>The wonders of Turmeric

We hear about so many different amazing foods with the most magical healing properties, and frankly I’m a bit skeptical about some of these ‘miracle’ claims. But turmeric is a herb from the Ginger family, and genuinely does seem to have many wonderful healing properties.

It turns out that the yellow or orange pigment in Turmeric, called Curcumin is the primary pharmacological agent in Turmeric, proving to be a powerful antioxidant. Mostly Turmeric is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, making it wonderful for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases and to help with symptoms of arthritis. One study has proven it to be effective for treating bloating and gas in people suffering from indigestion, so there you go, you might just be able to stop buying those packets of Rennies after all.

There are many other claims of the benefits of Turmeric, such as helping to treat diabetes, certain cancers, viral infections and so forth. For those of you who are interested reading more about these benefits, I suggest reading this article on the University of Maryland Medical Centre website – it seems the least hyped and includes several actual scientific studies that have been done with Turmeric.

So if you are interested in including Turmeric in your diet to see if you can benefit from it, where do you start? The obvious place would be a good Indian curry meal, but don’t think you need to have it in a curry dish to enjoy it, because although turmeric is mostly used in savoury dishes because of it’s pungent bitter flavour, it’s mild scents of orange or ginger seems to suit some sweet dishes very well too. Recently I have been experimenting with Turmeric in baking, and smoothie recipes and the results have been great.

So go ahead and search for a good vegetable curry recipe to chuck some turmeric into, or try these two of my favourite, slightly unusual recipes to include turmeric in:

Sunshine Smoothie
This is a delicious breakfast or lunch smoothie which blends into a magnificent yellow colour, with spicy and sweet flavours. This is enough for two hungry adults, but don’t be shy to share it amongst the little folk.

1 mango
1 banana
3 tablespoons of unsweetened pro biotic yogurt OR 1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
1/4 teaspoon Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

Put all the ingredients in a blender, and top up with water up to so that all the contents make up 600 – 700 ml. Blend until there are no more solid pieces, and pour into two glasses… drink up!

Coconut Flour Banana bread
A delicious bread that fills your belly up quickly, and even better, it’s gluten, wheat and dairy free (and you don’t have to worry about the coconut oil in there, because coconut oil is pure goodness).
4 eggs
2 bananas (mashed)
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
1 TBS honey
pinch of sea salt
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3/4 cup coconut flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Mix together the eggs, bananas, and coconut oil (making sure the melted coconut oil is not too hot). Mix the dry ingredients, then blend with the wet ingredients. Spoon the batter into a oiled loaf tin and bake at 200 degrees Celsius (390 centigrade) for 40-45 minutes.

This recipe is based on one I found on the mothering.com forum

Or try this Golden Turmeric Milk recipe from the Anton Nutrition website.
Have a happy and healthy week.
Hanri x