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What’s With The Turmeric Trend? (The Amazing Benefits Of Turmeric)

What's With The Turmeric Trend? | Recipes and supplements with turmeric have been popping up on the Internet for a couple of years now... except there's nothing really new about turmeric! The benefits of turmeric have been known by Traditional cultures for thousands of years, but now we've got research to prove what an amazing food turmeric is! | WildernessFamilyNaturals.com
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What's With The Turmeric Trend? | Recipes and supplements with turmeric have been popping up on the Internet for a couple of years now... except there's nothing really new about turmeric! The benefits of turmeric have been known by Traditional cultures for thousands of years, but now we've got research to prove what an amazing food turmeric is! | WildernessFamilyNaturals.com

By now, I’m guessing you’ve heard or seen the turmeric trend that’s been circling the Internet.

You may have seen recipes floating around for drinks like “Golden Milk”. “Turmeric Lattes” are even popping up on cafe menus, while turmeric capsules gain popularity as a supplement.

Except, there’s nothing really new about turmeric.

Turmeric has been used by traditional cultures for millennia. The only “new” thing about turmeric is the medical research that’s accumulated in recent years. This research is helping to form an even stronger body of evidence that proves this amazing plant is worthy of all the accolades it’s receiving.

So, What Is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a tropical plant (Curcuma longa) that grows to about 3 feet tall with large green leaves. A collection of rhizomes clumped together underground form the edible part of the plant. The flesh of turmeric is a deep orange/yellow color while the skin is similar in appearance to ginger root.

These roots, or rhizomes, almost resemble fingers on a hand when dug from the ground. If you’ve ever chopped up fresh turmeric, you probably know about its amazing ability to stain your fingers. In traditional Indian and Nepalese cultures, turmeric is still used as a natural clothing dye.

To this day, it’s used as a natural food coloring. You may consider it poor man’s saffron, as it adds vibrant color in recipes calling for expensive saffron.

Turmeric root has a peppery, warm, and bitter taste. Its fragrance is mild yet slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, to which it is related. It also has a bit of a mustard-like smell. Turmeric is native to Indonesia and southern India, where it has been harvested for more than 5,000 years. It is used extensively in South Asian cuisine and is the spice that gives curry its bright orange-yellow color.

For thousands of years, turmeric has been used in traditional Asian cuisines and as a therapeutic spice in Ayurvedic medicine. In Ayurveda, turmeric is utilized in some very creative ways — to make juice, boiled tea, fresh curry paste, or transformed into dried powder. Turmeric is also used topically, as an ingredient in tinctures, ointments, or body lotion. In these traditional cultures, turmeric is applied to reduce pain, swelling, rashes, and skin blemishes. It is even used as a topical paste to speed up the healing of wounds!

What Makes Turmeric So Special?

Not only does it add a gorgeous, rich color to your cooking, it’s full of flavor and is responsible for some incredible and notable medicinal qualities because of…

Curcumin — the component of particular interest in turmeric.

One of the most widely studied compounds, curcumin has widely recognized health benefits. Thousands of peer-reviewed studies exist attesting to its medicinal applications and anti-inflammatory abilities. Reducing inflammation in the body can bring relief to arthritis pain and muscle soreness, as well as reduce the signs of aging.

recent study suggests turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and may even reduce the affects of mercury exposure.

Various studies have also help to highlight how turmeric may play an important role reducing the risks of heart disease. By reducing inflammation and oxidation in the body, turmeric can improve the many factors which contribute to cardiovascular health risks. One example is turmeric’s potential ability to decrease serum cholesterol levels since high levels of serum cholesterol have been closely linked to heart disease.

Furthermore, researchers have found that turmeric may be an effective treatment in fighting depression and boosting brain function. It can help subdue the impacts of stress on the brain and, consequently, the body.

While curcumin can be bought as a standalone supplement, it’s far more economical to use turmeric as a regular ingredient in your kitchen. By consuming turmeric as a whole food, you are consuming all of the compounds found in turmeric which work together in synergy as nature intended.

How To Eat Turmeric To Boost The Benefits

Want to know a trick to get the most out of your turmeric?

Use black pepper and fat.

Piperine, a compound in black pepper, boosts the body’s uptake of curcumin. Even just a pinch of black pepper can boost the body’s absorption of curcumin by up to 2000%! (source).

Turmeric’s vitamins are fat-soluble. Therefore, consuming turmeric with some fat, like coconut oil, encourages the body to absorb curcumin directly into the bloodstream rather than being processed through the liver. This speeds up the body’s ability to metabolize the curcumin compound.

So drink that Golden Milk. Order the Turmeric Latte! Or, you may prefer to simply eat a coconut curry that contains turmeric, black pepper, and coconut milk.

I love to also make a milk kefir smoothie each morning using WFN’s certified organic ground turmeric, a pinch of black pepper, fresh ginger, cinnamon, and honey for sweetness. It may sound strange to add pepper to a smoothie but you honestly can’t even taste it with the other amazing ingredients.

Now do you understand why the turmeric trend is taking off? What’s your favorite way to consume or use turmeric?

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    Mark
    January 3, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Great article up to the point of claiming that serum cholesterol levels are closely linked to heart disease. I would suggest you do some research regarding the myth of linking serum cholesterol and heart disease, as continuing to perpetuate that myth reduces your credibility.

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      Emily Uebergang
      January 3, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks for the comment Mark! I actually totally agree with you and realize I’ve misrepresented my stance by quoting directly from the study. While the study I linked to actually states “the effect of curcumin in decreasing the serum cholesterol level may protect against the pathological changes occurring with atherosclerosis” (it was a study from 2009 though), more recent research does disprove this theory. What I should have just said was just this, “One example is turmeric’s potential ability to decrease cardiovascular hypertrophy by preventing plaque build-up along the artery-walls.” – thereby not stating we support the theory that heart disease and cholesterol are linked (because I personally don’t support that theory from my research) but still supporting the research that says turmeric may help with reducing risk factors that contribute to heart disease. Does that make sense? Apologies again for any misunderstanding.

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        Mark
        January 4, 2017 at 10:58 am

        I can completely agree with this. Turmeric does indeed have many benefits, and sadly, the medical and research community appears to focus totally on one compound (curcumin), when, as you stated, the synergy of all the compounds occurring naturally is what really provides the benefits. I have developed a formula that has been quite effective in reducing/eliminating stubborn belly fat, thereby acquiring the overall benefit of turmeric and achieving a better look in the process.

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          Christine
          January 5, 2017 at 11:43 pm

          Hi Mark,

          Do you share your formula for reducing/eliminating stubborn belly fat?

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            Mark
            January 7, 2017 at 12:31 pm

            Publicly, no, but privately I would consider it. Contact me directly (theducksdad “at” gmail).

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    Nancy
    January 3, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I sprinkle turmeric and salt on my over easy eggs. I am consuming it with fat in the egg yolk. Guess I need to add a shake of pepper too!

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      Emily Uebergang
      January 3, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      I think a pinch of pepper will also really add to the taste 🙂

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