Superfoods That Begin with “T” – Turmeric
Turmeric is a relative of the ginger plant and has a slightly bitter taste and adds vibrant yellow color to your dishes. The most common place to find turmeric is in curry. Curry powder is made up of a blend of spices, including turmeric, cumin and chili powder, and it can range in flavor from mild to very spicy.
Turmeric is also used as a natural dye, so use caution when handling it — it can discolor clothes, hands, and surfaces.
Turmeric has long been a staple in India and has gained popularity elsewhere in recent decades. There are so many benefits to consuming it, that it’s no wonder it has become so popular!
Possible Health Benefits of Turmeric
A Potent, Yet Safe Anti-Inflammatory
Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Reduces the pain caused by Osteoarthritis – In one study, turmeric worked about as well as ibuprofen
May curb joint pain.
Help for Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers
An Effective Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Improved Liver Function
Protects against memory loss
Protection against Alzheimer’s Disease – Helps deter the accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain, tiny blockages that may cause Alzheimer’s disease.
Turmeric’s prevalence in India, the researchers suggest, may help explain why so few of the country’s senior citizens have Alzheimer’s disease, whereas the statistic is close to 13 percent in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Pair it with pepper – Adding black pepper to turmeric or turmeric-spiced food enhances curcumin’s bioavailability by 1,000 times, due to black pepper’s hot property called piperine.
In order to make the most of turmeric, you must take it with a bit of fat because it is fat-soluble. When something is fat-soluble, that means it dissolves in fat. Without fat, the active component in turmeric, curcumin, has a difficult time making it past the stomach, into the small intestine, and into the blood where it can offer the greatest benefits.
You can read more about the wonders of Turmeric here:
Now for Tea – a personal favorite of mine
Tea is an ancient tonic with health benefits that keep us steeping!
From boosting endurance to reducing the risk of cardiovascular issues and (potentially) a bunch of cancers (including breast, colon, skin, and lung, to name a few), tea leaves are a great way to stay hydrated and healthy at the same time.
Green and black teas contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants that are good for preventing and managing arthritis, memory problems, and cataracts. Research suggests green tea could help prevent some types of skin cancer, while black tea may help cure those annoying sunburns.
Drinking herbal or decaf tea can often help soothe an upset stomach and alleviate constipation and other IBS symptoms, as well as aid in preventing dehydration, a common migraine trigger, as well as keeping skin healthy and hydrated. Chamomile tea, a particularly soothing herbal tea, is a great choice for women who suffer from PMS.
Here’s a great article about tea:
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By Kathy Casey