which results in excessive damage to the muscle that can lead to heart attacks. By removing the plaque, the heart is able to function at a normal level and thus stay stronger for longer.
Promoting better digestion
Many people turn to juicing to help with digestive issues, often focusing on detoxifying the body and flushing the system of harmful build up. Try adding turmeric to your juices to enhance your digestive system by reducing bloating and eliminating excess gas.
The spice is also found to help alleviate discomfort from heartburn, which can lead to other health issues and major discomfort if left untreated. Drinking a juice blend with turmeric can sometimes result in immediate relief of these issues, though response time may very between individuals.
Boosting antioxidant levels
One of the most significant health benefits of turmeric is its high levels of antioxidants, which have a variety of benefits to your overall health. A diet rich in antioxidants can help repair the damage to the heart muscles, reduce the signs of aging, increase your energy levels, and improve the function of your other organs.
Some research also suggests that antioxidants can help combat free radicals that can lead to cancer. Similarly, research from UCLA found that turmeric contains a compound know as curcumin that seems to dramatically increase the antioxidant capacity of the body.
How to get more Turmeric
Turmeric In Juicing
As with all juicing ingredients and health tactics, remember that moderation and consistency. While tossing a cup of turmeric into your next juice might have a short-term benefit, it can lead to an upset stomach and other discomfort.
Stick to a few teaspoons per juice a few times a week to keep yourself on track and guarantee your ability to reap its benefits in the long haul.
You can juice fresh turmeric or stir in the dried spice to a finished juice.
Looking for a replacement for the morning coffee? Also known as a Golden Latte or Sunshine Mylk, it’s made from a blend of turmeric and other spices, like cinnamon and pepper, and is is fast becoming the favourite morning pick-me-up for health aficionados.
And if you really can’t give up your caffeine, you can add a shot of expresso.
Another favourite of those getting off the caffeine is a cup of bone broth. And this typically is mixed with tumeric, pepper and cumin.