How To Incorporate Turmeric Into Your Diet
Everyone is touting the health benefits of turmeric these days. But have you been able to incorporate it into your diet yet? This ancient Indian spice boasts a laundry list of healing benefits, yet many people can’t find a way to get it down the hatch. For some, taking it in capsule form works well and for others, they enjoy the taste and find it adds a great flavor to at-home meals. But let’s first back up for a second.
Should You Be Taking Turmeric
If you’re still unsure if you should be taking turmeric or have been hesitant to try it out, don’t be. This powerhouse ingredient should definitely be in your cabinet. Curcumin, the main component in Turmeric, has been shown to fight inflammation at the molecular level and has even measured up to anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs without the side effects. It’s also a potent antioxidant that improves brain health and helps with arthritis.
We’ve learned that chronic inflammation is the root of almost all major disease in the body and so the more anti-inflammatory foods and spices you incorporate in your diet, the healthier you’ll be! We even include it in our Acid Indigestion Relief Syrup.
A Delicious Way To Take Turmeric
This superfood is one of the main ingredients in curry so it has an earthy flavor with a hint of spice. You can obviously take it in capsule form, but it’s also wonderful in a comforting soup, sprinkled on eggs, or on chicken. However, one of our favorite ways to enjoy turmeric, especially in the winter, is in a golden latte (recipe below!). Mixed with coconut milk and other warming spices, it’s the perfect caffeine-free elixir.
There are a couple of things you can do to increase absorption when taking turmeric:
- Pair with black pepper. It’s main component, piperine has been shown to improve the bioavailability of turmeric by 2,000%! When it comes to capsules, look for one that has piperine in them.
- Add some fat. Turmeric is fat-soluble so it’s much better absorbed when taken with a fat, such as coconut or almond milk.
Golden Milk Latte
1 cup coconut or almond milk
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp honey
½ tsp coconut oil
¼ tsp cinnamon
pinch black pepper
Mix and heat all ingredients over low heat, whisking until hot.
If you have a blender, you can mix hot milk with the rest of the ingredients and blend for a frothy, perfectly blended drink.