Tumeric is a vibrant orange root from the Asian plant Curcuma longa, related to ginger. It has an earthy kick and is classed as a spice. It’s an incredible anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory due to the chemical it contains called curcumin. The body absorbs curcumin up to 2,000% more when combined with black pepper. So, when you use the root, eat it alongside black pepper.
Regularly consuming turmeric is fantastic for digestion, heart health, blood flow, hair, skin and mental health. It’s a source of iron, fibre, magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Nutritional benefits of turmeric
Considering it’s such a small root, turmeric is rich in vitamins and minerals. In fact, the spice is so nutrient-dense that it falls under the superfood category. Check out the benefits of its top nutrients below:
High in iron - Iron aids the transportation of oxygen and nutrients to lift your energy and reduce fatigue. If you have an iron deficiency, which isn’t uncommon, you will always feel tired and irritable and find it difficult to focus. Add turmeric as one of your sources of iron.
Contains magnesium - You need magnesium for a healthy sleep cycle as it releases the sleep hormone melatonin. Therefore, having a warm turmeric-infused drink before bed can help you drift off for a peaceful slumber.
Abundant in potassium - Potassium converts protein into energy and balances blood pressure. This helps with studying, working, cleaning and enhancing sports performance. Potassium also reduces the risk of heart disease and developing type 2 diabetes.
Full of fibre - Turmeric is an excellent source of fibre, essential for a healthy digestive system. Your gut is responsible for communicating with your brain when to release certain hormones, so it must be well-cared for.
Source of calcium - Yes, surprisingly, turmeric contains calcium! Eating small amounts daily will increase calcium intake for strong bones and healthy teeth.
Easy ways to eat turmeric
It’s easy to add turmeric to your diet in small amounts. Below are a few of our ideas to get you started:
Grate into porridge - Turmeric porridge? Yes! Make a warming porridge with turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. It goes well with citrus fruits such as orange to compliment the spicy zing.
Include in your veg shakes - Add turmeric to your morning veg shake for anti-inflammatory effects. It will give you consistent energy throughout the day while keeping your blood sugar levels steady.
Stir into curries - Give your curries a spice kick and grate turmeric into your meals for a natural, gold-yellow colour.
Make turmeric lattes - Whip up a turmeric latte with oat milk for a hot, frothy drink that gets your blood pumping. Leave out the espresso and add a teaspoon of vanilla essence for a soothing bedtime drink. Don’t forget to add a sprinkle of black pepper for those full benefits.
Mix into scrambled eggs - Take your scrambled eggs to the next level with a blend of cayenne pepper and turmeric. It’s a protein-fuelled breakfast with added iron and potassium.
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